My first time building a system

This is my first time building a computer and I just wanted to check with you guys on my choices, and maybe get some help with the putting it all together part haha

I already bought the case and PSU and the CD/DVD burner, but the other stuff is in the air mainly because I can't pic between the two mother boards.

My budgut is about 2000 dollars or whatever I can squeeze out of my parents. This will be my main computer for gaming and everything else I have to do

CD/DVD burner -ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

CASE -Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX

PSU -Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB


RAM -CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

CPU -Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 130W Quad-Core Processor
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  1. Please fix your links.
  2. all fixed, could use some help/approval or disapproval
  3. I know this will shock you, but you can't put that memory in that board :)

    You will be spending quite a bit less on RAM.

    First though, let's find out what you are trying to do. 2K is quite a bit to spend. Do you have a monitor? Your choice of boards will depend on what resolution you intend to game at.

    The processor you picked is best left to people with larger budgets. It's worth about 4 or 5 hundred dollars, but people buy it because they have more cash than brains, and bragging about the size of their CPU is all they have in life.

    This one will do just as well, and leave you room in your budget for more important things:
  4. The RAM you listed is DDR3. The motherboard is a DDR2 MB.

    Seems link changed :) or my eyesight.

    The monitor max res is 1366 x 768. That makes most of your purchases overkill in the extreme. If you really want to run crossfire GPus as your motherboard choices indicate, then you need a monitor that supports 1900 X 1200 or better.

    As it stands, you do not need an x48 MB, and could get by nicely with a single mid range video card and a 500W PSU.
  5. What are some good monitor choices that are 1900X1200 or better?

    So the ram is ok?

    Which motherboard of the two would use choose, I am admittedly a novice but the rampage looks like it can can handle more heat.
  6. Those motherboards and the RAM are a waste of money... money you need for a monitor.

    Here is the board you want:

    DDR3 provides absolutely no performance increase on an x48 board.

    All you need is:

    Far better PSU:


    Throw in your case and 2 4870s of your choice.
  7. Why does DDR3 not provide a performance increase on an x48 board?
  8. yeah and by the way - If you did indeed mean QX9650 Extreme, it's more like $1000 than $500 - you blatantly don't need that thing - get a smaller one eg Q9550 and overclock the little beast!
  9. so why don't I want DDR3?
  10. Houston - google something like "DDR2 vs DDR3" and read the differences.

    Basically the extreme price, the extreme price, and marginal performance make DDR3 a poor choice at this time. Nehalem will require you to go to DDR3, but right now it's pointless. DDR2 is cheap and works great.

    The Antec 1200 is a nice case.

    You don't need an Xtreme processor unless you want to overclock the heck out of it. Even if you do, get a quad core and do the same. Spending that much on a CPU is a waste.

    Since you're sqeezing $$$ from the parents, why not get the most for their money.

    Also, I didn't see a graphics card on there. I would assume 4850/4870.

    I'm not sure you'll need the 1000w PSU either - that might be overkill.

    Good luck on the build.
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