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Also building my first comp

BlinxerBlinxer Member CommonPosts: 120

And wondering what you guys thought of this list of core parts.

I'm looking to make a media center PC, that will dual boot and be powerful enough as a rendering slave and as a gaming rig.

My first time, so as far as I believe everything should work well together, if you think otherwise let me know!




EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX 


 x2       Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1067 

Hard drive:

x2        Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 

Disk Drive:

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM 


  • Agricola1Agricola1 Member UncommonPosts: 4,977

    GPU: I'd advise an ATI 5770

    PSU: ?

    What about the tower? Don't leave it out as the tower is a very important part.

    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience"

    CS Lewis

  • BlinxerBlinxer Member CommonPosts: 120

    The power supply I was waiting on just until I got the details nailed out so that I know how much draw I'd have, but for this build are there any you would recommend? As for the ATI card, I've always used ATI cards and currently have an HD 4800 that works perfectly, the problem is I will be using Linux which disagrees with ATI, and also it needs CUDA for rendering, which only certain Nvidea cards have.



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    Edit: Heres a list of Nvidea cards with CUDA support.

  • viddsterviddster Member UncommonPosts: 220

    I would go with the GTX 260 if you can afford the price difference, it is quite alot more powerful than the 9800GTX. It is only DX10 but it should be good for a couple of years still. Not even sure most online stores even keep that card anymore.

  • MdpatsMdpats Member UncommonPosts: 176

    You're going to bottleneck at the GPU.  Get something better.

  • pyrofreakpyrofreak Member UncommonPosts: 1,481

    As for power supplies, generally bigger is better. A power supply is much less efficient (plus life is reduced) the closer you run it to cap. Buying an 800 watt and only drawing 500 watts will be much easier on the PSU. Of course, you'll be paying a bit more up front.


    As for brand, I'm a big fan of OCZ.

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  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 6,297

    There is no point finalizing your GPU choice now.  If you wait a couple days you will save HUGE.

  • pythipythi Member UncommonPosts: 63

    Originally posted by Cleffy

    There is no point finalizing your GPU choice now.  If you wait a couple days you will save HUGE.

    Cleffy is correct. To the poster who said the 260 is much better than the 9800, its bascily the same card.

    The 9800 is a great card, I would recommend the PNY version same vital stats with an extra 512 memory, its more of a placebo effect than anything however.


  • dfandfan Member Posts: 362

    260 and 9800 are not equal, 8800 and 9800 are.

  • noquarternoquarter Member Posts: 1,170

    Originally posted by Cleffy
    There is no point finalizing your GPU choice now.  If you wait a couple days you will save HUGE.

    I still don't think Fermi is going to push any prices down. Hope it does though, a 2nd 5770 for $120 would be amazing :)

  • VooDoo_PapaVooDoo_Papa Member UncommonPosts: 897

    if your shopping on Newegg and are still considering power supplies, shop for "Plus Bronze Certified" and higher.  Those will be your most effiicient PSU's.  As you move from bronze to gold, you'll notice your choices becoming more and more limited.

    Personally, I wouldnt purchase a PSU higher than a 700w unless I was using an array or SLI.

    For example, this seasonic 650w modular PSU

  • BlinxerBlinxer Member CommonPosts: 120

    Thank you very much for your help! I think I' going to wait a little longer on the GPU, hoping the new cards coming soon will push the prices on these ones down!

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