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January 31, 2010
10:55 PM
Someguy
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I am going to build my own PC using these components:

AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Dual Core Processor – 2.80GHz, Socket AM2+, 2MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s), OEM

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500-Watt Power Supply

Seagate ST3250318AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive – 250GB, 7200, 8MB, SATA-300

XION Vantage Mid-Tower Case AXP100-001BK – ATX, mATX

Centon 2048MB Dual Channel PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB)

ASUS M4A77D AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard – Xtreme Design w/ Advanced Clock Calibration (ACC)

SAPPHIRE 100256HDMI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

I already have confirmation from 5 people that this will work but I want to ask just to make sure as everything costs money.

February 1, 2010
2:55 PM
Pwnana
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There is no reason why it wouldn’t work. You just have to make sure you’ve got everything accounted for. I assume your motherboards got a sound chip, and the towers got a cooling system, so it looks like your good.

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February 1, 2010
3:35 PM
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Maybe it comes with the processor (or maybe not since it is OEM), but you need to make sure you have a heatsink/fan combo for the processor; this is in addition to any fans in the case. I don’t know about current AMD processors, but they used to be known for running hot-especially important if you intend to overclock.

What about a DVD drive?

I assume the motherboard has USB ports on it, but do you have any need for a card reader?

A 250MB hard drive seems kinda small these days, especially if you have lots of music/video/photos.

I haven’t built a PC in a while, but is there a problem mixing DDR2 on the motherboard and DDR3 on the graphics card?

I would suggest more memory if you can afford it especially if you are going to run a 64-bit OS.

Possibly an external HD (NAS or USB) so that you can back up your data.

February 1, 2010
6:23 PM
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Thanks for the response and I’m pretty sure everything would work. I already have a DVD drive from another computer. What I picked out is exactly what I want. And no, I dont need a card reader nor a bigger hard drive. The one thing I want to know is if I’ll need to buy a fan for my processor.

February 2, 2010
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If the OEM processor doesn’t come with a heatsink/fan you definitely need to get one.

February 2, 2010
4:45 PM
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Thats the problem. I don’t know if OEM processors from circuit city come with a fan.

February 2, 2010
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I looked up that processor on circuitcity.com and it doesn’t appear to have a heatsink especially at the price of the processor. I did a search on ‘am2+ heatsink’ on circuitcity.com and most of the heatsinks range from $30 – $70. Although I don’t know anything about them personally, this one got good reviews on the site for $40: http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4434989&CatId=493

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