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March 23, 2011 2:18:29 PM

Hi All,

My Dell finally bit the dust.... Well the power source at least. I figure if I need to get replacement parts, I'm going to build a new computer instead. I'll probably salvage the keyboard, mouse, and hard drive from the Dell, but the rest is being replaced. Here's what I have put together on Newegg:

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are there any compatibility issues that might be seen with the build? This computer will be used for some potential online gaming (Rift?) and videos for the kids. Other than that, it will be used for the internet and other types of productivity use. I have both a macbook for work related stuff. All said and done, the total will be ~$735 with shipping. Not bad...

Thanks all and I look forward to the feedback!

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March 23, 2011 3:47:15 PM

Looks good. Maybe up the HD 5770 to a HD 6850, but you are in good shape...

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March 23, 2011 4:06:29 PM
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A pretty good build...a suggestion or two.

> Case: Seconded

> Mobo: Seconded, though ASRock's 1-year warranty (as opposed to 3 years for the rest) makes me a little edgy.

> Video card: Seconded. I'd have suggested the NVIDIA 550 Ti, but that's about $20 more expensive at the moment, and you can't SLI it on an AMD system. What's the monitor resolution like? That'll dictate the GPU, so have a look here at what Tom's Hardware suggests: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphic...

> PSU: That PSU is much too powerful for your system unless you plan on a OC'eing the processor to 4GHz, a boatload of hard drives, and a Crossfire. Use this to calculate you PSU requirement. Set the capacitor ageing to 30-35% for a worst case scenario. IMO, you wouldn't need anything more than about 500W. I'd suggest either the Seasonic S12 II 520W or the Corsair VX550W.
Here are reviews:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

> RAM: Seconded.

> HDD: Samsung is a good choice. How about a 1TB? 500GB isn't very future-proof. I'd suggest the Spinpoint F3 1TB.

> OS: Fine.

> CPU cooler: Since you've opted for a Black Edition processor, how about investing in an aftermarket CPU cooler for a decent multiplier-only overclock? I'd suggest the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. Of course, that's only if you would like to OC in the region of 20%+. Below that, you probably wouldn't need one.

All in all very good build. Have fun! :D 




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March 23, 2011 4:49:10 PM

Also switched from 500G to 1TB hard drive. Didn't notice that the first time around. I will probably move my current hard drive from the dell into this computer build as a backup or use the spare for pics and video storage.

I don't recall what the resolution of the monitor is, but can find out later. I know that it is the standard dell monitor that came with the computer, but I figure I can upgrade when I have more funds available.

Regarding the powersource, is there a reason not to go with a higher wattage?

thanks for all the help and feedback! I'm so appreciative of the resource provided here since I'm a newb at building computers.
March 23, 2011 6:42:06 PM

Before I place the order, any additional comments?

thanks everyone for your help!
March 23, 2011 6:46:26 PM

The Gigabyte HD 6850 is $180. There are a few with rebates that bring that price down to $155 / $160. Maybe roll with the Asus or XFX card...
March 24, 2011 6:41:38 PM

AFAIK, XFX have a double lifetime warranty - so if you sell the card to someone somewhere down the line, they're covered by the warranty too, meaning you'd probably get a better price for it.

Suggest this but the Egg has some other OC'ed versions of this card, so you might want to take a look at them.

In case you forgot how to check your screen res, this might help.
March 24, 2011 6:57:34 PM

i'm also looking to get this motherboard and a radeon 5770. does it matter that the video card is pci express 2.1 and the motherboard supports 2.0? thanks
March 24, 2011 7:07:24 PM

ninjoe8 said:
i'm also looking to get this motherboard and a radeon 5770. does it matter that the video card is pci express 2.1 and the motherboard supports 2.0? thanks


@ ninjoe8: Please don't hijack other people's threads - it's not very nice...start your own thread if you have a question. That way you'll likely get more answers. But since you are a newcomer, I suppose it could be overlooked this once.

In response to your question, have a look at this. You'll be fine with a PCIe 2.1 card in 2.0 slot.
March 24, 2011 7:12:05 PM

i didn't intend to hijack. i'm purchasing the same motherboard and similar graphics card and noticed the difference between 2.1 and 2.0. if there was a possible conflict between the two, then i'm sure the OP would have wanted to know that. thanks for answering my question though.
March 24, 2011 7:20:56 PM

ninjoe8 said:
i didn't intend to hijack. i'm purchasing the same motherboard and similar graphics card and noticed the difference between 2.1 and 2.0. if there was a possible conflict between the two, then i'm sure the OP would have wanted to know that. thanks for answering my question though.


Point taken. And you're welcome. :) 
March 24, 2011 9:47:34 PM

@ OP:
An update regarding the after-market CPU cooler - instead of the CM Hyper 212+, I'd now like to suggest the Scythe Mugen 2. I would have suggested it earlier, but wasn't able to find it on the Egg at that time. Sorry about that. Here's hoping you haven't placed the order yet...
April 1, 2011 1:34:33 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. The computer is up and going, although not hooked up to the net. Forgot to get a network card and will run by Best Buy tomorrow. I also found out that the old DVD drives used IDE and not SATA, so that was another trip to the electronics store, but it worked great! Just need to get everything over from the old drive and I would be good to go!

Thanks everyone for your help. This is a great resource for people building for the first time.
April 8, 2011 2:38:53 PM

Finally figured out why I couldn't get hooked up to the net.... Needed a new router and once that was done, it hooked up right away. Woohoo!!!

Thank you everyone for your help. It has been an invaluable resource and I like the fact I have a computer that I customized for my own needs without all the extraneous stuff that comes on a prebuilt computer. And to top it off, I know that this computer can be upgraded when needed versus our previous computer which has integrated parts.

April 18, 2011 3:20:37 PM

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