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Xipo

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Since I was upgrading my processor, mobo and ram, I thoguth I might aswell just get a new case and use my old HD, PSU and GPU for now, got about $500 to spend on the new parts.

For the case, I was thinking either a Antec Three Hundred or CM 690

CPU: Phenom II X4 955 (buying this)
Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO (buying this)

GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4850
HDD: SEAGATE Barracuda ST3160021A (Only 2mb cache, probably could use a cheap upgrade)
PSU: CM Extreme Power 550W

Then for RAM, want to get 4GB, but don't know which ones yet, suggestions?

Would love some opinions :)
 
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G.Skill 1600 DDR3 would be good Link

your PSU should be enough. what brand is it? i think the 590 would be better but that's just me. i like the fact that it has two more 120MM Mounts on the top of the Case. though, the 690 is just fine.
 

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What 550w is it?
 

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Looks like it would turn out to be a splendid build but may want to switch out the PSU to a different OEM if you plan on wanting to do some CrossfireX.

EDIT:

Oh and ram, PM dark2099 I think he still has a 4x1GB kit Gskill 1600 for $50.
 

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The 690 is just $2 more than the 590 over here, thought the 690 was supposed to be the better one, am I wrong here?
 

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Either one you cant go wrong with. I like the Antec 300 personally, kinda biased.
 
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CM 690 looks like a great case, I have the CM Gladiator 600, and I'm very happy with it. You should end up with a very solid rig!
 

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Would be awesome, it's just the mobo I'm getting supports DDR3 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066
So I thought those OCZ would be a nice choice because of the CL7
 
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From what I have been told by the TPU gang, AMD chips prefer the tighter timing over the clock speed. If you can get CL7 on 1333 Mhz, it should be slightly better than CL8 at 1600 Mhz for AMD. If you can get both high clock speed and tight timing, go for it.
 
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Will I need RAM optimised for AMD, or won't it really matter?
no. as long as its ddr3 as is a dual channel kit (altough you can use a 3 stick kit in dual channel) it will be fine.