First PC Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Dec. 25 - January 5th

Budget Range: $1300 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD Movies, Internet, School

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: CA, USA

Parts Preferences: Amd

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: In the future, not now.

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: AMD CPU, Modular PSU

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

CPU Cooler (not sure whether I need this or not, i dont know how to OC): Zalman 9700CNPS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019

Motherboard: ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157208

Memory: G.SKILL 2x2GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Power Supply: Corsair 850HX (do i need this many watts) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102909

SSD (OS, Apps/Games): OCZ Agility 2 60GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542

HDD Storage: Spinpoint F3 500GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

Case: Antec 902 (or should i just get the 900 for cheaper) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058

DVD: ASUS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Thanks.
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  1. you can save a bit of money with the AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 instead ($95 vs $160) unless you really think you'll do 3-way Crossfire in the future.

    the difference between that 890's 16x/16x and the 870's 8x/8x is 2%, max (that means the 870 delivers 49 fps when the 890 delivers 50, when in crossfire.)

    The CPU cooler is only needed for a heavy duty overclock., if you're going to do that, get a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ instead.

    RAM is fine for an overclock.

    You can probably go to a 750W PSU if you plan to keep just 1 GPU and overclock. If you are't overclocking a 600W is probably plenty. keep the 850 if you plan to overclock and crossfire.


    You can save a bit with the AData 64GB SSD. Same sandforce controller, $114.99 instead of $129.99

    Get the Spinpoint F3 1 TB or the F4 2 TB as your storage drive. the increased cost is worth it.

    Cases are very subjective, but I personally prefer spending under $80 on a case. Look into the HAF 922, The CoolerMaster 690II, Rosewill's Destroyer, Challenger, Wind Knight, and Cruiser, Antec's 300/300 illusion/Dark Fleet 10
  2. 75% of reviews I read for CPU Heatsinks say they are hard to install and might cut your fingers etc etc. Would it be better for me just to stick with the stock cooler? I am new to all this so I don't want to break my hardware trying to install it lol.
  3. ^people are slow if they cut themselves on a CPU cooler. haha.
    and the stock coolers don't perform very well but it'd work if you were going to run at stock speed.
  4. Drop the 1090T get a 955 or 965
    You don't need a x6.
  5. @whey

    No.
  6. Well I was only trying to save you some cash, that way you could get a much better cpu cooler = a high overclock. sorry for tying.
  7. Ok you are probably right, I am considering the x4 over the x6. I dont know how to overclock though. Also, was wondering if I should buy two of those Samsung Spinpoint f3 and put them in raid 0. Does that motherboard support it?? And how much of a difference does it make
  8. I'd stick with the X6.

    recent articles ar showing some advantage to 6-core phenom ii chips in some games. Most notably Waraft Online: Cataclysm, and Metro 2033 (which used 99% of all 6 cores in CPU Phys X)
  9. I need to change somethings to this build because it goes over my budget.
    I was thinking about switching from that PSU to this? Its more then 70 dollars cheaper. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016, but my question is would that be enough watts to cover all my hardware
  10. nmdride said:
    I need to change somethings to this build because it goes over my budget.
    I was thinking about switching from that PSU to this? Its more then 70 dollars cheaper. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016, but my question is would that be enough watts to cover all my hardware


    How about changing the case from a 902 to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216&cm_re=cm_690ii-_-11-119-216-_-Product

    Also PSU to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003&Tpk=xfx%20750w
  11. joelmartinez said:


    That looks like a decent PSU. But do I need that extra watts? I probably wont run crossfire for a year. And thats nice case and all but I want a case with a transparent side panel :)
  12. Here's a clearsided case.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119229

    Here's a cheaper PS thats plenty, even for crossfiring, with 52a on the 12v rail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002
  13. Does that case have decent cable management? Doesn't really look like it. I want it to have plenty of holes to route the wires through the back.
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