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February 27, 2011 5:14:20 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: today if it's good

BUDGET RANGE: 800 flexible

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: adobe cs3, gaming, everything else.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, burners, router, printer

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

OVERCLOCKING: not with this cpu

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not with this board

MONITOR RESOLUTION: see comments

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have been using a 32" Sony Bravia for 2 years now. I will be getting a 50" soon so I would be interested in the pros and cons of using a tv for my monitor. I spend most of my time at the pc so eyestrain is a consideration. I am also curious as to any bottlenecks noticed.

This is what I have so far:


HITACHI Deskstar H3IK10003272SP (0S02860) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-N460OC2-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-775M 775W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply GeForce GTX 470 Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Arctic Silver CMQ-22G The high-density, ceramic-based thermal compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I hope I made this post okay. All advice is appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Cindy
February 28, 2011 3:35:33 AM

Since you're not OCing you don't need the Arctic Silver. The HSF will come with it's own.

That PSU is way more than you need. I'd recommend Antec TruePower New 550W or Seasonic M12II 520W.

I'm afraid I haven't really kept up with AMD mobos, so that part I'm not sure about.
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February 28, 2011 9:42:01 AM

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February 28, 2011 1:57:25 PM


I would switch the 1055 to a 1090 if not OC'ing. The jump from 2.8 to 3.2 is noticable and reasonable for the spend.

I would also swap the hitachi hard drive for a samsung. Check Tom's latest hard drive comparos. Otherwise looks good and mostly good suggestions from others.

February 28, 2011 4:31:33 PM


I actually had it like that in the beginning but I changed the HD because I didn't think the difference would be evident and I dropped a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s because it was bare. The rig I'm replacing is IDE and when I looked at the SATA cables I realized I didn't know which one I needed since I have never even seen an SATA setup. Sorry if it should be obvious but my brain is scrambled. I have changed the CPU back to the 1090 and removed the thermal compound since I'm not OC'ing. Info on SATA cables would be appreciated now. Thanks y'all.
February 28, 2011 4:45:47 PM

Sata cables are the small usually red cables that connect to your optical drive and hd. If I just answered what you obviously knew then I apologize, just wanted to get that out of the way.

Sata cables btw only cost around 3-6$ per cable and can be picked up at newegg or any local retailer. They are easy to connect. The board you have chosen will be just fine, it also has sata connectivity if your worried about that. I honestly would switch back to the spinpoint it is a far better drive then those hitachies.

I agree with the other choices given here. Except maybe jumping up to the 1090T I mean if you are gonna spend the extra money on that you could spend the extra 40$ as well and get nvidias new gtx 560ti which is an amazing graphics card that will play any thing you throw at it on decent settings.
February 28, 2011 5:59:19 PM

LOL!!! Yeah I thought they were small simple red cables with black ends but then I went to look for one for the spinpoint. There were more kinds than I thought. I probably gave up looking through that too soon but my brain crashed into my skull so I just switched to the Hitachi. That's a good point about the vid and cpu choices. I'll look into it.
February 28, 2011 6:02:03 PM

Hmm actually SATA cables are included (mostly 2 nos) in the boxed mobo hehe
February 28, 2011 6:09:36 PM

Mobo pic does show a small black (not red) cable I did not recognize. It has been some years since I tried a new build. I'll admit technology has gotten passed me. :)  I don't even remember if the IDE cables came with my board or my HD last time I built.
February 28, 2011 6:10:36 PM

Haha no worries ^^
February 28, 2011 7:15:45 PM

Okay. This is the updated list. Let me know what you think.


February 28, 2011 10:49:58 PM

That will be a great build and last you a while I think. I mean I can always recomend the intel option of the i5-2500k sandbridge which is an amazing processor (faster then the i7 extreme edition at some things) but the build you have is still quality.

I dont really know much about palit gpu's but it looks like its reviewed well.

Only other gripe is the case and psu still. I am not sure you need 700w+ but thats just my opinion. Also the case. Peripherals are always personal choice, but there are cheaper better options available.
February 28, 2011 10:58:40 PM

Well it's gonna have a couple burners and a second monitor at least and I'm a serious multi-tasker. The last thing I want to do is come up short on power. As far as the case goes, horizontal will be better looking in the entertainment center. Thank you all for your thoughts and advice. It has been a great help and I do appreciate it.
March 1, 2011 7:11:43 AM

For the same price: why drop to DDR3 1066 and also 700 series may need a BIOS update from their factory defualt BIOS to run Thubans so hit an entry level 800 series mobo...
March 1, 2011 4:48:58 PM

those can be downloaded on another pc if need be
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