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May 25, 2009 8:35:03 PM

Purchase Date : Sometime this week.

System Usage : Gaming

Parts Required : All, I have nothing at my home to install into it.

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Parts Preference : None

Overclocking : Mabey, hoping everything will be fast enough without needing to.

Other Comments : This is my first ever computer build. Please review and make suggestions. Doesn't include monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Primary concern the power supply. I can't seem to find if it has all the required cords. Appreciate it.

DVD Drive = SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM

Hard Drive = HITACHI 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Motherboard = JetWay JHA08-LF AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Video Card = SPARKLE SFPX98GTX+512D3H GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

RAM = 2x Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory - Retail

CPU = AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Case = XCLIO A380BK Fully Black SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power Supplly = XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P4 750W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Total : $816.92

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May 25, 2009 8:38:50 PM

stay away from hitachi HDD's.

that PSU is way overkill, get a 450-550w, same with the case, maybe an antec 300, with the money you save on those two buy a 4870 or 4890 graphics card if you save enough.
May 25, 2009 8:46:17 PM

Any power supply suggestions? Brands?
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May 25, 2009 8:47:20 PM

Corsair and PCP&C are generally recommended. but anything with 80plus also normally gets the thumbs up.
May 25, 2009 8:49:12 PM

Grab a Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive instead of that Hitachi.

Get a good-quality PSU, some brands to look for are PC Power & Cooling, Antec, Corsair and Seasonic.

I'm a bit wary on that mobo, I prefer to buy from well-known brands. Try a Gigabyte or ASUS if you can.

If you game on small resolutions (1440x900 or lower) then that 9800GTX+ is fine, but if you want to max out every game at 1680x1050, you should look at a GTX260 or HD4870.
May 25, 2009 9:04:35 PM

Hardware Changes :

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
New Case

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
New Hard Drive

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
New Power Supply

3 x Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan - Retail
Case Fans

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
New Mobo

Not Total : $836.85

May 25, 2009 9:40:12 PM

Should I get any additional cpu cooling? Is the fan that comes with the CPU good enough?
May 25, 2009 9:54:49 PM

you might as well, that cpu is begging to be OC'd

though, im not up to date on cpu coolers anymore
May 25, 2009 11:34:03 PM

If you plan on overclocking, you'll want an aftermarket HS/F. The Xigmatek Dark Knight is great, it's cheap and very good.

If you don't plan on OCing, though, then it won't matter.
May 26, 2009 7:19:14 AM

Helloworld_98 is right, don't buy Hitachi HDD's I have in my Dell and it really loud. I mean really.
May 26, 2009 1:02:48 PM