New Build- First Time

I'm looking to build a new computer. It's my first time building a computer, and I'm looking for some advice. I'm hoping to boot os x and windows 7.

Approximate Purchase Date: The sooner the better.

Budget Range: $700-$1000 After rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing, video editing, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, CD/DVD Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, frys.com, amazon.com

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: I would like a mid tower case, Intel processor, and open to suggestions other than that

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I've picked out some potential components, but I'm looking for some advice when it comes to what I've chosen. If something is known to be bad quality, if os x won't work, etc. Thanks!

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Case: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WR Black / Red SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156226]

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412]

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074&cm_re=i5-2400-_-19-115-074-_-Product]

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308]

Video Card: GeForce GTS 450 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134123&cm_re=gts_450-_-14-134-123-_-Product]

Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136782]

Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006]

I'm very open to suggestions on components. These are simply what I have found that appear to be good. I'm flexible on price as well. Thanks.
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  1. CPU+Mobo don't work together, get i5 760+ga-p55a-ud3 or asrock p55pro

    I'm not really sure what os x works with and what it doesn't so I can't exactly formulate a complete build. If os x works with amd chipsets and cpus that would be a smarter path, for the res and use
  2. I've been searching around a little bit regarding amd and from what i've seen, intel is the easiest way to go. Thanks for your advice on the mobo/cpu.
  3. ConnorGarciaparra said:
    I'm looking to build a new computer. It's my first time building a computer, and I'm looking for some advice. I'm hoping to boot os x and windows 7.

    Approximate Purchase Date: The sooner the better.

    Budget Range: $700-$1000 After rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing, video editing, surfing the internet

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, CD/DVD Drive

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, frys.com, amazon.com

    Country of Origin: U.S.

    Parts Preferences: I would like a mid tower case, Intel processor, and open to suggestions other than that

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

    Additional Comments: I've picked out some potential components, but I'm looking for some advice when it comes to what I've chosen. If something is known to be bad quality, if os x won't work, etc. Thanks!

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Case: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WR Black / Red SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156226]

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412]

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074&cm_re=i5-2400-_-19-115-074-_-Product]

    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308]

    Video Card: GeForce GTS 450 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134123&cm_re=gts_450-_-14-134-123-_-Product]

    Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136782]

    Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006]

    I'm very open to suggestions on components. These are simply what I have found that appear to be good. I'm flexible on price as well. Thanks.

    Other than what Joel pointed out about the mobo + cpu not working ...that's a nice build ...with the exception of the psu. Def. no need for a 750w psu for that build. A solid 500w - 550w is more than enough. If you wait about a month those boards will be out on the shelves...and as nice as that cpu is...I would wait one month. Otherwise take a look at the 1156 i5 760 cpu for that board.

    Here's some psu's that are worth looking at that fit that build....

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-BP500U&title=Antec-Basiq-BP500U-500W-Power-Supply $59.99 Free Shipping
    Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016 $64.99
    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  4. I was originally looking at this power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152035 , but steered away from it after hearing I would need more than around 550w. But after hearing you say that, I'm reconsidering. Do you think that psu would be reliable and work for my build?
  5. ConnorGarciaparra said:
    I was originally looking at this power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152035 , but steered away from it after hearing I would need more than around 550w. But after hearing you say that, I'm reconsidering. Do you think that psu would be reliable and work for my build?

    Stay away from Raidmax psu's...they suck. If your psu goes down...chances are it's going to take your mobo with it.

    Look at these brands..and in no particular order... Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, Silverstone, PC Power & Cooling, XFX.
  6. ^+1
  7. http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-760BOX&title=Intel-Core-i5-Processor-i5-760-2-8GHz-8MB-LGA1156-CPU-Retail $209.99 after rebate Free Shipping
    GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
    Intel Core i5 Processor i5-760 2.8GHz 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail
  8. ^get that one or the asrock I suggested with the i5 760
  9. Any advice when it comes to booting osx? Should this build be okay, or do I need to rethink my strategy?
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