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First Build. Need Advice.

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November 16, 2009 5:53:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I figure out the parts I need.

System Usage: Gaming, Photoshop, Surfing the Internet, Watching Movies and Listening to Music.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and Mouse

Preferred Websites For Parts: Newegg or any other site that is reliable.

Parts Preferences: Samsung, Asus, ATi, anything that performs well also I would like a Bluray drive.

Overclocking: Maybe Sli or Crossfire: Eventually

Monitor Res: 1920x1200

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer Model BDR-205BKS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

THERMAL COMPOUND: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is my first build so I'm a little nervous and need help picking the right parts. Any recommendations on a monitor and speakers and how does this build look?

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November 16, 2009 7:09:48 PM

You should look at the "builds by usage" sticky thread as a starting point, then we can tweak from there.
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November 17, 2009 2:17:41 AM

Tell me how this looks so far.
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November 17, 2009 3:21:19 AM

All the parts are compatible. Do you want a blu ray burner or just a reader ? The EVGA motherboard is very expensive, do you really need it or can you go with a cheaper mobo? At $180 for the GTX260 i'd consider going with a 5770 instead. Make sure you check out combo deals at newegg, they can save you a chunk of money.
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November 17, 2009 10:27:11 AM

The MOBO is pretty expensive. Is there any that you guys could recommend that are cheaper.
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November 17, 2009 4:30:47 PM

You want a Samsung F3, not an F1. Same price but newer and faster.

The least expensive good motherboard with socket 1366 is the ASRock x58 extreme. It got very good value reviews pretty much everywhere. EVGA is a top quality motherboard at a top quality price.

The 5770 (and GT260 and 4870) should play at high settings at that resolution, but not max. You will have to go up to a 5850 or 5870 (which are hard to find in stock) to max out games at that resolution.

Also look at the coolermaster HAF 922. It looks the same but is wider and shorter than the 932. Its also a good bit cheaper for not being much smaller.
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November 19, 2009 12:21:19 AM

I refined my build. Tell me how it looks.
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November 19, 2009 3:52:16 PM

The EVGA E758-A1 you have listed is deactivated, try the EVGA E758-TR or ASRock x58 extreme.

Looks good to me.
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November 19, 2009 4:27:07 PM

Alright I changed it. Thanks for your help.
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