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$1000 First Time Build

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December 14, 2009 1:14:28 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Casual use, web-surfing, gaming, Photoshop, music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything.

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, I've got a list below of stuff I've picked out already. Please critique.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Just one that will game fairly decently, as for size, maybe around 22"

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking for budget for parts that can be upgraded later easily (video card, HDD)





Here are the parts I have already picked out. Please critique.



AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX - Retail and ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail Combo Deal

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

RAZER Lycosa Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard


As stated above, I'm still searching for a monitor, mouse, headset, and other keyboard possibilities. Thanks guys!!

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December 14, 2009 7:00:33 AM

^ It is a good start, but there are many components, that are kind of overkill for what you have chosen...

Here is a reworked build, that is more balanced...

CPU + Mobo - No change - what you have chosen is a good option.

RAM - Some better options for nearly the same price...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Video card - The HD 5770 is a better buy...The extra $20 is well worth it...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - A 850W PSU is not at all required for HD 5750 crossfire...Actually you can run Quad-fire with that PSU...
Drop to the Corsair 750TX(Actually still is an overkill though) but its fine...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - The Antec 1200 is no doubt a good case, but I dont think it is necessary for your build...Check out this case - CM Storm scout...It is a very good case...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LCD -
ASUS 21.5" 1080p - A very good monitor at a very good price...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you game at lot and want to play current games at very high settings, then I would suggest you take a look at this card - HD 5850...With the money saved on the above components, you can get this card...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

As for the keyboard, check out Saitek and logitech too...

And just a suggestion - Invest more in a better PC and then if you have money left over, then spend on the peripherals...
December 14, 2009 7:29:20 AM

^+1, covered pretty much everything :) 
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December 14, 2009 1:04:05 PM

I agree with most of gkay's suggestion. They only thing that's an oversight is the x4 965. The 955 is the same CPU, and lower priced. All the extra $20-30 gets you is a mild factory overclock that is easily acheived.
December 14, 2009 7:32:26 PM

The 125W 965 is actually slightly different from the 955; it's not just an overclocked version of it...
December 14, 2009 7:33:18 PM

Thanks for your help guys. I really appreciate it.
December 15, 2009 2:13:05 AM

@MadAdmiral the 125W 965 are better binned parts than the X4 955...But if the OP will surely overclock, then your option of getting the X4 955 would be good...So with the $30 saved, there, get this aftermarket CPU cooler, which would allow an overclock of atleast 3.6-3.8GHz...
CM Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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