Noobie needs help with his first build!


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 40% gaming 30% surfing the interwebs and 30% movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I dont really want anything from newegg as they will charge me tax because i live in tennessee





MONITOR RESOLUTION: 23" 1280x1024, 50" 1920x1080

Ok so i have been lurking for a while now and i just decided that its time for my build. At first i was considering buying a custom pc from ibuypower as they have really good deals and and they will build it for me which i think is great because i dont have any experience building a pc but i came across this site and heard some bad reviews about ibuypower so i am now thinking of building it myself. So my budget is around $800-1000 and that should include the OS and shipping. Here's the parts that i think im getting but please tell me if all these parts are all compatible and please check the ram too as i dont know how to figure out if its compatible with the motherboard that i got. Your input will be greatly appreciated!

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M17-7302 :: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English (0.5 lbs)

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TSD-750AS3 :: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 750GB, 7200rpm, 32MB, Serial ATA-300 (1.5 lbs)

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V261-5770 :: Visiontek Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI (1.8 lbs)

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ULT-LSP650 :: Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty (5.22 lbs)

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C13-8220 :: Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB (2x 2048MB), 240 Pin, Dual-Channel (0.6 lbs)

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A455-2886 :: ASUS M4A78T-E Motherboard - AMD 790GX, AM3 128MB DDR2 Side-Port, ATI Hybrid, CrossFire, PCIe 2.0, DDR3 Memory USB2.0, RAID, HDMI/DVI (3.3 lbs)

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A79-0955 :: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor - 3.20GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan (0.48 lbs)

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C283-1086 :: Cooler Master Centurion 5 - Blue ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports (20.95 lbs)

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L12-1332 OEM :: Lite-On IHOS104 Blu Ray ROM - BD-ROM 4X, DVD-ROM 8X, CD-ROM 32X (OEM) (2.8 lbs)

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  1. Ultra is a good PSU company, but the LSP series is a generation behind and the wattage on the 12V rails is less than you would see in a current generation PSU of the same wattage. Still it should be plenty to handle a single 5770.

    I would think you could get a cheaper AM3 motherboard without onboard video like a Gigabyte MA770T-UD3.

    Corsair makes good ram but its generally overpriced lately. What you listed is CAS9 and you should be able to find CAS7 or CA8 RAm from Gskill for the same price or cheaper.

    You can get a good brand (XFX) 5770 for $160 at Probably newegg will beat most of those tigerdirect prices.

    Only get a Seagate 500GB or 1TB. Those are the models with 500GB platters and are substantially faster than the 750 and 1.5TB models. Or get a Samsung F3 500GB or 1TB.
  2. flip615 said:
    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I dont really want anything from newegg as they will charge me tax because i live in tennessee

    You probably don't care, but just FYI you're supposed to pay the taxes on anything you buy online, regardless of whether you are charged by the website or not. You're supposed to report the purchases on your taxes when you file them, and you get charged at that point. If you don't do that, you're not alone. Most people probably do not.

    Anywho, i echo dndhatcher thoughts on the memory and graphics card. You can get them for much cheaper on newegg, or even find something better for that price (especially the memory), even after taxes. I bought similar RAM a month ago for $95 on newegg. I bought a 5770 for $155 too. So make sure you shop around before you hit the "buy" button.
  3. Do you live near a Microcenter? Check them out if so. Newegg has some good deals in combos as well.

    Phenom 955 is a good one.

    If you are not going to crossfire 5770's Id recommend a 5850 or higher.

    Ive heard good things about the Samsung spinpoint drives, but I personally go Western Digital. I don't like Seagate as I have had some failures with them.

    Try to go with a Motherboard with the 790X not the 790GX.

    Whatever you do, DO NOT get OCZ Obsidian ram. I did and all I got were BSODs, and many many others get the same thing. Its just poorly made memory.

    Otherwise, good build.
  4. Dont get the OCZ Obsidian Ram, its has a very high failure rate and wont clock up to 1600 stably. I got it and it failed, check out the new egg reviews.

    Also, the Samsung f3 is a equivalent hard drive for 15 bucks cheaper if you can find it.
  5. flip615 said:

    You are going with Microcenter? They are doing a deal right now where you can get a MB and AMD Processor with a 20 buck discount. I think it only applies to the 965 and processors below the 955. I.e. it would be the same price to get a 965 so why not? Or it would be cheaper to get a 945, or something like that. Check out their February deals catalog to see if you cant squeeze a bit more out of your money.
  6. As far as I know, the Caviar Black is still a twin 250GB platter drive, which means it will be much slower than than the single 500GB platter Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12.

    If you are near a microcenter, they often have good deals that are only available for in-store pickup.
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