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February 1, 2011 8:50:09 PM

Hey guys. Needing some (well alot) of advice on a new build. I haven't been keeping up with the new hardware / components, and to be honest i never really have. All i've done in the past is prebuilt systems and upgrading every now and then. The time has come to where i'm prepared to build my own system from scratch. But like i said i'm completley lost. I have read all i can on the stickeys and build advice but im afraid i will make wrong choices. I would like the professionals here to , if you would, give me a detailed parts list for what i'd need to get a computer going from scratch. Any and all help is appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as i get a parts list together.

Budget Range: $700-$750. Will go over a bit if the price / performance ratio is worth it.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, gaming and more gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard , mouse, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA , TN

Parts Preferences: Zero preference. Whatever works the best.

Overclocking:Maybe


SLI or Crossfire:Maybe


Monitor Resolution: Right now it is at 1600 x 900. I'm using a 42" HDTV as a monitor.

Additional Comments:The only part that i have picked out is a case. One that i really like the look of, and has gotten reviews of.
NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 1, 2011 9:18:02 PM

Hello carnore;

NZXT LEXA S review

Here is a suggested build around $662 from the updated build guide
# CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
# MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
# RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
# HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
# HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
# PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
# GPU: XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
# DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
# Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
substitute your preferred NZXT LEXA S here.
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February 1, 2011 9:34:16 PM

Yeah I saw that, I was just wondering since that leaves me an extra $100 to put down. where it would be best suited? The CPU seems like it could be upgraded.
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February 1, 2011 9:51:35 PM

With just a smidgen of luck you might get the 4th core of that Athlon II X3 450 to unlock for you.
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February 1, 2011 10:05:47 PM

Well that certainly shot the price up Lol. Up to $780 with the case i added. It seems like the pricing on a few of the components has went up since the list.
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February 1, 2011 10:07:31 PM

Yes it does......but using the items in the list as a guide you can possible shop around for lower prices.....or even find equivalent items at lower price @ NewEgg.
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February 1, 2011 10:20:57 PM

I'm just a little overwhelmed at the moment lol. I'm ready to order but im exhausting every possible question and concern i have before i order. The only thing i see with the budget build is the CPU. will it handle what i need it to?
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February 1, 2011 10:35:24 PM

It will handle all the gaming you want to do, now and in the next couple of years.
Keeping your budget in mind, you're looking at a well balanced system with a good potential for upgrading to a 2nd video card in Crossfire and a good mainstream CPU that should hold it's own for years to come.
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February 1, 2011 11:06:16 PM

Just wanting to make sure before i place this order if the following will do what i need it to.

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have made a few amendments, namely the GPU , PSU and RAM. Please tell me if their is anything wrong with the components ive selected. If i need anything more. And if it is safe to go ahead and order. Thank you!

EDIT: Also The total on this setup is $745. If you can see anything i can upgrade for a little better performance. please let me know.
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February 1, 2011 11:21:43 PM

The only think I'll want to check on is that PSU.
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February 1, 2011 11:22:22 PM

And maybe that 1.5V RAM kit.
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February 1, 2011 11:37:48 PM

OK, the RAM is cleared. There are other 1.5v kits on the motherboard QVL list.

I could not find an independent review of the RAIDMAX Blackstone RX-700AC PSU.
I did note that it was quite a bit lighter in the +12V rating @ ~46Amps compared to the Corsair 650TX @ 56A.
What attracted you to the RAIDMAX Blackstone?
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February 1, 2011 11:40:10 PM

Price point and modular. The Antec truepower Will take it's place though.
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February 1, 2011 11:46:19 PM

I'd prefer the Antec 550W over any Raidmax, especially one where I can't find an independent review to say who actually made it, and how well it's built.
I need to point out the Corsair 650TX is only $5 more and with an extra 12amps on the +12v supply. If you're not planning a 2nd video card I certainly have no objections to the Antec 550W.
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February 1, 2011 11:46:38 PM

New and hopefully final build list. Sorry if i'm bothering you. Just want to make absolutly sure.

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106335

NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146060

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148395

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157198

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102908


AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103886

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116754

.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 1, 2011 11:50:03 PM

Looks good to me.
And the Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W should be good for 2x 6850s in CrossfireX too.
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February 1, 2011 11:54:58 PM

Making absolutly sure before i drop the $800 for this baby. Every thing checks out. to the letter right? :D 
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February 1, 2011 11:55:47 PM

Wait...
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February 1, 2011 11:56:50 PM

waiting. Also. I unfortunatly live in TN so i have $80 for sales tax :( 
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February 1, 2011 11:59:03 PM

Never mind.....it was a spot on my monitor, not an extra period in a bad place.

No, you're good to go. All the cables, etc, you need are in the MB accessory pack.
Just be sure to get back and let us know how it all turned out.
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February 2, 2011 12:09:37 AM

Sounds good, placing my order now, I decided to put
Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler
On there as well. Want to be safe. Thanks for everything!
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February 2, 2011 12:24:55 AM

Ordered! Thanks for the help. I'm sure i'll be on here if i hit a roadblock in putting it together, Thanks for everything WR2. Any way i can give you rep or something? lol.
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February 2, 2011 12:25:46 AM

Best answer selected by carnore.
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