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First Time Build - Configuration Advice Please!

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August 13, 2010 4:07:54 PM

Hi, I am looking to build a PC instead of ordering from Dell this time! This is my first time doing this so I am looking for input. Below is what I decided on based on the research I have done. Looking for comments/suggestions. Monitor advice based on the specs below??? Thanks!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: around $1000, not including monitor

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming/Routine Multimedia/Internet

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD processor

OVERCLOCKING: Possibly

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Here is what I picked out:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
HIS Radeon HD 5870 H587FN1GD Video Card
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case
SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/BEBS LightScribe Support
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W Power Supply
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 ATX AMD Motherboard

The cost of the above is $920 (after combo and rebates). Thoughts on config and price for components??? Thanks!
August 13, 2010 4:28:46 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. However, if I get that ram it increases my cost from $920 to $965 because I lose a combo deal and more expensive ram. Can't find a combo deal with that ram and mobo. $45 seems like a lot...
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August 13, 2010 4:33:08 PM

Don't worry about the RAM. 1600 MHz CL8 is pretty decent...it's not the absolute best you can buy, but for a good combo, it's fine.

Some people have been claiming to have problems with getting OCZ RAM to run at rated timings/speed, but a) even if it doesn't, it'll run at standard timings/speed, and you won't notice the 1-2% performance difference in day-to-day usage; b) I suspect that most of those people are running Intel chips that can't go above 1.65V...AMD doesn't have the same limitiation.

The build looks great.

EDIT: Or listen to Batuchka, always great ideas on where to save money. The motherboard he linked won't do CrossFire in the future, but if you're more concerned with bringing down the cost, it's an excellent choice. Technically, that G.Skill RAM has worse timings than the OCZ RAM, but not by much, and people seem to love G.Skill's overall quality.
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August 13, 2010 4:35:48 PM

but its OCZ ram in general... ^^
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August 13, 2010 4:43:22 PM

Mr Pizza said:
but its OCZ ram in general... ^^


I don't have any first-hand experience with OCZ RAM, so I can't say for certain one way or the other. I don't generally believe that a brand of RAM can be bad across the board, otherwise they couldn't continue to sell it.

I don't tend to recommend OCZ straight off the bat because of all the reported problems, but that doesn't mean you need to avoid it like poop on a stick.

What's more likely is that people without a ton of technical experience are having trouble with OCZ RAM because they're not investigating all of the options, and they're not taking the time to play around with all of the settings.

That's just my take on it though.
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August 13, 2010 4:44:28 PM

Ugh, i hate OCZ ram.. i swear that s*** is never stable.
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August 13, 2010 5:04:37 PM

Thanks for the advice. Here is my latest config. I don't plan on doing CrossFire in the future so I switched the motherboard to Batuchka's recommendation. Also, I changed the Ram. Is this a good build for the price?

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard
HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total cost of above = $950
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August 13, 2010 5:06:15 PM

Do I need to upgrade any fans? Or will the stock fans be fine? I don't plan on doing excessive overclocking...
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August 13, 2010 5:08:00 PM

Your case fans don't mean anything really... your CPU cooler is what matters!

looks good to me.
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August 13, 2010 5:08:02 PM

One more question. Do I need anything else? Want to make sure I have everything.
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August 13, 2010 5:09:21 PM

You got everything here this is what you need to build a pc,
motherboard, cpu, ram, hdd, video card, psu, os, case, odd (cpu cooler/thermal paste if needed.
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August 13, 2010 5:12:45 PM

I was just looking at the PSU as well. Another nice find by batuhcka.
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August 13, 2010 5:13:24 PM

Batuchka, I did almost go with that combo instead. It's only $10 more so I will.
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August 13, 2010 5:15:03 PM

that is a very nice combo :p 
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August 13, 2010 5:39:24 PM

Thanks all for the suggestions. I submitted the order!
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August 13, 2010 5:40:23 PM

:D  Very nice. Happy to help out sir!
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August 13, 2010 5:44:45 PM

Happy shopping/building and u are welcomed ^^
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