AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition overclock guide


Feb 22, 2010
So, I've always wanted to build my very own desktop. I have put together the parts i am going to buy. I'm not really an expert on computers, but i'm fairly knowledgeable about computers.
my first question is: are these parts compatible together? or do you think i could get something with better performance at a lower price?

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030

GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model GU34GB2133C9DC - Retail
Item #: N82E16820144375

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103727

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813130223

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150447

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371015

Total: $710.94

The CPU and Motherboard are combos, and the Videocard and Power Supply are combos
I have already bought the Hard Drive and the Case

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119160

Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136298

The case and hdd were combos which was priced at $139.99

Once i've built it, i might plan on overclocking it. but that's in another question after.

any tips and advice are greatly appreciated



Feb 7, 2010
Good choice on the CPU and Motherboard - exact same thing that I'm running right now, and I'm sure you'll be happy with them. I'm not entirely sure about the XFX card, though... I've heard some pretty bad things about their customer service and support. I'd honestly consider going with this instead - it isn't a combo, but is close to the same price:

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail

MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

Added together, those two are $239.98; only ten dollars more.
The only thing I'm not sure about is how well the PSU I recommended could handle a CrossfireX Setup. It's 50w less, but is a modular power supply, so cable routing will be a whole lot easier, and MSI products have never failed me yet.
That RAM looks a little bit like overkill, although I'm not running anything that spectacular right now. I'll leave that up to the other forum members to debate...
Oh, and there's an OEM Lite-On burner that's actually 2 dollars cheaper, and has LightScribe support:

LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM

Don't forget an Operating System, either. I'd recommend Windows 7 Home Premium.
Honestly, your post is so similar to what I was just doing a week ago it's almost scary... I just finished building a new system too, and it's pretty much the exact same thing as what you're looking to buy. I'm sure that the other forum guys know a lot more about this than me, but as far as I can see, there isn't anything at all wrong with that build. No doubt they'll chime in with some better suggestions, though.
Well, that's my two cents on it.
Good luck with your build!


Feb 22, 2010
I could easily get a Windows7 through my school, so that's not a problem.
i checked the OEM LITE-ON. It's $2 cheaper but there's about a$7 shipping on it. Plus i don't really need the lightscribe
I think i'm sticking with the videocard and psu combo. As for XFX's customer service, i won't it as the most terrible because i understand that some people have bad experience and good experience. This goes for all manufacturers i believe.
my next question is, would i need to buy a different fan for the cpu or should i stick with the stock because i plan on overclocking it in the future?

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