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Building my first computer. Have parts picked, need opinions.

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December 30, 2010 8:00:56 PM

This will be used for gaming mostly, with the obvious other stuff. I already have all my parts picked, but I would like some opinions on whether I should pick one thing over another or if something will last me longer. Any help is appreciated.

Case - RAIDMAX Blackstorm ATX-615WW White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card - EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Monitor - Asus ML238H 23" 1920 x 1080 2ms Full HD Swivel and Tilt adjustable LEDBacklight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers - Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard - Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/prod...

Mouse - Razer Naga
http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/prod...

I still need a heatsink for the CPU unless you think the stock will work. I also think I'll need a fan for the GPU, since the 470 does get hot.

Any help is appreciated.

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December 30, 2010 9:49:27 PM

That all looks good. You shouldn't need another heatsink since the stock Phenom II ones are decent, same goes for the GPU. Overall, a really nice looking build I say.
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December 30, 2010 10:26:33 PM

The case seems cheap.
Your mobo does not support SLI but your GPU is nVidia. You should either get an ATI card or change mobo.
750w is overkill unless you plano to have a second gpu.
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December 30, 2010 10:29:52 PM

Looks good to me as well. I'd consider the AMD 6870 over the 470 at that price point though. The 470 has been pooped on in some of Tom's recent benchmark comparisons. Also, 750W is a bit much for a single card unless you're planning ahead for an SLI setup.
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December 30, 2010 10:32:02 PM

galta said:
The case seems cheap.

Do you say that from experience or just the look?

I read a review on it from a German site and they LOVED it. Couldn't really find any other reviews, but it seems like a really good value case.
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December 31, 2010 1:39:13 PM

galta said:
The case seems cheap.
Your mobo does not support SLI but your GPU is nVidia. You should either get an ATI card or change mobo.
750w is overkill unless you plano to have a second gpu.

The case got great reviews on Newegg. Plus, I find it super cool how it opens and it'll even make it easier for a first time builder.

The mobo and processor are a package, so I would have to change the card. I'll look into the 6870.

As for the PSU, it's only 10 dollars more than the 650 so I'm playing the 'be safe' route since it's barely any cash.
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December 31, 2010 2:18:49 PM

i think you should spend even more on the psu and get a corsair modular unit.. much tidier looking build

Edit: if you want to go cheap on the case, why dont you get something like an antec 902? much cleaner fit an finish with window, exceptional cooling ect.
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December 31, 2010 7:27:41 PM

First off PSU get the EA650w(link at bottom) it is going to be enough for your 470 or 6850 whichever you choose go with the 6850 to allow crossfire later on
remember you can't use SLI on AMD mobos

Get a 955 same as the 965 just clocked a little lower and you can fix that with a little overclock with stock cooling

Get a different case I know the RAIDMAX is flashy but a more functional HAF 912 is recommended http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 31, 2010 8:58:03 PM

intel1502 said:
i think you should spend even more on the psu and get a corsair modular unit.. much tidier looking build

Edit: if you want to go cheap on the case, why dont you get something like an antec 902? much cleaner fit an finish with window, exceptional cooling ect.

Thanks for pointing out the Antec case. Not only is it beautiful, but it seems like it has amazing cooling. I'll be getting that one.

Will the 650w PSU be enough for two 6850s if I do decide to run two GPUs?
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December 31, 2010 9:22:15 PM

I'm going to go with the 650w PSU since it'll save some money and I won't be running duo GPUs for a while.

I also went with the 6870, so that in the future I am able to buy another one.

I also plan to go with the Antec case, so hopefully Newegg gets it back in stock asap.
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January 1, 2011 2:11:20 PM

joelmartinez said:
If newegg doesn't get the antec 902 back in stock soon here is a nice alternative: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Read reviews: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nzxt_tempest_ev...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NZXT/Tempest_EVO/6.h...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/NZXT-Tempest-EVO...

Overall a very nice alternative with the same color scheme as the antec

I found it on bestbuy, same price as it was on newegg too. The tempest is nice though so I'll hve to look into both
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