Same Generic Build Questions, Same Generic Noob

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of weeks.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Everything. This system will function as everything. It will be my TV, DVD Player, DVR, Computer, Photo Editing, Video Editing, Gaming, Internet, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything. A build from the ground up



OVERCLOCKING: Never did it before



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I know there is a press conference coming out one of these days, so I'm kinda sitting on my hands to hear what's new


Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Mobo: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

GPU x2: EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

Memory: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

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

Keyboard and Mouse: Logitech Black USB Wireless Desktop MK300 Keyboard and Mouse - Retail

Monitor x 2: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor - Retail

Opical Drive: LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail

TV Tuner:Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 MCE Kit 1128 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail

Total: 1,980.86

Additional Questions: Is the case big enough to handle the GPUs?

Additional Comments: I know the Mobo isn't highly reviewed, but the people that own it seem to love it.

Is the PSU enough?


Well guys, tell me what you think. I've never built a computer before, my laptop is 7 years old, and checking email is starting to push it's limits.
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  1. Yes you case is big enough to handle the GPU's and your motherboard is fine, but about the power supply, It's enough, and you have room to drop down to a 750w.

    850 will not be big enough for future cards anyways, so you could either get an 1000+ Watt, or stick with something okay for your current setup.
  2. Given that you're willing to shell out $1900 anyway and plan to work on video editing and stuff, I think I'd go with a Blu-Ray burner. It's only a ~$60 upgrade over the Blu-Ray reader + DVD/CD burner you have in your build.

    As for TV tuner, I'm really just a noob, but again, I'd spend an additional $50 to go with a SiliconDust HDHomeRun ( Will be most useful if you ever buy a new laptop or netbook (or ever plan to play with Linux).
  3. ^^ That's not true as a good quality 850W (eg. HX850) PSU would easily hold 2 let's say HD5870 because they (GPU Vendors) always seek better Perf. combined with less heat and power consumption as everybody is looking for the "Greener" choice now.

    Hope that helped.
  4. Thanks!
  5. I've got the same mobo and ram. I would suggest selecting a different ram or a different mobo, because they seem to have some compatibility issues (see ocz forum). Also just incase you're going to be doing the hackintosh thing, you might want a different mobo.
  6. ...didn't realize that this thread was so old... well if you see this post let me know what timings you're using for that ram.
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