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July 26, 2010 12:17:48 AM

Hello everyone, as the title suggests this is my first build.

Use; Mainly gaming, video streaming, music collection management, internet.

Over Clocking; Not anytime soon.

Monitor;
Sony 32" 720p Bravia LCD TV
Sony 19" SDM-HS95P 1280 x 1024
Not at the same time usually, but as an option to play games on either. I plan to upgrade soon to a 1920 × 1080 monitor.

I have keyboard, mouse, and speakers. I can get the $30 Windows7 on the student deal with a .edu email.

I plan to play FFXIV when it comes out Sep. 30th. Which will be a heavy load, similar to Crysis.

I tried to plan for the future, I think I will be able to produce better graphics than either monitors can display, so once I get settled in I'll upgrade the monitor. After that add a video card for an extra bump.

Will all these pasts work with each other in harmony? Any tweaks? Do I need any Extra cables? Anything underpowered? The PSU?
I don't know if I'm feeling all these lights either, how involved would it be to run a switch? I may need to call my electrician in on this one.

Does getting a mobo with onboard video mean they skimp in another areas?

Thanks in advance for any help!!



Look solid? Hope so, I'm ready to order!!


CPU/MOBO Combo;
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$274.98

Video Card;
Palit NE5TX465F1002 GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$249.99

RAM/PSU Combo;
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$164.98

Case/DVD Drive;
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98
Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans
$53.98

Hard Drive;
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99

Total $803.92

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July 26, 2010 2:11:29 AM

Either go for the 460 fermi or a HD series card, either the 4890 5830 or 5850. Or the... GTX 275? used though cause I don't think it can be gotten otherwise. If you're worried about cards on ebay XFX ones should be still RMA-able. I've never had a problem though.

If you were planning to use that mobo to crossfire, then you need to go ahead and get a ATI card.

Other than that it looks pretty good. I'll assume that hard drive choice is very price based. I'd prolly get a samsung spinpoint F3 for it's performance, but it shouldn't matter much.
July 26, 2010 3:23:18 AM

I was thinking of adding this mobo;
ASRock 890FX DELUXE3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$154.99

As for video card I was thinking of this;
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$229.29

I chose the HD because it had a 32MB cache, the one you mention is 16. I will only need it for programs, I have externals for storage, I am tempted to go SSD.

Using a combo with the CPU and this SSD;

Patriot Zephyr PZ64GS25SSDR 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I'm at $898.92 with $50 in rebates in this set up.
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July 26, 2010 2:04:44 PM

That Asrock Mobo is no improvement over the GA. In addition Asrock is a budget board company using cheap parts.

If you grab any Nvidia card you will not be able to SLI on an AMD chipset. There are some 3rd party chipsets, but those aren't supported by AMD, either.

HD cache size makes no difference as different companies controllers use cache differently. It's like saying a tank will drag race faster than a sports car since it has twice as much horsepower.

The F3 is the best bang for buck HD out there right now, with performance rivaling velociraptors.

You should wait on SSD, major price shift INC.
In addition, if you do get one, either get an Intel X25-M, OCZ Vertex 2 or OCZ agility 2.
July 26, 2010 2:24:15 PM
July 26, 2010 9:15:30 PM

Thanks for the list, that looks great to me. I may place the order tonight, by friday at the latest.
First thing I'll add is a nice monitor, then another card.

Cant wait to start on it.
July 26, 2010 10:06:49 PM

now u can choose what u think is the best answer
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