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10-12-2009, 03:26 PM
Ok now I think the project name should be changed to Project Black Thunder... its all I could come up with ^^

Anyway so I've done a few upgrades since my last post here they are

Purchased(and installed) Parts:
Case: Coolermaster cm-690
Motherboard: ASUS M4A77TD Pro ATX
HDD: Seagate Barracude 1tb 7200.12

Also, about 5 minutes ago i purchased a AMD Phenom X4 955 BE (http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7458)

I was going to hold off however I saw the price had dropped and it had free shipping, It was $70.00 more than the 720 I was going to get(I'd changed my mind about the propus) but it had 'a bit' of a performance boost.

As it stands I need atleast a stick of DDR3 Ram to run it.

However for proper completion i need:
4GB DDR3 RAM, Looking at DDR3-1333 or 1600
PSU, Looking at 750w or 850w Modular range from corsair or XFX
A Graphics Card, looking at 4890

10-12-2009, 03:31 PM
750w is a bit of overkill for that lot, 650w or even less would be fine.

I would recommend either this (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=11077)or this (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=9448) if you want modular, or this (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=6478)or this (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=5736)if you don't.

I would go for a 5770 over a 4890, only slightly less powerful but it uses a lot less power (about 70w vs 120w) and supports DX11, where the 4890 is only a DX10.1 card. That's not a major at the mo but could become useful in the future. The 4890 does have higher memory bandwidth, that's it's strong point.

Any Corsair RAM is fine, this (Any corsair RAM is fine, this has a lifetime warranty too and is decent stuff.) has a lifetime warranty too and is decent stuff.

Edit - CM make good PSUs too. The 550w Sol mentioned is very well priced.


If you go for an Asus card you'll pay less for a 5770 too. Don't get a crap brand, stick with Asus or Gigabyte.

10-12-2009, 03:33 PM
I just did a build with that single slot pcie version of that board with that Phenom too. 2 x 2Gb supertalent, HIS 4850 and an A-Data 64 SSD....under 7 min to install windows 7....LOL
Oh, I used a 550w coolmaster PSU

10-12-2009, 03:38 PM
Edit. Whoops - I stuffed something up there!

Speedy Gonzales
10-12-2009, 03:39 PM
Didnt you already say that :p

10-12-2009, 03:43 PM
Yes, 750w is overkill, but I'm future proofing because i intend to crossfire my graphics cards at some point, my main problem at the moment is that i have 1x 16x PCIE and 1x 4x PCIE and I heard this can actually cause less performance, is this true?

10-12-2009, 03:47 PM
Well not less performance than one card, but a lot less efficiency. Don't bother with crossfire with your board, it's a waste. You're better off to get a grunter of a card now. These are the kind of things that need to be thought through before embarking on a project like this... :p

10-12-2009, 04:49 PM
Well, In saying that this was meant to be 'project mini' a low-medium cost gaming rig, now its project Black Thunder a medium-high cost gaming rig, anyway i love my mobo to bits <3 i guess ill just have to get a nice GPU => http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7448 :)