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April 20, 2009 3:16:06 AM

Hello everybody!
Well, I've finally decided to build my own PC.
I have a fair amount of knowledge when it comes to building computers, but I do not know all there is to know about building a PC.
I have compiled a list of parts **I THINK** will all work together and run nicely.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

My budget is $1,000 to $1,200. Just let me know what you all think, any improvements that can be made are greatly appreciated.

If you didn't see the note on the wish list, the mobo and OS are found here >> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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April 20, 2009 3:22:37 AM

Hallinx said:
Hello everybody!
Well, I've finally decided to build my own PC.
I have a fair amount of knowledge when it comes to building computers, but I do not know all there is to know about building a PC.
I have compiled a list of parts **I THINK** will all work together and run nicely.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

My budget is $1,000 to $1,200. Just let me know what you all think, any improvements that can be made are greatly appreciated.

If you didn't see the note on the wish list, the mobo and OS are found here >> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


:o 


LOL...I'm gonna let someone else take this one ...
April 20, 2009 3:30:14 AM

You, sir, need to make a public wish list if you want anyone to see it.

Additionally, don't get vista ultimate, its a waste of money compared to premium.

A Core 2 Duo/Quad system will have little to no upgradeability. I would go with a Phenom II or i7 system, considering your budget.

Thats all I can do for now.
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April 20, 2009 3:35:36 AM

OK, now don't forget to tell them you learned all this from the posters over @ "tomshardware" :p 

This build is set up so you can add another gtx 260 later on if you choose and run them in SLI. It's also set up to over clock.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-mo... <=== Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-750w-tx-series-80-plus-... $109.99 Price After Rebate(s): $99.99 Shipping: FREE
Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 ($184.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 Free Shipping*
XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
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=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,152.89 | $1,127.89 w/rebates *not including shipping

* Same build as above but with different psu and vid card...it's also set up to run SLI later on by adding another vid card.

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-650w-tx-series-80-plus-... $94.74 Price After Rebate(s): $74.74 Shipping: FREE
Corsair TX CMPSU-650TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 Free Shipping*
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Total: $1,097.64 | $1,062.64 w/rebates *not including shipping
April 20, 2009 3:36:57 AM

Here's a decent single card set up. You would want to switch out the case and psu to run that card in SLI. But it's set up to over clock...just add two cheap 120mm case fans to it if you do...Masscool has decent ones for $5 each @ newegg.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-mo... <=== Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.95 Free Shipping*
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 ($44.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 ($184.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 Free Shipping*
XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
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=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,092.85 | $1,052.85 w/rebates *not including shipping
April 20, 2009 3:55:37 AM

irkjab said:
You, sir, need to make a public wish list if you want anyone to see it.

Additionally, don't get vista ultimate, its a waste of money compared to premium.

A Core 2 Duo/Quad system will have little to no upgradeability. I would go with a Phenom II or i7 system, considering your budget.

Thats all I can do for now.



Ah my bad, i shared it so you should be able to see it now.
April 20, 2009 4:40:42 AM

You have a socket 775 board with DDR2 memory and a socket 1366 chip. That doesn't work (or even fit for that matter). If you want to use a Core i7 (Socket 1366) CPU you will need to change your motherboard and RAM to a socket 1366 x58 board with DDR3. Or you could keep the board and RAM and get a socket 775 CPU.
April 20, 2009 6:02:54 AM

I would suggest changing to a LGA 1366 board and a triple channel DDR3 ram kit.
April 20, 2009 10:30:48 AM

^+1

that generally helps

and you don't really need to skimp on stuff with a $1200 budget unless it's for a workstation or you want an uber high-end gaming PC.
April 20, 2009 6:28:17 PM

I could be wrong however i thought the i7 Cores were DDR3 only. Otherwise, it's a great start however for your first build. With a little tweaking and looks like you haven't chosen a motherboard yet... The X58's are getting really good reviews.

Good Luck :) 
April 20, 2009 9:59:32 PM

Thank you all very much. I think im going to go with the first build Why_Me posted. I just replaced the case with the Antec Nine.
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