Building a pc for the first time - are these part compatible?

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Found 12th Oct 2010
Decided i might have a go of building my own so i've had a quick look around and read up a bit and i've come up with this combination.

Anyone who builds computers give me some advice as to if this looks like a decent spec and that all components are compatible?

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO 785G Socket AM3 DVI VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3
Dominator Memory

Elite 330 Black Mid Tower Case - No PSU

OCZ 700W Mod XStream Pro PSU - 2x PCI-E 6x SATA

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Original Poster

I've only done a quick price up on ebuyer, it comes to £367 on there, i can probably get the bits cheaper if i shop around... i was looking at spening around £500 but i've got to get a hdd and os yet

You dont need a PSU that powerful, you can get away with less and save some money

Original Poster

What Size Psu Would do?

souljacker

What Size Psu Would do?


500w would do fine.

Original Poster

Cheers guys I'll have a look at the psu, so that ram won't work with the board?

What ram would be best suited and can anyone recommend a decent graphics card?

these offer about the best bang for buck at the moment though they have been as low as £112 (palit version) recently at scan on today only.

if you want a smaller sized case and dont want to spend too much i quite like the look of this one

for a psu you might consider this

not too sure on the ram.

OP, what do you actually want to do with your new computer?
Graphics? games? try and be specific then we can advise you on what is suitable for you

Original Poster

Mainly use a graphics tablet, cs4, do some basic video editing and possibly use ableton music software

souljacker

Mainly use a graphics tablet, cs4, do some basic video editing and … Mainly use a graphics tablet, cs4, do some basic video editing and possibly use ableton music software



In that case get a 6 core CPU if its not too much, get some cheaper (but bigger) RAM, around 500W good make PSU and perhaps a slightly cheaper motherboard (gigabyte is a good make).

I'm not sure how much of the video is actually offloaded onto the GPU - even so you dont need an expensive one.

In reply to RAM: Unless you plan on over-clocking, cheapest branded memory with the best warranty should do fine.

Example that will work with your processor:scan.co.uk/Pro…50V

1333 should be fine for that processor. If you look at the original board specification it lists: DDR3 - 1600(OC), DDR3 - 1800(OC) which basically means these types of memory will only be utilised to their full speed when OCing/OverClocking.

Edited by: "PhearFactor" 13th Oct 2010

go for low latency ram rather than high speed!

dcx_badass

For what you use your PC for a 6 core would be overkill.



Really? CS4 and graphics work? More cores = better!

Original Poster

can anyone confirm this memory will work with this mobo or if not what type i need?

Original Poster

Now revised it to this lot, thoughts computer people? will it all work?

MD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3 Cache Retail BoxedProcessor

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO 785G Socket AM3 DVI VGA HDMI Out 8 Channel Audio MATX Motherboard

Arctic Power 700W PSU - With PCI-E, 4x SATA, 20+4, ATX12V, 8pin +12V Connectors

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit Unbuffered CL9

Original Poster

Well i even managed to surprise myself how easy to was to build a pc from scratch, never done one before but all the bits arrived today and it's now up and running with windows 7 on it .

Now just need to get hold of a decent monitor, any recommendations?
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