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November 9, 2009 6:26:42 PM

Hi, i would really appreciate some advice as this is my first build, i will list the products i am thinking of buying...

Case - Antec 902 Nine Hundred Two Black ATX Case


Motherboard - ASUS SKT-AM2+ M3N-HT DELUXE MEMPIPE S/V/L 5200MT/s




Memory - Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 XMS2 Memory CL7 2.0V


Power Supply - Corsair HX1000W


Hardrive - WD Caviar Black 640gb


Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc AD-7241S 24x DVD±RW SATA Lightscribe Optical Drive (Black)


Graphics Card - BFG 896Mb nVidia GeForce GTX 275 OCX PCI-Express VGA Card


I am hoping after a few months to run a second one of these graphics cards in sli.

I will be using my 22 inch Benq monitor and will probably buy a copy of windows 7 home edition 64 bit for this setup.

I would really appreciate some advice and opinons on this build, maybe some compatibility information and different ideas instead of the components i've chosen such as the graphics card as i know theres such a wide selection out there. Also if i should look into any additional cooling.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, il look forward to the feedback.

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November 9, 2009 6:44:03 PM

Antec 902 Nine Hundred Two Black ATX Case

Antec TruePower New 750W Blue LED Fan Modular PSU - 80plus Bronze and SLI Certified

ASUS P7P55D PRO iP55 Socket LGA 1156 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM

LG GH22NS50 22x SATA DVD±RW Dual Layer & RAM Black Bare Drive - OEM

ATI Radeon 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - Retail

G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3/775/1156/1366) [RR-B10-212P-GP]
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November 10, 2009 6:07:35 PM

Hi i have looked at everything you have suggested and i may consider going for a setup more like you have listed. But could you tell me if what i originally chose is a decent setup and compatible, as i am new to this and i would appreciate some information on the setup i first designed, thanks.
November 10, 2009 6:12:12 PM

obsidian86's builds are all-around better builds. I would highly consider the Intel build. My work blocks access to, but I don't see a CPU listed in the first build.
November 10, 2009 6:14:26 PM

The power supply you chose is overkill. You could easily use a 600-650w ps.

The F3 is a faster hard drive than the one you chose since it only uses one platter.

Obisidians first post is referring to an i5 750...

You graphics card is fine..the 5850 is a better card with dx11 but I would not pay that price for it.

DDR3 ram + mobo is the way to go since ddr2 is dying and the prices are increasing.
November 10, 2009 6:48:05 PM

I chose that psu because i was going to hopefully run 2 of those cards in sli eventually and i have noticed people prefer intel builds and the ati cards such as the 5850, i am from the uk but converted i have about $1200-$1350 to spend on my new build. Im mainly going to be using it for gaming so id like to hear any other setup ideas aswell, thanks.
November 10, 2009 6:54:53 PM

obsidian86 already offered a couple different superior builds. What more do you want? You do NOT need a 1000W PSU for two GPU's. A quality 750W PSU is plenty. You also don't want to build around DDR2 RAM since it's in the process of being phased out.
November 11, 2009 9:03:13 PM

Hi, thanks a lot for everyones help, i am going to go with the 5850 and the AMD phenom 955 and i will build around DDR3 as suggested. So im basically going to go with what obsidian86 listed in the first post apart from the motherboard.
November 11, 2009 9:09:22 PM

Slight problem with using the motherboard from your first post. It can't use DDR3.