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My New Rig Build: Help Please

By KoLAddict ยท 4 replies
Apr 11, 2008
  1. Ok, so I'm new to all this. Here's my build:

    Case: $160

    Motherboard: $230

    Video Card: $350

    Processor: $240

    PSU: $160

    RAM: $170

    HDD: $70

    DVD-Drive: $30

    TOTAL PRICE: $1410

    Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm aiming for the best I can build right now, because I'm a heavy PC Gamer and most of the games out now I have to run at low settings to get them to run fine. Is all of this compatible? Also, is there anything being under-utilized in this build, like can the Motherboard not utilize the full power of the RAM, or can it use better RAM?

    I'm really striving for the most powerful gaming rig (not counting SLI-ing at the moment, although leaving that as an option would be nice). I'd like it to be SLI-capable for future upgrades, and be the fastest processor at a reasonable price (I don't want to pay over $1000 for a .5GHz/per core increase).

    Thanks for any help you guys (and gals) can offer:)
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Looks like a good rig. There are no problems with your selections that I can see. Great power supply.
    ASUS is very picky about the memory in that model. Be sure the memory is on their recommended list at the web site.
    The Western Digital is fast, but not as long lasting as the Seagate with the five year warranty.
    Good luck. Let us know how it turns out.
  3. KoLAddict

    KoLAddict TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I can't find what RAM brands they recommend for the mobo. Can anyone else find it/help?

    It also says that the max it can use is 1066 speed RAM, so can anyone recommend ram that is 1066 that will work in this mobo, instead of the 1333 RAM I've picked out?

    Thanks for all the help:)
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    As it turns out, that is one of the more flexible ASUS boards. Since they don't post their memory recommendations, you are ok.
    For that Chipset: AMD 790FX, you can use DDR2 SDRAM Frequencies: PC2-4200, PC2-5300, PC2-6400 and PC2-8500
    As long as you have any of those, you will likely not have problems, which is not the case with some ASUS board. I have not looked up the Kingston, but it should work even though it is a higher frequency than the FSB.
  5. KoLAddict

    KoLAddict TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Here's the new final rig. I changed the HDD, Vid Card, RAM, and DVD-drive.

    Case: $160

    Motherboard: $230

    Video Card: $310

    Processor: $240

    PSU: $160

    RAM: $65

    HDD: $250

    DVD-Drive: $45

    TOTAL COST: $1460.

    I upgraded the HDD because I get annoyed having to delete games to install other ones. This way I won't have to. DVD Drive I upgraded because I heard bad things about the other one, and I downgraded the RAM to PC8500 so I'm not wasting money on something that isn't being used.

    Is this good? I'm not good with AMD stuff, so I'm not sure if that RAM has the right FSB or if I can go a step up.
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