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Could someone please review my parts list for my first build?

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May 7, 2010 10:28:34 PM

Hi I'm attempting my first ever build and I was wondering if someone could review this just to make sure that I haven't overlooked anything like incompatible parts or anything of that sort. Thanks a lot! I tried to redo it from jbakerlent's link. The PSU is a combo with the gfx card which is the reason why I picked it.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Maybe by 5/10 because that's when the deal on the HD is over

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming but probably some video editing and encoding


CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor Model
Mobo: ASRock 890FX DELUXE3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL PIS Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2300 (PC3 18400) Desktop Memory Model F3-18400CL8D-4GBPIS
GPU: Galaxy 70XKH3HS8GUX GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ODD: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Case: Silverstone Fortress 2
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14

Does it look like everything would work okay? Thanks again for taking a look!
May 7, 2010 10:39:43 PM

I would recommend quite a few changes actually, although it all looks compatible. First off it would be best if you filled out the build advice form in my signature. You are spending a great deal on a AMD system, and depending on your uses, you may be able to get more performance for your money with an Intel one. Also I would get a different PSU and HDD.
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May 7, 2010 10:44:04 PM
May 7, 2010 10:58:23 PM

I mostly wanted that case because the motherboard ports come out the top of the case and it has good reviews. I figured if I use the same case for 7+ years it wouldn't be too bad of a deal. Also, I chose that board since it seemed like it would last for a decent amount of time with 4 usb 3.0 ports and 3 sata 6.0 connections. Isn't a 930 roughly comparable give or take to a 1090t depending on if the applications are heavily threaded versus single? Without the case and cooler for the CPU, newegg gives me this price $1,191.92

I also decided to go with the 1090t because I thought that I'd be able to stretch out a six core cpu longer, also that board kind of weighed heavily into the equation since it has twice as many of the next generation usb/sata connections as the other current boards.
May 7, 2010 11:10:27 PM

You wouldn't really notice a performance gain with the 1090T. The six cores don't work as well for gaming and from the review at Tom's it might be a bit of a waste. I would say swap out processor for a 965 and use the money saved for a better motherboard.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - $179.99

ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 - $199.99

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $108.99
May 7, 2010 11:14:29 PM

With the ram I chose, would I get no benefit from downclocking it and giving it quicker timings? I'm not extremely knowledgeable on that.
May 7, 2010 11:27:05 PM

That RAM would not be too bad, but it's overpriced for 4GB and also won't work with an i7 1366 build, as that socket requires triple channel.