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Old 08-14-2010, 09:52 AM   #1
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Default Final Build (ordering today)

I'm going to be ordering my parts for my rig and just wanted to run it past you guys. There's a couple of questions I'd like to clear up as well.

Firstly, what is the difference between an OEM operating system and a Retail Boxed OS. I know that the OEM one can only be installed on one computer, but if I say changed my CPU would I have to buy a new OS disk if I bought the OEM one?

Secondly, I heard that ATI graphics cards run best with AMD CPUs and Nvidia best with Intel. Is this true?

Anyways, here is my system:

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

MOBO
MSI 870A-G54 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

GPU
Sapphire HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 DUAL DVI-I HDMI Display Port Out PCI-E Graphics Card COD MW2 Game Edition
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Gigabyte GTX 460 OC 1GB GDDR5 OC Edition Dual DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
What sort of cable do I need to connect the Gigabyte to my monitor? An HDMI? Mini HDMI or VGA or DVI? Thanks =)

PSU
Antec EarthWatts 650W PSU - 80Plus Certified 12cm Fan 3x 12V Rails

HDD
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM

Optical drive
Sony Optiarc DDU1681S 18x DVD-ROM SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black

RAM
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit Unbuffered CL9

Case
Antec 900 Nine Hundred - Gaming Case with 200mm Top Fan - No PSU


I think that's it. I hope you can answer my questions. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks. =)
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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looks great but i hope you went with the 460 if you went with the 5830 you shouldn't be building a computer -.-
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:52 PM   #3
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Firstly, what is the difference between an OEM operating system and a Retail Boxed OS. I know that the OEM one can only be installed on one computer, but if I say changed my CPU would I have to buy a new OS disk if I bought the OEM one?
You can theoretically change all the parts in your computer with the exception of the motherboard, without having to repurchase the OS.

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Secondly, I heard that ATI graphics cards run best with AMD CPUs and Nvidia best with Intel. Is this true?
I know that ATI does indeed work better with AMD, as AMD now owns ATI. Not sure about the Nvidia/Intel relationship.

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looks great but i hope you went with the 460 if you went with the 5830 you shouldn't be building a computer -.-
What? The 5830 Stock is not that great for the price, but can be overclocked to very good benchmarks.
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Firstly, what is the difference between an OEM operating system and a Retail Boxed OS.
The only real difference between the two are the fancy box and materials that come with the retail version.

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Secondly, I heard that ATI graphics cards run best with AMD CPUs and Nvidia best with Intel. Is this true?
No, either brand works equally well together.

Nice looking system. Personally, I would go with the GTX 460. You can use either a DVI or mini HDMI cable, whichever your monitor supports.
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Firstly, what is the difference between an OEM operating system and a Retail Boxed OS. I know that the OEM one can only be installed on one computer, but if I say changed my CPU would I have to buy a new OS disk if I bought the OEM one?
With an OEM, once activated, it is forever stuck to that motherboard. If you want to upgrade your mobo you will need to buy a new OS key. If you want to transfer the key to another computer, you can't. With retail you can transfer the key to a different motherboard as long as the OS is uninstalled from the other computer. For most users, OEM is quite fine as they will never put that copy on a different system. I ran into an OEM problem with Windows 7. I ended up having to scrap that OS because it was better to run Server 2008 on my server than Windows 7 Home Premium which it came with when I got it.
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The gtx 460 is a much better gpu. You can often reactivate an oem cop of window by calling their automated phone line and saying that you have it installed on one computer. I did it and it works perfectly
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