First Build, buying within a week... help please.

Hi guys, I've been off and on the site for a few months now, asking opinions on certain builds and components. Also been trying to give out the odd bit of advice here and there.

I finally bit the bullet and applied for some credit through Newegg and came up with a 5,000 limit... I have no intention of using that, and in fact, only plan to spend 1,000 on this build. (1200 TOPS).

That being said, here are some parts that I've selected, please advise me on what to change/upgrade, based on performance/dollar ratio.

Thanks very much in advance, I always love coming to this site for help because everyone is always so nice.

Case: Centurion 5

Motherboard : Gigabyte - P35 DS3R

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 320gb

RAM - G.Skill 2GB 240 pin 6400

CPU - E4400 (Could be switched out for nicer cpu... just wasn't sure what, I'm not opposed to overclocking)

GPU - EVGA GeForce 7600GT 256mb (Again, could be switched, but wasn't sure to what)

Hanns-G 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor

Keybo ard/Mouse Combo


Not sure what to pick for PSU, also not real sure about optical drives.

Any advice/comments are welcome.
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More about first build buying week please
  1. Centurion 534 $50
    Gigabyte Ga-P35-DS3R $130
    Corsair 520HX $80 (
    Super talent 2GB $99
    E6550 $172 (
    Freezer 7 Pro $22 (
    Seagate 320GB $80
    EVGA 8800 GTS 320MB $260
    Acer AL2051W $199

    $1092 after rebates, before rebates + shipping it might slightly above the budget, but it's well worth it.

    Case with great airflow, top quality, stable motherboard with the newest chipset and great overclocking features, one of the best PSU's ever made, a clear winner @ the $80 mark, 2GB of high quality, fast, overclockable RAM with very nice timings of 4-4-3-8, E6550, 2.3Ghz, 4MB of cache, with Freezer 7 Pro you should expect atleast 3.0Ghz. 320GB of space, 8800 GTS, very rare 8-bit panel with 176 degree viewing angles and good enough response time for gaming, a steal for $199.

    If the cost is still too high, you can cut some of it without losing any perfomance by doing this:

    1. Get RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP case, it comes with 500W PSU. $50 saved here.
    2. Get Gigabyte GA-P35-S3L, another $43 saved.

    Good luck.
  2. Thanks for the quick reply.

    Is that a set-up you've tried? Or just some recommendations?

    Here are a few things I was thinking of changing:

    CPU - E6750

    GPU - x1950 PRO (Not sure about this vs 7950GT)

    PSU - Antec NeoHE 550W (Based on some reviews by EMP)

    Monito r - 22" Widescreen Chimei (Again, good reviews)


    Still not 100% on these parts, I'll look into that cooler you mentioned.

    I do need to buy everything from Newegg, since I'll be using financing from them.

    I guess I've got a few questions on this build (with what I just decided to change)..

    Can I run Oblivion at reasonably high settings? Also looking to get into Battlefield 2, C&C 3, HL2, CS:S, and various other games like that.

    I've never been able to play at high settings before, so I'm pretty excited, and want to get something that can handle it.

    Thanks in advance (=
  3. Newegg has everything I listed, just a little more expensive on some of the parts. If you are financing, you might as well not change anything and go with the quality hardware which I already listed in the $1092 build. I'm 97% sure everything on that list is compatible. E6600 isn't worth getting, for $3 more you can get E6750 which is 266Mhz faster. I also can't comment on the 1950PRO but 8800 GTS will run all these games @ high settings with ease. That 22" looks fine too. But I'd still go with Acer with a better panel.

    Good luck.
  4. Thanks for the advice Dior.

    I'm not trying to be difficult, but I was kind of hoping for more replies/input, or if you agree with Dior's recommendations just let me know that too.

    Thanks guys.
  5. Dior's a good guy.

    As far as RAM, how come that Super-Talent over the Crucial Dior? The timings?

    I didn't see Super-Talent on the QVL for the board, and the Crucial is $20 cheaper (after rebate), so I guess whatever's most important for you Pous.
  6. ya its a great set up, i would get crucial RAM though, only because i really liked my last ram from them
  7. I like the dior list. For gaming, get the best vga card you feel comfortable paying for. For gaming, it is more important than the cpu. The 8800GTS seems like the sweet spot.
  8. Yup, go with that $1092 setup. If you are at the budget limit postpone the disk drive, dvd-rw and monitor and reuse what you have, for now. I assume you already have an older PC with an IDE disk and an IDE DVD drive and a monitor.
  9. I dont know this for sure but i have recently been looking into that gigabye board and i dont remember that super talent ram being on the compatible list. I could be wrong though im just going from memory. I cant check for sure because this computer dosent have adobe on it. Good lick with the build. Mine is almost the exact same except for the video card.
  10. Thanks for the advice everyone. I hope you're not offended at all Dior, I just wanted to hear the same thing from a few different people before I went ahead with such a large purchase.

    So, based on your recommendations the price on Newegg is $1,220.89 prior to shipping.

    It's a little more than I intended to spend, but that shouldn't be a problem.

    I just wanted to ask about the PSU you recommended. Is that better than the Antec NeoHE found here: It's a little less expensive than the corsair, but I don't want to sacrifice quality in a PSU to save 10-15 dollars.

    As for the 534 case, I'm not sure why it's better, unless it's because it has two 120mm fans in it? I'm trying to understand things, because I like learning about all of this.

    I did have to pick out a keyboard/mouse combo and a cd/dvd combo drive for this build. I don't have an old computer to pirate parts from, all I had for two years was my laptop that I bought while in the Navy and then I sold it a few weeks ago to pay some bills. So I've been using my brother's compaq presario sr1230NX (Which is a computer I used to own, prior to joining the Navy) and it's old and not as good as a newer pc, but it's all he has, and now, all I've had to work with.

    Anyway, thanks again for all the advice, I'm pretty excited about all this.
  11. The antec and corsair psu's are equivalent in performance and quality. You might pick the corsair because it is supposed to be a bit quieter.

    Looking at the cases, I like the 534 better, because it looks like it would have better ventilation. 120mm cooling fans are preferred because thay move more air at lower rpm. That means that there will be less noise.

    The keyboard looks good, but the mouse is nothing special. For the price, they are good, and will work. These parts are personal preference and fit. If you can, go to a local store that has a display of keyboards and mice to see which one appeals to you. You will be touching and using these every day; you will be happier if you get what fits and appeals to you, even if it costs a bunch more.

    My personal favorite is the microsoft ergonomic 4000 keyboard. $49.99 . It has a few programmable function keys and a nice screen zoom key.
    Also the logitech MX518 mouse $39.99 I like the larger ergonomic shape, along with both forward and back keys.
  12. Thanks for the info on the PSU, I'll go with the quiet one (= Also thanks for explaining the case deal a bit more.

    As for my keyboard/mouse choices, I'm fine with using lower cost items for now, and maybe in a few weeks-months I can get a G5 mouse or some fancy things like that.

    Thanks again for your input.
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