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 05/03/2010 01:59 PM
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So my old motherboard is dead (I think, everything else tests out fine but comp isn't booting up for more than 5 seconds anymore), and istead or getting another AM2 mobo I'm thinking I want to get something new that will last a while.

Money is somewhat limited but I'd like to be able to keep this setup for the next 5-6 years without having to upgrade too much (new GPU and maybe more RAM?)

I currently have:
Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V
EVGA 01G-P3-N809-AR GeForce 8800GT AKIMBO 1GB 256-bit GDDR3

I'm not 100% set on everything on this list, I liked the motherboard because of the 6gb SATA and USB 3.0 but if there's a better/cheaper one out there I would have no problem changing that.

I also don't have much knowledge about MOBO/RAM compatibility and what I can use with dual channel and such.

Comp will most likely not be OC'ed, though I did hear some good things about hard inputting the RAM settings (will have to look into that some more).

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - OEM

I currently have:
Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V
EVGA 01G-P3-N809-AR GeForce 8800GT AKIMBO 1GB 256-bit GDDR3

CPU/GPU are currently watercooled, I'm hoping I can use my current water block for the 955 (currently have an Athalon 64 x2).

Please let me know what you think, I'm trying not to break $650 with everything, under $600 would be even better if possible.
 05/07/2010 03:52 AM
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Good mother board, decent RAM and yes if and when you get this setup manually set RAM timings. Windows 7 always a sure winner. Hard drive is a little slow but decent in size. The 955 is a good CPU, but if you can shell out an extra 20$, I would get the 965 125w version. The power supply should run enough watts for that rig. After all of that you have that old 8800gt... everything else looks pretty good but over time maybe a couple months down the road I would get a new graphics card which all in all ain't too expensive if you don't go top of the line. I would just make sure you buy a dx11 card, check out the ATI Radeon HD 5000 series cards.

Side note, I am selling a pair of "CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)" for cheap. They work great, I was using them for testing memory slots on mother boards but I no longer need them. Here is the link if your interested. Better for less money and this set is designed for AMD Phenom II systems. Selling on newegg for $180 atm.

Case: Lian Li X900B Mid Tower
MB: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
Heatsink: Corsair H50
GPU: ASUS Matrix ROG Radeon HD5870
RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR3
SSD: Intel 160GB
HDD: WD VelociRaptor
Monitor: ASUS 23" HDMI
PSU: Corsair Pro Series AX850
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Edited: 05/07/2010 at 04:02 AM by apoxc69
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