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My First attempt [New Build]

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January 14, 2010 6:42:08 PM

Well this will be my first attempt at building a PC.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Beginning of Next month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Only Parts not needed are keyboard and mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: The Egg

PARTS PREFERENCES: See below for my attempt at a Sub 1K gaming system

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (But in the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Looking on Suggestions for a decent monitor for under 200



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

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - Retail

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail

HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic LED Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink Rev.1 with TX-3 & 1156 Brackets - Retail


RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case - Retail


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



Any thoughts and or suggestions on better parts? Trying to stay Sub 1K not including a new monitor. And As I stated before this is my first attempt so one of my greatest fears is one of the components not begin compatible with the rest.

Thanks for your time.

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January 14, 2010 6:56:48 PM

I'm not a 100% but I don't think the Tuniq will fit in that case. Better make sure it will fit.

Other that that, nice job. [:bohleyk:1]
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January 14, 2010 7:00:56 PM
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January 14, 2010 7:05:04 PM
January 14, 2010 7:14:48 PM

Thanks for the replies I actually was looking at the Antec three hundred as well. Maybe Ill just go with that case.


On another note (and trying to find Unbiased opinions here)

I5 vs AMD955.

To me it seems like you get a little more bang for the buck going with the 955 set up instead of a I5. Am I wrong?
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January 14, 2010 7:21:06 PM

Tecmo's suggestions look decent. If you want a LED fan on your heatsink, you can add one, as the Hyper 212 comes with an additional set of fan clips. The PSU that ares linked is not 80+, and is inferior to the Earthwatts; not necessarily bad, but the Earthwatts is better.
Nice build though. For a first attempt, it looks like you've done some research.
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January 14, 2010 7:23:03 PM

the ocz is great, i5 is more immeadiate bang for buck, by a long shot, and the 212 is good as well. i would go with the combo i said with the 922, since it is great.
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January 14, 2010 7:26:08 PM

The i5 outperforms the 955BE, but offers no VISIBLE difference in games. In applications that warrant the additional performance, I'd choose i7, as the added cost can probably be justified. Socket AM3 has an upgrade path. LGA1156 does not.
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January 14, 2010 7:35:57 PM

lga1156 has no VISIBLE upgrade path, but i doubt intel will pull the plug on it, they need a budget sector. also, the 750 costs 30$ more than the 955, and the same price as the 965, and beats both of them in productivity, and gaming:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-x4-965,2389-...

and gaming

http://www.*****/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/22151-intel-lynnfield-core-i5-750-core-i7-870-processor-review-17.html

even though the gaming one showed the 945, but you get the idea... the i5 is a better buy
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January 14, 2010 9:24:47 PM

The i5 is the better performer, but 1) gaming FPS tends to be more dependent on the GPU, and 2) except at the margin of playability, a difference of a few FPS won't be noticeable. Heck, the difference could be 20FPS, but if the weaker one is getting over 60FPS, you won't even see that difference.
If you really need the application performance, get i7.
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January 14, 2010 9:26:32 PM

i understand, and agree with what your saying, but it is undebatable, the i5 is a better buy for anything.
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January 15, 2010 2:04:15 AM

Scratch that found my answer on Ram Voltage



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January 26, 2010 6:16:47 PM

Alright I should get to order this weekend and want one final look to see if I am messing anything up here.


Haf 922 $89.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $54.99

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB $109.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 $29.99

OCZ StealthStream 700 and Lite On CD/DVD burner $96.98

Saphire 5870 and Win7 $494.98

955 Black and GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 $285.98

Asus 23 inch Monitor $179.99


My only real fear at this point is when I look up the Memory specs for the Mobo I selected the ram is not on the list. Should I be worried and switch do a different set of Ram or will the above work with setting changed in the Bios?

Total with Shipping (Before MIR) = $1383.11

I am still interested in any way to save money without giving up any performance if that is even possible at this point.
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January 26, 2010 9:23:19 PM

I agree, especially on the case and PSU. Lian Li is said to make quality cases, and I've seen enough quality problems in Coolermaster cases to know that they do not. While OCZ isn't on my personal top-5 list for PSUs, they're nowhere near the bottom, and the 80+ designation means that at the very least it is good for its full labeled output, and can do it efficiently.

Edit: typo
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January 27, 2010 12:53:27 AM

yea, ocz is like #6 on my list, wouldnt put it in a 2000$ computer, but great for budget.
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January 27, 2010 11:50:17 AM

Thanks guys I was looking at the lian case but did not know much about it.

Guess now all I have to do is wait for the check on Friday and hope I do not screw anything up putting it together. Thanks again for every ones input.
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