First build...opinions plz

Hello everybody, building a gaming computer for my son. He primarily plays TFC and TF2 and does
video with Sony Vegas. Would like 2 keep budget under a grand. AMD or Intel either is fine by me.
Do not need monitor and really don't care about SLI. Would appreciate some input on this build. Maybe it's more than needed or someone may have better options. The second OS is for additional computer. Thanks in advance.


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $109.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare$69.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $169.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM$9.99
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready $79.99
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor$174.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop $49.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM$169.98
ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $109.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1$29.99
Subtotal $994.88
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  1. I am not particularly happy about the OCZ PSU, but other than that, it looks like something I would build.

    Because this is your first build, here are a couple of thread for you to look at while you are waiting for your parts:

    Step by step directions:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building

    The following thread is primarily for troubleshooting boot problems, but the first part contains a checklist that should catch most of the noobish mistakes:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-posting-boot-problems
  2. a better PSU...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%2050001516%20600014023&IsNodeId=1&name=701W%20-%20800W


    and a better GPU + a free game

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125334


    save a dollar or 2, you can buy the thermal paste from ebay...


    i got that same CPU, and you will be happy with it!
  3. Looks decent, but the thermal paste isn't really necessary. The paste that comes with the Hyper 212+ will be more than enough.
  4. jsc said:
    I am not particularly happy about the OCZ PSU, but other than that, it looks like something I would build.

    Because this is your first build, here are a couple of thread for you to look at while you are waiting for your parts:

    Step by step directions:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building

    The following thread is primarily for troubleshooting boot problems, but the first part contains a checklist that should catch most of the noobish mistakes:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-posting-boot-problems



    this will be very helpful..thank you
  5. mrtoesterman said:
    a better PSU...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%2050001516%20600014023&IsNodeId=1&name=701W%20-%20800W


    and a better GPU + a free game

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125334


    save a dollar or 2, you can buy the thermal paste from ebay...


    i got that same CPU, and you will be happy with it!

    Definitely make a change with the PSU...funny how those words "free" and "save" jump out at you
  6. pyrogx said:
    Looks decent, but the thermal paste isn't really necessary. The paste that comes with the Hyper 212+ will be more than enough.


    eliminated the paste..ty
  7. mosox said:


    Nice....you just potentially saved me $60+....checks in the mail..ha ha

    Now on the flip side is there an AMD build that would give similar or somewhat less performance at a more affordable price?
  8. You can get this but it's not much cheaper and it's slower in Vegas.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.543364
    The rest would be the same.

    On a second thought his games don' require anything nowhere near that video card, you can get one of those, still strong, more than enough for his games and with a lot of room to spare:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102912&cm_re=hd_6850-_-14-102-912-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150512&cm_re=hd_6850-_-14-150-512-_-Product

    If you're getting the XFX make sure you register within 30 days to activate the lifetime warranty
    http://xfxforce.com/en-us/Features/BlackEditionPage.aspx
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