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First Build - Is everything compatible and/or Suggestions Please!!!

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as Possible

Budget Range: Around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies

Parts Not Required: OS, mouse, keyboard, hopefully monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Not really just would like Intel over AMD

Overclocking: Most Likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Not sure yet

Additional Comments: Thanks for all the help :)

CPU - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

Motherboard - BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138162&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

Graphics - SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102909

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

Hard drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

CPU Cooler - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

CD/DVD Drive - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

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

Possible Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

Thanks for any advice!
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  1. You build looks pretty good. This PSU is a bit cheaper and will cover you if you want to crossfire with a second 6870: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W

    I just inherited an Antec 900 case, and have to say am not impressed with it. Compare the back wall in this COOLER MASTER HAF 922. The Cooler Master has strategically placed holes for better cable management and easier installation of the cooler. Costs $10 less, too.
  2. Thanks. I like the look of that case a lot more as well.
  3. +1 to what eloric said
  4. Best answer
    usairways8 said:


    CPU - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

    Get the 750 instead of the 760 if you wanna save 15 bucks, then simply OC the 750 and it'll be basically the same for less

    Motherboard - BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138162&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    I don't know if you trust Biostar, personally I'd prefer the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 but that's up to you, around the same price if not cheaper

    Graphics - SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102909

    Looks good although you can get a cheaper 6870 I THINK from another manufacturer, not sure, but Sapphire is great

    PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    Corsair has great PSUs, good choice

    Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

    Good RAM choice

    Hard drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

    Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB bro, double the storage for just a tidbit more, and the Spinpoint is MUCH more reliable compared to the Caviar

    CPU Cooler - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

    CD/DVD Drive - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

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

    You can consider the NZXT Lexa S, $63 with the shipping and comes with TONSA features, check out the review by 3DGAMEMAN on YouTube if you're interested, beautiful and affordable

    Possible Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    I do not understand why people get these ugly ass monitors from ASUS with built in speakers, its a joke, dont waste your money on these

    Here's a nice one :) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009266&cm_re=acer_23%22_LCD-_-24-009-266-_-Product

    Thanks for any advice!
  5. yah the only thing with your build is your biostar mobo just makes me meh

    id recommend gigabite or asus tbh much more reliable brands
  6. +1 on jasonp12

    Hopefully my reply helped you out, best answer is appreciated
  7. Reaper youre the man! Thank you so much! Do you have any suggestions on speakers then?
  8. Best answer selected by USAirways8.
  9. No prob US :D Glad I could help

    I'm not really too informed on speakers, I just know about Surround Sound 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1

    I'd probably make a thread and just as a heads up, you'll need a decent amount of money

    Id get at least a 2.1 surround sound system
  10. $500+ is a bit much for the surround sound right now...ill probably have to get that addition a bit later in the year...

    What do you think about this motherboard?
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412

    Also i was looking around and read that the Radeon 6870 actually only replaces the 5700 series. So would it be worth it to get the 5850 instead?

    Thanks again!
  11. That's a great mobo and the 6870 is actually NOT better than the 5870 but yeah Id get the 5850, the 6xxx series arent anything amazing

    and 500+? You can easily get 2.1 speakers for ~$40..?
  12. Mind linking a nice 2.1 system for me then please?
  13. it replaces it in terms of naming scheme of things.....in terms of actual performance the 6870 outperforms the 5850....and isnt far behind the 5870 in performance.

    its just a naming scheme not performance scheme.

    its cuz the 5800 series was the TOP end of the 5k series (with the exception of the 5970 which was just basically a 5870x2 running @ 5850 speeds)

    now AMD reverted back to a naming scheme similar to the 4k series..

    so the 6900 series will be the top of the line and we expect the BEST card to be a 6970x2...

    they will then probably release a budget line called the 6700 series.

    but do not get a 5850 as its more expensive then a 6870 and performs worse.
  14. ooh okay thank you for the clarification
  15. usairways8 said:
    Mind linking a nice 2.1 system for me then please?


    At your service :)

    Kept price, nice build quality, looks and trusted brands in mind :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=Property&N=100007679&IsNodeId=1&PropertyCodeValue=906:8149&bop=And&CompareItemList=60|36-121-034^36-121-034-TS,36-121-033^36-121-033-TS,36-121-036^36-121-036-TS

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_p_36_5?bbn=172471&keywords=2.1+Surround+Sound+System&qid=1287963265&rh=n:172282,n:!493964,n:541966,n:172471,k:2.1+Surround+Sound+System&rnid=386442011&low-price=45&high-price=100&x=0&y=0

    I would suggest for at least $45 to get a decent pair, anything less than that and I doubt you'll get a good product, you get what you pay for :)
  16. Oh perfect those Z323's look perfect... I also am really unsure about whether the 550W PSU will be sufficient for this...Should i jump up to like a 600 or 650?
  17. usairways8 said:
    Oh perfect those Z323's look perfect... I also am really unsure about whether the 550W PSU will be sufficient for this...Should i jump up to like a 600 or 650?


    Glad you found something you liked :) Figured I'd recommend the Logitech Z series since they look nice, I believe that things should be able to look and perform nice

    Um, I'm pretty sure a 550W would do although you could get a 600W if you like for probably not much more, Corsair, Antec and XFX are great brands

    I doubt 550W will cause a problem although since you're getting a nice graphics card, I'd definitely recommend a 600W or 650W probably just to be safe, PSUs are cheap anyway and Im pretty sure I saved ya enough money just by recommending the 750 instead of 760 so you shouldnt be going outta your budget range :)

    Oh and make sure you get em from Amazon! Cheaper here and free shipping! :D - http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D172471&field-keywords=Z323&x=0&y=0
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    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
    Model #:AD-7260S-0B
    Item #:N82E16827118039
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Note (Add)
    $19.99 $19.99


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    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
    Model #:Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
    Item #:N82E16835186134
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Note (Add)
    $39.98 $39.98


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    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
    Model #:CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
    Item #:N82E16820145260
    Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate Card
    Note (Add)
    $86.99 $86.99


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    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
    Model #:CMPSU-650TX
    Item #:N82E16817139005
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
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    $119.99 -$30.00 Instant $89.99


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    SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    Model #:100314SR
    Item #:N82E16814102909
    Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Note (Add)
    $239.99 $239.99


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    Logitech Z323 30 Watts (RMS) 2.1 Speaker System
    Model #:980-000354
    Item #:N82E16836121033
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
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    $62.99 -$3.00 Instant $59.99


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    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
    Model #:BX80605I5750
    Item #:N82E16819115215
    Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    In Stock
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    $199.99 -$5.00 Instant $194.99


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    NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Model #:LEXS - 001BK
    Item #:N82E16811146060
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Note (Add)
    $89.99 -$30.00 Instant $59.99


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    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:HD502HJ
    Item #:N82E16822152181
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
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    $54.99 $54.99


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    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Model #:GA-P55A-UD3
    Item #:N82E16813128412
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate Card
    Note (Add)
    $139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99
    Subtotal: $976.89
  19. Very nicely done my friend :) If you prefer 1 TB, you could get the 1 TB version of the Spinpoint, its like 70 bucks atm so cant be too much more than 500 GB, but thats up to you and how much stuff you have, I store lotsa movies so yeh :P

    Oh and get the Z323 from Amazon, only $49.99 new there and free shipping
  20. oh oops i thought i had put the 1tb on there
  21. Yeah, and how bout the Z323, you gettin it from Amazon? 10 bucks cheaper there bro
  22. yeah i just wanted it all on one nice list
  23. Oh ok, that's fine, just make sure you change the price in your list and all to get an accurate total, Im glad youre choosing the 1TB, you can always PM me or email me at reaper2794@gmail.com

    Id love to see how your rig turns out :)
  24. Ill definitely update you! Also is there any benefit from 6 GB of RAM vs. 4 GB? (RAM confuses me to no end...)
  25. usairways8 said:
    Ill definitely update you! Also is there any benefit from 6 GB of RAM vs. 4 GB? (RAM confuses me to no end...)


    Well there are usually 4 slots on mobos, I think maybe some have 6..? Not sure

    There's dual channel and triple channel, 6 GB is triple channel I believe while 4 GB is dual channel, don't take my word I think Im messing up somewhere in there

    But basically for your needs, 4 GB is more than sufficient, 6 GB is usually for more hardcore PC users, 4 GB will be perfect for you :)
  26. yah your a dual channel setup (which has no disadvantages compared to triple channel)

    4gb is plenty for you....the next step up for you is 8gb but its not worth it...games use no more then 3gb
  27. Yeah :D
  28. Perfect! Thank yall so much!
  29. Sure thing bro, make sure you update us I definitely wanna see this
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