My first build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (before Jan 15th 2010) BUDGET RANGE: (500-650) Before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, internet, high res movies, anime)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, video card, Monitor, burner)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (usa)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (I would like to use an AMD CPU & good mobo with a full tower case)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (probably not though)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whichever is best for gaming.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:I mainly watch anime/movies and play playstation emulators. I want a computer that will let me play FO3, Oblivion, Dragon Age and newer games

I got a GeForce 9600 GT for cheap a while back but found out my power supply (in my current computer) was too low. So I figure I'll use that until I get sick of it and buy a newer one.

I'm trying to build a computer for the first time. I just want someone who has experience in this stuff to double check my setup and tell me if all the parts are compatible and anything else I should look out for. Here are my parts:

*Updated*

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130249

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133311&cm_re=9600_gt-_-14-133-311-_-Product

Sound Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102003

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

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275 (4 gigs total)

CD/DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106274

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129070
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  1. ^ Well the CPU choice is very good, but not the PSU...you WONT need 750W to run the 9600GT...And 8GB of RAM ? for what ? For games 4GB of RAM would suffice...

    Here is a list that would better suit your needs...
    CPU + Mobo -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.308608

    RAM - Same - but just get 4GB...

    PSU - OCZ Mod 500W - Can even power HD 5870/ GTX 285
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    HDD - Either get the WD black 640GB for $5 more or this Samsung F3 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    DVD ROM ?
    Get a DVD burner -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    You dont need a Sound card...
  2. Because this is your first build, review the checklist in the first part of this thread:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-posting-boot-problems

    It may stop you from making noobish mistakes.
  3. with all the modifications here, you might want to consider this video card which is better than your first selection and costs a bit more http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102853
  4. gkay09 said:
    ^ Well the CPU choice is very good, but not the PSU...you WONT need 750W to run the 9600GT...And 8GB of RAM ? for what ? For games 4GB of RAM would suffice...

    Here is a list that would better suit your needs...
    CPU + Mobo -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.308608

    RAM - Same - but just get 4GB...

    PSU - OCZ Mod 500W - Can even power HD 5870/ GTX 285
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    HDD - Either get the WD black 640GB for $5 more or this Samsung F3 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    DVD ROM ?
    Get a DVD burner -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    You dont need a Sound card...


    The PSU you suggested only has a 12V rail @18A. I already own the 9600GT and it recommends 12V @26A on the box, is there something I'm not understanding correctly about power supplies? The 12V @60A seemed like a good overkill to assure I could power whatever I put in it. Also what is the difference between the two mobos? The one you suggested is like $20 more for an IEEE port.

    In response to daggs, I want a mobo and PSU that will allow me to upgrade to a better Video card later. I already bought the 9600 for my current computer but my PSU wasn't strong enough.
  5. So here's my updated list

    MSI 790X-G45 AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130249

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133311&cm_re=9600_gt-_-14-133-311-_-Product

    Sound Card:none

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
    Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor
    Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275 (4 gigs total)

    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer - Retail (This writes and reads, correct?)
    CD/DVD Drive/burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129070
  6. ^ About the PSU that I have listed - OCZ Mod - It has 2 12V rails - each with 18A...So in total it has 36A...
    But the PSU is a very good one too...
    But I would suggest you this case + PSU combo...For that price, it is a solid deal...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.304806

    And as for the mobo, the MSI is a good option...
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