First Build - Looking for advice

Hello All,

Approximate Purchase Date: I would like to start buying as soon as possible


Budget Range: Would like to stay around 1200, but can go higher if needed


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Parts Not Required: pretty much need everything


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, I used New Egg to shop around so far


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel


Overclocking: Not, now but maybe later when I get a bit more educated on the subject. No means a priority though


SLI or Crossfire: No intentions as of now


Monitor Resolution: 1920x 1080


Additional Comments: I would like to keep it quiet, but will live with it to provide good performance. I am very new to this and have, what I would call a decent understanding of computers. So i apologize now for any stupid questions.

Here is what I have so far, thanks in advance.

CPU
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 - 279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

Motherboard
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641

GPU
SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - 274.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914

RAM
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - 129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

POWER SUPPLY
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply- 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

CASE
SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163154

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 87.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

I haven't picked out a monitor yet either so any suggestions would be appreciated.


Thanks Again
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  1. Cletus33 said:
    Hello All,

    Approximate Purchase Date: I would like to start buying as soon as possible


    Budget Range: Would like to stay around 1200, but can go higher if needed


    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


    Parts Not Required: pretty much need everything


    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, I used New Egg to shop around so far


    Country of Origin: US


    Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel


    Overclocking: Not, now but maybe later when I get a bit more educated on the subject. No means a priority though


    SLI or Crossfire: No intentions as of now


    Monitor Resolution: 1920x 1080


    Additional Comments: I would like to keep it quiet, but will live with it to provide good performance. I am very new to this and have, what I would call a decent understanding of computers. So i apologize now for any stupid questions.

    Here is what I have so far, thanks in advance.

    CPU
    Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 - 279.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

    Motherboard
    ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 229.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641

    GPU
    SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - 274.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914

    RAM
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - 129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

    POWER SUPPLY
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply- 89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    CASE
    SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163154

    HDD
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 87.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    I haven't picked out a monitor yet either so any suggestions would be appreciated.


    Thanks Again

    I would recommend this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel I5-2500K $225.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702
    ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $220.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $84.00

    The new I5 Sandybridge Intels are cheaper and at least on a par(if not better) than a lot of the core I7's(non-sandybridge)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009255
    Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1) $150.00

    I have this monitor & love it!
    Keyboards & mice are rather personal choices, so whatever you think you would like. I use Logitech.

    The rest of your build looks solid.
  2. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=288 <----- i7 950 vs i5 2500K

    This build is set up so that you have the option to add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560's in the future for SLI. The monitor in this build is not only LED Back Light, but also has a low 2ms response time.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 $99.98 - $89.98 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025 $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
    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.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&title=ASRock-P67-EXTREME4-B3-LGA1155-Intel-P67-B3-DDR3-Quad-SLI-Quad-CrossFireX-SATA3-USB3-0-A-GbE-ATX-Motherboard $153.99
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $224.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427 $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&title=Samsung-SpinPoint-F3-HD103SJ-1TB-SATA2-7200rpm-32MB-Hard-Drive $59.99 Free Shipping
    Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363 $239.99
    GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $18.99
    ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117 $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

    Total: $1,127.90 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..

    * Need Windows ?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1EqpvWFEN <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-extreme4-p67-and-fatal1ty-professional-p67-vs-x58-with-core-i7-950-review-asrock-p67-extreme4.html <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bridge-with-the-asrock-p67-extreme4 <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards

    http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.html <---- Asrock two year warranty

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4 <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard
  3. Thanks for the advice, went with the i5 sandy 2500k and the ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155.
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