Solved Is this build compatible?

August 25, 2012 at 14:50:34
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Pentium Dual-core E2160/1GB RAM
I'm looking to upgrade my computer to a more powerful machine. So far I have found some components on Newegg but I need to know if they are compatible. I'll also consider components that you suggest.

Thanks.

So, here are the components (By the way, you can click the links with the middle mouse button to open them in a new tab):

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121120

MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186206

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394

Hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152244

Optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136247

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

Again, thanks for any help contributed.

"Denn also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, daß er seinen eingeborenen Sohn gab, auf daß jeder, der an ihn glaubt, nicht verloren gehe, sondern ewiges Leben habe."


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#1
August 25, 2012 at 16:39:40
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First issue I have is with the case. Bottom mounted power supply cases are not the best for heat dissipation in my opinion.

Selected power supply has 2 +12V rails. Neither rail supplies enough amps for a decent graphics card. You should use a PSU with a single +12V rail. The total required Amps is dependent on the Graphics card, which you didn’t select. On board graphics are not suitable for high end gaming. See the link below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
This PSU has a rebate that expires on 8/31.

Your CPU selection is an OEM which means no heatsink/fan included and warranty is shorter. I recommend a retail CPU.

If you specify your budget and what you expect to do with the rig we may be able to better recommend hardware.

See this board instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Best to select RAM from the QVL list from the motherboard manufacturer. DDR3 should run at 1.5V.


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#2
August 25, 2012 at 17:35:13
I'm pretty much going to echo a lot of what OtheHill wrote.

Choose a different case. Top mounted PSU is the way to go. Plus the one you chose is hideous. Try to find one with free or discount shipping, you're wasting $10. In fact, most of the stuff you chose has a shipping charge. I'd wait a couple of days to see if some deals with free shipping pop up.

I'm guessing you changed some links. The CPU is no longer OEM & the RAM is 1.5v. I recommend getting DDR3-1600 though, it's the same price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

And do you really need a quad? Here's an X3 for a lot cheaper. And if you can get your SuperBiiz order up to $100, you can get $10 off using SAVEU10.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php...

Small HDD with only 16MB cache?

And this PSU was only $11 after rebate & promo code but it's currently sold out. Much better that the 380W.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#3
August 25, 2012 at 19:24:31
@OtheHill

"First issue I have is with the case. Bottom mounted power supply cases are not the best for heat dissipation in my opinion."

I doubted having a bottom-mounted power supply, too. In that case, I'll choose a different case just to be safe.

The total required Amps is dependent on the Graphics card, which you didn’t select. On board graphics are not suitable for high end gaming.

I'm not an avid gamer myself, but I might get Battlefield 3 just to see how well the computer can handle newer programs. But I will need a graphics card for multimedia editing. To avoid spending too much at once, I'll wait a couple of months before I actually purchase a video card. So I guess I'll have to bear with the integrated graphics for now.

"Your CPU selection is an OEM which means no heatsink/fan included and warranty is shorter. I recommend a retail CPU."

Actually, the heatsink and fan are included with the CPU.


"If you specify your budget and what you expect to do with the rig we may be able to better recommend hardware."

As of now, my budget is 400 USD, but since I live in California, Newegg charges tax since a Newegg warehouse is located in CA. I don't plan on playing too many games, but I'll mostly use it for video and image editing.

See this board instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157292"

After looking at the board's features I will switch to this one instead. And just to be sure, AM3+ sockets are compatible with AM3 CPU's, right?
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@riider

"And do you really need a quad? Here's an X3 for a lot cheaper. And if you can get your SuperBiiz order up to $100, you can get $10 off using SAVEU10."

At the rate of technological advancements, I don't want to risk having a computer become obsolete, so just to keep up with the times I chose an X4. However, if I decide to get a higher-end video card, I'll go with the X3 to reduce the overall cost.

"Small HDD with only 16MB cache?"

I have to agree with you there. I plan on dual-booting Windows with some Linux distros so I'll look into other drives.

I recommend getting DDR3-1600 though, it's the same price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231185

I went with DDR3-1333 because I wasn't too sure if 1600 was supported by the CPU but after looking around in a few Web sites I found out it will work.
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Anyway, thanks riider and OtheHill for the help.

"Denn also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, daß er seinen eingeborenen Sohn gab, auf daß jeder, der an ihn glaubt, nicht verloren gehe, sondern ewiges Leben habe."


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#4
August 25, 2012 at 20:14:58
Some graphics cards can draw 20A@12V so the more amps on the 12V rail the better.

Consider this processor instead.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#5
August 25, 2012 at 21:22:46
Thanks for the suggestion OtheHill. 3.6GHz and 8MB of L3 cache for only 10 dollars more.... now that's a good deal.

"Denn also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, daß er seinen eingeborenen Sohn gab, auf daß jeder, der an ihn glaubt, nicht verloren gehe, sondern ewiges Leben habe."


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#6
August 26, 2012 at 05:14:37
Look at this power supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
It has 34Amps on the single 12 Volt rail. This should be enough for any moderate gaming graphics card but if you look at a truly 'high end' card, you may need to go even better.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
August 26, 2012 at 06:43:31
"At the rate of technological advancements, I don't want to risk having a computer become obsolete, so just to keep up with the times I chose an X4"

I currently have two AM3 systems, one running a Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition & the other running a Sempron 145 Sargas. Both are overclocked. Unfortunately, the Sempron's disabled core wouldn't unlock so I'm stuck using it as a single core CPU. However, since I don't use my systems for anything "technologically advanced", I notice very little difference in the performance between the two. But being that you're going to build an AM3 system rather than an AM3+ or FM1, you're already building an "old" system with built in obsolescence.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/02/...


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#8
August 26, 2012 at 07:28:12
Fingers, the Corsair I linked is only $42 after rebate and has 40A@12V.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

riider, the board I recommended and the OP picked is an AM3+ board and the processor I recommended is only $10 more than the Athlon II but is an FX 4 core.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#9
August 26, 2012 at 09:07:14
Thanks everybody. For right now, I think I'll go with the 600W PSU in case I do any future upgrades.

"Denn also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, daß er seinen eingeborenen Sohn gab, auf daß jeder, der an ihn glaubt, nicht verloren gehe, sondern ewiges Leben habe."


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