First Time Builder


This is my first time building a PC and I am a bit intimidated. If any of you have the time, could you please look over my current component selection and let me know if everything will work together?


Intel Core i7-930

2x GeForce GTX 480


Cooler Master HAF 932

What do you think?


EDIT: If any of you have any case, liquid cooling unit, or power supply advice, I will appreciate any help you can provide.

EDIT 2: Budget is around $3,000.
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  1. Instead of Dominators, I'd go for G.SKILL PI 3x2 GB kit.
  2. Thanks, what do you think about the mobo?

    Also, do you have any suggestions for liquid cooling? Do I need to buy the parts all separate (pump, exchanger, tank, fan, meter, tubing, liquid, etc) or do any worthwhile pumps come all-in-one?
  3. Well do you have a budget established?
  4. blackhawk1928 said:
    Well do you have a budget established?

    Yes - Around $3,000.
  5. Okay! Well depending on what your use is for the build I can start recommending the best parts :) Are you going to be gaming? VIdeo Editing? File Conversion? Web Browsing? Cad?..etc.
  6. I think that all the parts you selected are compatible and will work in that build. The CPU seems to be the bottleneck and the slowest choice. With those 2 480 video cards, why not chose an i-7 980X? It would be a benchmark record breaker. However, if I was building a system, I would only install one video card, probably an HD 5870 and use just 4 GB or RAM with an 1156 chipset.
  7. Answer to your first question: Yes. Everything is compatible.


    1] If you are considering water cooling, have a look at the Gigabyte GA X58A UD7.

    2] The Corsair Obsidian 800 is a great case specially built for water cooling setups.

    3] The Corsair 950TX will be enough to power your overclocked rig.
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