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Advice and Feed on my first build please.

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February 20, 2011 7:03:36 PM

First time build here. Any feedback and or suggestions would be cool. I just want to make sure there won’t be any compatibility issues and I’m getting the best components for my money. Going to be using this for Gaming, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and mulitimedia. Also monitor suggestions would be helpful nothing too big maybe 17 inch-ish. Crappy desk has a hutch :fou:  .

Case -Antec 1200 Full Tower. –FREE (recycled from previous computer)

PSU - Tagan 1100W – FREE (recycled from previous computer)

MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard – 134.99

Network Card – VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card – 77.00

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL – 104.99

CPU Fan & Heat Sink - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 – 29.99

Hard Drive & OS Combo - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive & Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM – 154.98

GPU & CPU Combo - SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity & AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX – 396.98

Total 898.93
CA Tax and S & H
Grand Total 978.89 :ouch: 

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February 20, 2011 8:18:01 PM

Ive tried a few times and I cant get a Sandy Bridge build at my budget. Right now its pretty much maxed at the total above maybe a bit more. Can it be done?
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February 20, 2011 8:20:02 PM

Sounds good, not sure about the network card, but everything is
compatible, the only exception to the preference of parts is the motherboard gigabyte is good and if paying 134.99 is reasonable to you than fine. I do want you to consider this board;

Asrock (owned by Asus) Extreme3 870-89.99

and with the money you save you could buy an extended warranty. :) 
February 20, 2011 8:26:56 PM

mattismyrealname said:
Ive tried a few times and I cant get a Sandy Bridge build at my budget. Right now its pretty much maxed at the total above maybe a bit more. Can it be done?

You could before the motherboards got recalled, because any SB model did well in comparison to the higher end nehalem based processors. I was building a SB that came out under 900 bucks but it was the I5 2300 which is ~ I7 950 if you don't count hyperthreading from what I've read, but the GPU was a MSI N460 GTX Hawk, and a non SLI board. So it can be done but it would be in your budget only with a less expensive GFX card.

...At this time if you want to go Intel go the I5 750 or 760 route with an SLI/CFX board and overclock your CPU.
February 20, 2011 8:36:49 PM

This is what I am planning on building if you want to take a look.
I5 750-204.99
Biostar T5XE CFX-SLI-104.99
G.skill NS 4gb 1333-39.99
MSI GTX N460 Hawk-199.99
Seagate Barracuda 500gb-39.99
Antec Neo Eco 620-69.99
Antec 300 Illusion-54.99
Cooler Master hyper 212+-29.99
Asus 24x CD/DVD read write-17.99
Windows 7 home OEM-94.99

...Bummer for the sales tax in CA, I don't get taxed. :( 
Good thing this number is excluding rebates. :) 

EDIT: This should be around the same price as your build, and this would give you a good start to a multi-GPU rig. This PSU only has two connectors so a couple adapters would go along way and would be cheaper than a quality PSU with 4 6pin connectors. The setup is your preference though...
February 21, 2011 11:45:51 AM

JackNaylorPE suggested ram that had faster timings; the mushkin redline was cas 7 the g.skill was cas9.