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March 8, 2010 12:08:23 AM

Hello this is my first time building a computer. I'm 19 and just started college and I need something future proof.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Once I know all the parts I will make the purchase.
BUDGET RANGE: 1000 bucks with all expenses included.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming>Homework/web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Dont need a keyboard, mouse monitor, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I live on the east coast of the USA. I would like to use Newegg.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I dont have any perferences again this is my firat build so im gonna need help lol. I would like to use an intel cpu though.

OVERCLOCKING: If i can figure out how to overclock i probably will. I dont want sli or crossfire.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I think ill be using a 1280X1024 19 inch LCD LG monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like something that isnt very loud, deffintly want a good cooling system because i live in the basement and its pretty hot during the summer months. I only need a 500 GB harddrive. Will be playing Counter strike 1.6, source, MW2, WoW, F.E.A.R 2. LFD2

my Noob questions------
1) Does a motherboard using wattage from the power supply? I been looking at some motherboard specifications and none of them say how many watts it uses :/ .
2) what does Cas latency mean?


Parts I think are good but would like help.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 208.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 289.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 185 with shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 100 bucks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 157.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 160
I know this is over 1000 so i wanna switch some out.

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March 8, 2010 12:43:58 AM

A couple of things...
1) Your case is out of stock, so you'll need to pick up another. Might I suggest the Antec 300 Illusion and pick up the Combo with the Antec EarthWatts EA650, which should be about the same price you have listed for your case.
2) For $5, I would pick up the i7 930 instead... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . It is the replacement for the i7 920.
3) A complete build using an i7 920/930 will be hard to get under $1,000. I would recommend either upping your budget or look at an AM3 build with the Phenom II X4 955 at it's center.
4) At your monitor resolution, don't go overboard on GPU horsepower because it isn't needed. You can get by with an ATI 4850 or 5750 and still max most games out.
5) I would pickup the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB over the WD Black 1TB. Or you can pickup either the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB (if in stock) or Seagate 7200.12 500GB hard drives. All three are based on 500GB platters that make them faster than the WD.
6) Motherboards require to plugins to function (8-pin ATX for the CPU and 24-pin ATX for the board). The wattage is standard across the board: Wattage/Voltage really only play a part with the rest of your build and how big of a PSU you need.
7) CAS as referred to for RAM, is better known as timings or how quickly it processes data. Lower Cas is more important in RAM than higher Mhz (speed).
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March 8, 2010 12:54:36 AM

Yes, I agree with point 3) of tecmo34. AMD are well knowen for being great gaming CPUs especially for their price, so have a serious think on that - spend the extra on a bigger hard drive or better case. I definatly recomend spening a bit on getting a good quality case (doesnt need to be fancy looking), as you get more room for extra fans, good cable management and better air flow.

Good luck with your build

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