My first build low 2000s

Hello everyone!

I am a new builder without much experience (I have replaced a dead psu and added some memory to my dad's computer). I have used Tom's a lot in researching the parts so I figured the experts and enthusiasts here could give me some advice (making sure parts are compatible, are good choices, etc).

A little bit about me: I really like to build things (legos were my favorite toy as a kid) so I have always have wanted to build my own computer. I don't think connecting everything together will be hard but working in the BIOS scares me a little. I have saved up enough cash to hopefully build a pretty kick ass rig that will last a while.


BUDGET RANGE: Low 2000's

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, music, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: So far I have only bought speakers - Logitech Z523

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or retail stores (Fry's, micro center)



OVERCLOCKING: Probably but not too high

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here's what I am thinking for the parts

Processor: Intel i7 920 $200

Motherboard: Asus P6x58D Premium $310

CPU cooler: Probably going to go with the Thermalright 120, Cogage Spirit, or noctua NH-12 $70ish

GPU: XFX Radeon 5870 $400

Memory: Corsair Dominator 3 x 2GB $220

HD: WD Caviar Black 1 TB $100

CD/DVD: Sony Optiarc combo $28

PSU: Not sure - Corsair 750 or 850w tx or hx $120-180

Keyboard: Logitech g110 $80

Mouse: Logitech mx518 $40

Monitor: Samsung P2350 $230

Case: Silverstone FT-01BW $200

OS: Windows 7 64bit home premium OEM $105

Total: $2163

I am probably going to pick up thermal paste and a static wrist strap; are there any other miscellaneous items I will need to put everything together?

For the PSU, 750w is enough as it stands but should I go for 850w in case I decided to get another 5870 for crossfire? Would you guys recommend the tx or hx corsair models? If I do crossfire, it will not be for a couple of years, would it just be easier to just buy a newer model gpu?

Future plans: a sound card, ssd, maybe an i9 :P.

Thanks a bunch for reading everything!
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  1. If your going to xfire i would go for the 850W ( it will give you some room to OC the CPU and GPUs if you like, if your not going to xfire a Corsair 650 is a good deal ATM, as far has HX or TX its up to you if you want modular or not

    in two years there might be a better single GPU that beats the HD 5870s in xfire, who knows

    Have you looked into the HAF 922 case its very nice and would save 100 bucks

    The ram looks good but its over priced

    HDD or Samsung F3 T1 ( but out of stock ) atm
  2. Thanks for your reply.

    I think I am going to settle on the 850 hx so I have room to upgrade in the future and have better cable management.

    Are the newer 5870's, which are 2.1 x 16, backwards compatible with a 2.0 mobo?
  3. Yes it will be fine

    PCI Express 2.1

    PCI Express 2.1 supports a large proportion of the management, support, and troubleshooting systems planned to be fully implemented in PCI Express 3.0. But, the speed is the same as PCI Express 2.0.
  4. In case it helps, check out a post I wrote 11/22/2009 after I built my gaming system. I was looking at building an i7 920 system, but went the i7 860 route instead. In case I didn't paste the link correctly, the title of the post was "Thanks for the advice - a new computer is born." Good luck with your build.
  5. Good read, thanks for the link.

    I am going to be ordering / picking up the parts this week and I have all of spring break to assemble so wish me luck!
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