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First Time Building Computer

Hi, I am building a computer for the first time. Following the recent price drops, I am thinking about getting a i7-950 and a nvidia 460 or 465 1gb and 8 gigs of 1333mhz cl9 ram. I would appreciate any recommendations for a motherboard, case and/or psu.
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  1. What's your budget?

    I'd pick this mobo and psu. Also, a 460 1gb is better than the 465



    Good luck, remember to be careful around the motherboard when building since they can fry up fast
  2. i would sugest the nvidia 460 over the 465. the 460 is more effificient and not really slower. i would suggest a 650w high-quality psu by a reputable company like antec, seasonic, corsair, etc...the case is more a matter of personal preference. but check out the antec 300
  3. Thanks for the replies. My budget is a soft 1200 total for the computer. The reason why I was considering the 465 is that it seems to be cheaper right now. There is one on newegg for 183 after rebates and several free games.

    I noticed that the mobo suggested above is a lga 1156. I was under the impression that the i7 required a lga 1366. I'm guessing this is wrong?

    Also, should I be concerned at all whether a mobo will fit in a certain case? My understanding is that there are two standard sizes: mATX and ATX. If I get an ATX mobo and an ATX case then I should not have any problems. Please let me know if this is not right.

    Again thank you for your replies.
  4. ATX cases will fit both mATX and ATX
    mATX case will fit mATX only...
    yes its an lga 1366. the other person was wrong.
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  6. Be sure to look over the buyers guides here: and in the stickies in the top of the systems forum.
  7. Keep in mind LGA1366 is triple channel, so you'll want either 6 or 12 GB of RAM.
  8. Build it yourself:

    And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:

    Let us know how it goes.
  9. Thanks everyone for the tips. I ended up getting the following:

    6gb of ocz gold ram at 1600
    evga 3sli x58 mobo
    wd black caviar 2tb hd
    palit geforce gtx 460 with 1 gb
    lite on dvd burner
    corsair 650w
    CM 690-ii advanced
    HP 24' ISP monitor at 1920x1200

    I figure I can do a sli configuration later on to upgrade. In which case I probably should have bought a power supply with more power but I guess this is part of the learning process. I'm thinking about buying more fans for my case and a heatsink and fan to replace the stock intel heatsink and fan. The pushpins on the stock heatsink seem like a bad joke.

    Anyhow the good news is that the computer worked on my first bootup. Yay. Thanks for the help guys.
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  11. glad it worked well! good luck and remember were alwas here at the forums incase you ever have any questions or prolems! :)
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