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First time build, need help

By kirillsk8tr ยท 4 replies
Aug 26, 2008
  1. well basically i decided to buy the parts to assemble my own thing.
    i just wanted to know if all of these are compatible, i checked all the frequencies (fsb etc.) and ports (PCI-e2.0) that i need ( as far as i know ). can anyone tell me if this will work together, and if theres any combinations i should avoid?

    Also, if you click on the motherboard link you will see that the ram frequency stands as 1333. does that mean i can only get 1333 mhz ram? or does that just mean that the highest frequency is 1333?



    EVGA 512-P3-N868-AR GeForce 9600 GT SSC Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail



    ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail



    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail



    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Retail

    thanks for the help in advance
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    I only see DDR2 1200MHz RAM as the standard for the mobo you've linked to. There is no DDR2 RAM that runs at 1333MHz stock AFAIK. You may have the FSB and RAM frequencies confused.

    As for your build, everything looks good, except for the fact that you don't need the X38 board if you're buying a 9600GT, since it supports only Crossfire. If you don't want to use a dual-GPU setup, go for a cheaper board like the GA-EP45-DS3L or the GA-P45-DS3R. Also, you can get the TX650 for slightly cheaper from here.
  3. kirillsk8tr

    kirillsk8tr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for the fast reply,

    yes i meant to say 1200. will lower ram frequencies still work with that mobo? because i can't find any good memory that would have a frequency of 1200Mhz?

    also, where does it say that it supports crossfire, only? i think i might have missed that...
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    Yes, good quality DDR2 RAM from the 'Big Three" i.e. Corsair, Crucial and OCZ is guaranteed to work. I recommend Crucial's Ballistix kits from personal experience.
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