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December 31, 2010 7:00:39 AM

This will be my first build
Approximate Purchase Date: next week? hopefully.
Budget Range: I'm trying to come in ~ $600 Before Rebates but i could spend more.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (FPS's: black ops, just cause 2, etc), schoolwork, internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, (any money i have left over i might use to buy a new monitor)
Preferred Website for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: not now

QUESTIONS: What i'm most unsure about is the motherboard and the power supply. Suggestions for a cheaper power supply and alternate MOBO's would be appreciated.

below is the build i've been considering:

MOBO: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX. [...] -_-Product

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Case: Antec 300 [...] -_-Product


HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

CPU: AMD AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor

GPU: ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB

I think thats everything. right now it comes in at $549.89


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December 31, 2010 7:25:52 AM

I was thinking more about getting a cheaper power supply actually
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December 31, 2010 3:35:21 PM

PSU should be fine for a single graphics card. If you decide to SLI, then need a bigger PSU.

And as I always recommend people building their first computer, mount processor, heatsink, and memory on mobo outside the case. Make sure mobo is sitting on wooden desk, or on a static free pad. Never on metal desk or carpet. You can test these 3 components (plug in video card and psu) to see if the mobo will post. If everything is good, then unplug video card and psu, and mount the mobo on the case. And don't forget the brass standoff. I've seen people mounting the mobo directly on the case and short the whole thing.

Have fun and happy new year
January 1, 2011 4:38:52 AM

thanks for all the advice. one more question: should i get any aftermarket fans or anything? is the CPU cooler that comes with teh processor good enough?
January 8, 2011 1:13:16 AM

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January 8, 2011 6:12:59 AM

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