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February 12, 2011 12:32:59 AM

This is my final build after some research, please critique it and let me know if its going to all work together. Also, is the case big enough/power supply sufficient enough? I have about $150 wiggling room for improvements! THANKS!

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ600SXS2 600W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ600SXS2 600W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817341039

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146058

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February 12, 2011 1:06:12 AM

Triple Channel RAM kit is not a good match for a double channel motherboard.
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February 12, 2011 1:11:27 AM

I don't suppose you can squeeze a GeForce GTX 560 Ti into your budget?

How about a CPU cooler for a bit of overclocking?
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February 12, 2011 1:31:13 AM

I will if you can help me choose a case and PSU! Suggestions for both of those?
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February 12, 2011 1:33:18 AM

That case and PSU combo is acceptable and a good price.
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February 12, 2011 2:06:05 AM

I forgot to ask you the screen resolution of your monitor.

Any reason for picking the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB HDD over the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB HDD?

Here is a GTX 460 vs GTX 560 ti comparison
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February 12, 2011 11:37:47 AM

The only reason I picked it was because it was a 1.5TB versus 1TB. Is there a difference besides the size?

Also, do I need a networking card with this build or will I be able to wirelessly connect to my internet with my wireless?
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February 12, 2011 11:54:54 AM

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 is all set to go for wired networking with the built-in LAN connection.
For wireless, you'll need to add in a wireless adapter. Either a USB dongle or a wireless add in card installed in the motherboard.

The NewEgg customer feedback on the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB is lower than you'd like to see it. Compare it to the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Did you find the combo deal @ NewEgg on the NZXT M59 case and OCZ StealthXstream II 600w PSU?
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February 12, 2011 11:59:34 AM

Where do I look up a wireless add in card for the motherboard?

I see your point for the hard drive, switched it over to the seagate 1TB.

Yes, I found that combo on newegg, THE ONLY REASON I even looked at the combos is because I have no idea what PSU fits into what case, and I thought that was a surefire way to match it up. Do you have a better suggestion for a PSU and case???
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February 12, 2011 12:01:50 PM

The case size and power requirements of your system pretty well match your system's requirements. Mid-tower ATX case and PSU in the 500-600W range for a single GTX 460 system.

What are your style preferences in cases? And there are better quality PSUs out on the market too.
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February 12, 2011 12:04:21 PM

Well, I wanted one where I could see the side through the glass and maybe not black. Whats a quality PSU? Corsair?
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February 12, 2011 12:16:27 PM

Do you plan on adding a 2nd video card to your system. We size the PSU to meet the expected requirements of the video card(s).

You might not realize that your motherboard choice is CrossfireX only - meaning ATI/AMD cards for multi-video card setups.
For two or more Nvidia cards you'd want a SLI board.
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February 12, 2011 12:19:45 PM

Well the purpose of the build was for running multiple OS's with VMware for my information security class (penetration testing). Gaming is a second thought, however since I am going with a nicer video card, I will only stick with one video card.
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February 12, 2011 1:12:26 PM

The RAIDMAX SMILODON is a good case and a really good value. I think you'll like working in it during the build.

I liked your ASUS M4A89TD PRO motherboard a lot. But the ASRock 870 EXTREME3 is also a good choice. And it's quite a bit less expensive. Well suited for a single video card build.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W is a good PSU and a good value (free shipping and $15 rebate)
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600 W Power Supply Review
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February 13, 2011 1:20:08 AM

WR2,

Here is my final build as of right now (please tell me if this is all compatible, thumbs up)---


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157198

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 dual channel RAM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Linksys WMP600N PCI Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band
Item #: N82E16833124342

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147144

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G2K5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820167031

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...
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February 13, 2011 11:03:13 AM

Nice! The RAM kit has dropped $5 in price.
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February 13, 2011 12:24:55 PM

And here is the updated build 3.5

(changed the network card, video card, and motherboard because I will only be running one video card)

still thumbs up??


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 dual channel RAM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Rosewill RNX-EasyN1 IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wireless-N 4.0 Dongle (1T1R) Up to 150Mbps Data Rates WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP ...

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147144

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...
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February 13, 2011 1:01:42 PM

Those new options are certainly acceptable too.
Want to think about keeping your 2nd GPU option open? That ASRock 870 EXTREME3 does CFX @ x8/x8.
Otherwise you have a green light with your latest choices.
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February 13, 2011 1:07:22 PM

I thought about that, but since this is my first build, I wanted to keep it as simple as could be. Its going to already be an adventure trying to figure out how to put it all together! Do you have any advice on that? Do I need extra supplies? (thermal paste?)
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February 13, 2011 1:27:28 PM

Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC is a great starting place.
You might also look over some the many video guides out there.
I always recommend people read the "System won't boot" and "no video output" checklist to learn what some of the 'usual' build mistakes look like (and what to do about them). The usual advice; read the manual / install guide; look at the parts, read the manual again and if everything makes sense and looks right - then go ahead with the install.

The Hyper 212+ come with decent/OK thermal compound in the accessory pack. There is some higher performance stuff available if you're interested. But that included stuff lets the HSF do it's job quite nicely.

You shouldn't need any thing that's not already included in the various accessory packs (MB, HSF, video card, etc).
NewEgg is nice enough to put up pictures of the accessory packs in many cases.


While you're waiting for delievery you can find most of the manuals / install guides online and look them over good - get familiar with the hardware.
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February 14, 2011 12:38:30 PM

Best answer selected by abit2theright.
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