1st Build Ever $1k-$1500

First of all thanks for looking and helping a completely new builder...
I am looking to build my first PC and have some experience with computers but am by no means proficient. I am mainly asking for an overview/suggestions concerning compatibility and similiar/better components, I have tried to make everything compatible as far as I know so....
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP (This week) BUDGET RANGE: $1k-$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Good gaming machine w/ usage for school and media center (all in one I guess)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, OS (I'll be running Win7 ultimate 64bit), DVD-rom, Media Card Reader, Printer, ETC

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (see below) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Full Tower (More for space and my skill level than anything), AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1024x768

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:I don't necessarily need the two cards or both sets (8gigs) of RAM right away but would like as much, would also like to keep within this price range so please don't try to sway me to an i7 and two GPU's that are hundreds of dollars more, any suggestions please try to stay comparable in price and quality

Here's the link to my list (easier than listing it all out here): http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12334612

Thanks for the help in advance guys :)
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  1. The HDD is a caviar green. These idle at only 5400RPM instead of 7200. Very silent, very powerfriendly, but extremely slow. Get a full 7200RPM drive like the Caviar Black or even better the Samsung Spinpoint F3.

    Why get such an expensive motherboard? Even for overclocking, a cheaper motherboard will serve just as well.

    You're getting a very powerful system altogether, but with a terribly weak GPU. For gaming, that's the most important component there is. Try to get a better one, preferably with DirectX11 support (ATI 5XXX series). A 5770 at least (and add a second one when budget allows for it), a 5850 would be ideal. Get slightly cheaper other components if necessary.
  2. Seeing your resolution is 1024x768 ...you will not need 5770 because it's an overkill. I suggest you to upgrade your monitor because it'll be a much better gaming experience. Get a 20" + with 1920x1080 resolution.

    Also, no point in an AMD build with your budget, as of this momemt, the intel i5 750 kicks all amd cpus in the rear relatively with a low price of $199. Since you are a gamer i5 750 is the best bang for the buck, not the amd or i7..
    i5 is the way to go.
  3. Use some of your budget to upgrade your monitor. Don't get 8GB. +1 for the Spinpoint F3
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=f3%20500gb

    Get this RAM
    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478

    You are mistaken about the i5, it will actually be cheaper since you are overspending terribly on that FX board.
  4. Here's a build I've done for someone a few days ago, you can use this as a reference.

    I only used newegg, but you can use other sites if you can find the same parts for cheaper.
    Or if you can find better combos at newegg

    Here's an i5 750 build with new monitor

    >MOBO+RAM
    30 dollar discount
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.289943

    >Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=haf_922-_-11-119-197-_-Product

    >CPU

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5_750-_-19-115-215-_-Product

    >Hard drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=spnpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

    >Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102857&cm_re=5850-_-14-102-857-_-Product

    >Monitor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049


    >Optical Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    >Heatsink

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    >Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Total: $1,288.88 Before Rebate

    This build gives you the ability to crossfire/sli in the future if new games are more demanding. You could add in another graphics card, the power supply is decent and could handle 2 graphics card.
  5. I'd suggest a 500 GB / platter drive like the Spinpoint F3 ....more areal density = greater performance. WD has a 500 GB / platter option only in 2 TB size.

    PSU oversized for that build unless you gonna XFire later but Xfire gets you nothing at 1024 x 768.

    GFX Card way too much for your monitor.....suggest new monitor if you thinking of this card as otherwise wasting $$.

    Consider Antec 900 / 902 as alternate to HAF 922 .... may be able to find some combo deals that way.
  6. Thanks for the suggestions guys, I have been messing with the list so I am sure none of you saw the same one :D
    I ditched the mobo for a cheaper one w/ similar capability, added a monitor (halfway between my current and the top supported by the card), changed the RAM, added HD5770 GPU, etc.
    Like I said I'm not going the way of Intel but thanks for the suggestions anyway....
  7. ^okay then..

    again, with your budget going for an amd build is quite uninformed. as the i5 750 beats all amd cpus...so i don't get why you still going for amd build
  8. Here are some of the marks I looked at:
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/819/12

    All, where the i5 outperformed besides gaming (which is so small a difference no one would be able to tell without a benchmark program), are not things I use...

    Also, it is about personal preference, I have been much more satisfied with the AMD systems I have had over the years in comparison to the Itel ones. While this may have nothing or everything to do with the cpu's it is my preference so..... :kaola:
  9. TS12000 said:
    Here are some of the marks I looked at:
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/819/12

    All, where the i5 outperformed besides gaming (which is so small a difference no one would be able to tell without a benchmark program), are not things I use...

    Also, it is about personal preference, I have been much more satisfied with the AMD systems I have had over the years in comparison to the Itel ones. While this may have nothing or everything to do with the cpu's it is my preference so..... :kaola:


    okay then suit yourself :D
    hope you don't regret in the future ..
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