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Building my first custom computer

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October 29, 2009 5:44:50 AM

Hey Guys, I'm building my first custom computer. I know a little about computers and I'm really trying to expand my knowledge here more than aything else.

For the comp - I've limited myself to $1300, so I figure I can get a decent rig for that.

As it stands these are the components I have chosen so far:

Case: COOLER MASTER Mystique RC-632S-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (will get more later)

Video: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

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

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

MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

Case Fans: COOLER MASTER R4-C2R-20AC-GP 120mm Case Fan

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Just wondering if this is a good setup. If anybody has any suggestions or any possible problems I may face. Thanks a lot!!

EDIT: Sorry, forgot to add that the optical drive:

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM (ideally, this would be a blu-ray drive, but that is out of my budget for now, and also, what is the difference between Retail and OEM?)

The mouse, keyboard and monitors I already have.
October 29, 2009 7:50:55 AM

^ That is a good setup but we cant say for sure that it would be the best for your requirements until we know for what you will be using the PC for...
October 29, 2009 8:29:17 AM

^+1, but the thing that strikes me as weak in your build is the GPU, if your not playing games it'll be fine, see the link in my sig and fill out the form and we'll be able to tell for sure.
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October 29, 2009 12:58:06 PM

I was going to use it for gaming. I get that it isn't an high end gaming machine, but I was hoping that I could run AS2, ME2, E:TW and such on it.

I guess I could go for the Galaxy 27XIF9HU1QUX. It's a little out my price range,but only by $40 dollars, so I'll probably get it if I must. The only issue is, it's a long card and I'll have to cut into my Cases expansion bay just to fit it in. Either that or a 260GTX?
October 29, 2009 1:15:16 PM

Here is the form:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Depends, but hopefully in the next 2 - 3 weeks.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, a little 3d modelling on SolidWords for my classes, general stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mointor(s), keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, based in the United States.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel. Either nVidia or ATI, depending on which is better XD

OVERCLOCKING: Easier is better - but I wasn't planning to do it now.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Running dual 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Have already got a build I put together (above). Any modifications to that?
October 29, 2009 1:30:49 PM

I'd just get the standard P6T
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel

Also, this PSU will be plenty, even for crossfire
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

And then this HSF
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
October 29, 2009 1:32:16 PM

Whats the different between the ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel and the Deluxe V2?
October 29, 2009 1:39:26 PM

The primary difference is really not important - the V2 has three operable PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots whereas the SE only has two. The V2 also has dual ethernet ports and two more USB ports.
October 29, 2009 2:34:25 PM

All right. coo. So if I downgrade my mobo to the SE and the PSU from 850 to 750, I'll have a lot of wiggle room to get a better graphics card. Any suggestions?
October 29, 2009 2:38:47 PM

^ Correct. Looks like your about set. One thing though, that case is ok, but maybe check out some of the ones listed in my sig to see if you like any of them better.
October 29, 2009 2:46:37 PM

Okay great! Thanks a lot for your help!
October 29, 2009 2:56:19 PM

My suggestion:

Processor AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE $200.00
HSF Corsair H50 Liqui Cooling $80.00
Motheboard Asus Crosshair III Formula $200.00
Chassis Antec 1200 $160.00
PSU Corsair 850TX 850W TX series $130.00
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4Gb 1600mhz CL7 $115.00
HDD 2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB in RAID 0 $100.00
ODD Lite On Blu ray Drive $70.00
Graphics Card HD 5850 $280.00

Total $1,335.00

This is superior gaming build.

1. AMD Phenom II x4 965 performs equals the i7 920 in games. It also comes a lot cheaper, so does its motherboard as compared to LGA 1136 motherboards.
2. This build gives you a 5850 over a 5770. Much better performance.
3. Blu ray drive instead of DVD drive.
4. Save yourself some money by getting the Antec 900 chassis instead of Antec 1200.
5. SAve yourself another 20-30 bucks by getting the Phenom II X4 955 and OC'ing to 3.4 GHz (effectively, the X4 965)

October 29, 2009 3:04:36 PM

Thanks for the reply xboxnez. I checked up some benchmarks withe X4, I was considering for a while, but I saw that the i7 out performed it. Can't recall the actual site I read those benchmarks though. Though, could that have been due to the other components? Such as the mobo?

Dropping the deluxe v2 and the 850TX has opening up around $300 for me with the i7 too. Any suggestions?
October 29, 2009 3:19:57 PM

Well that's new lol. Is there any link on AnandTech to view their test set up?