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August 29, 2010 11:11:21 AM

I just started planning out a new computer. I've never build a computer before, but would like to try. My main focus is on reliability and value first and then performance second. Since I am new to this, I do not really plan on overclocking unless it is extremely beneficial and not really risky. I have selected most of the parts (listed below), but I am not extremely set on any part. Any feedback and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Plan to build mid September 2010

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1250 after rebates and taxes (can exceed a little)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

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Parts:

CPU: Intel i7 930

MOBO: Asus px58d-e ~230 from amazon

Wouldn't mind downgrading to a cheaper Mobo with less functionality as long as it is reliable. Can't see myself using the usb 3.0 anytime soon.

Ram: OCZ Gold Tri Channel 6GB PC10666 DDR3 Memory - 1333MHz ~ 110

Is OCZ a quality memory company? Would I be better off buying memory from other companies such as Corsair or Crucial? I was mostly looking for the best deal on memory.

HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ~30

Wasn't sure on this, but just tried to find a budget cooler that had value.

HDD: Western Digital 640 GB Caviar Black SATA 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD6402AAEX ~ 70

PSU & Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion and Antec EA750 Combo ~ 150

I think the 750W is excessive, but I figured it was a better deal than the 650W.

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ~230

DVD: Had no idea, any recommendations for budget drives for value?


I also still have to buy the monitor and keyboard and so any recommendations again for budget and value would be appreciated. Thanks!

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August 29, 2010 11:59:23 AM

If you're going for value then stay away for 1366. OCZ ram has gotten pretty bad as of late, something to avoid.

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sp12 said:
Do you live near microcenter? I like this build, most contentious recommendations being the GTX 470 and ram. GTX 460 could work as well, but the 470 has had some pretty awesome deals recently.

i5-760 210$
MSI-P55a-G55 105$
G.skill eco series 99$
850 watt XFX black edition PSU 105$
Samsung F3 75$
Litescribe DVD burner 20$
GTX 470 240-270$
HAF 922 90$
Hyper 212+

974 total? 136 less than your build for better performance.


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August 29, 2010 4:08:35 PM

sp12 said:
If you're going for value then stay away for 1366. OCZ ram has gotten pretty bad as of late, something to avoid.

IMO:





I live fairly close to a microcenter and so I was planning on getting the i7 930 for around 220 after taxes. I figured that was a pretty good deal since they are going for about 290 and then I also figured that getting the 1366 would keep the computer a little future-proof. You think I can get a cheaper mobo such as the p6T or I did see one from EVGA also? And I'll look into finding some other RAM from your recommendation.
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September 8, 2010 12:33:22 AM

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