I think I'm ready for my first build. Please give feedback.

After a few months of research to get myself back up to speed, I now have a list of parts i like, and the money to buy them. I'm about to pull the trigger, but before i do, i'd like to get some feedback from the fine scholars of this forum. here we go...

(all prices are from newegg.com. please let me know if you know of a cheaper price for a part somewhere else)


I'm still on the fence about which case to buy. I feel like I have to make a choice between airflow and quietness. My airflow choice is the

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel - $150

and my quiet choice would be the

Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower - $145

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - $334

I was gonna go with the 2.83GHz model but the price of this 3GHz model dropped like 200 bucks in the past couple weeks since i've been making this parts list so patience has paid off:) that being said, if anyone knows where i can buy an OEM one of these please let me know because i'm gonna void the warranty by overclocking with a 3rd party CPU fan anyway.

MSI P45 Platinum LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $160 - $20 mail in rebate

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) - $64
(already bought this part so no turning back now... unless it's DOA.)

Video Card:
MSI R4870 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Gaming series with Quad Heatpipe design - $260 - $25 Mail-in Rebate

Power Supply:

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - $140 - $20 MIR

The description doesn't say this supply is 80 plus certified but i looked at all the pictures on newegg and the box has the 80 plus logo on it.


Samsung Super-WriteMaster SH-S203N - Disk drive - DVDRW (R DL) / DVD-RAM - 20x/20x/12x - Serial ATA - internal - 5.25" - LightScribe - $23
(I actually already ordered this from nowdirect.com for $23 shipped so it's a done deal)

Hard Drives:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $75

(this will be my primary drive for OS's and applications)

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $105

(this will be my secondary drive for media storage)

Thermal paste/grease:

Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - $4

CPU fan:
Thermaltake CL-P0464 80mm CPU Cooler (DuOrb) - $65

GRAND TOTAL: $1,380 before mail in rebates

I already have a 20" samsung LCD monitor that works fine. Already have a good 5.1 speaker system from Klipsch. I have an old Audigy 2 soundcard i'm gonna dust off and see if it still works with all of my OS's as i plan to triple boot XP, Vista and Ubuntu.

Let me know what you guys think. All comments are appreciated. especially constructive criticism.

Thanks in advance,

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  1. The build looks pretty good, but I do have a few suggestions:

    I'd drop that MSI board. I haven't been impressed with MSI's quality lately. This board is awesome and overclocks like crazy. It's cheaper too. :)

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-13-128-358-_-Homepage&guid=28e23a828ae049b990b0a9ec48cbc426 $134.99 - $20.00 MIR

    You could save a little more $ by going with this GPU:

    SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801 $234.99 - $10.00 MIR

    This hard drive would be $5 VERY well spent. The extra data density of the 640GB drives makes them considerably faster than the 500GB models.

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $79.99
  2. Yeah MSI latley has produced a bunch of DOAs so please go with Short stuff's suggestions.
    It looks like a solid rig though with short stuffs additions, though you can save like 15 bucks if you go with the UD3R for the MOBO, the only difference is that it only has 1 pci 16 slot. which unless your going to do crossfire, doesnt really matter
  3. i need to mention that i will probably end up crossfiring this setup in approximately one year, when the 4870 prices have fallen significantly.
  4. thanks for the great replies. people on tech forums seem to generally like gigabyte mobos best so maybe i'll go with that.
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