My first time! i'm scared. tell me what you think...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: would like to buy the parts today BUDGET RANGE: would be happy to keep it under 1,000. but 1,200 would still be fine.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, internet, hdmi port for movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: have keyboard and mouse, that's about it

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or any other sites that are respected

PARTS PREFERENCES: i want to use the intel core i7 920, because i've read that it's very good.

OVERCLOCKING: don't know much about overclocking so not right now

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1200 i believe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: nothing right now...

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Parts I've picked out: well i've only ended up coming up with a CPU i guess right now as i'm not too knowledgeable about videocards, soooo....

Intel core i7 920

picked this case, because i thought it was cool

I wanted to have an HDMI port also, so for that I would need to have a motherboard that has one, right? and then also for that HDMI, do I have to look for a videocard that can support HDMI?

well, for the motherboard and the videocard, i'd love to have suggestions from you guys, because I don't know which cards are good and which are not, and what is the best for the price, etc.

well, i guess this is a start... any opinions?
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  1. You dont need any video on the motherboard if you have a graphics card.

    The case link is to the i7 CPU, not a case. I would suggest looking at the Coolermaster CM 690, Coolermaster HAF 922, Antec 300 illusion, Antec 900 and Antec 902. If you are likely to move it around alot the Coolermaster Storm Scout has handles. To me the key things are a case with Front fan, Top fan, Rear fan and side vent.

    The best inexpensive motherboard for the i7 920 is the ASRock x58 extreme.

    For that resolution and gaming you are probably looking at an HD 5850 or 5870 graphics card. They have HDMI already. Unfortunately 5850s in particular are hard to find and sell out fast because everyone wants one. It depends on the games you are playing, though. What games are you looking at?
  2. JTBALLER said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: would like to buy the parts today BUDGET RANGE: would be happy to keep it under 1,000. but 1,200 would still be fine.

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, internet, hdmi port for movies

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: have keyboard and mouse, that's about it

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or any other sites that are respected

    PARTS PREFERENCES: i want to use the intel core i7 920, because i've read that it's very good.

    OVERCLOCKING: don't know much about overclocking so not right now

    MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1200 i believe

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: nothing right now...

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    Parts I've picked out: well i've only ended up coming up with a CPU i guess right now as i'm not too knowledgeable about videocards, soooo....

    Intel core i7 920

    picked this case, because i thought it was cool

    I wanted to have an HDMI port also, so for that I would need to have a motherboard that has one, right? and then also for that HDMI, do I have to look for a videocard that can support HDMI?

    well, for the motherboard and the videocard, i'd love to have suggestions from you guys, because I don't know which cards are good and which are not, and what is the best for the price, etc.

    well, i guess this is a start... any opinions?

    Dude, hehe, the case link just points to the i7 processor xD
    Which case do you mean exactly?
    Okay, so, for motherboard, i'd choose this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375 ($189)
    Gigabyte UD3R, very good budget mobo, good reviews.
    Definitely the HD5850 if you want good gaming, so:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102857 ($260)
    RAM(DDR3-1600, 8-8-8):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145236 ($165)
    Fine PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 ($110)
    Good HDD(1000GB):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433 ($90)
    Very good CPU cooler, and not even that expensive, great if you want to OC a little:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093 ($36)
    That's about it.
  3. oh my god, how embarrassing lol

    here's the case i meant to link to.

    So basically the mobo, videocard and cpu all have to matchup as far as what? socket type? also, thanks for the suggestions! i'm going to read up on the links you gave and be back in a few, you're great :)
  4. Well, it's all pretty simple ;)
    CPU is i7-920, socket 1366, so it needs a socket 1366 mobo.
    Videocard, well, that can fit in any motherboard with PCIe x16 2.0.
    That's all
  5. The HAF 922 looks the same, is a tiny bit smaller, and costs alot less than the 932.
  6. The 922 is quite a bit smaller actually (midi vs full tower case), but yeah...
  7. HAF 922: 22.2" x 10" x 19.7"
    HAF 932: 22.7" x 9" x 21.5"

    I guess everyone has their own definition of "quite a bit". The 922 is wider by an inch so it can handle larger CPU fans than the 932.
  8. 4373 square inch vs 4392 square inch... Yeah, I guess you're right :P
  9. yep, i went and looked at the 922 after i saw you had suggested a similar one to the one i had chose, and it seems like the one you suggested would be a better pick.

    i'm so excited! haha

    i'm going to have to buy windows 7 though :( that's why I was thinking maybe I should just buy one already made like a HP or Dell. I'd have a warranty, plus windows 7 already installed and have no hassle of putting it all together, even though I kind of want to do it to say I did.

    but at the same time for this price it seems i could probably get a better motherboard and graphics card than i would get with a HP or dell I guess.
  10. DO NOT get a Dell or HP. They screw you by overpricing and underperforming GREATLY. Really, build your own. Plus, it's alot more fun ^^
  11. You'll always get a better build for your money if you build it yourself. Windows 7 is only $110, so it's not like it's going to break the bank. You can even get it for $30 if you're a student.

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $109.99

    or

    www.win741.com
  12. hmmm what's the system builders mean?

    Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed.

    forgive me...
  13. You can only install it on one computer, essentially. It's life is as long as the life of the computer.

    Of course you could call Microsoft and say, "Hey my motherboard died, I need to reactivate my operating system."

    So with the proper amount of social engineering it could last for a few computers. But I'll let your moral compass guide the way.

    OEM's Operating Systems are nothing to fear, they're quite the bargain.
  14. ohhhh
  15. People who build their own computers use the OEM system builders version. It just means that you can't call Microsoft for support, but when was the last time you had to do that? I always use the OEM system builders version and haven't had a problem yet.
  16. It's hit or miss from what I've read Shortstuff_nt.

    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/ask_doctor/reactivating_windows
  17. Yes, reactivating an OEM version is hit or miss because it's against the license agreement. That shouldn't stop anyone from buying the OEM version.
  18. sooooooooo i'm going to purchase some parts soon i think!

    i'm nervous and excited at the same time haha
  19. I can understand ;)
  20. what setup do you have mizzl?
  21. shortstuff_mt said:
    Yes, reactivating an OEM version is hit or miss because it's against the license agreement. That shouldn't stop anyone from buying the OEM version.


    Certainly not, sorry if I came across as against them, quite the opposite. I'd highly recommend buying an OEM version - as I have for myself.

    I misread your post and didn't realize you were speaking in regards to how often a motherboard dies and you have to call MS to reactivate, it is definitely a rare occurrence, but I felt it was worth mentioning.
  22. just bought the antec 900, intel core i7 920, and the gigabyte motherboard.


    howeverrrrrrrrrr, the video card is not available at newegg or amazon right now. so while i'm waiting for that card, would you like to elaborate on why you'd recommend it? and is there another that can compete with it for the price?
  23. I'd wait for the 5850, it's an awesome card at pretty reasonable price. Since you're gaming at 1920x1200 you're going to prefer this card over a 5770 for instance. A benchmark and full review is right here at tom's.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5850,2433.html
  24. with a name like ominous prime, how could i not take your advice.

    it says ETA of the 23rd so i'll wait a few days and see what happens :)

    i'm so giddy. i already am expecting to have all my parts and in the middle of putting them together run into a road block lol and i can see myself getting soooo frustrated... but oh well should be fun.
  25. OK.... You should really cable manage as it will maximize performance, air flow wise. Umm... For a new builder i would have suggested the HAFs since, there tooless and easy for new users to make a computer, they also come with a template for Mobo placing. Video card concerns, go with the 4870s I think that'd best suite your price range since. DX11 has a long way to go before its mainstream and its nearly 100$ more than a 4870 so the XFX 1gb 4870 sold on Newegg is a good video card. And since the i7 mobos are both SLI/Crossfire capable. get two of those cards to crossfire them for some epic performance on graphics.

    Link to the card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436
  26. I doubt you'll run into a road block, just read some guides so you can feel more comfortable. It's pretty much just plug and play, but be patient, and gentle your first time ;)

    Aznshinobi I have to disagree, while DX11 may have a while to go before it's mainstream, it will go a great ways in terms of future proofing his system.

    Also the gains from a 4870 to a 5850 are substantial. I'd recommend reading that benchmark I linked it earlier. In Far Cry 2, a 5850 is hanging with a 4870x2
  27. hmmmmm thanks for your reply azn... i hate to say this, but i don't' really know what crossfire is and how to do it :( i'm such a newb.

    but will look into it and read up and try to learn a bit
  28. Crossfire is when you hook up more than one ATI graphics card to run simultaneously and share the load

    SLI is when you hook up more than one Nvidia graphics card
  29. so would i just have to stick both in the motherboard and it's good to go, or are there other steps i'd have to take as well?
  30. Stick both in the board, link them together with a Crossfire bridge, then enable the second one in ATI Catalyst
  31. just got the power supply suggested by mizzl, and the intel core i7!!!

    both from amazon, they had better price by a little, and faster shipping, cuz i have prime.
  32. just realized i've basically purchased the computer that mizzl suggested, lol.


    and i'm glad i kept looking and found the antec 900. it looks much sweeter and is cheaper also. seems like it will have good airflow, and got great reviews!
  33. The 900 is nice, but it has a lot of dust buildup in a short period of time. I'd go for the 902 if you like it's looks. the 902 has dust filters.

    Also, this is the case I just ordered, will have it Thursday.

    If you want a wild card with some awesome features:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239&cm_re=lancool-_-11-112-239-_-Product
  34. hmm i don't know about that one. but i was actually debating for a while and had the 902 in my cart and then changed it cuz i thought the 900 would be fine and it was cheaper. but the 902 looks really sweet. so is that the only difference in the 900 and 902? the dust filters?

    did you mean you got the wildcard you mentioned or you got the 902?
  35. and by the way... if i were to be interested in overclocking, is that something I should do while building, or can that be done later on?
  36. Yes, I purchased the K-62, sorry for the confusion. And you can overclock at any time through the bios.
  37. Ok, ummm JT in my opinion even though your a new builder, this will prob be your comp for a while so go with the 902. It keeps the dust out which leads to better performance in the long run. Also, it has cable management cut outs and even as a new builder it will allow you later to improve airflow. Airflow is how easily air moves through the case. Which also will affect case temps, your cpu overclocking ability(varies) etc. And Ominous i see where your coming with the 5000s. And i second it, i just think its cheaper. Lol i don't work yet XD
  38. And the 902 has quite a bit of new features compared to the 900, not just dust filters.
  39. yep, i'm gonna go with the 902 i think. i took a little break from all of this and am playing a game of madden. after this game i'll probably come back and pull the trigger on the 902 :)
  40. by the way, thanks again to all of you guys, you've been very very helpful
  41. lol well I'm glad you see my perspective Aznshinobi, but yeah if you're strapped for cash a 4xxx series from ATI would be the route to go, but for performance and future proofing the 5xxx series is the way to go. You just have to make it fit your budget.

    If you need help overclocking, we'll be here Jt. :)
  42. so you just got a case prime? what is your setup going to look like?
  43. wow, total is 984. i think only things left are graphics card and windnows 7... daym!
  44. did you already pick out a monitor? says you only have keyboard and mouse
  45. oh sorry, yes.

    i bought a monitor about 2 months ago and have been using it with my old laptop haha.


    i have this one:

    i love this monitor :)

    also, i see that it's 1920x1080 will that affect anything since in the original post i said my resolution was 1920x1200?
  46. dang guys, totally forgot about optical drive!

    anything special i need to look out for? ide or sata? will any old dvd burner work?
  47. yeah, optical drive is easy... If you have an old one, it'll be fine... New one, look for SATA. Opticals are cheap...
  48. And about your resolution: Don't worry, 1920x1200 i believe is only more widescreen... Not much dif.
  49. 1920x1200 is less widescreen :)
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