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First time builder, needs some guidance

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September 14, 2010 11:14:11 PM

Alright, so I am going to attempt my first computer build in the next month or so. This topic will mostly be focused on the components of my build so I will tell you all what I am looking for. Basically all I intend on using the computer for is gaming. I would like to have 3D capabilities so that I can play games in 3D and watch 3D blu-ray movies. The only other tasks I will be performing will be very undemanding, using the internet and typing school papers mostly.

I will list all of the components I intend to buy below. I would really appreciate it if you guys would take a look and tell me: A) Is that all I need? If I order all of this, will I have everything I need to put a computer together? and B) Am I getting the best investment for my money($2k budget)? Are there any components you guys think I am spending too much on? Is there something better that you recommend?

Basically I would like it to be good to go out of the box(es), but still have room for upgrading later.



Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 - I am pretty set on this part. I really like this case. ($89.99)

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

CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T black edition - Went for the AMD instead of Intel because of the price difference, but I went for top of the line AMD because I figured this would be the hardest thing to upgrade later. ($295.99)

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

Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 460 Superclocked - Decided not to go for anything higher because the prices for the new models are out of control. Figure I can always upgrade later or go SLI. What do you guys think about this particular manufacturer/model of the 460? ($249.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Power Supply: XFX black edition 850W - This got good reviews, but is 850W enough if I go for 2 video cards later? ($149.99)

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

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium - So sick of Vista ($99.99)

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

Memory: G.SKill Ripjaw series 8GB(4X2) DDR3 1600 ($189.99)

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

Motherboard: ASUS M4N98TD EVo SLI ATX AMD - This is literally the ONLY motherboard I could find for AMD processors that would accommodate Sli. ($139.99)

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

Hard Drive: Crucial RealSSD 128GB SATA III - would really like to try out a SSD for faster game load times, but not sure if it is really worth the money. ($276.00)

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

Data Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64M cache SATA 6.0gb/s - tried to get a decent secondary hard drive because I may have to install a game or two here as well. ($89.99)

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

Network Card: VisionTek Killer 2100 ($89.99)

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

Blu-Ray Player: LG Black Bluray disk combo ($84.99)

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

CD drive: LG DVD Burner - I figured for only 20 dollars would be nice to have a second drive. ($19.99)

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

Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series (79.99)

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


Extras: NZXT Sentry control panel - Would be nice to see temps easily and it looks good. ($66.99)

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




Total Price including combo discounts and shipping: $1,906.72

Please let me know what you guys think. I appreciate any advice and am excited to start thinking about how to put all this stuff together, haha.











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September 14, 2010 11:21:16 PM

Overkill, but not overkilled correctly. Do you have the 3D capable monitor+glasses already?

You only need 4GB for the tasks you have listed. Get the CAS7 1600 speed ECO series 4GB for 98$

Throw out the Killer NIC, and swap the H70 for a cheaper, higher performing Noctua D14. You can get GTX 470s for 20$ more, which makes them much better buys.

Intel is a much better SLI platform than AMD. IMO get an i5-760+X8/X8 Sli P55 mobo for no more than 400$.

Might as well get a blu-ray burner for that price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 outperforms the caviar for 75$.

September 14, 2010 11:34:23 PM

Wow, thank you for the quick reply. This is exactly why I asked. I knew with the budget I had I should be able to do a lot, but I didn't know enough to do it :) . I will definitely swap the memory, cooler, hard drive, and video card. And I'll see if I still have enough money to go for the Intel as opposed to AMD.

I don't have the 3D glasses/monitor, but I am actually hoping to get that as a gift for Christmas, so I am preparing well in advance.

Thanks again.
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