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Thread: Need help choosing what components to put in my new computer

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    Need help choosing what components to put in my new computer

    I want this computer building mainly for gaming. This is what I had planned to put in it:

    Processor - AMD Black Edition - AMD Phenom Quad Core 2.6 GHz Processor
    Graphics Card - XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 1024MB
    RAM - Crucial 6GB kit (2GBx3), 240-pin DIMM, DDR3
    Optical Drive - Samsung 22X DVD RW IDE black Retail Kit SH-S222A/RSMN
    Motherboard - ASUS MOTHERBOARD M4A78 AMD AM2 DDR2 ATX
    CPU Fan - Akasa Multi platform 6 heatpipe cooler with Ultra Lo-Noise 92mm fan
    Hard Disk Drive - Western Digital 160GB hard disk drive Caviar SATA II 300 7200rpm 8Mb x2 (For RAID 1 configuration)
    Monitor - Fujitsu Siemens L3220T 22" Wide LCD TFT
    Wieless Card (PCI) - Belkin Wireless G+ Desktop Card
    Power Supply - 800 Watt power supply unit
    Case - Antec VSK-2000 New Solution Tower Case

    Are all of these components compatible? And would you recommend anything different? I don't need a lot of HDD memory because I have a 1TB external hard drive. Will I need a better motherboard to get the full power of the graphics card and the RAM? I'm mainly concentrating on the RAM and the Graphics card. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Looks good to me. But I'd get a 2nd opinion as well.
    IBM ThinkPad T21 - 750MHz PIII, 256mb RAM, XGA, S3 Savage IX8, 40GB HD, Windows 95/NT4
    HP ENVY 15 - i7 4700MQ, 16GB RAM, 2GB NVIDIA GT740M, FHD, 512GB Crucial MX100 SSD, 7-64
    Desktop - i7 3770K, 16GB RAM, 2GB AMD 7870, 256GB Samsung 840 SSD, 1TB HD, XP/7-64


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    Your mobo is ddr2 and your ram is ddr3.

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    Oh yeah. I somehow missed that.
    IBM ThinkPad T21 - 750MHz PIII, 256mb RAM, XGA, S3 Savage IX8, 40GB HD, Windows 95/NT4
    HP ENVY 15 - i7 4700MQ, 16GB RAM, 2GB NVIDIA GT740M, FHD, 512GB Crucial MX100 SSD, 7-64
    Desktop - i7 3770K, 16GB RAM, 2GB AMD 7870, 256GB Samsung 840 SSD, 1TB HD, XP/7-64


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    in regards to the ram, by using 3 sticks, i think you will be running in single channel mode rather than dual as the mainboard only has 4 ram slots (though someone might want to confirm this

    also, are you going to be using a 64bit operating system, as most 32bit operating systems wil only address 4Gb of ram

    last but not least, if you get ddr2 1066MHz ram, the board only supports 1 stick per channel (means 2 sticks total) otherwise you will need to run it 800MHz

    any particular reason you chose that mainboard as it only has a SB700 southbridge, not that there is anything wrong with that, but if you can get one with a SB750 or even a SB710 they are generally better

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