First time builder need some advice please

BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video conversion, internet surfing, movie watching possibly with blu ray movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor and OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: was looking mainly at newegg and tiger direct but open to other sites if the price is right

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: maryland, united states

PARTS PREFERENCES: looking at intel chipset with a full tower case





Need some help trying to figure out if these are the best parts I can get for a new PC i want to build, this will be my first build on my own totally with just buying a dell then hooking it up a bit after a few years. Figure I could get more bang for my buck just doing it piece meal and putting it all together myself so i get what i want the first time or as close to it as i can afford. I might run things in SLI not sure yet if i want to do that but this will be the rig to get me back into PC gaming an most likely I'll OC the CPU a bit maybe up to 3.5 GHz. I'm still unsure about the motherboard i want to run things on though unless someone can recommend a better more stable board I'll probably end up just flipping a coin and going with one of the two.

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail

ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C7D G - Retail

For main OS running Windows 7 64

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

For storage (probably will run 3 of these)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GV-N26OC-896I GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail

All put in this case

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

An all powered by this

OCZ Z Series Gold OCZZ850M 850W ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

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  1. Both the boards are prety good...The PRO has USB 3.0/ SATA 6GB/s which is a plus...

    RAM - Dont go with 6GB kits...they come in those config espcidally for the X58 mobos...For other boards like the P55, go with 4GB kit...

    CPU cooler - Get this one - CM Hyper 212+
    It will perform better than that Artic...

    PSU - This will be a good cheaper option...
    Corsair 850HX

    Graphics card - GTX 260 now ?
    HD 5850 would be a better is as powerful as the GTX 285 and is DirectX 11...
    XFX HD 5850

    HDD - Why not look into buying an SSD for OS ?
    Intel 40GB - Will suffice for OS and imp apps...

    And instead of that WD, get this Samsung F3 - They are faster and more efficient than the WD...
  2. I'd recommend one powerful GPU initially and getting another later if you just can't live without it.
  3. PSU, way overpriced one there.

    Best deal ATM is a the OCZ 700W stealthxstreams
    Will run xfire 5850's and OC CPU and only $59.99 after MIR

    If you want more headroom go with the $110 seasonic 850w

    ZipzoomFLy has the Intel X25-V for $109.99 after MIR, free ship too

    Don't bother with CAS latency 9 RAM. You preferably want 7, max 8.
    The corsairs gkay linked are probably the best deal on newegg atm. Though they're brand new so no good reviews out yet.

    MOBO stick with the $189 Asus one.

    HD 1tb spinpoint F3's are cheaper and perform better.

    GPU go with a 5850.

    Also, whole buncha combo deals you can take advantage fo to save money.
  4. Full Build

    HAF 922 $89.98 Free ship w/ code EMCYZNT45

    Spinpoint F3 1tb x 3 $267.97 Free ship (that's a lot of porn right there :kaola: )

    X25-V $124.99 w/ $15 MIR free ship

    5850 $269.99 w/ promo code VGA161302 Free ship

    Corsiar XMS3 DDR3 1600 7-8-7-20 $109.99 free ship

    Asus USB 3.0/SATA 6.0, dual PCIE x8 $189.99

    CM Hyper 212 Plus $29.99

    PSU/OPtical Drive
    OCZ 700w and Lite ON $96.98 w/ $25 MIR

    i7-860 $279.99 Free ship

    Total: $1491.86 but shipping is only like ~$10 and you have $40 in MIR
  5. thanks everyone for the advice think im settling on a few of the things you've suggested and changing my build a bit for the better. i've always been a nvidia guy so going over to ati is gonna be a bit different but i don't see any worth wild nvidia cards coming out with direct x 11 for a decent price anytime soon. i'll definitely post my final build specs and post my system once i have it up and running, i was talking to a few people today about my build also and they were telling me i didn't really have to go with the 64-bit win 7 since i'm only doing 4 gigs of ram the 32-bit version would do the job but i'm not too sure about that one. also i was looking into solid state drives when i first had the idea of building this pc but the cost to storage ratio just isn't there for me right now i think i'd have that 40 gig filled with all the games im planning on running and programs i use or will use in the future. an getting a larger ssd drive is an option but i cant see myself spending that kind of money on a hard drive when i could just run a raptor and it would do a similar job for the same or less money and i have more storage space for future installs.
  6. 1. 32 bit OS only uses 3gb or ram. You need a 64 bit os.

    2. Raptor performance is worse than the Spinpoint f3 and 7200.12. Any raptor is stupid buy right now since drives 1/4 the price and larger in capacity perform better.
  7. Final build specs (still a few days before i put the order in so if there are any more suggestions i'm open thanks again)

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 - Retail

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

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    PLEXTOR 24X DVD/CD Writer Black SATA Model PX-880SA LightScribe Support - OEM

    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

    Samsung 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive HD502HJ

    Intel Core i7 Processor 2.80 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I7-860BOX

    Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Core i7 and Core i5

    Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler

    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

    and just to test things out im getting this

    Crysis Maximum Edition
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