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First Computer Build, need suggestions

Making my first build. Here are the components

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)- $145. ($20 Mail in Rebate)


ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard-(COMBO)-$187
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM-(COMBO)


OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2-(COMBO)-$110-($20 Mail in Rebate)
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM-(COMBO)


Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760-(COMBO)-$374
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16-(COMBO)


Pixxo MD-W1G5 Black 1 x Wheel 2.4GHz Wireless Laser Mouse-(COMBO)-$27
Pixxo KM-2781U Black USB Wired Standard Multimedia Slim Keyboard -(COMBO)


Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-(COMBO)-$200-($20 Mail in Rebate)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM-(COMBO)

Total around $=983.

With Monitor eMachines E233Hbd Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor $140

Total- $1123

Any suggestions with the build that I would need to know about or something else to get instead? Any help would be appreciated since this would be my first build.
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  1. I realize your HDD is in a combo, but see if you can find one with this HD Spinpoint F3 1TB Its better.
    Just giving you an alternative.
    Everything else looks good!
    goodluck!
  2. Can you post the link to your RAM please?
  3. vindictive said:
    I realize your HDD is in a combo, but see if you can find one with this HD Spinpoint F3 1TB Its better.
    Just giving you an alternative.
    Everything else looks good!
    goodluck!



    Also, what is so much better about that hard drive other than its 1tb, which I really don't need that much space.
  4. The suggested Samsung 1TB is the same price as the WD 500GB if you use $15 off w/ promo code EMCZYNW52. Both are excellent HDDs. I've used them both in many builds with no issues and many a happy camper.
  5. Best answer selected by JonBeas.
  6. "You list a 3 stick kit for ram. That will work but it is an unusual choice. Your motherboard has 4 ram slots which means that some of your ram will operate in single channel mode. It really is not a performance biggie, but I would suggest a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb instead."


    Do you suggest a different mobo or to just get 4gb of better Ram like 4gb of Ocz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227572
    ? I'm probably not going to get 8gb because i doubt i would ever possible use that much.
  7. Best answer
    1) You list a 3 stick kit for ram. That will work but it is an unusual choice. Your motherboard has 4 ram slots which means that some of your ram will operate in single channel mode. It really is not a performance biggie, but I would suggest a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb instead.
    2) caviar blue is only middling fast. Look at the black or samsung spinpoint 1tb.
    3) I think there are better psu's for the $. Look at XFX650w:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207007
    or corsair600cx:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139019
    4) Budget about $40 for a decent cooler, there are many. Your system will run quieter, cooler, and OC better.
    5) Combo's are nice, but don't chase them.
    6) If you are near a microcenter, they will sell a i5-760 for $160 to walk in customers
    7) before you buy and build, download and read, cover to cover, the motherboard and case manuals.
    ---good luck
  8. jonbeas said:
    Also, what is so much better about that hard drive other than its 1tb, which I really don't need that much space.

    Large drives are denser, and have more data under the faster outer cylinders of the drive. When the OS is loaded, it will go there, making it faster.

    As an alternative, budget $100 for a ssd for the os and apps. Use a cheap drive for storage and backups.. Everything will feel faster.
  9. Anonymous said:
    1) You list a 3 stick kit for ram. That will work but it is an unusual choice. Your motherboard has 4 ram slots which means that some of your ram will operate in single channel mode. It really is not a performance biggie, but I would suggest a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb instead.


    Do you suggest a different mobo or to just get 4gb of lower cas latency Ram? I'm probably not going to get 8gb because i doubt i would ever possible use that much


    The mobo is fine. I don't think there is a P55 mobo with 6 ram slots.

    I7 processors are largely insensitive to ram speeds and timings. Synthetic benchmarks show up well, but you will only see a difference in applications or FPS in the 1-3% range. Get the cheapest kit that is compatible with your motherboard. Do not pay extra for faster ram or better timings.

    4gb is all you can use for gaming; If you will also be doing some multitasking, then get some more so that your other tasks will not conflict with the games.

    Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their ram configurator. Enter your mobo, and select a kit that is supported. If you should ever have an issue, you want to be working with supported ram.
  10. jonbeas said:


    the mobo uses dual-channel memory, and the RAM you selected is triple channel.
  11. geofelt said:
    The mobo is fine. I don't think there is a P55 mobo with 6 ram slots.

    I7 processors are largely insensitive to ram speeds and timings. Synthetic benchmarks show up well, but you will only see a difference in applications or FPS in the 1-3% range. Get the cheapest kit that is compatible with your motherboard. Do not pay extra for faster ram or better timings.

    4gb is all you can use for gaming; If you will also be doing some multitasking, then get some more so that your other tasks will not conflict with the games.

    Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their ram configurator. Enter your mobo, and select a kit that is supported. If you should ever have an issue, you want to be working with supported ram.


    Im going to be using the I5-760 not an I7
  12. jonbeas said:
    Im going to be using the I5-760 not an I7


    I should have said all the nehalem processors which includes the i3, i5, and i7 processors. They share the same integrated memory controller.
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