First Build

Hello. I'm new to the forums and this is my first post. Also this is my first time building a system so I want to know what kind of feed back the community has on my hardware pics.

Below are all the products I was looking at, their prices and the web address I'm currently planning on purchasing them from. The prices in parenthesis are the calculated prices after discount, rebate and shipping. The prices not in parenthesis are just the listed prices with free shipping. I'm trying to build a decent gaming computer for as cheap as possible, but am willing to spend a little more if it's really worth it.

Tower: Antec P193 ($166.99)

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ($109.99)

CPU/Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition $165.99

Motherboard: (open box) MSI 790FX-GD70 ($136.86)

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 $179.99x2 = $359.98

RAM: Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 ($132.99)

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB $69.99

Network Card: Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network ($89.99)

DVD: SAMSUNG Black $30.99

The current price comes to $1,263.77. I'm thinking about not getting two video cards right off the bat and instead getting the second one in a month or so, as well as the network card. That would bring the price down to $993.79.

Any feed back would be appreciated.
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  1. Is there a reason you want the add on NIC? Most people just use the onboard network port.

    I would suggest staying away from the open box motherboard. You never know what condition it's in. It's only covered by a 30 day refund policy. You may or may not get the accessories/cables with the mobo. It's your choice, but you're taking a chance.

    I would suggest looking at combo deals to cut down your cost. For example, here's a good mobo/CPU combo.

    The spinpoint f1 drives are older and slower. Swapt that out for the spinpoint f3 drive.

    Any reason you picked that case? That's an area where you could cut some cost, and still get a very nice case.
  2. I do a lot of data mining and scraping of websites for content. I figure the NIC will greatly cut down on the time this all takes. Running a thousand processes a second can get to be a little much and it seems this will speed things up quite a bit.

    I know there's a risk with the open box mobo but I figure that if it doesn't work then I'll just send it back, get the refund, and pay full price for the new one. I'm curious if anyones tried buying open box items before and what kind of quality item they got. I don't think would just resell a broken mobo.

    Thanks for the info about the HDs. I'll definitely have to go with the faster one.

    As far as the case goes I was looking at the case comparisons here and I really liked the specs of this one. I liked how quiet this case was and how cool it ran.
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