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Specs:

 

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H

Processor: AMD Phenom X4 9750 2.4GHz

PSU: Diablotek 450w ... apparently isn't great, as I had suspected. I'm going to be buying Corsair VX550w.

Graphics: None. Just using onboard Radeon 3200 HD.

HD: Some old crappy 200gb IDE drive. Will be replaced when I have the money

 

 

I don't game at all. Unless you count flash games as gaming (Hey, some are pretty intense!). I use the computer for programming and downloading movies and music. MSN and Skype with video too.

 

So I've been trying to figure out what RAM to buy. It's complicated as hell. Jeeze.

 

I want to get something under about $65 CAD that I can possibly overclock with (Basically just to teach myself /how/ rather than for the actual performance boost of it). And I'm pretty sure I want 2 sticks of 2gb memory.

 

Right now I'm torn between

 

 

Kingston HyperX T1 PC8500 1066MHz at 5-5-5-15, costing $62 (love the giant blue heatsinks).. Plus 20 dollars shipping. Though I was already going to buy some cold cathodes on the site, so I'd be paying shipping anyways.

 

and

 

Crucial Ballistix PC6400 800MHz at 4-4-4-12, costing $60 (Heard great thinks about this RAM)... I can get this one in store

 

I guess it's a case of whether i want 1066 or 800MHz ram. I'm pretty sure my motherboard supports 1066.

 

 

 

The page where I'm looking at most stuff is here: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/cat...412|&Sort=4

It's a B&M shop, so I'm not charged shipping

 

I'd like to try to stay away from OCZ rebates if possible. There's OCZ reaper 2x2gb 6400 on for 56, but only after a 20 dollar MIR.

 

I hope I'm not being too finicky with my questions here. If so, go ahead and flame me :) I'm a noob.

Edited by Hallandale

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Not sure about your choice of power supply, it's very cheap and I can't find much useful information. I'd be very surprised if you can get 450W from it and it doesn't appear to have active PFC.

 

You'd be better of with a known brand, OCZ, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Thermaltake, etc., if funds permit especially if you plan to OC.

 

Cheers

 

Paul

Edited by paulktreg

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Not sure about your choice of power supply, it's very cheap and I can't find much useful information. I'd be very surprised if you can get 450W from it and it doesn't appear to have active PFC.

 

You'd be better of with a known brand, OCZ, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Thermaltake, etc., if funds permit especially if you plan to OC.

 

Cheers

 

Paul

 

 

 

Hrrm, okay. I just bought the thing. I guess I'll buy another =/ Could someone recommend me another?

 

 

Here's the link http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/sea...diablotek%20450

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^^ Totally agree with the above from paulktreg and a good PSU is often the thing many new builders neglect, which is an understandable mistake but something that really shouldn't be. Spending a little more for a known brand with a good warranty, can pay dividends and ensure a stable system without the dreaded BSOD.

 

You don't have to spend a fortune and there are a lot to choose from - if you give us an idea of your budget, you will probably get a lot of suggestions, as PSU's are a regularly debated topic here :)

Edited by Great_Gig

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^^ Totally agree with the above from paulktreg and a good PSU is often the thing many new builders neglect, which is an understandable mistake but something that really shouldn't be. Spending a little more for a known brand with a good warranty, can pay dividends and ensure a stable system without the dreaded BSOD.

 

You don't have to spend a fortune and there are a lot to choose from - if you give us an idea of your budget, you will probably get a lot of suggestions, as PSU's are a regularly debated topic here :)

 

 

Wow, you guys are super helpful. I wish the people at the forum I mod were half as nice as you guys.

 

Probably looking to spend under 70. Of course, there's some room there. In the past, I've always skimped on PSUs, bought 20 dollar 450w units at factorydirect (junky place in canada). They die after 8 months or so. This time I spent a bit more on something with a 1 year warranty. And a big cool looking fan.

 

Jeeze. I'm super lame at keeping editing my posts.

 

As I said above, I'm really not looking for graphical performance, since I don't really game. I know the Gfx card is a huge draw on a power supply, which is why I skimped on one.

Edited by Hallandale

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Yikes. I guess I can spend that. I'm not sure I understand what makes those so good though. 60 bucks more than I paid, for 50w more. is it just quality?

 

Yes it's the quality but so much more comes with it. The DC rails will be stable and clean, high efficiency with power factor correction which will save a few dollars on the electricity bill and a guaranteed power output. Read some power supply reviews on the internet and you'll soon get the idea. Look at the power supplies that the majority of the OCC forum members use and I think you'll get the idea. ;)

 

Cheers

 

Paul

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Either of those kits would be fine but since they are so close in price i would get the kingston. I just got done doing a build with that silverstone powersupply(it's what i'm using to type this now) and it's just chugging along. Oh and it's really quiet if that matters to you.

Edited by Jenova69

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Either of those kits would be fine but since they are so close in price i would get the kingston. I just got done doing a build with that silverstone powersupply(it's what i'm using to type this now) and it's just chugging along. Oh and it's really quiet if that matters to you.

 

 

Awesome, thanks for the recommendation. As I've added above, I'm going to be buying Corsair 750TX PSU.

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