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New Computer, what do you guys think.

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Alright, so now I'm helping out another friend with building a computer. What do you think of these specs?

 

Mobo: DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D (939)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813136152

 

CPU: AMD Opteron 165

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103588

 

PSU: OCZ PowerStream 520w

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817711002

 

RAM: What's better? He wants 4GBs altogether:

2x OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Platinum System Memory

or

2x OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit System Memory

 

HDD: Western Digital Caviar 250GB SATAII

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822144701

 

GPU (video card): eVGA 7900GTX 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Ex16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814130058

 

Case: Sunbeam Transformer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811166014

 

What do you guys think? I would suggest AM2 to him, but he's ready to buy right away, and I know they havent worked out all the bugs yet in the AM2s. And I dont want him to be having problems on his first build.

 

Thanks,

Mako3

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I'd still beef up on the PSU...OCZ 600w gamexstream minimum...All else looks good.

 

It's only $5-$10 more after rebate too.

 

And did you tell him it's unlikely he needs 4GB?

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Alright thanks guys. So no one has had any problems with the gameXstream psu's? So he should get a 600w GameXStream instead of the 520w powerstream? No I didnt tell him that, why would 4GB be un needed?

 

Thanks,

Mako3

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Alright thanks guys. So no one has had any problems with the gameXstream psu's? So he should get a 600w GameXStream instead of the 520w powerstream? No I didnt tell him that, why would 4GB be un needed?

 

Thanks,

Mako3

 

Well, it's not going to make anything faster, and even the biggest games hardly use more than 1GB.

 

If he's doing a lot of video editing it'll help, but other than that at this point it's kinda a waste of money.

 

Granted if I had lots of money I'd still do it, but I'd rather get dual graphics cards first. :)

 

And I have yet to see a single problem about the GXS power supplies (that I remember), they're the most recommended performance/dollar PSU you can get.

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Well, it's not going to make anything faster, and even the biggest games hardly use more than 1GB.

 

If he's doing a lot of video editing it'll help, but other than that at this point it's kinda a waste of money.

 

Granted if I had lots of money I'd still do it, but I'd rather get dual graphics cards first. :)

 

And I have yet to see a single problem about the GXS power supplies (that I remember), they're the most recommended performance/dollar PSU you can get.

 

Yup...the powerstream used to be the king of recommendations on this site. I haven't seen one negative on the new OCZ's.

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I'd say go with the faster memory, you must be getting an opty to OC so having faster memory lets you get more OC at 1:1. I always run my mem at stock settings for it, dunno why but I do. Though going from DDR400 to 500 won't give a huge bandwith difference so using dividers to keep the mem at 400 would work just as well.

 

As for 4 gigs, it's completely un-needed. You'll rarely if ever max out 2 gigs and it's a big chunk of change you could use for something else like another graphics card or proc with a higher multi.

 

Also having more sticks of ram makes ram OCing harder so you won't be able to go as far at 1:1 if you want to OC the ram beyond stock settings.

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RAM: 2X 1GB, you can't OC very well with 4-sticks & must run 2T timing.

 

OCZ PowerStream 520W or GXS 600W, both are very good, the 520W has adjustable rails & a 5yr warranty,

 

the GXS is set up for SLI/Crossfire, however it will be fine with a single GPU & has a 3yr warranty.

 

Good Luck,

Dave :)

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