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#1 Dasherman

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:30 PM

A friend of mine is looking for a new pc, because his current one has a motherboard which only supports DDR1 :P
He asked me my opinion on his setup, but my information is outdated, and I don't know about the performance of these parts.
Anybody wanna come to my aid?
Here's the setup, comment as much as you want!

AMD FX-8150 Black Edition,sAM3+ €172,97
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3,socket AM3+ €64,97
Western Digital Blue 1TB - 3.5inch €68,99
Corsair Vengeance DDR3,1600-8GB KIT €38,99
Sapphire Radeon HD7770 Vapor-X,1GB €132,99
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer €68,97
Corsair CX 500WATT €59,99
LG DVR DL 24X,SATA €18,99
Cooler Master Sickleflow RED €9,99
Assembling costs €50,00
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Total = €686,85
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:52 PM

Go modular on the power supply - it's worth the price.
I also can't find the m/board, care to toss a link? The one I've found only has USB 2.0.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:18 PM

Depending on what he's going to do with it, I'd go with an i5 instead.
And modular power supplies are really nice, like emo said.


Go modular on the power supply - it's worth the price.
I also can't find the m/board, care to toss a link? The one I've found only has USB 2.0.

Do any am3+ boards support usb3 without 3rd party stuff?
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:41 PM

I'm surprised he found an AM3+ board that didn't support USB3.0, lol.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:30 PM

Hrm, I could have sworn there was a big deal with only FM1/2 chipsets offering usb3 by default.

Anyways, here's a pretty nice one for cheap:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157280
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:03 PM

That's the board I ordered for my Vishera. I'm real shady on ASRock but we'll see how it goes.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:01 AM

I've had pretty good luck with them. Honestly I've only ever gotten two dead mobos and they were both MSI.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:28 AM

I meant for long term use. ASRock generally sells their boards cheaper so I'm afraid they're putting on cheap china capacitors and the board will fry after a year or two. Here's hoping it's just my paranoia. :x

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:35 AM

Oh, it's possible. The oldest one I have in use at work currently is just over a year.
Personally, I try to use Asus boards for my own products when possible, and I have a coworker who swears by Sabertooth boards for his setups. He's had a bulldozer chip since launch, and has used multiple others on them as well.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:44 AM

Yeah, if I need something reliable I'm always going to go with ASUS - their sabertooth boards are a bit pricey for me, though.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:02 AM

They're a bit on the pricey side, but a good asuse board can be had for less, depending on what you need from it.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:02 PM

Motherboard:
http://www.asus.nl/M...#specifications
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:50 PM

Pretty nice board - only down side is the SATA 3gb/s and not 6gb/s but I wouldn't consider that a deal breaker.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:53 PM

Yeah, I don't see a SSD on his list. I can't imagine the extra bandwidth makes a difference on mechanical drives, does it?
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:12 PM

I think the 10k rpm drives can exceed 3gb/s burst reads (not that the current one is a 10k rpm) but having room to expand is good.

Even if you're only starting with 2 sticks of RAM I would always recommend having 4 slots, for example.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:16 PM

Hrm..I didn't realize that. I thought all mechanical drives came in quite a bit lower than that.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:18 PM

He said he wanted to upgrade to an ssd later on when he's got more money, but that he wants an HDD to start with.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:23 PM

If that's the case, I'd try to find one with a couple SATA 6 slots
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:26 PM

Hrm..I didn't realize that. I thought all mechanical drives came in quite a bit lower than that.

Naw, you're right. Turns out 10ks max out at 157MB/s.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:32 PM

Yeah, I knew mechanical drives were way slower than SSDs. >.>
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