First Time Builder

I'm thinking of building a PC, again. It will be my first build & my knowledge is limited. I have a few people who are willing to help me out though.

This system will mainly be used for gaming. I would like to build one for $800-$1000.
I'm having trouble figuring out what MB to get. I would like to OC at some point. I just don't know what I don't or do need. Will I need DDR3 RAM or not?

Here's what I've got so far...

CPU- Intel C2 Quad Q9650 $324.99 (Newegg)

GPU- EVGA Geforce GTX275 $309.99 (Newegg)

I'd like to have a velociraptor HDD but I'm gonna be over budget as it is. Already at $635. I'm thinking of going with a WD caviar blue 500GB $79.99 which would put me at about $715. Still need case, maybe a cooling fan, thermal paste, optical drive, & the MB.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I can use XP & kb/mouse I have but other than that I want all new.

Thanks for the help.
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  2. Raptors have been outdated. New 500GB 7200RPM HDDs are faster than old velociraptors (like the samsung F3 500GB/1TB). Everyone who used to use velociraptors now uses SSDs for boot drives, but they are still evolving pretty rapidly so I have not jumped in and got one yet.

    Caviar blue is "cool & quiet", not the performance drive you want to boot on. The Samsung F3 ares linked is great.

    I generally like Ares build, other than the power supply is not 80+ certified and I am not sure about thermaltakes power supply quality. I stick to Antec or Corsair (or seasonic, pc power & cooling) 80+ certified power supplies since poor power makes a system run flaky and bad power can damage other parts.

    I also prefer the Antec 300 illusion case for its great airflow and low sale price.
  3. i was so close to putting in the 300, but the azza just has it beat. it is unfortunate azza is such an unknown company, they make some great cases. thermaltakes makes good psus, and for free, i would take that anyday. there was an extra 100$, so you could get a antec or corsair if you'd like.
  4. I couldnt find that exact PSU, but the 750W model got a good review with stable voltages; for free its a great value. ;)

    The Azza case you linked is very similar to the 300, with a different door and only one front fan. The 300 illusion has so much front fan space relative to its size for great airflow across the whole motherboard. When its down at $55 its hard to beat.
  5. they are both great, and the azza is 49.99 after mir, but yea the 300 is great too, probably best budget case there is.
  6. Wow, I was really looking to build an intel system & an Invidia GPU but I'm not gonna argue with this build at all. Very nice! Alot better bang for my $$$.
    Thanks dndhatcher for the HDD info & ares for the build. Very sweet case for the $.

    Would I be good with my XP 32bit OS or should I be looking to get Win7 64bit?

    What does "Bare Drive" mean on that HDD description?

    Merry Christmas!
  7. bare drive means it is just the drive, no box manual or wires.
  8. Here's what I went with...

    AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

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

    MSI Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - Retail

    Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

    $981.50 shipped before $65 rebates.

    I didn't see needing crossfire as my current rig has SLI & I never used that either.
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