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October 26, 2010 11:56:48 PM

Hello all -

I'm looking to build my first computer (not new to IT, just new to building a PC from scratch) and was hoping some of you could "critique" my potential build outlined below.

Basically I want to build a "jack of all trades" - the computer will be used as a file / media server, run a few VMs for various testing, and be able to run some decent games (I don't game, but would like the potential to be there). Also might add a TV Tuner card down the road and would like HD/HDMI video.

Looking to keep the pricing at or below $1,000 US if possible (though if something worthwhile puts me slightly over, that is fine).

Build currently consists of the following:

  • Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid-Tower Case
  • Intel Core i5-750 or i5-760 Processor (is the 760 worth the extra $ ?)
  • Motherboard - unknown. Would like SATA 6Gb/sec and USB 3.0, not that I plan on immediately using it. Friend of mine recommended Gigabyte, but I read about a power-on issue on Newegg's reviews of a Gigabyte board.
  • Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 Video Card
  • 1 TB either WD Black or Samsung 7200rpm SATA 3Gb/sec drive (I've read about some reliability issues w/the WD 6Gb/sec drives) - I am also considering 2 x 1TB drives in a RAID1 configuration as this will be my primary machine housing critical data
  • Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) 240-pin DDR3 1333 SDRAM
  • OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Power Supply
  • Samsung SH-S223L DVD Burner
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Sound: planning to go with Onboard sound for now, but I am also a bit of an audiophile so if a sound card is definitely worth it, then I'm certainly open to suggestions

    I know from a cost perspective I could save a few dollars going AMD, but I also read something about the newer AMD AM3 chipsets/memory controllers running 1333MHz memory down around 400MHz or something along those lines (not the strongest with hardware). Would prefer to go with 8GB RAM, so if there is a good AMD processor & mobo that would perform well, not be super power-hungry, and save me a decent amount, again I'm open to suggestions.

    Thanks in advance and looking forward to your responses!
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    October 27, 2010 12:40:12 AM

    Books1 said:
    Hello all -
    I know from a cost perspective I could save a few dollars going AMD, but I also read something about the newer AMD AM3 chipsets/memory controllers running 1333MHz memory down around 400MHz or something along those lines


    No way.

    CPU + mobo + 4GB RAM + PSU + case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
    More RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    DVD writer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Video card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    OS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    $885.95


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    October 27, 2010 4:20:33 AM

    Don't get the 760, you can get 750 and OC it, save 15 bucks

    5570? My gosh, too little, get at LEAST 5770

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB over caviar for sure

    Don't need 8 GB, get 4 GB

    Don't go AMD.. :D 
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    October 27, 2010 11:33:31 AM

    Hmm if gaming isn't on the cards *now* my choice is 1055T Thuban and a wallet friendly 880G with IGP By the time u do need a discrete Cayman Pro/XT i.e HD 6950/6970 out and your $$ could buy better tech/performance in the GPU dept anyways hehe
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    October 27, 2010 7:51:22 PM

    Hmm....I initially dismissed the idea of the AMD 6-core processors as I figured it would be well overkill, but then skimming through the forums found that it seems to be a recommended way to go for those who want upgradability for years to come. I'm planning on using this desktop for a long time and continually upgrading it here and there, but was trying to avoid touching the mobo and processor.

    And the 5770 video card looks mighty tempting. I think I'll go that route.

    Good to hear Samsung HDs are recommended. Was planning to go with them originally.

    Two added questions -

    1) Will the 600W OCZ ModXStream PSU be acceptable if I go with a 1055T and 5770 graphics card?

    and

    2) What GIGABYTE motherboard (must have SATA 6Gb/Second and USB 3.0) and memory would you recommend with the 1055T? 4GB RAM should be sufficient for me? Part numbers are very much appreciated. Want to get this right the first time around!

    :) 

    Thanks for the helpful advice so far. Making me glad I joined!
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    October 28, 2010 1:37:11 AM

    Taking into account some advice from both here and from friends, I've come up with the following revision (including discovering combo deals on Newegg):

  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3
  • Memory (2x2GB): G.Skill F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban
  • Hard Drive (1TB): SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
  • Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770
  • Optical Drive: SAMSUNG SH-S223L
  • Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP

    Will a 600W PSU power the above build comfortably? And would someone mind double-checking in that everything is compatible? Is there anything else I've forgotten or should be aware of?

    Thanks for the help thus far - very much appreciated. Looking forward to a smooth first-time build!
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