Build check!

Ok, I spent way too much time on a Saturday night reading the forums and putting this together. Any suggestions or concerns? Thanks!


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Light Gaming (WOW), Watching Movies, Ripping Movies and Music, Nothing too heavy. I mostly just want a reasonable and flexible system for any sort of future interests.






ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to spend about $1200 total

System details (all prices from NewEgg)

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H ATX AMD Motherboard $139.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $159.00

ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler 47.41

XFX Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition HD-577A-ZNDC Video Card $179.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $26.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $124.99

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $119.99

Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers $149.99

Total: $1183
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  1. Not bad, not bad at all! Looks like it's going to come out great. I've personally used that mobo in one of my builds, it was expensive, but it was awesome!

    I'm going to have to suggest you switch out your Samsung hard drive for a Western Digital Caviar Black. It'd be a little more expensive, but the WD Black drives come with a 5-year warranty! At least switch to a WD Caviar Blue- it will cost the same and you'll get a better warranty.

    Be sure to check those timings on that RAM! DDR3-1600 tends to have pretty awful timings, so you may want to consider dropping down to 1333 for a lower latency. Timings are just as important as clock speed when picking up RAM. Some DDR2 DIMMs perform better then upper level DDR3 because of this!

    People are probably going to try to steer you away from the Haans-G LCD. I just want to tell you that I picked up my Haans-G 24.6" in November, and I love it! It's huge, full HD resolution and I got it for only $200. I don't experience the backlight problem everyone said Haans LCDs had. Come to think of it, I don't experience any problems with it! My only suggestion is to go for the 24.6 inch too! It's great :) Only $50 more too.
  2. Get a better cooler... I recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

    I would only get a Western Digital hard drive if you are getting the WD 2TB Black or WD 1TB Black SATA III. They are faster hard drives. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB is a great hard drive. I have the 1TB version and have no complaints! Until WD moves to single 500GB platters on their new Blacks, it is still better to stick with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12.
  3. You two hit on the two things I was wondering about.

    First, that cooler got good ratings on New Egg, but I was unsure whether it was going to fit my case or on the mobo. I'll check that other cooler out tec

    Second was the monitor. It looked like a good deal and, again, got good ratings on New Egg.

    Dusty, interesting comments about memory. I'll look at other options. I think i'm sticking with the Samsung though. My reasoning is that I'm using it for storage, not boot. If it goes out within the next 5 years, it is probably going to be worth it to me to just buy a new hard drive rather than send it for repairs. When I built my current computer, I went big with 2 200MB hard drives, so the way storage is changing I'll take the risk. I do appreciate the comments though.
  4. Looks like you're missing a Case, PSU, and an OS. :/
  5. Here's a build:
    Raidmax Smilodon Extreme Black Case
    Corsair 650hx PSU
    Samsung f3 500gb
    ASUS M4A78T-E MOBO + G. Skill 2x2gb RAM
    Gigabyte 5850 GPU + AMD Phenom II X4 955
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212
    Microsoft Windows 7 OEM
    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner
    ASUS 21.5" 1080P Monitor

    It totals $1258.32 before rebates and after rebates is $1198.32.

    It has a better GPU and the monitor might be .7 inches smaller but it has a higher resolution.
  6. erg I swear I had case and PSU in there...not sure what happened on the cut and paste.

    Anyway filling those roles are:

    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    I have a Win7 through school
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