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This combo package suggested from xSLIMx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.304695
Would this play games well?

I would like to use this combo package
AMD Athlon II X2 240/ 785G/ HD4670 SuperCombo Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.304695
and put it into this box
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
However I noticed the form factor of the MOBO is Micro ATX and the Case is MOBO Compatibility is ATX. Does this state that the case can take anything upto ATX? Would I be able to put a micro ATX board in this case?
 

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Yes, but you can't substitute a Phenom into that combo, that being the whole point.



It isn't a high-end rig, but for a budget it's very good. That combo + Antec 300 + Corsair VX450W would be an excellent and mildly overclockable gaming rig for less than $450. It will play most new releases on medium settings.
 

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Re: First Build

What determines how many watts of power supply a person should buy? For example I have always purchased nothing less then 500W. When looking at the processor specs or the video cards specs what should I look for to know how large of a power supply to buy?
 

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The most important thing to consider for the PSU is the graphics card.
The HD-467X-ZDF2, listed in the combo in Post #50 requires a minimum 400W total system power so I would want a 550W minimum Seasonic or Corsair.
 

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Mostly Video card, number of drives, and the amount of USB devices you plan to use, Start at a Quality 550w for a main stream PCIe card and up the wattage as the card choice goes up, for example 9500, 9600, (newer) 9800GT, HD 46xx, 550W, GTS250 9800GTX, GTX+ HD 4770, HD4830, HD4850, 650W.
Corsair and Seasonic are both good brands with 80+ certs and 5 year warranties.
 

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what would be your opinion on this PSU and Case combo?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.304807
Also I noticed on the MOBO "power pin" states 24 pin but on the PSU is states "main connector" is 20+4pin. Will this work together?
The power supply only has a 3 year warrenty: Is this standard?
xSLMIx: I also like the super combo you ordered. It is priced very well. I am thinking of the same kit for my build.
 

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I, as well as most builders that I know, have quit using or suggesting Antec PSU's.
3 yr. warranty is standard for many PSU's but the better Seasonic and Corsair offer a 5 yr. warranty.
 

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Still may use the combo package. Also looking at other options
Please provide opinion on this option:
ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX245OCGQBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.303797#

Using this case and PSU
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
54.95
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...e=corsair_power_supply-_-17-139-004-_-Product
89.99

Also what does this mean?
Memory Standard DDR2 1066*/800/667

* Due to AMD CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+/AM3 CPU for one DIMM per channel only.
 

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Looks good. The standard Memory for that Mobo is DDR2 667/800.
A 2X2 GB matched pair of DDR2800 would be my choice.
 

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Due to the way the AMD memory chips in those mobos are designed, if you try to run your RAM over 800MHz only one stick will go over. For instance if you set RAM speed to 1066MHz and you have two sticks, the first stick will run at 1066MHz and the other will run at 800MHz.
 

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Ok this is what I got so far:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:Three Hundred
Item #:N82E16811129042
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
54.95

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Model #:CMPSU-550VX
Item #:N82E16817139004
89.99

1. ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


2. AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX245OCGQBOX - Retail
128.98

G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL6S-4GBMQ - Retail
129.99 free shipping

Also going to add a internal hardrive. Would I see a big difference between a 7200rpm vs a 10000 rpm?
Thinking about this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136322
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
But for $200 I can get so much more if I set down to a 7200rpm drive.
A couple questions:
What video card would be suggested? To include playing games? The card would need to be able to run two monitors 1 a VGA at the moment, but I could use a VGA to DVI converter.
For the front USB ports on the case where would I hook these up on the MOBO?
Could I overclock the CPU to get a bit more horses?

Phaedrus2401:
That to me sound like a drawback or limitation? Would you agree. What happens if I had 4 sticks memory total; would 2 run at 1066 and 2 run at 800?
 

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The VelociRaptor drives are unnoticeably faster than the Caviar Black drives. Save your money.

The combo came with Caviar Blue 500GB hard drive (slightly slower than Caviar Black) and a Radeon 4670. The 4670 isn't a high-end card, but it's adequate.
 

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Please provide your review of this set up
Will all of these items be compatable with each other?
What gaming video card would you choose for this set up?
Is this a fair price for this set up?

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
54.95

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148445
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
79.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
89.99 10 mail in rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231181
G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL6S-4GBMQ - Retail
129.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.308543
ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDZ550WFGIBOX - Retail
161.99

Total price 516.91 with shipping 529.36

What do you think?

Also a quick question: What is crossfire and should I be concerned about this. It this a video thing?
 

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I will use integrated at this time to get the box up and running. What video card would you suggest for gaming and running dual monitors.

With this MOBO would I be able to run dual monitors using the on board AGP and DVI ports or to run dual monitors I would have to have a seperate video card?

wrench97: I took a look at your power supply and selection doc and noticed the power supply I have listed and I see it is one that is recommened. However it is for standard computer class. I am thinking I may need to bump this up. Could you provide a example (Radeon) of the highest end video card I could run with the PSU.
 

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crossfire is using 2 ati cards at the same time, Sli is the nvida version both are a waste of money and don't offer any great value for the little gain you get.

Your system choice looks ok and a very wise move to get the corsair psu instead of the Antec.
 
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