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lI0y8UQiFyQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI0y8UQiFyQ


This video kind of made me want to build a new computer from scratch.


GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard $110

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor $170

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $ 65

Antec EA750 750W Continuous Power "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply (Crossfire/Sli ready) $ 95


As for sata drive dont know which one I should get as of right now

Already have a *edited*ty raidmax case I will use till I upgrade to a different one.


Will probably get a different graphics card down the line but right now I will run a 7600 gt ko or an nVidia 8600 gs


Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated....seems like a nice upgrade in mobo/processor/powersupply since right now I'm running a 480 power supply, an asus a8n32-sli delux mobo with a amd athlon 64 +3200 processor....that setup is ancient.

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Pay a bit more and get an i5...

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - $200

ASUS P7P55D LE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $135

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - $80

plus the original power supply you had chosen. This option is $70 more but definitely worth it.


Also if you plan to use your computer for gaming, don't bother upgrading if you aren't going to upgrade your video card. Video card is #1 most important upgrade for gaming. I would suggest, depending on budget, to get like a radeon 4850 or something like that because 1) they are pretty cheap, only about $100 and can play most every game on high settings and 2) both the motherboard you posted and the one I suggested support crossfire, so it would be easy to add a second card later for that.


As for hard drive, buy a western digital black series drive. Speed and reliability cannot be beaten.


Also I should note that if the 480W power supply you have now is a quality power supply, you likely can hold off on upgrading that; using the extreme power supply calculator, the i5, ram, motherboard, 1 radeon 4850, 2 sata hard drives and 2 dvd burners only requires a 285W power supply, using the phenom requires 311W, so your 480W should work fine

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first, the motherboard I posted only has 2 reviews... kinda hard to say you aren't liking the reviews when 1 was a 5 egg and the other was a 1 egg DOA.

second, the motherboard you posted uses an AMD chipset... those don't support SLI either, sorry.



but since you like gigabyte boards (which I think are terrible, btw), here is one for the i5 that has decent ratings/price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128401

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Actually, the one I posted does support sli and I like it because it can use AM2, AM2+, and AM3 processors which is allows me to use a wider array of processors. I didnt like your mobo you posted cuz of video reviews and that lack of sli which I do kinda like the nvidia and sli technology.

Whoever told you a non-Nvidia AMD board supported SLI was lying.


The motherboard you posted doesn't support either SLI or crossfire. If it does it sure doesn't say anything about it.


ALL Core i5/i7 motherboards support SLI.

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So Tigerdirect says it supports Crossfire. Even if that's true that doesn't mean it supports SLI. They aren't the same by far and aren't interoperable.


Even if Tiger's right and it does support Crossfire, it's only at x8x8 which pretty much sucks. Most of the mid-range Intel boards are x16x16x8, with the x16x16 being for gaming and the x8 for a physics or tertiary monitor-only card.


Also, I wouldn't trust Tiger. They're wrong. ALOT.

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