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September 26, 2010 3:57:10 AM

Hello, I'm trying to build my first by myself, and to be honest, the path to here has been a little bit too packed with information and jargon which genuinely struggle to understand. But, I've managed to come up with a passable (I hope) build for now. What I ask of you is to point out flaws and if possible, explain why. Let's face it, DIY are too valuable to pass, so I want to learn as much as I can.

As of now, I've never OC'ed anything; I'm unsure of the important specs in a PSU; have headaches deciding whether to use dual or single GPU; want to integrate a liquid cooling system; can't picture the case size I'll need.

And most importantly, I don't actually plan on buying the parts until early next year. So if there's a new line of product that'll cheapen the current 'top dogs' of the market, I'd appreciate it if you mentioned them. Oh yeah, I chose i7 because I've read in several places that it will transition well into the future. How true is this? Was originally planning on an i5. Please comment!
Nooow, on to the parts. =)

Budget ~$1,000
CPU
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GPU
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
PSU
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Case
COOLER MASTER Elite 310 RC-310-RWN1-GP Black / Red SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thanks!

Edit:
Changed case and PSU.

Fan
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

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September 26, 2010 4:22:56 AM

With sandy bridge coming up in the first quarter of next year (2011) you may want to wait. Cpu details have shown a 10-20% increase in speed? on the other hand this computer would be a beast. suggestions....

1) get a better computer case. their doesnt seem to be that many fans onboard/not alot of airflow. you did mention water cooling. but why? heres a few
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006302&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=7%7C11-119-196%5E11-119-196-TS%2C11-119-197%5E11-119-197-TS%2C11-129-058%5E11-129-058-TS%2C11-133-074%5E11-133-074-TS%2C11-119-194%5E11-119-194-TS

2) modular power supply. keep your case free from clutter with uneeded cables, better airflow too. heres a few
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%204017&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=58%7C17-139-010%5E17-139-010-TS%2C17-139-011%5E17-139-011-TS%2C17-151-088%5E17-151-088-TS%2C17-139-012%5E17-139-012-TS%2C17-153-106%5E17-153-106-TS

3) invest ina good cpu heatsink. itll bring your temps way down

Id recommend ........antec 902 + cosairhx 750watt. the case has water grommets on the back if u decide to go that route. and the psu is modular, reliable, quiet, efficient
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September 26, 2010 4:26:45 AM

Ok, pretty good, except for a few things

1. the RAM you chose is dual channel, meaning the cpu takes the ram and moves it into sticks of two, so slot 1 and 2 are channel one, and ect... Intel X58 Core i7's support only triple channel, the same thing except three slots (sorry for being.. demeaning, it is just you mentioned "jargon" so I thought I'd simplify...)

2. Rosewill has to be destroyed..... it is a generic brand, powered by Newegg, and is junk =o.

3. the HDD is SATA 3GB/S, and your mobo is SATA 6 GB/S meaning you'd double your access speed. That is more of an option....

Try this coolar http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and this PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 26, 2010 4:42:15 AM

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With sandy bridge coming up in the first quarter of next year (2011) you may want to wait. Cpu details have shown a 10-20% increase in speed? on the other hand this computer would be a beast. suggestions....


I don't need an over the top rig. Just that prices usually drop when newer models are release. xD. Awesome info though. Also, mentioned liquid cooling because I thought they were efficient. I guess not that cost-effective right?

@atotalnoob's suggestion
So should I change my Memory choice?

If by generic brand you mean they are cheap and function well, then yeah. xD.

When you said I'd double it, did you mean that I could opt for 6GB/s? How important is that to gaming. I just know SSDs are luxurious items for max performance.
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September 26, 2010 5:22:35 AM

that case's airflow may be questionable. id get something with more fans/airflow. reviews dont seem too pleasing either. not to mention it looks very tight n small?
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September 26, 2010 5:32:04 AM

Well, there was a price difference of almost 100 between your last suggestion and his, and since both were Mid Tower, go for the less costly one. >.< . Again, when I see I case, that's all I see. I've never built my own computer, so I have no idea what the inside will look like or how the air flows and whatnot...
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September 26, 2010 5:37:52 AM

case decides alot of factors. you need room for your graphics cards, heatsinks, drives and power supply. your build with be pretty warm considering its an i7/gtx460 so u need ample space and fans. your best bet is to search for a mid atx case on newegg. take a look at all the cases select a price range and go from there. read the reviews.

also with that case ud need a top mount power supply so the 750hx wouldnt work

heres a start:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006302&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=7%7C11-119-196%5E11-119-196-TS%2C11-119-197%5E11-119-197-TS%2C11-129-058%5E11-129-058-TS%2C11-133-074%5E11-133-074-TS%2C11-119-194%5E11-119-194-TS
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September 26, 2010 5:49:33 AM

CASE-Antec Three Hundred Illusion -$49.99 after rebate
Awesome price for a 300 with 4 high quality fans included,cooling components will never be an issue.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Coolermaster Elite 310 Black W/ Red Trim -$28.70
Better price but you get what you pay for i don't recommend this case.
http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=46482&vpn=...
HSF-Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus -$19.13
http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=41337&vpn=...
The HX750 is nice no question i have one but $140 for a psu in a cheap ass case.
Aim a little higher for your case at the very least the 300 Illusion or one of these.
Coolermaster Haf 912 -$55.49
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC%2D912%...
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic -$69.99
Great case with excellent cable management,filtered intakes,plenty of room for gpu's and lots of fan placement options.I have one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Either one of these units are good quality,modular,and will provide more then enough power for oc'ing and 2nd gpu.
PSU-OCZ FATAL1TY Series 750W -$75.68 after mir
http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=53331&vpn=...
Antec Truepower Quattro 850W -$110.04 jonnyGURU 9.5/10
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=24765&vpn=...
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October 3, 2010 12:58:09 AM

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