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First build, need advice on parts and any tips

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September 20, 2009 11:18:43 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next week or so

BUDGET RANGE: around 900 canadian

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming and watching hd movies, least important is i guess photoshop stuff

PARTS NOT NEEDED: headsets, speakers, mouse + keyboard, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com preferably

PARTS PREFERENCES: well i have a list actually...
RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail

XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBRH - Retail

ASUS P7P55D LE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail


OVERCLOCKING:Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: n/a

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: need a good hdd and i am wondering if my psu is enough? also, i need a good hdd under 90 bucks, and also PLEASE PUT ALL SITES IN CANADIAN, so just put .com to .ca

if you guys have any tips on how to build it, or anything really teach me please :) 
September 21, 2009 12:23:04 AM

500 watts would be enough normally, but for a raidmax i generally divide by two, that corsair video with a 450 watt PSU blowing up repeatly, that was a 450watt raidmax. An antec 300 and EA430 should be plenty but will cost you an extra 40
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

A good fast drive for $64, samsung 500GB F3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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September 21, 2009 12:24:05 AM

Here is the fastest hard drive outside a SSD you can buy... Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD

I can handle the case but HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting a new PSU!!! Raidmax don't make good PSU. I would pick up a 650w or 750w PSU from Antec (Earthwatts), Corsair, PC Power&Cooling, OCZ or Seasonic that fits into your budget, if you are truly going to Crossfire. You don't need over 550w PSU, if you aren't going to.

Edit: hunter315 beat me by a minute... :( 
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