Sanity Check / Recommendations for new build. Please.


BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200ish flexible

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (warcraft), internet, photoshop, video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: everything that’s not in the case. I also don’t need an OS (planning on using Windows 7)






ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here is what I have so far. Just curious if anyone has suggestions or sees any potential issues with this build.

Phenom 2 X4 965
Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P Motherboard
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply
2 x OCZ Reaper 4096MB PC10666 DDR3 1333MHz
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B Hard Drive with Ultra Hard Drive Cooler
is the cooler necessary/recommended?
Cooler Master CM690 ATX Mid-Tower Case
I really don’t care what the case looks like, as long as its: functional, fits everything, and can be kept cool.
XFX Radeon HD 5850 Video Card
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  1. rather get the 955
  2. I'm not a fan of Ultra power supplies. I'd stick to a better brand like Corsair or Antec. Corsair 750TX would be my top choice. The Hitachi 1TB is okay, though doesn't have exactly stellar performance. If you can get a Samsung F3 1TB, or Seagate 7200.12 1TB, those would be better choices. As for getting a hard drive cooler, they were kind of useful when hard drives ran really hot and case design didn't incorporate hard drive air cooling, but both are a lot better right now. Actually the Hitachi Deskstar is one of the few drives that you'd actually want to put a cooler on since they are generally unnecessary.
  3. re: 955 any particular reason for that? just because of price?
  4. the 955 and 965 clock to the same level so the 965 is just a higher clocked 955 but if you open to options this actually out performs a 965

    and some cheaper ram
  5. Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G

    I have no experience with the hitachi hd's. That pick was based on some prebuilts that I saw. After doing a quick check I think you're right I'll probably go with the above HD.

    As for the Intel vs AMD thing, thanks for the heads up. I'll have to look into, but I've always stayed loyal to AMD for some reason. I will check it out for sure.

    Thanks for the heads up on the RAM. Other than price is there any reason to believe that one is better than the other? Is the Reaper RAM going to stay cooler?

    I plan on adding a few extra fans to the setup. How much do i need to worry about things like better heat sinks on RAM/HD/CPU?
  6. Hitachi makes okay drives, but they aren't exactly a go-to for performance. Over the past year they've been lagging behind the competition for 3.5" drives, but still do okay in 2.5" drives. They are getting newer drives to market so brand new Hitachi's may be better, but that 7K1000.B is probably over a year old.
  7. obsidian86 said:
    rather get the 955

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