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December 20, 2010 8:00:05 PM

I have been spending a few days reading up on these forums and different sites about building your own PC. I've decided that since I need a new one anyway, maybe I'll give building one a try. These are the parts I have selected so far...

Case
Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 44.99

Motherboard
ASRock P55 EXTREME4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 - 144.99

Processor
Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W - 279.99

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 89.99

Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - 189.99

PSU
COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS - 69.99

Memory
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - 49.99 x 2= 99.98

Optical Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - 16.99

Total Price - 939.81

Is this a reasonably good computer? I'm going to do some gaming on it (SC2 mostly), watching videos (pref in HD), and then the basic computer stuff.

I don't know what heatsink I should use, do i get one with a fan? If someone could recommend one for me that'd be great. Also, if there's something else I should change, let me know because like I said, it's my first time and really have no idea what I'm doing.

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December 20, 2010 10:31:57 PM

Solid build, in my opinion....

The GTX460 is a solid mid range card, but, if planning on gaming at 1080P, I'd be planning on adding a 2nd one in SLI at some point. (If your monitor is only capable of 1600x1200 or below, you should be good)
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December 21, 2010 1:26:23 AM

Decided to upgrade card to PNY XLR8 VCGGTX470XPB GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5. I realize it's not the best out there, but budget wise, that's as high as I can go.

But does anyone know something about the heatsink? Will any work? Is there a brand I should look for? Do I even need one? As you can see I'm lost on this and looking for some guidance.
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December 21, 2010 3:32:07 AM

Heatsinks are only needed if you plan on overclocking. Your processor will come with a stock heatsink that is designed for keeping that processor cool under regular conditions.

Now if you live in a very hot environment or plan on neglecting your computer (ie dust) for months to years then I would suggest a better heatsink to make up the difference.

I use the Xigmatek Dark knight s1283V, the s1283 is also a very good cooler just not black, $10 cheaper and no white LED fan. Keep in mind though that this one is big.

If you are looking for something popular and smaller then ide suggest checking newegg and sorting it by most reviews. There are some there with over 4000 5 star reviews. Cant really go wrong with something that many people like.

The cooler your chip is, the longer it will last.

And if you do plan on overclocking, you might want a bigger case and alot more fan power.
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December 21, 2010 1:20:03 PM

Thank you for the info on the heatsink. Since in the near future I will not be overclocking, I'll wait on getting a heatsink just so I know exactly how much space I will have inside the case.

I am considering getting a SSD. How does this work as far as booting up the computer and the what not? Does someone know where I can read up on it, or want to just let me know what to do. I've done a little bit of reading on it, and know that it's worth it because it will boot up the computer real quick. But I don't know how big of one I would need, or which brand would be good.
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December 21, 2010 1:48:38 PM

I use a 7200rpm seagate 500gb drive from like 4 years ago and my computer boots up in under 15(maybe 20) seconds.

In my opinion, SSD's arnt the be all and end all of load times.

I would say that too would be a future upgrade.
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December 21, 2010 2:21:05 PM

Alright, then I'll skip the SSD too. Now for my final question before I buy this computer. I have a relatively new hard drive in my current system (250GB, 2 years old). Can i just install this drive along with the new one? Is it a problem that the drive has Win XP Pro on it? I'm basically lazy and don't want to have to save and move all my files onto my external drive (1.5 TB Seagate) to move them back onto the new drive.
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December 21, 2010 3:37:46 PM

stevediaman said:
I use a 7200rpm seagate 500gb drive from like 4 years ago and my computer boots up in under 15(maybe 20) seconds.

In my opinion, SSD's arnt the be all and end all of load times.

I would say that too would be a future upgrade.


that cant be all that common for the common person or computer can it?

i have heard ssd are much faster to boot so i would assume your rig would boot much faster with one.
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December 21, 2010 8:56:29 PM

My computer is 3 years old, and is running windows 7. I did nothing special to make it boot faster. It just is that way. Vista did boot alot slower though.

And I do not know much about using a windows partitions harddrive as a storage drive... I would recommend just saving everything and reformatting it and using it as a permanent storage drive.
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December 24, 2010 12:42:04 AM
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