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My first build
12-01-2010, 09:20 PM,
#1
My first build
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600
SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W
MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB
ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I am really unsure of the compatibility between the motherboard and my other components, especially the ram and I'm also wondering if it would be worth it to upgrade to the 1 gig gtx 460. I'm trying to keep it very close to $700.
The Budget Beast: Phenom II 965 BE, ASUS M4A87TD EVO, G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4 GB, GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 1 GB, Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB, CORSAIR 650W, COOLER MASTER HAF 922
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12-01-2010, 09:47 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-01-2010, 09:49 PM by Frank.)
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RE: My first build
If you don't mind rebates here's a GTX 460 1Gb for $140 with free shipping. Without it it's still $10 cheaper than your current card although you do lose the sweet looking cooler. It's from EVGA

EVGA GTX 460 1GB

I'd wait for Andrew or someone to answer but your motherboard looks fine to me.

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12-02-2010, 03:24 AM,
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RE: My first build
Keep in mind that's a GTX 460 SE 1GB, meaning it has fewer CUDA cores then a regular GTX 460 1GB and lower clocks. I'd stick with the GTX 460 768MB.

Everything looks good, good luck with the build!
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12-02-2010, 12:15 PM,
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RE: My first build
NewEgg has the 1 GB version for $15 more then the 768 version after rebates.

If you decide you really wanted to go with the 1GB version of that vid card, you could save enough money on a 955BE ($144.99) instead of the 965BE ($159.99) to get it. The extra 200MhZ is the only difference if I am correct, and that would be easily reached with a very minor overclock. If you don't want to OC, I think the vid card bump (about 5fps according to Anandtech) might outperform the CPU bump (about 2fps according to Anandtech) in most cases, while still allowing the option of a CPU OC should you want to eek out that last little bit. Of course I would defer to those on the board who have much more experience with these things.

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System - It's Alive!!! Bwa-Haha!

CPU: AMD Phenom II 955BE (OC to come) Cooling: OEM CPU Cooler, 3x 120mm case fans (for now) Motherboard: ASROCK M3A770DE Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333MHz Video Card: ASUS GTX 460 768MB Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB Case: Rosewill DESTROYER PSU: OCZ StealthXstream II 600W Audio: Integrated Keyboard: Black with letters and numbers Mouse: White with Buttons and a Wheel Cost: Including shipping after rebates, $547USD Excitement: Thinking about first soup to nuts build? Priceless!

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12-02-2010, 12:57 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-02-2010, 12:59 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: My first build
You're correct quickm0ng00se, but where is the 1GB version only $15 more than the 768 on newegg?
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12-02-2010, 01:20 PM,
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RE: My first build
(12-02-2010, 12:57 PM)Andrew J Wrote: You're correct quickm0ng00se, but where is the 1GB version only $15 more than the 768 on newegg?


The 768MB Version is $169.99 with a $25 MIR. ($144.99)

-vs-

The 1GB Version is on sale for $189.99 (Normally $209.99) with a $30 MIR. ($159.99)

Actually, looking at the listings now, they aren't exactly the same. The 1GB one is the Hawk edition, so it's got an even bigger performance bump over the 768MB. Smile

QM
System - It's Alive!!! Bwa-Haha!

CPU: AMD Phenom II 955BE (OC to come) Cooling: OEM CPU Cooler, 3x 120mm case fans (for now) Motherboard: ASROCK M3A770DE Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333MHz Video Card: ASUS GTX 460 768MB Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB Case: Rosewill DESTROYER PSU: OCZ StealthXstream II 600W Audio: Integrated Keyboard: Black with letters and numbers Mouse: White with Buttons and a Wheel Cost: Including shipping after rebates, $547USD Excitement: Thinking about first soup to nuts build? Priceless!

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12-02-2010, 01:55 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-02-2010, 01:58 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: My first build
MSI rebate though. (MSI isn't known for being timely) I got my 768MB for $135 before rebate, so I guess prices went up, that's a shame. By the way you can get Zotac/Galaxy 460 768MBs for $160 before rebate.
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12-02-2010, 02:12 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-02-2010, 02:17 PM by quickm0ng00se.)
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RE: My first build
Yeah, most of them have gone to the online rebate fulfillment process, which you would think would be quicker then back in the day, but after all is said and done, they still say it will take between 6 and 8 weeks. Although to be honest, I don't think I've ever had a rebate take 6 weeks.

As for the prices, they seem to yo-yo a ton, making a decision even tougher. I got the one in my sig 4 days ago for $15 less the it is going for right now on NewEgg. When it came time for me to pull the trigger, I gave myself a price I was willing to spend, and just waited to find that. When a 460 fit into that plan, I jumped at it.

If you don't want to mess with the rebates, you would be looking at $20 more for the 1GB Hawk card. If you save the $15 on your CPU, you could save at least the other $5 by dropping your memory down to the 1333 stuff, which unless you really needed the headroom for an OC beyond the 200MhZ to bring the 955 to 965 speeds, should still be more then fine.

QM
System - It's Alive!!! Bwa-Haha!

CPU: AMD Phenom II 955BE (OC to come) Cooling: OEM CPU Cooler, 3x 120mm case fans (for now) Motherboard: ASROCK M3A770DE Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333MHz Video Card: ASUS GTX 460 768MB Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB Case: Rosewill DESTROYER PSU: OCZ StealthXstream II 600W Audio: Integrated Keyboard: Black with letters and numbers Mouse: White with Buttons and a Wheel Cost: Including shipping after rebates, $547USD Excitement: Thinking about first soup to nuts build? Priceless!

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12-02-2010, 02:23 PM,
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RE: My first build
Well it's been around 4 months and I still have not received my rebate from Antec (MSI does the same thing) but I'm sure it will eventually come through.

Also it should be noted you don't even need the 1600 RAM for overclocking because it's a black edition processor.

So in conclusion, if you can afford the GTX 460 1GB then go for it.
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12-02-2010, 02:32 PM,
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RE: My first build
Make sure you charge them interest for tying up your money that long. I'll keep everyone posted on mine, since I am counting on a total of almost $50 in rebates. None from MSI though. Big Grin

If he is only ever going to OC with the multiplier, then I agree 100% 1600 is overkill, get the 1333 at best, save the extra money, and there is the 1Gb Hawk version of the build for no extra money over the original.

QM
System - It's Alive!!! Bwa-Haha!

CPU: AMD Phenom II 955BE (OC to come) Cooling: OEM CPU Cooler, 3x 120mm case fans (for now) Motherboard: ASROCK M3A770DE Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333MHz Video Card: ASUS GTX 460 768MB Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB Case: Rosewill DESTROYER PSU: OCZ StealthXstream II 600W Audio: Integrated Keyboard: Black with letters and numbers Mouse: White with Buttons and a Wheel Cost: Including shipping after rebates, $547USD Excitement: Thinking about first soup to nuts build? Priceless!

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