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July 29, 2009 6:49:38 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Very soon

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, internet browsing, movies and music, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, monitor, keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES:AMD, ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I've already made the build but I've never done this before so I would really like some feedback (mostly just letting me know if all these parts will actually work together). I've been researching non-stop for a loooooooong time and I am on the brink of putting this dream of mind into action. So please let me know how well this is going to work and if you can how good it is. Last time I was seriously involved in computers dual core processors were the big thing so I have a lot of catching up to do.


CPU:

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:

GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:

IS H487FN1GP 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=N82E168...

Case:

APEVIA X-SUPRA G-Type X-SUPRAG-BL Black / Blue SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X 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 Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:

Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL 550W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Also should I get a cooler? If so, which (non-liquid) cooler should I get. I am looking to keep it around 50 +/- ~10

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July 29, 2009 7:09:12 AM
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okay i have a few suggestions:
first a psu is the most important thing for your system. a bad psu will result in a possible fried system a.k.a. wasted money.
get a quality psu such as the corsair 750tx. it will allow you to CF gpus later on with no problems.
i would also switch the case to either an antec or coolermaster case. (antec 1200, 902, 900 or coolermaster 932, 922, 690) <- all great cases

as for the cpu cooler: xigmatek makes some good cpu coolers, i am not too sure what to recommend though because of the spacing on the motherboard. i am sure someone else here has some experience with AM3 boards and what cooler they use on them!

good luck and hope that i could have helped!
July 29, 2009 7:37:52 AM

+1 for the power supply...
But get the 750TX only if you are sure of going dual cards...

But the case is more of a personal choice...But if the OP is open to suggestions, then waynec's suggestions are very good...And one case that waynec missed - Antec 300 - Best value case for under $60...

Here are few suggestions that your can consider...
Check out this combo @ newegg...It is one of the best combos and has all good components...Would save you much...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And as for a CPU cooler, get the Xig Dark knight or Scythe Mugen 2 or Sunbeam CCTF....
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July 29, 2009 7:54:13 AM

waynec121 said:
okay i have a few suggestions:
first a psu is the most important thing for your system. a bad psu will result in a possible fried system a.k.a. wasted money.
get a quality psu such as the corsair 750tx. it will allow you to CF gpus later on with no problems.
i would also switch the case to either an antec or coolermaster case. (antec 1200, 902, 900 or coolermaster 932, 922, 690) <- all great cases

as for the cpu cooler: xigmatek makes some good cpu coolers, i am not too sure what to recommend though because of the spacing on the motherboard. i am sure someone else here has some experience with AM3 boards and what cooler they use on them!

good luck and hope that i could have helped!


Thank you guys so far for the great advice. The comments really made me feel a lot more comfortable in my choices. I have been so nervous about my parts working together because I'm so new to it.
As for the PSU, I plan on definitely CF'ing and didn't factor that in so the bigger supply is perfect. And for the case, I've been so nervous slinging this much cash around so I keep adding parts that are cheaper in price but quality too. I've been eyeing the Antec 900 (the 902 is just too much for me). But I was inspired and added the 900 as a permanent stay on my list. After all I can change a part here or there but the case is the home and I gotta remember that.

So the updated list is

CASE: Antec 900

PSU: Corsair 750tx

So the remaining question at hand is the cooler. I was looking at the Dark Knight but really know nothing on the subject. Also I've been reading a lot of concerns on whether a cooler will fit in the case or not.
July 29, 2009 7:55:08 AM

gkay09 said:
+1 for the power supply...
But get the 750TX only if you are sure of going dual cards...

But the case is more of a personal choice...But if the OP is open to suggestions, then waynec's suggestions are very good...And one case that waynec missed - Antec 300 - Best value case for under $60...

Here are few suggestions that your can consider...
Check out this combo @ newegg...It is one of the best combos and has all good components...Would save you much...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And as for a CPU cooler, get the Xig Dark knight or Scythe Mugen 2 or Sunbeam CCTF....


Thats a great deal I'll really have to consider that one.
July 29, 2009 8:12:37 AM

Sorry I'm flooding my own thread here but also. Will I need a 32 or 64 bit OS for my built. From what I read, 64bit is a match for mine because of the 4GB ram
July 29, 2009 12:43:42 PM

If you were planning on a 550 w Rosewill, a 650TX Corsair will be more than adequate. or a 650 Antec EarthWatts.
July 30, 2009 4:23:18 AM

Yes you need a 64bit OS to take full advantage of the 4GB RAM...

And as for the PS?U, go with the 750TX only if you are planning for dual graphics card setup...
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