Advice needed.. New Build

TheClouding

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Well, my amazing gaming Athlon 64 3400 w/winxp 32-bit isn't working out so much anymore and I am looking to build a new system. I built my current system but it has been a couple years so I don't know if my newly created build will work out, so I am looking for advice. Compatibility and if possible any price cuts. From its current $650.00 price tag. (I left out the items I have. OS, Sata Drive, etc.)

ASUS M4A78 PRO AM2+/AM2 - 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131362

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB - 208.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W - 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

AMD Phenom II X3 720 - 147.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

Total = 627.59 w/shipping

To add to the mess, with the Am3 Cpu will my new build need a flash or will it see the AM3 right away? Also will the onboard video get in the way or can turn it off. I also have no plans to be overclocking or really interested in running sli or crossfire. Advice welcome.
 

TheClouding

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Right, I grabbed the 750w do to the discounted price. Plus the gtx 260 card I picked out says it requires over 500w. I don't really know how much I am supposed to add to that with the rest of my systems need, or if I am even supposed to do that
 
And I will once again clear about the graphics card...If u go with the mobo that has 2 PCIe slot, they support Crossfire and nt SLI...
So if u go with the 790GX, it has 2 PCIe slots, which support Crossfire...so u shuld go with the ATI cards to take advantage of this setup...
 

TheClouding

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Yeah, I saw the combo, that's definitely good to know, as well as the PSU. Thanks... I guess don't really need the 750w then, I don't plan on having dual cards.
 

MykC

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Whether you OC or not, its only $30 for this aftermarket cooler and paste. It runs your CPU cooler and silent since the fan can be set to 500RPM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 Xigma CPU Cooler $36 - $10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 Artic MX-2 paste $7

But, you should read this before dismissing OCing.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/phenom-overclock-athlon,review-31518.html
OCing is all done in windows by the manufactuers software AMD overdrive. Its free performance upgrade = free money. We all like free money.
 

MykC

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Whether you OC or not, its only $30 for this aftermarket cooler and paste. It runs your CPU cooler and silent since the fan can be set to 500RPM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 Xigma CPU Cooler $36 - $10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 Artic MX-2 paste $7

But, you should read this before dismissing OCing.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/phenom-overclock-athlon,review-31518.html
OCing is all done in windows by the manufactuers software AMD overdrive. Its free performance upgrade = free money. We all like free money.
 

TheClouding

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Perhaps I won't completely dismiss OCing afterall. I have been out of the loop way too long. Seems "easier" now than with my last pc.
 

royalcrown

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any of the higher end biostar boards (ta- series are easy as pie to oc and rock stable, i just gave my buddy my ta-780g matx board when i bought my e8500 setup, and it'll handle oc just fine, just check the cpu list as you might need the next model up for the better mosfets (wattage)

it'd save you some $$ and still be rock solid
 

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