Advice on new build

First of all I am new here and also this is my first build. I could really use some help with finding the right motherboard and cpu cooler.


BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: schoolwork, movies, music, making videos - doing all of these at the same time

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speaker, monitor, OS.




OVERCLOCKING: In the future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future



What I have so far:

Case: Antec 902

Cpu: i7 930

Ram: 6gb Corsair Dominators (CMP6GX3M3A1600C8)

HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1tb

GPU: PNY 9600gt - I dont game so this is fine for now.

PSU: Corsair 750TX

I am building this pc really just for the hell of it, as I have never done it before and like to do random projects for learning purposes. Plus my current desktop is pretty old. I dont have plans to overclock at the moment(mostly because I don't know much about it) but in the future I would like to try.

There are two motherboards I came across that seem to be very well reviewed on newegg: evga e758-a1 and asus p6x58 premium. What do you guys think of this or would you recommend something else. My mobo budget is around $300.

Cpu cooler: Considering I don't plan on overclocking right now I've been told the stock heatsink/fan is fine, but I would rather assemble all components now. I dont want to do any high end custom water cooling(for now). I've been looking at the corsair h50, Noctua NH-D14, and the megahalems. What I can't seem to find is definitive information on whether any of these will fit without any modding considering my case and the rest of the components, especially the corsair dominators with its tall heatsinks( I don't want to remove the heatsink). Or would you suggest something else. I dont want to spend more that $80-$90 on this.

I look forward to any advice you guys can give me, and also if I have done well with what I have so far.
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  3. Thats extreme overkill on the motherboards for a system that wont be gaming.
    They are for heavy gamers that will put 3 graphics cards in them.

    This one got a recommended buy here at Toms and has USB3/SATA 6GB (Gigabyte X58A-UD3R)

    The 9600GT you linked isnt in stock. Others I saw were $100. For that price you can get a 5670 and have DX11, 3 monitor capability and even do some gaming. The newer graphics cards are all lower power/lower noise so there is not much point in getting a 3 year old model.
  4. you could cut that budget by over $200 if you weren't gaming. As dndhatcher said what you have picked out now for schoolwork and movies is complete overkill. you could probably go with an AMD Phenom x4 and then have money left over for a GTX 460 GPU. You really dont need an i7

    I'll see what i can come up with on newegg

    AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz

    MSI 790X-G45 AMD Motherboard

    G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1333 8-8-8-21

    EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (you could use any 460 here)

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB


    COOLER MASTER RC-690 case

    LITE-ON CD/DVD Writer

    after finding some combo deals and rebates this could easily be a sub-$750 system

    I'm still kind of new to AMD builds so if someone could check me i would feel much better

    *Edit*-Build Recommendation
  5. +1 to mrhoshos's build. It's much better for your needs, you could add the 460 for more graphics power but for your needs the GPU suggested in the previous post is fine
  6. I realize what I'm building is total overkill for my needs but that was intentional. I intend to use this as a learning experience more so than as my new pc. This is more like a new summer project for me and I want the end result to be a fairly kickass system. Computers are the one thing I never gave a chance on building myself.
    The gpu and cpu are the two things I actually didnt get at newegg. I was able to get the cpu at microcenter because of their $199 deal and the gpu I actually found on clearance at staples for like 30 bucks, so I just kinda picked it up. I will most likely pick up another gpu as I plan doing more intensive video editing projects later on. This system might not end up being overkill afterall. Heck I might even get into pc gaming.
    A solid 1366 motherboard was the one thing I found hard to choose as opinions were extremely diverse as opposed to other components. The gigabyte mobo looks pretty good but I think I initially crossed that off my list because I read too many ppl complaing about doa's. Is there any other mobo's you would recommend, and if it is between the evga and the asus which one do you guys recommend? Also any opinions on the cpu cooling?
  7. If you are looking at newegg reviews about DoA motherboards, you have to take it with a grain of salt. The vast bulk of "DoA motherboard" issues are really problems created by the assembler. They blame the motherboard but thats not really the problem.

    Read professional reviews. Gigabyte and ASUS are roughly equal in quality/reliability. You dont see many threads at enthusiast sites like this with people complaining about Gigabyte boards not working. ASRock has some good boards and some bad ones. EVGA and DFI are a little more high-end and more expensive for what you get.
  8. A lot to think about...Now I really don't know what to pick...I am going to have to meditate over this.
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