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Building my 1st PC, can you check my shopping list?

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February 8, 2010 5:19:44 PM


hi, ive decided to build my own pc. It will be used for games but also 3ds max and the occasional film.

So far my shopping list of components looks like this

Desktop atx Case
Asus motherboard P7P55D-E
Intel CPU Core i7 860 2.80GHz
Corsair memory 6GB XMS3 1600MHz DDR3 9-9-9-24 Kit (3x2048MB) RAM
Seagate 1.5TB hard disk drive Barracuda SATA II 300 32MB cache 7200rpm
CiT 600W Black PSU
nvidia gtx 275
Samsung SH-B083L/BSBP Blu-Ray Combi

Are these components compatable, work well together ect... Any refinements to my choices or other sugestions? Am i missing anything?

Thankyou in advance =)
February 8, 2010 5:41:42 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

What is your budget?

1- Change the HDD for a Spinpoint F3 1TB, the performance is better.
2- The CL is high, get a RAM with CL7 or CL8
3- The GTX275 price is $349.99, with $299.99 you can get a 5850 that is bettert.
4- The PSU isn't good. Get a PSU from a good brand like Coolermaster, Corsair, Thermaltake, Antec, PC power and cooling or OCZ.
February 8, 2010 5:54:51 PM

Agree with the above, except some of the recommendations in #4. Coolermaster and Thermaltake are not considered high quality. Add to that list FSP, SeaSonic and Silverstone.

And saint missed something big: you've got triple channel RAM listed. You need to have some dual channel. There's some nice G.Skill RIpjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks for $115.
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February 8, 2010 6:04:12 PM

Ohhh...yea. I'm focus on the GPU and HDD and lost the RAM. Also, i have a TT and work fine with my rig 'till now.
February 8, 2010 6:33:07 PM

Both Cooler Master and Thermaltake make a FEW decent PSU's, but it's best to avoid them for the most part. The majority of their PSU's are old inefficient designs that should have been discontinued a long time ago.

You have to ensure that any new PSU you buy has active PFC, at least 80+ certification, and the majority of its output on the 12v rail(s). If it doesn't at least meet those requirements it's not worth risking your hardware to.
February 8, 2010 6:38:01 PM

^Good, something new that I leand today.

In the night I will create a thread about some issus with my rig, will be great if you and MadAdmiral can give me an opinion.
February 9, 2010 11:47:34 AM


Thankyou very much for your advice. Ive refined my list, so now it looks like this... Oh, and ive included prices and links, im in the UK so its in british pounds ( £ )


Antec case Sonata 3 Super black midi with 500W PSU 99.21
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/31001/Antec-c...

Asus motherboard P7P55D-E pro Evo 151.87
http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.aspx?code=MBA-P...

Intel CPU Core i7 860 2.80GHz 224.47
http://www.saverstore.com/product/20035284/7725665/Inte...

G.Skill RIpjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz 89.95
http://www.overclock.co.uk/product/G.SKill-RipJaw-4GB-2...

1TB SAMSUNG Spin Point F3 61.30
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804

Samsung Blu-Ray Combi 78.50
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/home/product/44146/Samsung...

Ive been looking at graphics cards and could use some more advice in this area, i have had nvidia cards previously so my preference is with them unless they are noticabily worse cards than the ati ones. I was looking at this perticular Nvidia gtx 275 as it seems to have 1.7gb instead of the standard 896mb and it seems reasonabily priced..
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168543
and from the same store a 5850 which has only 1gb is more expensive http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179680
There are that many cards and variables out there its really hard to know if im making the correct decisions on things. Am i looking at this in the right way or in your opinion is the 5850 a better buy?
Thanks again for your help, it is very much apreaciated =]

February 9, 2010 11:52:44 AM

Hi shortstuff_mt and MadAdmiral. THIS is the link of thread with the issus that I have.

Can you give me your advices?
February 9, 2010 11:54:00 AM

The memory size on a GPU doesn't really matter. Get the HD 5850. nVidia is getting killed right now. Benchmarks. It has better performance now. In addition, it's low power consumption and cool and quiet operation make it much better in Crossfiremake it a much better choice for the future, even without DirectX 11 support.
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