First Build Ever, Help Greatly Appreciated $1000-$1300 budget

Was looking around for a new computer when I found alot of info saying that it's more cost effective to build your own so I'm gonna give it a shot....

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies, Music, Gaming, Everyday use of Internet and Excel etc etc....

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Starting completely from scratch but I think I can figure out which Mouse, Keyboard, and Speakers to get



PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD seems to be more for my budget

OVERCLOCKING: Probably in the future


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 for a good price

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like it to be quiet and efficient with room to upgrade easily in the future


I don't know much of anything about computers so I'm going into this without inside knowledge on what's compatible with what, and which brands are more reliant, more bang for the buck etc etc... but I've been searching forums and reviews for about the past week and I came up with this....






Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit

Storage: ???

Power: ???


Monitor: ???

Processor: I'm not going to overclock right away because I am in no way fit to do so yet, but I've read that the phenom II x6 1055t is really good value. Not sure if it's worth it to go up to 1090t...

Motherboard: I don't know what the difference is between the 89td and the 89gtd, or if the usb3 would be beneficial to have or if it's not necessary. Any help here would be great.

Graphics: I would like to be able to play new game releases so I'm not sure if the 5770 isn't good enough or if I could go cheaper without a huge loss in results. I also don't know if nVidia or ATI is better value.

Memory: The G.Skill ripjaws seem like really good value, and i've read reviews that say they work fine with these, but then I've read others saying they aren't compatible with this motherboard, and that I should instead get the G.Skill Flare because they were made specifically for the x6 and MoBo, but that's like an extra $50 that I'd rather not spend if I don't have to.

Storage: I'm going to be ripping and downloading a ton of music and dvd's so I'd like to have a lot of space. I was looking at the seagate barracuda 1.5tb, but have read many reviews bashing it for failing or not working at all so, I'm not sure what brand or size would be best to go with.

Power: Not a clue as to how many watts I need, but I would like to leave some room to overclock or crossfire in the future

Case: Again, not sure how much space I need so I don't know if that NZXT Apollo can fit everything in it.

Cooler: IDK if I need any additional cooling either.

Monitor: Depends on how much money I have left over from the pc, but I think at least a 23" with 1920x1080. I was looking at a couple Asus 23"-26" w/ 1920x1200. Asus seems to be a reliable company so that sounds like a good route to go since I don't have have $1,000 to spend here.

Any suggestions on what to add, take away or replace, or even a complete overhaul would be welcomed.

All in all, I'd like to spend anywhere from $800-$1000 on the pc, and around $150-$300 or so on the monitor, with less money spent the better :)

Thanks in advance for your help and advice :)
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  1. DVD Burner $18.00 With Free Shipping:

    Case and PSU $95.00 With $10.00 Mail in Rebate:

    MotherBoard and CPU $378.00:

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    Graphics Card $200.00 With Free Shipping and $20 off w/ promo code VGA14327:

    Your Total: $851.00 and thats before rebates and promos and free shipping will help as well. I think I did well for you!

    Hope you select this one or some of these great deals I found! Well Peace!
  2. Best answer
    the x6 is a workstation CPU. Sucks for gaming, and the rest of the stuff you listed isn't threaded so 6 cores or 1 core won't make a difference.

    1920x1080 is the HD standard. 1920x1200 is dead.

    You can do a Phenom II x4 + 5850 build

    23.6" Asus $189 w/ $10 MIR

    G Skill Eco $105

    Cm 690 and Samsung $73

    Ga 890 UD3 and Phenom II x4 955 $275

    XFX 750w and XFX 5850 $275 w/ $20 MIR

    win 7 oem 64 bit $99

    Spinpoint F3 500gb $55

    Total: $1173 before shipping and $30 rebates

    edit: Don't get OCZ RAM. It's got major issues this generation.
  3. I second the option of going with a Phenom II x4 955 for the usage you have listed, better performance in games, and you would get no benefit from the 6 cores for the rest of the tasks.

    Just to throw another case out there, great price with a combo of Lancool K58 and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

    For gaming at your intended resolution I would at least go with a Radeon 5850, with a 5770 you would have to sacrifice some detail in some games, and only more to come.

    The Samsung Spinpoint F3 drives would be a perfect fit for you, if you are also looking for a drive purely for storage for your music and movie collection, then the Western Digital Caviar Green is worth a look.
  4. Thanks for the quick replies!!!

    You guys have convinced me that the phenom II x4 is the way to go. I am also a fan of all the deals you managed to find banthracis, you're gonna save me a lot of money!

    One last question tho, in regards to the WD HDs, I'm having trouble figuring out which one to add to my build....

    It seems like the only difference is one has a 32MB cache, and the other a 64MB cache, but the 32MB doesnt list the RPMs

    Any help here would be great, you guys have been such a big help already. Thanks!
  5. Get a spinpoint F3 1tb. Best bang for buck performance wise. Cache size is meaningless as each companies controller uses it differently.

    Assuming a drive is better due to larger cache is like assuming a tank is a better drag racer because it has more hp than a ferrari.
  6. Awesome, thanks again for the advice!
  7. Best answer selected by Phil Ken Sebben.
  8. Glad we could all help you out on Tomshardware!

    My opinion would have been different on this thread, but since its solved anyways I'll let you all finish.
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