A girls first build need some help!!!

So im kinda new at this and need some help!! I want to build a computer for mainly gaming and doing some video stuff. I have a 5970 video card that i got for christmas i just need to build the rest of the pc around it. I also have windows 7 64bit and a decent monitor. I want to stick as close to 975-1000 as i can after shipping!! Please help if you can!! Here is what I have so far:


BUDGET RANGE: 975 (Before Rebates)

Gaming, Video stuff, School work ( :( frown face to the last one lol)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Windows

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (seems to be the most popular, plus i dont like buying from one than more place if i dont have to)

PARTS PREFERENCES: What ever will give the best computer for the money!!

OVERCLOCKING: Yes ( I REALLY want to overclock. I have been looking at forums for a while now and i think i can handle it. So if you can please include stuff for this!!)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not


CPU: Intel i7-920

Found a bundle for those 2!! http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.324969

POWER: OCZ ModXstream 700w

Also got those 2 in a bundle!! http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.330942

MEMORY: G.Skill PI Series 6GB

HARD DRIVE: Segate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB

DVD-DRIVE: Sony Sata (Dont really need a burner and this is a couple bucks cheaper)

CPU COOLER: Hyper 212

CABLES: Sata Cable

[#00ff00]TOTAL:[/#4800ff] 975.59 After shipping!!!

:lol: Let me know what you think!!! Thanks!!! :lol:
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  1. You do not need SATA cables. Your motherboard will come with plenty.

    The price difference is small enough that buying a DVD-ROM instead of R/W is not worth it. I happen to prefer Samsung and LG drives.

    A lot of people seem to like the Samsung F3 hard drives, but I have no direct experience with them.

    I like Gigabyte motherboards. :bounce:

    I wish someone would give me a 5970.
  2. It looks like a fine build, except I don't think the Sate Cable is necessary since your mobo should include plenty of them.

    However, I would doubt you will really need core i7 920 and x58 platform, especially if you are not into CF or SLI. Step back to core i5 750 and a P55 mobo makes much more sense to most people at this point, because of its newer architecture, almost same performance as 920 but superior efficiency.

    Then I would take the saved money, to invest in a nice monitor. (I know you have a monitor already :-)).
    To me, put 1/3 of my budget into a nice monitor is a "balanced" build. I saw many of my friends (not hardcore gamers) build themselves very powerful rigs, but stare at a $200 crappy LCD everyday.

    In the long run, your eyes will be really thankful for the nice monitor.
  3. Will a i5 750 run about the same as the i7 and how long will that last until its outdated or inferior? Thanks for the help you dont know how much its needed/appreciated!!
  4. The build looks good. I agree that you don't need the SATA and that you should spend a couple extra bucks on a DVD burner.

    Nice job! Good luck with the build.
  5. The motherboard you select appears to come with 4 SATA cables so you do not need to buy additional ones unless you want to have spares laying around.

    I would spend the extra few buck for a DVD burner because you just don't know when it might come in handy. Like backing up important data...

    This is just my preference, but I prefer to have two physical hard drives. One for the OS and partitioned for some unimportant data and games. The other physical hard drive for more important data. That way if a hard drive fails it will not potentially wipe out all your data and the OS. It adds cost to your system, but you can always install a 2nd HDD later.
  6. short answer: yes. Performance difference between i5 750 and i7 920 is negotiable in Non-SLI/CF settings for gaming, and also most other cases. I would say the core i5 platform will last a good three years at least in almost any cases, though you might want to upgrade your video card as the time pass to play more demanding games, if there is any.

    X58 platform looks like having a bright upgrade path, i.e. core i9 series. But it is a $1000 CPU, and I don't think it is for normal users. By the time that core i9 become popular and accessible for normal users, there are potentially a lot of new features that the future mobo will have, then you will feel the "old" X58 you bought now is dated, and want to upgrade the whole platform anyway.

    I always think there is no point for future proof more than three years. Just build a cost/performance effective rig, enjoy it for 3 years, then upgrade the damn thing :-)
  7. Well if i wanted to go with an i5 build what would be the parts you would recommend if you dont mind? Like i said im still kinda new at this!!
  8. Hey guys, only I relised this? The fact she has NO video card in his build, and he says specifically he wants it for gaming...
    Go with a 955/am3 build and you can prob fit a 5850 in their, and itll be sweet for gaming and the other things you need it for..

    NVM... didnt notice the very first paragraph... expected to see that in parts not required... but good build otherwise, you can save some money by getting a i5 build however
  9. I stated at the top that i got a 5970 for christmas!! and when did i become a he? lol JK!!

    Well you caught your mistake lol thats cool!!
  10. I did say she! look at my post xD and yea only just noticed that.. my bad lol
  11. lol it tis ok!! can anyone give me an idea of a good i5 build in the price range?
  12. Dunno in that price range... with i5 youll prob be... a bigger HDD, perhaps bluray ODD, and possibly even a cheap SSD, hard to say since you already have a 5970 lol
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  14. I would go with the Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz for $200:


    Here are some benchmarks you can look at for the i5-750:


    Now to look for a LGA 1156 mobo.....
  15. CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

    Mobo two choices:
    1. GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($104)

    2. ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($190 if USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s is important for you.)

    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail ($114)

    everything else may or may not need change.

    Remark: HAF 922 is a huge case, I have used one. And it is not the quietest case, I will have to buy a fan controller panel to slower down the fans, otherwise, the low humming sound of the three huge fans drives me crazy. I would suggest you to take your time to shop for cases to realize what suit your situation best, like is the case fan controllable by case or how many fans you mobo can automatically control (fan connectors) and etc. In my experience, even the high end ASUS X58 mobo does a poor job in controlling the case fans and a fan controller is almost necessary. For example:
  16. Hmmm..... oh well....

    Looks like someone beat me to it....
  17. If it was me I would just stick with your I7 build. Infact I am using the same Motherboard and CPU in your build. OC'd to 3.8 on a lil less then stock voltage. Xfired 5870s instead of a 5970. You will be very happy with your I7. Nothing wrong with the I5 per say but you have a nice a system build there and you will not be disappointed with the I7 or that 1366 gigabyte motherboard. Anyway good luck with whatever you decide to your build.
  18. What a rig for a newbie... I'm envious... :ange:

    By the way, you haven't mentioned what your monitor resolution is... Can you tell?
  19. Pick Core i5 instead of core i7 for gaming.
  20. ahhhhh my eyes! Ali MacGraw!!! the colors!!!!
  21. I think there was no need to niggle this build. i7, i5; with a HD5970 it really isn't going to matter. Socket 1156 is a little cheaper now, but won't take i9 processors later; will it matter? Who knows, but I wouldn't bet on it, unless the OP's video stuff and school work turn professional-grade, in which case it might.
    I would suggest this case / PSU combo though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.326234
    Antec 300 with a Truepower New 750 80+ bronze PSU, for $160. That's cheaper than the $235 for the Coolermaster case and OCZ PSU, and both parts are superior (both combos have rebates, in case you play that game and win). If you get a Coolermaster case, anticipate having to re-tap mobo screw holes (easy enough, just drive a case screw into the hole), and possibly bend parts of the case into proper alignment; all minor, but the sort of quality issues you won't find in an Antec case. The Truepower PSU was reviewed very favorably at www.jonnyguru.com.

    Otherwise, your original i7 choice looks fine to me. Echo others about the SATA cables.
  22. randomkid said:
    What a rig for a newbie... I'm envious... :ange:

    By the way, you haven't mentioned what your monitor resolution is... Can you tell?

    I plan on playing at 1900 x 1080.
  23. You mean 1920 x 1080..sorry, couldn't help it. I like that resolution too. Well can't play the games but for movies..ah i wish someone would give me a card like that. You won't have any problems in games with that video card at that resolution.
  24. yohannaho said:
    I plan on playing at 1900 x 1080.

    The 5970 is an overkill even for a 1920x1080 but since you got it as a gift, there is no complaint there. Get 2 more of the monitors for eyefinity to maximize your video card and the rest of the rig. :)
  25. SO thanks for all the help from everyone!!! I just ordered all my parts this morning and im expecting them to get here around wednesday next week. I think that im going to take pics/make a video of the build so if you want to see those let me know and ill do my best to get them to you!! Thanks again!!!

    P.S. I went with the i5 build btw!!
  26. Good luck on the build!
  27. Yes, I would like to see it.
  28. What else did you fill in to go with the i5 to make up the money saved by going i5/p55 instead of i7/x58?? Or do you have a cheaper build?
  29. I went with everything that i listed there a few post back. With the money that i saved im going to sell my old monitor and get a new one and then look at getting an eyefinity setup. I saved around $170 overall!! So it was def worth it!!
  30. Hurray! Keep us posted... pictures.. pictures... pictures...
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