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Please rate my build - ordering this evening - first timer

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October 26, 2010 6:52:53 PM

Hello all,

This will be my first attempt at building my own computer. I am going to attempt this "blindly", as i have no experience doing this and have no help. Im hoping i can figure it out using youtube, googling for tutorials, and maybe some help from around these message boards if need be.

If there is anywhere you can see i should save some money with a different part...shoot away. I will list the build here, and give an explanantion for choosing some of the parts within this build. If any of my explanations are incorrect for choosing these particualr parts, please correct me.

Also, if there are any compatability issues, please tell me where and why.

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Approximate Purchase Date: today / 10-26-10

Budget Range: roughly $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, downloading-newsgroups, general

Parts Not Required: os, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking: yes - not immediately though

SLI or Crossfire: yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: do i need thermal paste, static bracelets, cables?



Here is what i have came up with for this build


Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV4GK

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



Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Item #: N82E16811129058

SPARKLE COMPUTER CORP Gold Class GW-EPS1000DA 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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



ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

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



2 x GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with ...

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



ASUS VG236HE Black 23" Height,Swivel & Tilt Adjustable Full HD 3D Widescreen LCD Monitor

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



SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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



I dont know anything about cpu coolers so i need some help selecting one (for overclocking).

Am i taking advantage of everything this motherboard has to offer?

The reason i choose the 1000w psu and the motherboard i did, is because i will most likely upgrade too 2 new gpu's in roughly 1.5 to 2 years. I wanted to leave the option to go either xfire OR sli when that happens. I also wanted to make sure that my psu will leave option pretty much all options on dual gpu's by making sure i have enough power. Also, the combo price for that psu with case seemed like a good deal since it is $100 off retail price.

The dual 6850's will be plenty of gpu power for what i plan on playing over the next 1.5 to 2 years. At that point, i cant sell the 6850's on the bay, and purchase 2 new gpu's (im not loyal to ati or nvidia)..i have had them both in past, and had no problems with either.


The total price for this build is $1477.87 before rebates. To me, this is a good price considering considering $350 of this is going towards a high end 120hz monitor, and $340 is going towards dual 6850 gpu's for a crossfire setup.

Thoughts and criticisms are welcome....
October 26, 2010 7:23:24 PM

Check out this link.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-core-i7,2582.h...

The build you made is very good but i think that something along the build in this article will give you a better upgrade path in a few years.

The i7 will hold up better in a couple years than an i5.
The 750w power supply is more than enough to power a very power hungry rig.
6gb of memory.
2x 5850's will give you more than enough power.

Plus all of the components in this article have gone down in price since it was written. You should have some extra money left over to play around with.
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October 26, 2010 7:29:42 PM

A good HSF for its price is the CM Hyper 212+ which is around $30 on newegg.

Regarding the monitor, I think its too much for what you get. Throw in another 200 and you can get a decent 120Hz 40" HDTV.

Everything else looks solid.
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October 26, 2010 7:34:42 PM

a 120hz hdtv is not a true 120hz refresh rate in the same sense that this 120hz monitor is. the 120hz monitor is NOT for 3d purposes.
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October 26, 2010 7:40:45 PM



enough power for 2 cards since the trend is to lower power consumption
faster ram ocz been sketchy of late
good cpu cooler
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October 26, 2010 7:49:52 PM

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222L LightScribe Support - OEM
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COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ...
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EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
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CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC)
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Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2K5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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October 26, 2010 7:53:14 PM

This is the build i Really wanted to get but was outside my price range. Fits yours tho. This is an great build with a ton of power and all of the latest tech.

Has Water Cooling, SSD for boot drive, GTX 460 Hawk is an amazing overclocker, and case has room for eleven fans and two radiators. Plenty of room for expansion in a few years and enough power to keep you going for those years.
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October 26, 2010 7:57:23 PM

If not for 3D effect, then what's the point of getting one? You can easily get a 27" for the same price.
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October 26, 2010 8:10:22 PM

cjp3212006 said:
This is the build i Really wanted to get but was outside my price range. Fits yours tho. This is an great build with a ton of power and all of the latest tech.

Has Water Cooling, SSD for boot drive, GTX 460 Hawk is an amazing overclocker, and case has room for eleven fans and two radiators. Plenty of room for expansion in a few years and enough power to keep you going for those years.

6850's clock just as well a beat the 460 at stock clocks
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October 26, 2010 8:17:12 PM

kureme said:
If not for 3D effect, then what's the point of getting one? You can easily get a 27" for the same price.


because with a 60 hz monitor, if your computer is pushing 120fps, you are actually only getting 60fps.

with 120hz monitor, if your computer is pushing 120fps, you are actually getting 120 fps.


its all explained here if you want to take the time...

http://www.overclock.net/monitors-displays/662628-60hz-...
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