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ECS IC780M-A PowerColor Barebones Kit - ECS IC780M-A Motherboard, AMD Phenom X4 9780 CPU, CPU Fan, Patriot 4GB DDR2 RAM (2x 2GB), Seagate 1TB HDD, Radeon HD 5450, Raygo ATX Mid-Tower Case, 450W PSU  

ECS IC780M-A PowerColor Barebones Kit

This Bundle Includes:

  • ECS IC780M-A Motherboard - AMD 770, Socket AM2+, ATX, DDR2, Dual Channel, PCIe, RAID
  • AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor HD9850XAJ4BGH - 2.50GHz, 4MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Agena, Quad-Core, OEM, Socket AM2+, Processor
  • Zalman CNPS7000V(AL)-1-PWM CPU Cooler - Intel Socket 1155, 1156, 775, AMD Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3
  • Patriot PSD22G80026 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 Memory - 800MHz, 1x2048MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered
  • Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive - 1TB, 5900RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G
  • PowerColor AX5450 2GBK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 Go Green! Series Video Card - 2GB, GDDR3, PCI-Express 2.1, Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, VGA, DirectX 11, Single-Slot, Low Profile
  • Raygo R12-40835 ATX Mid-Tower Case - ATX/Micro-ATX 1x External 3.5" Bays, 4x External 5.25" Bays, 6x Internal 3.5" Bays, 2x Fron USB Ports, 450W PSU Included, Black

ECS IC780M-A Motherboard - Qty: 1

ECS IC780M-A Motherboard
The latest ECS IC780M-A is based on AMD 770 chipset with 125W Phenom™ II /Phenom™ processor (Socket AM2+) support. With the on-board Realtek RTL8111C Gigabit LAN chip to speed up internet connectivity. Also, SB710 features 4x SATA ports, with RAID 0,1, &10 configurations, and proprietary ECS BIOS tweaking through the M.I.B II Overclocking utility. IC780M-A motherboard is the fantastic model for AMD platform.

AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor - Qty: 1

Note: A CPU cooling fan is not included with this CPU. In order to safeguard your warranty and achieve optimum performance we recommend purchasing a new compatible cooling fan.

AMD HD9850XAJ4BGH Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor
Overclocker’s dream! Deliver more sophisticated solutions with the leading-edge technology of AMD Phenom™ 9000 Series processor. Built from the ground up for true quad-core performance, AMD Phenom 9000 Series processors incorporate a unified high-speed L3 cache and high-speed DDR2 memory. Speed through complex multitasking, critical business productivity, advanced visual design and modeling and visually stunning digital media and entertainment. Whether it's a single solution or an enterprise system, AMD Phenom processors have the power to perform.

What It Is & Why You Need It!

  • Enjoy virtually unlimited memory options with AMD64 technology and 64-bit Windows Vista.
  • Helps virtualization software to run more securely and efficiently enabling a better experience when dealing with virtual systems.
  • Power management provides efficiency by providing on demand memory performance while still allowing for decreased system power consumption.

AMD Phenom processors include AMD Digital Media XPress™ 2.0 technology, advanced technology that delivers sharper and more lifelike 3D graphics. Also AMD's advanced power management technology can help reduce PCs' heat output and increase power efficiency. Discover amazing speed with True Quad-Core Performance. The AMD Phenom 9000 Series processor is advanced technology.


Meet the Fitties

Retiring the 00s

All stepping B2 processors bear that nuisance of a bug, so now thatAMD has a hardware fix, it’s anxious to replace them. Enter the 50-series chips: Phenom X4 9550 (2.2 GHz), Phenom X4 9750 (2.4 GHz), and Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition (2.5 GHz). Gone are the Phenom 9500 and 9600. These CPUs are the new hotness. When you’re shopping online or at Fry’s for a new processor, you won’t need to ask if it’s a B3 chip. AMD’s new model numbers tell the whole tale.

Oh, right. And AMD is bringing back the X-factor, too. Just as Athlon X2 chips sport two processing cores, so too do the X4 models boast a quartet of processing resources. The model names are starting to get longer. But fortunately, it should be easy enough to remember that all Phenom model numbers ending in 50 are based on AMD’s B3 stepping and X4s have four cores. It’ll make a lot more sense once the tri-core X3s start hitting the market. For now, they’re going to be OEM-only parts. Once they make their way into the channel, AMD’s pricing structure should solidify on those parts. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go brush my teeth after being reminded of BMW’s hideous SUV.

Though designed for an AM2+ platform, the Phenom X4 9850 will also drop into an AM2 board

A Wish, Granted

In addition to a new stepping and a revised naming convention, AMD is unveiling a pair of fresh speed bins in the channel to help nudge Phenom forward in its fight against Intel’sCore 2 Quad.

The Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition runs at 2.5 GHz out of the box. It naturally features an unlocked clock multiplier to help make overclocking easier. The higher frequency calls for a little more voltage (1.2-1.3V), which in turn causes power consumption to go up as well. The Phenom 9600 was a 95W part. The X4 9850 sports a 125W max TDP, as does the X4 9750. Don’t worry though; AMD’s reference heatsink still seems to do the trick for cooling.

Everything else about the processors’ architecture remains the same. The chips boast 64KB of instruction and 64KB of data L1 cache per core (512KB total per Phenom die) and 512KB of L2 per core, totaling 2MB per processor. A 2MB L3 cache is shared by all four cores. AMD manufacturers these Phenoms, like those before, on its 65nm SOI node over at Fab 36 in Dresden. They consist of somewhere around 450 million transistors on a die roughly 285 square millimeters.

The Phenom’s integratedmemory controller now consists of two 64-bit channels that can either be ganged together in a 128-bit configuration or operated independently. Officially, the controller supports unregisteredDIMMs running at speeds as high as DDR2-1066, but we’ve had rotten luck getting either of two 790FX boards running stably with DDR2-1066 memory installed. Until we figure out what’s going on there, we’ll take rock-solid DDR2-800 modules, thank you.

We did discover one little surprise upon firing the Phenom X4 9780 up for the first time. Mainly, the processor’s memory controller and HyperTransport link clocks have increased from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz, yielding a small total processor bandwidth boost to 33.1 GBps. On an enthusiast platform with discrete graphics, the difference won’t be perceptible. However, thememory bandwidth increase might help a 780G-based board with an integrated graphics solution.

Patriot PSD22G80026 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 Memory

Patriot Memory’s Signature Line DDR2 Non-ECC Unbuffered memory delivers quality, reliability and performance expected for today’s computer needs. This 2GB module is designed to run at PC2-6400 (800MHz) at CAS 6 latency timings. Built using specific build-of-materials (BOMs) we ensure that every module meets and exceeds industry standards: offering you a hassle-free upgrade. We certify every component that goes into our modules, including the modules themselves, which must pass strict standards to ensure compatibility, quality and reliability. With free customer service and a lifetime warranty, Patriot Memory’s Signature memory modules are a perfect system upgrade option.

MemoryTek 4GB (2x 2GB) DDR2 PC2-6300 PC2-6400 800Mhz 240 Pin DIMM (Desktop Memory) 4 GB KIT

Crucial M550 256GB 2.5-Inch 7mm SSD SATA (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT256M550SSD1
Crucial M550
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For


Form Factor
Memory Components
SATA 6Gb/s


Max Sequential Read
Up to 550 MBps
Max Sequential Write
Up to 500 MB/s
4KB Random Read
Up to 90,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 80,000 IOPS
1,500,000 hours


Load files and programs almost instantly

Boot up almost immediately

Accelerate demanding applications

Download massive files in seconds rather than minutes

Manage power so your battery lasts longer

Encrypt and protect personal data against loss or theft

Achieve top speeds without sacrificing reliability

Native Write Acceleration

Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN)

Multistep Data Integrity Algorithm

Adaptive Thermal Protection

Power Loss Protection

Data Path Protection

Active Garbage Collection

TRIM support

Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (SMART)

Error Correction Code (ECC)

Device Sleep support


Operating Temperature
0°C ~ +70°C

Dimensions & Weight


Seagate Barracuda 1TB Low Power Hard Drive - Qty: 1

Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive
Seagate has designed a drive that is environmentally conscious, has low power consumption, and doesn't compromise on performance. The Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive strives to offer you the world’s most reliable and proven perpendicular magnetic recording technology. Not to mention, power consumption has been reduced by up to 44 percent over standard desktop drives to provide power savings over the life of the drive. Moreover, the Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive is engineered to the highest international environmental standards. If that wasn't enough, the Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive's whisper-quiet acoustics ensure a near silent PC environment.

PowerColor Radeon HD 5450 2GB GDDR3 PCIe 2.1 LP - Qty: 1

PowerColor AX5450 2GBK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 Go Green! Series Video Card
The PowerColor AX5450 2GBK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 Go Green! Series Video Card features the latest ATI Technologies, including ATI Stream, ATI Eyefinity, and Microsoft DirectX 11 applications. The PowerColor AX5450 2GBK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 Go Green! Series Video Card is a model of efficiency and performance in which all others will be compared to. That’s the difference in begin green. The PowerColor AX5450 2GBK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 Go Green! Series Video Card is equipped with our custom passive cooling system, allowing you to enjoy your gaming and movies without distraction. PowerColor AX5450 2GBK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 Go Green! Series Video Card outperforms the competition, all while consuming less power. Less power means more usavings for you!

What It Is And Why You Need It:

  • 292 million transistors on 40nm fabrication process
  • TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
  • 80 Stream Processing Units
  • ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology4
  • Supports CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Supports ATI Stream Technology
  • ATI Eyefinity Technology
  • ATI Hypermemory Technology

Raygo R12-40835 ATX Mid-Tower Case w/ 450W PSU - Qty: 1

Raygo R12-40835 ST ATX Mid-Tower Case
The Raygo R12-40835 ST ATX Mid-Tower Case the versatility you need to excel on both the professional and recreational. The Raygo R12-40835 ST ATX Mid-Tower Case features six 3.5" internal and one external drive bays and four external 5.25" drive bays. The Raygo R12-40835 ST ATX Mid-Tower Case also features two front USB ports and its compatible with ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards. The Raygo R12-40835 ST ATX Mid-Tower Case also includes a 450W power supply that offers the muscle you need to propel the most energy-intensive system. Purchase the Raygo R12-40835 ST ATX Mid-Tower Case today!

What It Is and Why You Need It:

  • Compatible with ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards
  • 450W Power Supply Included
ECS IC780M-A Motherboard
  Processor Socket:  AMD
  Processor Interface:  Socket AM2+
  Form Factor:  ATX
  Processors Supported:  AMD Athlon 64
  AMD Phenom
  AMD Phenom II
  AMD Athlon II
  HyperTransport Bus:  2600MHz (5200 MT/s)
  Northbridge:  AMD 770
  Memory Supported:  400MHz DDR2
  533MHz DDR2
  667MHz DDR2
  800MHz DDR2
  1066MHz DDR2
  Memory Type:  DDR2
  Number of Pins:  240-Pin
  Maximum Memory Supported:  4GB - 32bit
  32GB - 64bit
  Number of Slots:  4
  Max. Memory Supported Per Slot:  8GB
  Channels:  6 Channels
  LAN Type:  10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit
  PS/2 Keyboard Connectors:  1
  PS/2 Mouse Connectors:  1
  USB Ports (Total):  8
  USB Rear Panel Ports:  4
  USB Onboard Headers:  2 - (expandable to 4 USB ports)
  LAN Ports:  1
  IDE Headers:  1
  Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Headers:  4
  ATX Power Connectors:  1 24-Pin Connector
  PC Power Connectors:  1 - 4 Pin
  PCI Slots:  3
  PCI Express X1 Slots:  2
  PCI Express X16 Slots:  1
  RAID Support:  Yes
  RAID Modes:  0

AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor
  CPU Type:  Desktop
  Processor Interface:  Socket AM2+
  Processor Class:  Phenom X4
  Processor Speed:  9850 / 2.50GHz
  Cores:  Quad
  Cache Size:  4MB L2 + L3
  L2 Cache:  2 MB
  L3 Cache:  2 MB
  Bus Speed:  2000MHz (4000 MT/s)
  Fan:  Not Included
  Wattage:  125W
  Additional Technologies:  MMX
  Enhanced Virus Protection
  AMD Virtualization
  Cool'n'Quiet 2.0
  HyperTransport 3.0
  Unlocked Multiplier:  No
  Instruction Set:  SSE
Zalman Hydraulic Bearing CPU Cooler
  Fan Type:  CPU Cooler
  Socket Type:  775
  Bearing Type:  Hydraulic
  RPM:  1400 ~ 2700 RPM
  Connector(s):  4 Pin (PWM)
Patriot 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 Memory
  Memory Category:  Desktop
  Memory Type:  DDR2
  Memory Speed:  PC6400
  Memory Speed MHz:  800MHz
  Memory Size:  2048MB
  Total Memory Size:  2GB
  Memory Modules:  1
  Memory Socket:  DIMM
  Memory CAS Latency:  6
  Pins:  240
  ECC:  No
Memory Buffer:  Unbuffered
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Low Power Hard Drive
  Drive Type:  Internal
  Interface:  SATA-3G
  Interface Type:  SATA
  Spindle Speed (RPM):  5900
  Buffer Memory:  32MB
  Average Latency (msec):  5.5
  Data Transfer Rate on Serial ATA:  Up to 3000 Mb/sec
  Temperature, Operating (°C):  0 to 60
  Temperature, Nonoperating (°C):  -40 to 70
  Shock, Operating: 2 msec (Gs):  70
  Shock, Nonoperating: 2 msec (Gs):  350
Raygo R12-40835 ATX Mid-Tower Case w/ 450W PSU
  Other Fan Ports:  2x 120/90/80mm Fan Ports
  Form Factor:  ATX Mid-Tower
  Compatible Motherboards:  ATX
  Micro ATX
  Power Supply:  450 Watt
  Material:  SGCC
  External 5.25" Drive Bays:  4
  External 3.5" Drive Bays:  1
  Internal 3.5" Drive Bays:  6
  Expansion Slots:  7
  Front USB Ports:  2
  Front Audio Ports:  2
  Depth:  16.30"
  Width:  7.9"
  Height:  16.9"
PowerColor Radeon HD 5450 2GB GDDR3 PCIe 2.1 LP
  Maximum Digital Resolution:  2560 x 1600
  Maximum Resolution:  2560 x 1600
  Maximum Analog Resolution:  2048 x 1536
  Additional Features:  ATI Stream Technology
  ATI Eyefinity Technology
  ATI Hypermemory Technology
  Video Card Profile:  Low Profile
  Core Clock:  650 MHz
  Video Memory:  2 GB
  Memory Clock:  1200 MHz
  Memory Type:  GDDR3
  Stream Processors:  80
  Memory Interface:  64-bit
  Interface Type:  PCI Express 2.1
  Interface Speed:  x16
  Connector(s):  VGA (15-Pin D-Sub)
  DVI (Dual Link)
  Multiple Monitors Support:  Yes
  Chipset:  ATI Radeon
  GPU Series:  ATI Radeon HD 5000
  Lifestyle:  Mainstream
  Cooling Type:  Heatsink
  Low Profile:  Yes
  Video Output:  DVI
  APIs:  DirectX 11
  Shader Model 5
  OpenGL 3.2
  Direct Compute 11
  Overclocked:  No
  Multi-GPU Support:  CrossFire-X
  Minimum PSU Wattage Requirement:  350 Watt
  Specification Notes:  [3] To provide the most accurate specifications, the specifications listed are based upon the manufacturer's exact model specification as published on the manufacturer's website.
Manufacturers sometimes offer discounts when large quantities of products are purchased without fancy, colorful, retail packaging. We take advantage of these opportunities to bring you the same quality, retail product at a lower price. Retail packaging is designed to look good on a store shelf and attract your attention. It frequently includes more paper, plastic and cardboard than needed. OEM packaging is not as visually attractive but is far more economical and because OEM packaging uses less paper, plastic, ink and cardboard it creates less waste and is better for the environment. Although OEM packaged product ships in a plain white or brown box you can be assured it is the same quality product as the retail packaged version. Buying OEM packaged products saves you money and helps save the planet…GO GREEN AND SAVE GREEN. Included accessories, software, documentation, and manufacturer warranties on OEM products may vary from retail versions. Please review our detailed specifications and photo gallery for included accessories and see below for warranty information.