Building a Computer for the First Time

Hey guys, this is my first post on the forums. This will be my first attempt at building a computer and I'm very eager to order the parts and begin putting this machine together.


BUDGET RANGE: $1200-1400 (Tower only and after rebates)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (more specifically, Final Fantasy 14)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, (mainly for the case because of free shipping)


PARTS PREFERENCES: Going with an Intel CPU, ASUS Mobo, and EVGA Nvidia GPU


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (in the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: maybe 1920x1080, but I think I heard FFXIV ony has max res of 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like to be able to overclock to around the 3.5ghz range, but nothing around 4ghz so I figure I don't need the most powerful (and possibly loudest) cooling system.

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 - $290

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $185

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified - $100

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel - $180

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $275

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible - $50

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM - $70

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R - $24

Antec Nine Hundred Two Ultimate Gaming Case - $120

~$1300 before shipping, which should be an extra $50-70.

Being a first time builder, my main concern is that everything I've listed here his compatible with each other. The one part that I know the least about (from my generally limited pool of computer knowledge) is the PSU. From my understanding, this part has the potential to literally make or break a computer.

Any feedback and/or advice will be much appreciated.
Thank you!
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  1. you will see no difference in gaming if u switch to the i5
    and get a gtx 460 instead it runs a hell lot cooler more efficient and if oced it can beat/equal the gtx 470

    here is a build for $1,003.91 before rebates and it's sli ready








    be sure to oc that gpu to the max or even sli it now bec if it's sli'ed it can be slower than a 5970 by 1-7fps

    also if u still like the 902 more than the lancool get this combo:
  2. I personally would also go i5 750 (or i5 760) instead of the i7 for gaming. But, if you are determined to stick with i7, that is a great build you have, I would probably change the HDD to the Samsung Spinpoint F3 though. Also, I would change the RAM for G Skill due to the lower latency:

    Regarding the GTX 470, it is more powerful than the GTX460 obviously, and while the GTX460 OCs very well to exceed it, the GTX 470 can also overclock to remain a more powerful card.
    That being said, I have to admit I would probably be more inclined to go with the GTX460 due to it being a far better design, that and SLIing two of them is insanely good
  3. I would lean toward agreeing with these guys that i5-760 and GTX 460 are good choices. One thing I do want to point out is that if you go with the 1156 platform, your PCIe bus is more limited if you want to go SLI you are limited to x8 x8 or whatever your MB has. The 1366 and 890FX (AMD) will allow you to use full x16 x16. You could just invest the savings into one higher end card. Also, don't forget to look for combo deals on Newegg. They can save you some cash. I spent around what your budget was, but went AMD. Here's what I bought:

    AMD 1055t ~ ASUS M4A89TD PRO ~ ADATA 4x2gb DDR3 1600 ~ HIS 5870 ~ Antec TP 750w ~ WD caviar Black 750gb ~ Lancool PC-K62 ~ Zalman CNPS10X Performa ~ Win 7 64-bit
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