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Newbie’s First Time Build ($1200-$1400), Gaming)

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August 14, 2010 8:50:06 PM


Hello, fine members of this wonderful board. I have been plagued with subpar computing resources for far too long, and the demise of my crippled laptop's power cable has served as the catalyst to undertake a project I have mulled about in my brain for the better part of 5 years; building my own rig.

I have no formal computer building or software experience and I am feeling quite overwhelmed by the shear amount of information out there. At this juncture, I feel the best course of action is not to be paralyzed by the seemingly daunting task ahead, but rather dive right into the fray. I believe the best way to learn is by actually undertaking the project and learn from the mistakes I will inevitably commit. However, by undergoing thorough research, I hope these mistakes will be lessened both in severity and in occurrence.

What lies below is my first attempt at constructing a compatible, easily upgradable rig of awesomeness. I implore you to give your input and offer suggestions and point out my mistakes.

Thank you so much for your help.

- Newbie


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 2 weeks or so. (The current plan is to assemble on Labor Day weekend .

BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1400ish.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, school work, movies, music recording/editing in the future (maybe).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, software

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Microcenter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A (Illinois)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I have no particular loyalty at this point.

OVERCLOCKING: Would like to try it in the future.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe not from the start, but would like to implement down the road.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First attempt at being self sufficient and building my own rig. I am upgrading from a 4+ year old weak laptop. As future upgrades go, I would definitely like to upgrade to SLI or Crossfire. I also would like to expand my viewing pleasure by have 3 1920 x 1080 monitors using Eyefinity (or whatever the Nvidia equivalent may be.)

CONCERNS: With my current build, will the heat sink interfere with RAM placement? (Comments for the RAM suggest that it is rather tall.) Also, will my PSU be able to effectively deal with the rigors of OCing and introducing a SLI setup? Additionally, I am interested in a RAID setup, but I have heard that it is a pain to convert an existing build over to RAID. Therefore, would it be in my best interest to pay $25 more for two 500GB hard drive’s instead of the 1TB model? Also, these drives are marked as bare drives. What else will I need to purchase to avoid any hair-yanking situations?


-CURRENT BUILD-
CPU/Processor: Core i7-930 Processor Boxed, 2.8GHZ, Socket 1366 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331303

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641&cm_re=ASUS_P6X58D-E-_-13-131-641-_-Product

RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335

GPU: ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121391&cm_re=ASUS_ENGTX460-_-14-121-391-_-Product

HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340562

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X SATA CD/DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3067296&SID=

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 80 PLUS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Cooler: Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397

Monitor: ASUS VH226H 21.5″ 2ms Full HD 1080P 1920 x 1080 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3067296&SID=

Keyboard: Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126087 (Most likely will be scaled down.)

Current Price: $1398 - After Shipping and Rebates and Combo Deals: $1298

August 15, 2010 4:17:32 AM

Thanks for the input. What is the reason for the i5 750 over the i7 930?
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August 15, 2010 4:35:08 AM
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You commented on my build earlier. I just purchased my parts and I went with the i7 930 over the i5 750 because when I priced everything out with buying the i7 from microcenter ($80 cheaper than newegg), it was only about a hundred dollars more to go with the i7 and the x58 board even with 6gb RAM over 4gb RAM on my i5 build. so better processer better mobo and more RAM only cost me about $100.

The reason people say the i5 over the i7 is that for gaming you see very little difference because games cannot take advantage of hyperthreading that i7 does.
August 15, 2010 4:35:55 AM

I did go with your Cooler suggestion btw, thanks :) 
August 15, 2010 4:42:41 AM

Ah, I forgot about hyperthreading. I just feel like the i7 930 deal at Microcenter is too good to pass up. As for the cooler, I was originally going to put the scythe in. However, the HC 212+ is heavily praised almost everywhere. Plus, you save $10 if you buy at MC.
August 15, 2010 4:43:58 AM

Yea, ordered the i7 and HC 212 from microcenter and the rest from newegg, going to pick up the microcenter parts tomorrow :) . Good luck with your build! Let me know how it goes.
August 15, 2010 4:22:49 PM

I think I am going to put together an i5 750-760 build and see how it comes out price and performance wise.
August 15, 2010 6:18:15 PM

Would a SSD work with this build? I ask because im not sure what the requirements are for SSD
August 22, 2010 6:52:43 PM

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