Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Building a System for a Friend

Last response: in Systems
Share
November 29, 2010 10:57:44 AM

I'm placing an order on Newegg with the goal of putting together a fairly high-end box for under $1500 for my friend. I opted to go for an AMD mobo and CPU (of course) and assembled a setup that seems like it should work perfectly. All the physical dimensions should work with the case size, and all the components should be compatible. I'm tentatively planning to run Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

As this is the first time I'm actually building a computer, I figured the first thing to do would be getting random feedback from the Internet. So I would love it if anyone who sees a problem with this setup would chime in with their two cents, or let me know if there's anything I've left out. My shopping cart looks as follows:

Case - Cooler Master Storm Sniper
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194)

CPU - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849)

Motherboard - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402)

Power Supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009)

RAM - Two sets of these, for a total of 8GB...Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148325)

Video Card - SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102881)

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181)

Monitor - ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059)

And I also ordered HDMI and SATA cables and some extra thermal grease.

Thanks!

More about : building system friend

a c 103 B Homebuilt system
November 29, 2010 11:08:42 AM

Little overkill on the PSU a quality 650watt PSU would run that system just fine with two HD5850 in Crossfire. I would have opted for HD6870 over the 5850 but since the ones in stock are more expensive (counting in the MIR) not a big deal.
m
0
l
a b B Homebuilt system
November 29, 2010 3:40:14 PM

I've been extremely underwhelmed by the Thubans in general. I would trade my 2 Thubans for Denebs given the chance.

I have a number of those boards and like them. It can be VERY picky about the memory it takes. Save yourself the headaches and make sure you get what's on the QVL. This is what I use:

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

We have most of these boards paired with 955s BEs, and 1 with a 1050. The rigs are used for gaming/design, and they're very solid. I'd call them the high end of middling.

Word of caution, though with the Thuban and that board. It's probably not an issue any longer, but there are some earlier revisions that don't play nice with the hexacores. Unless you get unlucky (like I did) and get old stock, this won't be an issue.
m
0
l
Related resources
a b B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2010 3:28:10 AM

First off, wait for sandy bridge, if you can't wait... then do what we say in the thread =D


Quote:
$1500
IMHO for 1500, I'd snatch a i7... orrrr Wwait for sandy bridge

Quote:
CPU - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
unless you are doing high end Rendering or something, you don't need the extra cores..... get a Phenom X4 955, change the multiplier from 16 to 17.5, and you have a 970! =D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 155.99

Quote:
RAM - Two sets of these, for a total of 8GB...Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Corsair Ram is ok, not the best.... I'd get G.skill 4 gigs (don't need 8 unless you are doing video edit/ 3d rendering or something intensive....) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 77.99
Quote:
HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Any reason you are getting 500 gigs? this build shouldn't be hitting against the top of you budget? I'd get a 1 TB drive.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 69.99



Edit for mistake in BBC
m
0
l
!