08-11-2009 12:38 PM
Are the below parts all compatible with each other in the way that i could build my own computer?
CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (HDZ955FBGIBOX)
GPU- Nvidia geforce 250 gts 1gig ddr3
HDD- Western Digital - Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops 99
Optical Drive- SH-S222L 22x DVD±RW PATA DVD Burner with Lightscribe OEM 30
Cooling System- Vendetta 2 Universal CPU Cooler
Power Supply- StealthXstream 600 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply 80
Sound Card- Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI Express
Motherboard- NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI
RAM- OCZ Technology Gold XTC 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL8 Memory Kit (Three 2GB Memory Modules)
Case- COLER MASTER Elite 334 computer case (Nvidia edition) 50
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08-11-2009 02:57 PM
everything that you listed should be compatible with one another. the RAM and motherboard may not like each other, but a quick check of the specs for the specific motherboard you're getting should resolve that.
* i'd recommend an HD4870 over the video card that you currently have listed.
* why go with a PATA burner? get SATA; easier cable to deal with.
* you getting a different CPU cooler in the hope of overclocking? what's wrong with the stock heatsink and fan?
* most onboard sound solutions nowadays are pretty nice. you could save money by dropping the sound card.
08-11-2009 03:34 PM
i forgot there was a fan on the cpu . i would prefer a better sound card because of what i deal with. the graphics card will probably change but i don't exactly know how to compare nvidia to ati. i currently have a 9400 gts and a 6100 but i used to have an old ati. both were good but the ati was alot older. know any comparison sites?
08-11-2009 04:07 PM
Since you are going with a AMD based MB and processor I would also recommend that you go with a ATI videocard just so everything will play nice together.
The ATI4870 is one sweet videocard if your budget will allow it.
08-11-2009 04:31 PM
in terms of which manufacturer to go with, i'd evaluate:
1) the goodies (are there any free games or swag that comes with the card)
2) the warranty (some offer lifetime warranties while some offer single-year warranties)
3) the clockspeed (some mfr's will have factory overclocked cards, so that's something to pay attention to)
can't really recommend one brand to beat them all out, though.
08-11-2009 06:00 PM
I really like the XFX cards. Excellent Warranty and top quality.
08-11-2009 06:06 PM
on second though, i'll throw out some opinions ..
* EVGA - they do only NVIDIA-based cards, iirc, but they have a great warranty. you can overclock their cards, and they still stand by their warranty. the step-up program can also be a real useful option from time to time, as well.
* Saphire - i have a early HD4850 from them, and it runs pretty well. it had a single-slot cooler, so it ended up overheating a lot. with a better cooler, iv'e yet to see any problems.
* XFX - i've used them for builds for friends, and their cards have stood up well. had to RMA a card once, and the process was painless.