I'm putting together a Mid/High range Gaming PC, and I need to know if this will all work (Bit late, I admit) and hopefully not explode into a huge fireball. Iv'e also been getting the parts over a period of time, since I don't have a spare £600 knocking around, so I'll stick a # next to those Iv'e already got and installed.
CM HAF 932 Full tower case #
Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 Mobo #
AMD Phenom II x4 965 Processor #
Corsair TX750 750W PSU
Sony 24x LightScribe SATA DVD RW Drive #
Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB HDD
OCZ OCZ2G8004GK 4 GB DDR2 PC2-6400 Dual Channel Memory
AMD (ATi) Radeon HD 6870 Graphics
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Rev 2 CPU cooler #
Windows 7 Home premium (OEM or normal?)
I was also thinking of overclocking (God help me) the CPU, so just take that into consideration. Would 4 GHZ be possible, for example?
If there is anything you think I can improve on, let me know ;-)
For example, I have a question of my own:
My Mobo has onboard sound, would I be better off with a separate sound card?
why are you buying ddr2 for a phenom 965. buy an am3 mobo, its alot more future proof than an am2 this late in the game and the ddr3 memory is just better.
Looks fine to me. I would have gone with an AMD chipset but the nForce is fine too, at least it will not turn into a fireball from what I can tell. Maybe you can go with PC2-8500 RAM if you can find it at the same timings and price. Doesn't matter much but I like to max it out where I can.
The OS can be OEM, it's much cheaper than retail but the downside is that it's tied to the machine you first install it on and you can't use it on another machine in the future.
A separate soundcard is always better, but the question is if you will notice any difference. As long as you don't link it up to a hifi system the onboard sound will be just fine.
I've seen that CPU hit 4GHz but it's always a gamble and every chip is different. Also the motherboard might hold you back in terms of power supplied to the CPU, but I think you should be able to reach 3,7 or 3,8.
Oh and remember to short stroke the HDD when you install Windows.
Thanks for the replies people ;-)
I was following a mid/mid range build guide, and I only decied on better components AFTER I'd bought the Mobo. So I'm stuck with DDR2 for now.
And I'm not totally sure what "Short Stroke the HDD" means.. Could someone clear that up for me?
Get the OEM. It's the same as the regular retail win7 but it doesn't come with the fancy box (it's meant for computer manufacturers to buy in a bulk).
short stroking means partitioning the drive so that windows is installed on the outside of the disk, increasing read/write times, and lowering seek/access times
Yup, like Fnawesome already said you just create a small partition (maximum 10% of total drive) for the OS during installation. The first partition you create will always be on the outer region of the platter which is the fastest to access. This also avoids the OS's data from becoming scattered all over the 1TB drive over time and slow down performance. The rest of the drive can be partitioned later to use as storage.
One last thing,
Instead of the OCZ RAM Iv'e stuck on the list, would I be better off getting 2 sticks of 2GB Crucial Ballistix instead? Would there be any difference in speed between them?
Again, thanks for the replies people :-D
well you didn't post the specs of which particular ones your looking at..there are alot more than one set of ballistics and they are all diff speeds
Is what I have been looking at.
Are they actually any better than the OCZ ones? Iv'e always been under the impression, Crucial Ballistix memory carries Hype around with it.
Since this being my first build, I'm not uber amazing at knowing whats what.
I think that should be that after this question has been answered ;-)
Crucial: DDR2 PC2-6400 • 4-4-4-12 2.0V (copyd from your link)
And a quick google told me the OCZs from your first post (OCZ2G8004GK) are the same but CL5.
I'd go with the lowest latency, which is the Crucials.
Thats great, thanks for commenting and giving me advice :-D
Now I can sleep at night knowing I'm not brewing some Nuclear time-bomb next to me...
If you haven't ordered all of these parts, you can pick up some great deals on hard drives today (29 NOV) and either save yourself some money or get some free additional capacity.
That optical drive is a bit overkill. Are you actually going to use LightScribe? You can save a few bucks there as well without sacrificing performance.
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