Im new to building a new system and have educated myself with as much as possible prior to selecting components. If anyone would like to give feedback/opinions/comments to the selections below, i would greatly appreciate it. Im just trying to make sure that there isnt anything ive missed, or if something isnt going to work with everything else (the case & power for example). Thanks in advance.
It will help us a lot if you edit your post to include the information in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum. There's some general information like budget, intended use of the system, and what resolution you're wanting to run that we need to know in order to offer meaningful advice.
Right off the bat I have a few suggestions. Be sure to check for combo deals at Newegg. There's one for the CPU and motherboard that you picked that saves $25. You could also drop down to the Phenom II X4 955 to save an additional $10.
HEC doesn't make very good power supplies. I would spend a little money on a quality case and power supply. The power supply is the one thing that you don't want to try and save a buck on. A low quality PSU will cause all sorts of problems ranging from system instability to fried components. Are you wanting to leave the option of adding another GPU in crossfire open? If so, I would check out one of these combo deals:
thanks a lot for the help and sorry i didnt go into more detail.
i plan on using windows 7 for the OS. would that still work with 8gb?
as for the case and power supply, i really wasnt sure how much power i needed. and ive read a few things on overclocking, seems more of a risk than reward.
so far im around 850 bucks with the above selections...looking to get a fast computer with plenty of punch to use for a long time...i guess i like the performance of a gaming computer, but i really dont play games...just load movies and pics of my 10 month old....
thanks for your patience, and sorry if im clueless on a lot of this stuff...
after searching around.....does anyone have a recommendation for the amount of power i need?? dont plan on overclocking or anything....and only using one graphics card (no crossfire intended)....350W? 500W?...not sure
On a side note: do you really need 8gb ram? Few applications use 4, put aside 8. Neither gaming or movies need that much, so you might stick with 4 and spend the money saved elsewhere.
If gaming is important, a better GPU, if speed is important you might want to save some more money and get an SSD, it really makes your pc a lot faster.
An aftermarket cooler isn't needed when not overclocking.
As said, a 955 is cheaper and just as good as an 965 and you should consider switching to a Samsung F3 HDD.
OEM software is not supposed to be able to be transferred to a new machine. It also doesn't come with user support from Microsoft, but that's not a big deal. I always use OEM Operating Systems on all my builds and have yet to have a problem.