First Computer Build - thoughts ?

Hi everybody !

This will be the first time that I will be building a computer so am after some feedback as to how you think this system will be, what I can change, suggestions etc ?

This will be used as a gaming PC.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115224&cm_re=Intel_Core_i7_960-_-19-115-224-_-Product
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131666&Tpk=rampage%20formula
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121416&cm_re=HD6950-_-14-121-416-_-Product or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593&cm_re=GTX_570-_-14-130-593-_-Product (thought on which one ?)
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011&Tpk=Corsair%20HX-850%20Power%20Supply
HDD: Western Digital 1TB RE4 WD1003FBYX
Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case
O/S: Windows 7 32bit

Any help would be awesome, as I said this is my first build so not 100% sure if all components match up or not ?

Thanks,
Kenjii
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  1. IMO wait a week to SB comes out ( 586 bucks for a CPU for a gaming rig ? ) really there is no need for that high of a CPU / MOBO / RAM for a gaming PC

    + that 32 bit OS you have will only see 3.5 gigs of ram


    In the next few days to SB comes out look at a few website

    http://www.anandtech.com/

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-cpu-overclocking-phenom-ii-x4,2826.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-recommendation-upgrade,2803.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended-builds-usage
  2. Everything will work together except maybe Windows 7 32 bits, get the 64 bits. It would work, but you will only be able to use ~3.5GB of your 6GB.

    If this is for gaming, I would probably go a bit more conservative on the CPU/Motherboard and put the saved money toward a better GPU or an SSD for the OS. Just by getting an i7-950 instead of the i7-960 would save you 300$, going for an ASUS Sabertooth X58 instead of the ASUS Rampage III Formula would save you an additional 100$ and going for a non-modular PSU like the 850TX would save you an extra 40$ (could save more by going to a 750TX, it is more than enough for your build).

    Even more money could be saved by going with an i5-760, 4GB of RAM and a P55 motherboard; with the same GPU, the performance difference in games would be minimal compared to you pricier build. Just saying.
  3. First thing i should point out, this wont be a strictly gaming PC. I work from home as a trader, so I need a fast reliable system for all things business related (internet, email,spread sheets, charts, blah blah, etc etc.), playing a few DVD's/BD as well, yet also used as a gaming rig for my time off.

    Eventually I will be running 4x24" monitors so I'll have to pick up a 2nd graphics card anyway but for now I'll be on just 2x24".

    Thanks for the advice about the 64bit, will be getting that now > the 32bit.

    have about $2200 (AUD) to spend on the system. want something that will last, be reliable, fast and enjoyable to use.

    Thanks,
    Kenjii.
  4. gaming will stress any CPU more than email & spreadsheets.

    wait for sandy bridge
  5. 1) Wait to Jan 9 for sandy bridge. You will be able to get a faster cpu for 1/2 the price.
    You will need a P67 based motherboard. All the usual good vendors will have them.

    2) Look for a sandforce based SSD for the os and apps. Use a hard drive for storage and backup. Everything you do will be much snappier. It is the best performance boost you can buy today.

    3) Get 8gb of ram in a 2 x 4gb kit. W7 will keep everything in ram in anticipation of reuse.

    4) Graphics cards are OK. I happen to like Nvidia GTX570 better, but ati is really ok, and they have their fans too.
    Use the strong card for gaming, and get a second cheap card to hold monitors 3 & 4 whith relatively static info like charts and e-mail.

    5) PSU is good.

    6) Download and read the manual for the case to see what is involved in building. When available, do the same for the motherboard.

    7) I suggest a oem cpu cooler up front. It will keep your cpu cooler and quieter. If you will OC with a "K" processor, you should be able to go higher and easier. Look for a tower type cooler with a 120mm fan; most any will do. CM hiper 212 is ok, and cheap.
    Prolimatech megahalems rev b is about as good as it gets.
  6. geofelt said:
    1) Wait to Jan 9 for sandy bridge. You will be able to get a faster cpu for 1/2 the price.
    You will need a P67 based motherboard. All the usual good vendors will have them.

    2) Look for a sandforce based SSD for the os and apps. Use a hard drive for storage and backup. Everything you do will be much snappier. It is the best performance boost you can buy today.

    3) Get 8gb of ram in a 2 x 4gb kit. W7 will keep everything in ram in anticipation of reuse.

    4) Graphics cards are OK. I happen to like Nvidia GTX570 better, but ati is really ok, and they have their fans too.
    Use the strong card for gaming, and get a second cheap card to hold monitors 3 & 4 whith relatively static info like charts and e-mail.

    5) PSU is good.

    6) Download and read the manual for the case to see what is involved in building. When available, do the same for the motherboard.

    7) I suggest a oem cpu cooler up front. It will keep your cpu cooler and quieter. If you will OC with a "K" processor, you should be able to go higher and easier. Look for a tower type cooler with a 120mm fan; most any will do. CM hiper 212 is ok, and cheap.
    Prolimatech megahalems rev b is about as good as it gets.


    +1 to the above
    IMO i think with the money you save on the CPU a 100 to 120 gigs SSD would be a better call
    Also if you go for the GTX 570 IMO, If your going to OC them and the CPU i would do a Corsair 1000W PSU

    A Combo deal that saves 40 bucks http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.578688
  7. Kenjii said:
    First thing i should point out, this wont be a strictly gaming PC. I work from home as a trader, so I need a fast reliable system for all things business related (internet, email,spread sheets, charts, blah blah, etc etc.), playing a few DVD's/BD as well, yet also used as a gaming rig for my time off.
    I don't thing the extra 0.14GHz of the i7-960 over the i7-950 will make that much of a difference, certainly not 300$ worth of difference. I would rather put that money in a Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB, your machine will be so much more responsive and you applications will start much faster than with a faster CPU.
    Kenjii said:
    Eventually I will be running 4x24" monitors so I'll have to pick up a 2nd graphics card anyway but for now I'll be on just 2x24".
    What monitors do you currently have or are planning to buy? For a quad monitor setup, I would tend to go toward the ATI card because it already has 4 outputs (2xDVI + 2xDP) and because of EyeFinity.

    I think that even with your requirements, a P55 platform would be more than enough, just get a board that supports x8x8 SLI/XFire and you will be able to use dual video cards without any issue; the performance difference is less than 5% compared to x16x16 anyway. By the time an i5-760 + P55 board gets obsolete, an i7-950 on X58 will be too anyway.

    Plus wait for Sandy Bridge in a week.
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