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June 21, 2010 3:07:38 PM

Hello all. This will be my first time building a PC and I'd like to know if I have all my bases covered as far as cost efficiency, compatibility, and quality are concerned. I'd like to buy it within the week. I'll list every part and accessory I plan on purchasing just to make sure I'm not forgetting anything.

Parts not required: speakers, software

Preferred website: newegg, amazon

Parts preference: AMD

Overclocking: maybe

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Case: [$140]
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Motherboard: [$200]
MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

CPU: [$160]
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

CPU Cooling: [$41]
ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: [$305]
HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

RAM: [$105]
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

HDD: [$60]
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

PSU: [$75]
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Optical: [$24]
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Monitor: [$186]
HP 2159M 21.5-Inch HD LCD Monitor
http://www.amazon.com/HP-2159M-21-5-Inch-LCD-Monitor/dp...

HDMI Cable: [$12]
Mediabridge Ultra Series - 10ft High Speed HDMI Cable - Category 2 Certified - Supports 3D - Audio Return Channel - 4Kx2K - 1440p - 1080p - Blu-Ray - PS3 - XBox 360
http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Ultra-Category-Certif...

Mouse: [$36]
Logitech MX 518 High Performance Optical Gaming Mouse (Metal)
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Performance-Optical-Gami...

Mouse Pad: [$10]
SteelSeries QcK Mouse Pad (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-QcK-Mouse-Pad-Black/d...

Keyboard: [$30]
Saitek Eclipse Backlit Keyboard - Red LED ( PZ30AUR )
http://www.amazon.com/Saitek-Eclipse-Backlit-Keyboard-P...

Thermal Paste: [$10]
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anti-Static Wrist Strap: [$10]
Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 1404 + Shipping + Tax

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June 21, 2010 3:11:00 PM
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CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $335
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
GPU: HD 5870 $390
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $145 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

Total: $1,290. Leaves $110 for the keyboard/mouse. Check monoprice.com for the HDMI. I know they'll have one for almost nothing. The thermal paste and wristband are unnecessary.
June 21, 2010 3:23:51 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Working on correcting the links/prices.

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $335
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
GPU: HD 5870 $390
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $145 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

Total: $1,290. Leaves $110 for the keyboard/mouse. Check monoprice.com for the HDMI. I know they'll have one for almost nothing. The thermal paste and wristband are unnecessary.


+1 for you!
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June 21, 2010 3:46:38 PM

DVD Burner $20.00 with Free Shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case and PSU $260.00:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MotherBoard and CPU $280.00 before rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Hard Drive $75.00 with Free Shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory $110.00 with Free Shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card $390.00 with Free Shipping and 10% off!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your total before rebates and promo code and free shipping is: $1135.00

I hope this build will help you make a choice and all you have to grab is a monitor and keyboard and mouse which is EASY!:) 
June 21, 2010 4:02:21 PM

Looks a good build can't go wrong with shanemarines advice
June 21, 2010 4:33:46 PM

I'll just point out a few minor problems with shane's build. First, you don't need a 1000W PSU. It's just a waste of money. Second, the X6 CPUs are actually worse for gaming than the i5 (check out any of the reviews). They're also worse than the X4 955 in many games.

As for mosox's combos, it's a waste of money to spend $180 on a board when a $105 one is just as good (Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4.
June 22, 2010 1:19:28 AM

MadAdmiral said:
I'll just point out a few minor problems with shane's build. First, you don't need a 1000W PSU. It's just a waste of money. Second, the X6 CPUs are actually worse for gaming than the i5 (check out any of the reviews). They're also worse than the X4 955 in many games.

As for mosox's combos, it's a waste of money to spend $180 on a board when a $105 one is just as good (Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4.


Points well said! As for my 1000W if you even look into the Fermi GPU's you might as well keep for the fact of the moving in Tech is getting harder and harder to keep in the wraps of 600W's or even 800W's. 1000Watts is great cushin. :) 

But I do appreciate your advice on here!
June 22, 2010 1:27:29 AM

MadAdmiral said:
CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $335
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
GPU: HD 5870 $390
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $145 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

Total: $1,290. Leaves $110 for the keyboard/mouse. Check monoprice.com for the HDMI. I know they'll have one for almost nothing. The thermal paste and wristband are unnecessary.


Definitely go with MadAdmiral's build. AMD Hexcore suck at games.
June 22, 2010 3:05:05 AM

Also the graphics card in MA's build comes with a free copy of CoD:MW2 as well as a 10% off coupon... so you end up getting MW2 and a 5870 for 350$... I just ordered mine.
June 22, 2010 10:56:02 AM

MadAdmiral said:

As for mosox's combos, it's a waste of money to spend $180 on a board when a $105 one is just as good (Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4.


There's quite some difference between those two boards, maybe it doesn't justify the difference in the price though.

Anyway, I stopped recommending the i5 for the gaming systems because I realized that the 1156 socket replaced the 775 as the new Intel mainstream socket and it will be the first one in line to be phased out.

Also it's much easier to OC the Phenom - many simply don't OC the i5 because it's not that easy to do it but do OC the Phenom and end up with a cheaper and better CPU. All those (955. 965, i5) are in the list of the best gaming CPU's for the money, one can't go wrong with either of them.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-core-i5-...

Edited to add this:

http://paulisageek.com/compare/cpu/
June 22, 2010 1:34:39 PM

Also, many don't overclock the i5 because it's not needed. You are right about the 1156 not having an upgrade path. However, by the time you'll need to replace the CPU, it'll be time to put together an entirely new build.
June 22, 2010 11:40:48 PM

Thanks gentlemen, I chose to buy MadAdmiral's build almost to the letter with the exception of the HSF and HDD.
June 22, 2010 11:41:20 PM

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June 24, 2010 9:46:30 AM

I'm glad you got a new build and I'm sure you'll be happy with his build. :) 
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