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August 30, 2010 8:11:17 PM

Hey guys, I'm relatively new to building PC's. I've installed a graphics card or ram here or there but I haven't every built a PC for myself until now and I'm considering the parts below. Can I get some suggestions or comments about the build? I'm planning on using this PC for gaming like SC2 and WoW. But also I make electronic music and I don't know of any good sound card deals. So generally I want a PC that can be overclocked, I will be using it for gaming, SC2, and producing music, need good sound card. My budget is around $1800-$2000, this build here is $1800:

RAM: OCZ Gold 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV8GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA Model iHBS112 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SOUNDCARD: ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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August 30, 2010 10:55:46 PM

You probably only need 4GB RAM. OCZ has had problems lately, probably should get another brand.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For gaming you dont need more than a Phenom II x4 955 and a bit of overclocking.

Thats a bad HDD choice. Its an older style. You want the 1TB WD Black FAEX model (not FALS) or Samsung F3 1TB. You cant get a fast 1.5TB HDD right now, no one makes one.

The motherboard is maybe a bit expensive, but it has what looks like enhanced onboard sound so you may not need a sound board if you get it.

Do you need to burn blue-ray? If not a cheap $20 DVD burner and $50 blue ray player will work for you.
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August 31, 2010 1:25:51 AM

dndhatcher said:
You probably only need 4GB RAM. OCZ has had problems lately, probably should get another brand.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For gaming you dont need more than a Phenom II x4 955 and a bit of overclocking.

Thats a bad HDD choice. Its an older style. You want the 1TB WD Black FAEX model (not FALS) or Samsung F3 1TB. You cant get a fast 1.5TB HDD right now, no one makes one.

The motherboard is maybe a bit expensive, but it has what looks like enhanced onboard sound so you may not need a sound board if you get it.

Do you need to burn blue-ray? If not a cheap $20 DVD burner and $50 blue ray player will work for you.


Hey thanks for the reply. I was considering the 6core AMD to make it future-proof kindof and it would greatly help the rendering speed of my music and other cpu intensive projects I do, that was my reasoning there.

Yeah thanks for the suggestion with the HDD I think I'll go for a 1TB drive instead.

For the mobo, I didn't research the onboard sound for it, that might work instead of buying a sound card.

For the blu ray my though there was that I have large sound libraries and just junk that I want to store, you think it would make more sense to just get another hard drive for that? Well the thought of being able to play blu rays is nice tho since I have a 24" widescreen, dunno about that one yet. I see what you mean about the cheaper combo tho.

All these parts should work together fine though right? because I'm probably going to buy most of them tonight.
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August 31, 2010 1:44:00 AM

IMO the 1090T is 50% more expensive than the 1055t for a 12% faster clockspeed and unlocked multiplier. Not the most attractive price/performance.

You could get nicer ram/PSU for the money.

Ram: 2*http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Could get a GTX 470 for less, higher performance+lower cost=better price/performance. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 31, 2010 1:59:09 AM

That is a really bad build for that amount of money.
You Don't need 6 cores for gaming. studies have shown that intel 4 cores like the i7 930 is actually BETTER than the phenom 6 core

good computer

cpu: intel i7 930 $289

gpu: radeon 5870 this one is $400 with good ratings http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo: x58 mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $269

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $110

case: haf 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89

ram: six gigs of ram from a well know brand http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $194

hard drive: 1 terabyte samsung f3 spin point http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75
cooler(need if you are going to over clock): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $50

all prices on newegg

comes to 1711 when including your blueray drive and os

you don't need a sound card. the ones on the mobo are more than good enough now adays. sorry for the bad format. threw this together in a rush.
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August 31, 2010 2:31:07 AM

samdsox said:
That is a really bad build for that amount of money.
You Don't need 6 cores for gaming. studies have shown that intel 4 cores like the i7 930 is actually BETTER than the phenom 6 core

good computer

cpu: intel i7 930 $289

gpu: radeon 5870 this one is $400 with good ratings http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo: x58 mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $269

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $110

case: haf 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89

ram: six gigs of ram from a well know brand http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $194

hard drive: 1 terabyte samsung f3 spin point http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75
cooler(need if you are going to over clock): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $50

all prices on newegg

comes to 1711 when including your blueray drive and os

you don't need a sound card. the ones on the mobo are more than good enough now adays. sorry for the bad format. threw this together in a rush.



Thanks for the reply! Okay, I'll go with your build, I'm just using a different case tho since I like this style
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One last thing, what about ventilation and cooling. I want good fans because I plan to do some overclocking, but not to the limit or anything, which fans should I get?
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August 31, 2010 2:47:34 AM

If your talking about fans for the case, the case already will come with 4 120mm fans. If you want better performance though go for some noctua 120mm fans. These are very quiet and have high CFM. If your talking about a cpu cooler noctua makes the NH-u12p

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Also corsair makes some good products like the h70 and a70, and the coolermaster hyper 212 plus is also good.
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August 31, 2010 3:30:50 AM

Hey guys thanks for the help, I just made my purchase, it totaled about 2000. Now the fun awaits to build it!
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August 31, 2010 1:29:07 PM

in the future you may want to invest in a ssd.
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August 31, 2010 1:30:55 PM

Mobyus said:
Hey guys thanks for the help, I just made my purchase, it totaled about 2000. Now the fun awaits to build it!



no problem we are here to help
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