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February 17, 2011 9:35:44 PM

I'm building my first desktop and i have found all the parts i want but since its my first im a little worried that ill run into some compatibility issues. Here's what im looking at so far:

Antec DF85 Case
Antec TruePower TP-750 PSU
intel i7-930 2.8Ghz
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX CPU Fan
ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard
EVGA GTX 430 1G PCIe Graphics Card
2 Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500gb HDs with RAID 0
AZiO AWD102N Network Card
CORSAIR XMS 2x4gb RAM
LITE-ON Black CD/DVD Drive
Scythe KM01-BK Temperature and Fan Controller


So this is what ive got and it looks like it should all work out but i have no experience so if anyone knows if ill have problems down the road id appreciate any feedback.

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February 17, 2011 10:20:05 PM

This is honestly a great build! You got a really nice case that's for sure. :p  But here's a rundown of the things and that I think of them.

Case: Great!

Power Supply: Perfect, you'll have plenty of room to upgrade later if you wanted.

CPU Fan: Great, better than the stock by a lot! But if you want Air Cooling I'd go with the Noctua NH-D14, as I've heard it's one of the best Air cooling Heat sinks, although it's larger but your Case will have PLENTY of room.

Motherboard: Very good choice, perfect for you CPU as it's made for the i7. Tons of RAM slots too!

Graphics Card: There is no GTX 430 made, nor is there a GTS 430... I would HIGHLY recommend you buying a EVGA GTS 450, as it is $105 (after rebate). Reason being is because you don't want to have a really cheap Graphic Card; you'll be loosing performance from it. Now if your only doing some minor surfing, e-mail, editing, etc. Then it's fine, but personally I'd get the GTS 450; you'll be happier with it later on. (I'm using a GTS 450 right now actually)

Hard Drive: Great since your using them in RAID 0, but if you really want to kick up your speed then go to a SSD! I recommend a 60GB OCZ Vertex 2. It's about 30x than normal HDD, but SSD are smaller in size so their used for mostly the OS, Antiviruses and some games. Another HDD would be good for Storage and backup!

Network Card: Great, don't really have any comments for it.

RAM: Because you'll be using an i7, DDR3 is the way to go. I'd recommend buying 6GB of CORSAIR DDR3 1600MHz (3x2GB) because the ones you choose are pretty close to the same price. 6GB you'll love because you'll have plenty to use! It'll also be in Triple-Channel so you'll be getting the most out of it.

CD Drive: Perfect, you really can't go wrong there.

Fan Controller: It's great for basic use; Scythe is great when it comes to cooling/fan related products I heard. You'll find it very handy! :) 

OVERALL: A perfect build, can use some MINOR tweaks, but it'll work PERFECT with the setup you have! All the things I listed are only RECOMMENDED. So please don't think you MUST get those, I'm only trying to help so you'll be getting the most out of what your buying. I don't know your budget; so I don't know what you can or cannot change. But Your build is perfectly fine!

Great job! :) 

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February 17, 2011 10:55:07 PM

Thanks a ton for all the advice! I was a little worried because i've never gone through this process before so thats for checking it out. I think i will end up going with the GTS 450 just because your right, its not much more than the card i was looking at. Thanks again though!
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February 18, 2011 1:34:30 AM

fedora said:
Thanks a ton for all the advice! I was a little worried because i've never gone through this process before so thats for checking it out. I think i will end up going with the GTS 450 just because your right, its not much more than the card i was looking at. Thanks again though!

Is this going to be a gaming build ? I'm guessing so by looking at the psu you have ...SLI I'm going to guess. If your on a budget, and buying in the US...then it looks like your build is a bit unbalanced in regards to the gpu (450). Also you have dual channel RAM in that build...you want triple channel.

Check this out....gtx 560 and i7 950 ftw

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February 18, 2011 2:01:20 AM

It is gonna be for a lot of gaming, but i had no plans for SLI seeing as that would be pretty pricey for the GPUs. I was gonna do the intel 950 instead because there's not much of a price difference but what is wrong with the 950 with the GTS 450? Ill look into triple channel RAM though, i had forgotten about that.
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February 18, 2011 2:08:38 AM

fedora said:
It is gonna be for a lot of gaming, but i had no plans for SLI seeing as that would be pretty pricey for the GPUs. I was gonna do the intel 950 instead because there's not much of a price difference but what is wrong with the 950 with the GTS 450? Ill look into triple channel RAM though, i had forgotten about that.

I don't know your monitors resolution and what games you play or even plan on playing...but I do know the gts 450 isn't the way to go for a gaming build that includes an 1136 set up. Not hardly. Especially when you have a case in that build that runs over $150, not to mention a $65 cpu h/s.

It's like buying a Ferrari body and sticking an old VW bus engine in it. Looks great but doesn't get anywhere fast. That and the 950 is only $20 more...less if you combo it with something. Gaming is all about FPS. If anyone says different they are either lying or they don't game themselves.
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February 18, 2011 2:09:03 AM

The gts 450 is quickly becoming outdated and with no forseeable upgrade to sli in the future you are going to want to get the best gpu you can afford to keep your machine viable for more than a couple of months.
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February 18, 2011 2:11:03 AM

Why_Me said:
I don't know your monitors resolution and what games you play or even plan on playing...but I do know the gts 450 isn't the way to go for a gaming build that includes an 1136 set up. Not hardly. Especially when you have a case in that build that runs over $150, not to mention a $65 cpu h/s.

It's like buying a Ferrari body and sticking an old VW bus engine in it. Looks great but doesn't get anywhere fast. That and the 950 is only $20 more...less if you combo it with something. Gaming is all about FPS. If anyone says different they are either lying or they don't game themselves.




I don't know why i am posting when Why_Me is here his posts are very spot on and precise... I will wait till you log off :) 
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February 18, 2011 2:19:37 AM

Alright that makes sense. Ill keep looking around for GPUs. Do you know of anything similar to the gtx 560 thats not so expensive? I dont have a ton of cash to put into this and $250 is quite a bit for the 560, granted it looks like an awesome card. :D 
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February 18, 2011 2:22:38 AM

fedora said:
Alright that makes sense. Ill keep looking around for GPUs. Do you know of anything similar to the gtx 560 thats not so expensive? I dont have a ton of cash to put into this and $250 is quite a bit for the 560, granted it looks like an awesome card. :D 

What's your budget ($), what's your monitors resolution...example 1600 x 900, and do you need an o/s (Windows) ?
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February 18, 2011 2:26:02 AM

I was shooting for a 1920 x 1200 because i've gotten used to that on my current machine. As far as budget, i was hoping to stay around $1200 or $1300 if possible. It depends because im hoping to sell my current computer to help pay for this one and im not sure how much i can get for it. As far as OS, i used win7 for general stuff but i use linux for a lot of stuff too if that matters.
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February 18, 2011 2:42:06 AM

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=... <---more info on that case

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COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-X58-Extreme-CrossFireX-Mot... $164.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
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Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
XIGMATEK HDT-SD964 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler rev.w with bracket ACK-i5363 I7 i5 775 1155 and AMD compatible

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $8.99 <---red fan for that cpu cooler
EVERCOOL SFF-9 92mm Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998983

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February 20, 2011 2:11:25 AM

Alright I looked over that and made a bunch of changes. The only thing I wasnt sure on is, what makes that motherboard different than the one I had originally. Doesn't make a big difference because they are about the same price, it's just the only difference is saw is the number of PCIs?
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March 1, 2011 11:27:34 PM

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