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November 4, 2010 6:08:44 PM

Hello all, Im very much new when it comes to building a PC so I would greatly appreciate some help. This will be my first build ever. I have read up on many post and guides over the web and I think I have a firm basic knowledge of parts and how each works with each other. This is what I have so far, I have searched around the forums and looked at builds people have. I am in no way a hardcore PC user I would just like something decent to call my own :) 




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

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

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

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

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

Please note:
I am not from the USA so pricing will affect me greatly.
I am trying to stay under $400
Not too sure if I qualify for rebates.
I do not have Fans,OS,HDD,Drives in that list seeing that the price would not differ that greatly where I live.

I would like to know if those will work together and if there are any improvements I could make while staying in my budget.

Thank you.

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November 4, 2010 7:03:41 PM

I'd get AS Rock rather than Jetway for the motherboard. $59.99 gets you an 880 or 770 from AS Rock, with better quality than Jetway.

Get G.Skill 4 GBkit for $59.99

drop to a X3 445 if you can. ($75)

use the total of 38 saved to get a HD 5770 or GTS 450 as a better card than a 9800
you lack a hard drive, do you already have one?
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November 5, 2010 6:19:23 PM

thank you for the speedy reply,

abt the boards you mentioned they are cheaper yes but they only have one PCIe slot, the only ones I found with two slots were more expensive so i think ill go with this one:

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

as for the ram you suggested they dnt work with the board i picked so i picked these:

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

i picked the x3 445 like you said:

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

as for the GPU its between:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but im more likely gonna go with the cheaper one.

oh abt the hard drive i was thinking abt using one from my old destop but if you can direct me to a good one that won't hurt my budget it would be nice :) 
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November 5, 2010 11:11:58 PM

Thats DDR2 board. You don't want DDR2.

if you want to do 2 cards eventually, you want the 5770, and you can get the 770 board, which is 59 and has a 16x/4x PCIe slot. an 870 iCafe model has 8x/8x as an option for $89.99. the x4 is slower but it will wok. you'd lose about 5% over the x8 in speed.

the Spinpoint F4 320 GB is only $42.99
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November 5, 2010 11:33:07 PM

Can you give us links to some sites in there?
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November 6, 2010 4:14:55 AM

Since your not from the US, do you use a forwarding service like ship2me or are you just looking for advice on what to buy in your country? Since this will help us determine what to recommend.
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November 6, 2010 12:58:04 PM

No i will have them shipped to my friend in america and he will bring them down for me.
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November 7, 2010 3:40:59 AM



Better quality and more powerful PSU, motherboard and way faster video card.

RAM is better quality brand in my view, CPU wise your better getting a triple core and spending as much as possible on the video card like in my build.

I do have to thank Batuchka tho, because he suggested a similar build a while ago.
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November 7, 2010 7:44:04 PM

Questions:

1. Is that the super clocked version of the GTX 460?
2. Is an extra 20W gonna help?

And could you post some links because I cannot find that Mobo/CPU combo

Thank you
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November 7, 2010 8:36:53 PM

I just checked today and it looks like the Asus video-card has been deactivated, meaning they're probably not going to be in stock any more. Bummer...

Oh well, just get this one instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Considering this is a $400 build and $160 gets you an entry-level 460GTX, I wouldn't worry about it being super-clocked. You'll find it has more than enough power at the stock clock-rates to let you play everything you want.

And remember its the amps on the +12v rail along with the power efficiency that matter, not the wattage.

The Seasonic has 40A vs 34A for the Corsair; its also rated as 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified whereas the Corsair doesn't even meet vanilla 80 plus standards, and it has 1 sata and 2 molex more connectors as well.

It is a way better PSU in every respect and if you have a look on Toms PSU rankings you'll see that it is currently top of the list.
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November 10, 2010 4:07:47 PM

Ok thank you very much
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November 13, 2010 11:34:34 PM

Best answer selected by AstroTC.
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