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Building First Computer: Need Advice!

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July 17, 2010 6:52:22 AM

Ok, so I am new to building computers, and handling hardware altogether. I'm going to have some help from my brother who has built a few computers before by himself, and I haven't consulted him about anything that is going in it yet. I've been searching around Newegg and these forums for ideas of the best components I need to get, and this is what I have so far:

Case: GIGABYTE gz-ph1a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (I'm not looking to change this unless absolutely necessary)

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor ADX630WFGIBOX

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 100283VX-2L Video Card w/ Eyefinit

DVD Drive: ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A6T/BLK/B/G (Cheapest one I could find. Had great reviews, so why not?)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Price: $700.93 (Could do better)

Ok, I can do better than this I'm sure. I'm expecting about $1000 by the end of this year, so give some good stuff.
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July 17, 2010 9:35:53 AM

You've currently got an LGA 1156 board designed for Intel Core i3, Core i5 & Core i7 800 CPUs. I recommend an AM3 board instead, do you need an HD 5570? If this is for an HTPC or for just word processing then integrated graphics is sufficient, which comes with 785G, 790GX, 880G and 890GX boards.
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July 17, 2010 9:40:13 AM

Well first things first this is the wrong forum, go to home build section and read the sticky

That mobo wont fit with that CPU, it's the wrong socket

What will you be using the computer for?

Stuff you are missing is RAM, HDD and possibly an operating system :p  (although if you still have the disk/key from your previous computer you can use it on the new build

Lmeow said:
.. I recommend an AM3 board instead ..


+1 for am3


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July 17, 2010 10:50:25 AM

+2 for the AM3 mobo. You'll get better value going with AMD.
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July 17, 2010 6:18:32 PM

I am going to be doing a lot of gaming for sure, and a lot of word processing for school.

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H55 motherboard is for s1156 Intel processors.

That sounds like an insult :p 

Edit: I added the AM3 motherboard.
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July 18, 2010 3:49:42 AM

sick115 said:
I am going to be doing a lot of gaming for sure, and a lot of word processing for school.

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H55 motherboard is for s1156 Intel processors.

That sounds like an insult :p 

Edit: I added the AM3 motherboard.


It wasn't an insult, he was just giving you a heads up that you were using the wrong board/CPU.

That board is OK, although personally I would go with the ASRock 870 Extreme3 motherboard.

That Radeon HD 5570 is pretty weak for pretty much anything apart from HTPC use, so I recommend an HD 5770.

For an HDD, you'll probably want either a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB or WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA III/6.0Gbps, the former being cheaper, the latter being a bit faster.

For RAM you'll want either one of these two kits:

G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 CL7 kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB DDR3 CL8 kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 18, 2010 11:30:17 AM

I wouldnt even reccomend the 5770 the card will quickly become outdate i'd suggest spending the extra money going to the 1GB Nvidia GTX460, its a very good card for what its worth especially if you are going to be doing alot of gameing.
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July 18, 2010 11:52:43 AM

westham101 said:
I wouldnt even reccomend the 5770 the card will quickly become outdate i'd suggest spending the extra money going to the 1GB Nvidia GTX460, its a very good card for what its worth especially if you are going to be doing alot of gameing.


Why would he do that when for the same price he can get the 5850?
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July 19, 2010 8:28:36 AM

needsumhelplol said:
Why would he do that when for the same price he can get the 5850?

the 5850 is better but costs more.....
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July 19, 2010 1:59:59 PM

What size monitor will you use? The monitor size should determine how much GPU power you need. You don't want an overkill or be GPU underpowered.
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