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Building my 1st Gaming PC. Need hardware compatability questions answered...

By Vendetta4400 ยท 7 replies
Jul 21, 2005
  1. Hello all. I am a first time computer builder, although I know a decent amount of computers. What I want to do is really build a top of the line gaming machine, which I can always upgrade later if I want to. Below are the following parts I've chosen:
    AMD Athlon 64 3500+
    ASUS nForce SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
    BFG nVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX
    Seagate 80GB 7200 RPM
    Corsair 1GB (2x512) ValueSelect RAM
    ASUS Silver IDE DVD-ROM 16x
    Thermaltake Tsunami ATX Midsize Silver Case
    Enermax Whisper II 535W PSU

    Ok, now that that's out of the way...I need to know if all of these parts are compatable. Some of them (in fact most of them) come with a bunch of wires to connect to the mobo and such. Could someone just please confirm if all this hardware is compatable with one another?
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Looks fine to me.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    you need to puchase your motherboard FIRST and read the manual to determine what memory types and brands it will accept.

    Why not go with an Athlon FX series if your intent is gaming?
  5. Vendetta4400

    Vendetta4400 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the feedback. I have decided to upgrade to a DVD burner for another $10. I changed the link in the first post.

    I also changed my mobo and PSU (now 500W). The PSU has a 24-pin connector, and that's what the mobo takes, so that's taken care of.

    I don't want the FX series because it's about another $500-$600 for one. I could buy anot 7800 GTX with that money. And anyways, and just above the $1,400 mark, and I don't want to go too much higher.

    So is all this hardware compatable with one another?

    [Edit] And as for choosing the mobo, Newegg tells you the specs of it. It takes DDR400 (PC 3200) RAM, and in the reviews the people say you need a 24-pin PSU. So that settles that. [/Edit]
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  7. Vendetta4400

    Vendetta4400 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks. I did some more research on the PSU (felt that I overlooked it, and I did). I need dual +12V power for SLI GPU's when I'm ready, so I found a new PSU (see the first post).

    Thanks for the feedback. Keep it coming!
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Start buying.
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