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July 19, 2010 6:26:08 AM

This will be my first build. I have read through some articles and others builds and went to Newegg to piece out what I want. I wanted some feedback on what you guys/gals thought and there are some pieces I'm not sure on and maybe you can give me some good advice on, also if I left anything out and/or If I will have any compatibility issues. Here goes what I have so far.

Use - Gaming,Music,Photos,DVD Burning/watching.

Budget - 900-1000. I don't want to go over 1000 at all.

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - So I'm stuck between these 2 cases. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... I like the skeleton and would fit nice on the upper part of my desk out of the way of danger. If you guys know of a better case for new builders that still has that cool factor then I'm all ears.

GPU - Open to ideas
OS - I'm not sure which one I would actually need. Home or premium (34 or 64). Don't think I would need Ultimate.
Fans - Will I need extra fans with any of those cases?

That Puts me at about 791 bucks. I still need aVideo card, OS, Heat Sink. Speaking of Which what Heatsink should I get, if I do the skeleton build I know there is a Height limitation there.

If You can give me any ideas I would appreciate them, maybe even save on something to upgrade something else. If everything is compatible, etc.

BTW this build will happen this coming Friday 7/23/10.

Thanks!

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July 19, 2010 6:39:10 AM

Also My monitor is a 22inch HP with 1680 x 1050 resolution

I wont be doing any OCing either.
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July 19, 2010 6:58:59 AM

All good choices so far.

Your case choices are a bit on the expensive side for your overall budget.
That Antec Skeleton has a limitation on the size of the CPU cooler. The 125mm tall Zalman 9500 barely fit. That rules out the usual 120mm and even the 92mm fanned tall heatsinks. You'll need to look at the lower spec flower type coolers I think.
COOLER MASTER GeminII S $40 looks to be 124mm tall and should fit. CM GeminII SReview
For the HAF 932: Scythe "MUGEN-2 Rev.B" $35

For your monitor resolution a HD 5770 should work out excellent. A GTX 460 if you can squeeze it into your budget.
Sapphire HD 5770 $170 and $10 rebate
EVGA GTX 460 768MB $200

That HAF 932 case is one area you could cut back on (and not affect the overall performance) so you get a better video card.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2010 7:17:41 AM

I like the Haf 922 for its price, features and cooling.
Here is a NewEgg combo deal: CM Haf 922 and CM COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750W PSU $150 a $20 discount. And $150 is 15% of your budget which is about where a gaming case/PSU fit nicely in an overall budget plan.
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July 19, 2010 7:30:52 AM

WR2 said:
I like the Haf 922 for its price, features and cooling.
Here is a NewEgg combo deal: CM Haf 922 and CM COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750W PSU $150 a $20 discount. And $150 is 15% of your budget which is about where a gaming case/PSU fit nicely in an overall budget plan.


I think I will go with this combo. With the saved money where can I go with The GPU? That drops me to 641 with a little under 400bucks to get a OS and GPU.
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July 19, 2010 7:36:31 AM

I think I might just stick with the sapphire you posted
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July 19, 2010 7:49:30 AM

WR2 said:
Just found a review of the Cooler Master GX 750 W Power Supply. I'd say its a bit lower quality than some others available it the same price range.
I was really liking that XFX 650XXX for it's performance and modular cables.

For a GPU: That GTX 460
Combo deal: EVGA GTX 460 and Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $290 $10 discount.

Had you added the CPU cooler into the overall budget? Another popular cooler is the CM Hyper 212 Plus $50


That only saves me 10 bucks If i buy the Sapphire 5770 and home64 separate.

I did add the Cooler and I'm at 800.93 without a Case and PSU.
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July 19, 2010 8:02:50 AM

That puts me at 970.97.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2010 8:11:54 AM

Here is a side by side comparison of the 870 and 890 motherboards
The biggest difference is CF operation. 870 does x8/x4 and 890 does x8/x8
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July 19, 2010 8:15:04 AM

I appreciate the help. This is gonna be a fun build. I'll PM you some pics after its done!
Hopefully as my first build all goes well!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2010 8:16:37 AM

Your welcome...... why not share a 'after-action-report' with the forum.
Let people know how the build went and maybe a picture or two.
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July 19, 2010 8:22:06 AM

WR2 said:
Here is a side by side comparison of the 870 and 890 motherboards
The biggest difference is CF operation. 870 does x8/x4 and 890 does x8/x8


Ill stick with the 890. The only thing I'm hung up on is I still deep down want to do the Skeleton build. Maybe Ill just splurge the last bit and buy the Skeleton with the Cossair.
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July 19, 2010 8:22:38 AM

WR2 said:
Your welcome...... why not share a 'after-action-report' with the forum.
Let people know how the build went and maybe a picture or two.


Mos Def.
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July 19, 2010 8:22:55 AM

WR2 said:
A few things you can do to get started..... download the motherboard manual and start reading that.



Good advice =)

That's what I did for my MOBO and actually for most of my parts that need installation. Learning about their layout is important that way you spend more time building and less reading when you parts get there.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2010 8:23:37 AM

Since you're paying the bills.....nothing wrong with getting what you want.
Lets find a few reviews on the Skeleton case..... that way you'll know its worth the extra amount you're spending.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2010 8:40:22 AM

Here are a couple reviews that didnt make the Antec Skeleon website list.
HardwareSecrets.
ExtremeTech review
LegitReviews
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July 19, 2010 8:54:39 AM

something i'm a have to sleep on for a few days.
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July 19, 2010 10:03:47 AM

WR2 said:
A good idea;
and check out some of the video reviews as well 3DGAMEMAN Antec Skeleton Case Video Review


Yeah Actually I don't think I want it. I do however want a bad ass looking case. I know it has nothing to do with performance but there is something to having something you look at everyday look very pleasing haha!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2010 3:35:09 PM

Once you get the past the basics of enough cooling, cable management options, and making sure everything will fit inside it's pretty much up to price and personal style preference. Full size cases, besides the extra space and weight (and cost), tend to make your premium parts look 'small' IMO. (Not an issue for cases without a window of course)

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July 20, 2010 5:36:33 AM

Another question...

Is there an advantage to buying multiple HDD's that add up to 1tb or just buying 1?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 20, 2010 12:50:24 PM

The only advantage to buying 2x 500GB over 1GB HDD would be if you set up a RAID0 array. RAID FAQ
The best single HDD performance would be among 1x 1TB, 1x 500GB 1x 640GB HDDs where the differences are relatively minor.
With SSDs dropping in price (relative to previous prices of course) we're seeing more SSD/HDD combos that offer even better performance than HDD in RAID.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2010 4:19:39 PM

It might be time to close this topic and start a new one with your final cut on what you'd like to get.

Get a few more eyes on your final choices to look things over, and ask any final questions you might have.

I think the best way to do that is start a new topic,
following the cut & paste format shown in *How To Ask For New Build Advice*
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July 21, 2010 4:58:05 PM

How do I close this thread?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2010 5:00:37 PM

You can either just leave it as is... walk away.
Or you can choose a "best answer" if you think there is one.
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July 21, 2010 5:14:50 PM

Best answer selected by bigprimo.
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