How does this build look?

Before I list everything I am getting, let me just say that I have not purchased any of this stuff yet, so if there looks like there's a problem, please let me know. Thanks in advance!


Motherboard: ASRock M3A780GXH/128M
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157161

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4438239&sku=A79-0720

Memory: 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134718

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4131881&sku=TSD-1000AS2

Video card: XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150351

PSU: Coolmax 500-Watt Modular Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4435073&sku=T13-1113


And I guess the rest of the build would kind of be pointless to list, but just in case:

CPU cooler:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2882721&sku=M333-3000

Monitor: 22"
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4525287&sku=P109-2201%20CA

Case: Thermaltake V9 Black Edition
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4435046&sku=T925-1293

DVD burner: just a plain old 40$ burner

Keyboard: Logitech G11
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2479498&sku=L23-7236

Mouse: Logitech G9
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3255869&sku=L23-7306


So this would be my first build, so I am probably making all the most common mistakes. I am not tech-shy, so I think everything looks good. My main concerns are compatibilities. Is everything compatible? Also, is anything disproportionate? I would be using this build for some gaming and basic video editing. I am not the kind of person that keeps their games on ultra settings and needs 100 fps though, I don't mind turning down settings a little. Anyway, thanks for your help it is GREATLY apreciated. As this is my first build, you can understand that I really don't want to make any stupid mistakes that will cost me a bunch of money.
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  1. skyturnred said:
    Before I list everything I am getting, let me just say that I have not purchased any of this stuff yet, so if there looks like there's a problem, please let me know. Thanks in advance!


    Motherboard: ASRock M3A780GXH/128M
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157161

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4438239&sku=A79-0720

    Memory: 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134718

    Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4131881&sku=TSD-1000AS2

    Video card: XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150351

    PSU: Coolmax 500-Watt Modular Power Supply
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4435073&sku=T13-1113


    And I guess the rest of the build would kind of be pointless to list, but just in case:

    CPU cooler:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2882721&sku=M333-3000

    Monitor: 22"
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4525287&sku=P109-2201%20CA

    Case: Thermaltake V9 Black Edition
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4435046&sku=T925-1293

    DVD burner: just a plain old 40$ burner

    Keyboard: Logitech G11
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2479498&sku=L23-7236

    Mouse: Logitech G9
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3255869&sku=L23-7306


    So this would be my first build, so I am probably making all the most common mistakes. I am not tech-shy, so I think everything looks good. My main concerns are compatibilities. Is everything compatible? Also, is anything disproportionate? I would be using this build for some gaming and basic video editing. I am not the kind of person that keeps their games on ultra settings and needs 100 fps though, I don't mind turning down settings a little. Anyway, thanks for your help it is GREATLY apreciated. As this is my first build, you can understand that I really don't want to make any stupid mistakes that will cost me a bunch of money.


    Just remembered one of my main concerns, about the CPU cooler. Does it look like it would fit on this mobo and in this case without blocking any of the components? Thanks.
  2. swap the PSU for a corsair 450w, it will be far better quality and output more on the 12v rail.
  3. Helloworld_98 said:
    swap the PSU for a corsair 450w, it will be far better quality and output more on the 12v rail.


    Thanks, I looked it up and I have a question. What is the 12v rail? Why is it important? Also, the thing I like about the other PSU I was going to get is the modular design. There wouldn't happen to be a corsair psu with a modular design would there?
  4. As far as the 12v rail, all PSU's need to have this due to the fact that all motherboards and video cards are powered by the rail. Meaning the more amperage on each rail, the more power you have for your hardware. Modular is normally more expensive than a non modular PSU. I recommend the Antec EA 500 as it comes with dual 12v rails at 22amps on each rail. This should be more than enough for that system keeping in mind that you are trying to save money here. If this is not the case the get a corsair 520HX modular PSU.

    On a side note, I would recommend getting the whole system from newegg. Tigerdirect charges tax and shipping on all thier products, so in the end you will save about 130.00 dollars if you buy all those products from newegg.
  5. If I were you id stay away from Tigerdirect. They used to be able to compete with all major e-tailors including Newegg but not anymore. For example Newegg lists the 720be at 119.00$ with free shipping, meanwile Tigerdirect will charge 175.99 + shipping. Its a clear ripoff so be smart and get your whole rig from the Egg.....Hope this helps....
  6. OvrClkr said:
    If I were you id stay away from Tigerdirect. They used to be able to compete with all major e-tailors including Newegg but not anymore. For example Newegg lists the 720be at 119.00$ with free shipping, meanwile Tigerdirect will charge 175.99 + shipping. Its a clear ripoff so be smart and get your whole rig from the Egg.....Hope this helps....


    Well, although newegg doesn't charge tax, it does charge shipping. And their 720 processor is 169.99 CAD while tiger's is 175.99 CAD (I think you might of got those prices from the canadian version of TD but the american version of newegg). Oh well, it looks like I am litterally going to have to put each item through the shopping cart one by one to see which ones are cheaper at TD or at Newegg. But thanks, I didn't realize that Newegg didn't charge tax. Will definately take that into account.

    Also, thanks for the suggestion up there^^ for the other PSU. Will look into it.
  7. Just a heads up, i was on both TD.com and Newegg.com, not TD.CA. I would recommend opening 2 browsers and start filling up baskets in both TD and Newegg. Once you are done, add up the prices and you will see that Newegg is by far the cheaper one. Trust me I have been buying from both companies for more than 8 years and stopped buying from TD about 3 years ago. TD is not the same site as before.

    As far as shipping Newegg does ship for free in the States, I didnt know you were located in Canada, I apologize....

    You might get a better deal off TD.CA since it ships to Canada but I would not know, i'm just going by both sites here in the states.
  8. OvrClkr said:
    Just a heads up, i was on both TD.com and Newegg.com, not TD.CA. I would recommend opening 2 browsers and start filling up baskets in both TD and Newegg. Once you are done, add up the prices and you will see that Newegg is by far the cheaper one. Trust me I have been buying from both companies for more than 8 years and stopped buying from TD about 3 years ago. TD is not the same site as before.

    As far as shipping Newegg does ship for free in the States, I didnt know you were located in Canada, I apologize....

    You might get a better deal off TD.CA since it ships to Canada but I would not know, i'm just going by both sites here in the states.


    k thanks for your advice it really helped. What I did was I checked the price including shipping for each individual item from both stores, then I checked the price including shipping if I bought my build entirely from NE and then TD. It looks like overall NE is cheaper, but here in Canada I would save even more if I bought half from NE and half from TD (i did that before but now I did it better). It's wierd that there would be such a difference between the american TD and the canadian TD. I wonder why that is, because it doesn't look like Newegg rips you guys off.

    But once again thanks for the advice it saved me about a hundred bucks. :D
  9. No problem, it was my pleasure. I hope you have fun with your new pc and remember to never throw away the original box to all your hardware. If you need to return something you have to have the original packaging. Just a heads up because some people worry about the rebate but when its time to RMA something they dont have the UPC code anymore therefor the RMA is no longer valid.
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