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April 2, 2011 6:48:32 AM

Hello, all.

So this is going to be my first home-built system.
I plan on buying the components one at a time when my budget allows, so overall price really isn't much of an issue, but theoretically I plan on spending anywhere from 750 (AMD) to 850 (Intel), and rebates are a plus but not a must, but I'm relying on combination deals like newegg does sometimes.
I'll use it for moderate to heavy gaming/multitasking in addition to all the everyday stuff like email and facebook, etc. My main focus is a great deal of power with longevity/upgradeability in mind.
All parts are going to be brand new (no recertified or open box) and all I'm looking for is the contents of the tower; I'll worry about I/O later on down the road.
I love newegg, but if another site has cheaper prices I'll give it consideration. (I live in the USA, by the way)
I'd prefer an AMD system, but I'll adjust my budget and get an Intel system if that would suit my needs more (again, power/longevity).
As for overclocking, I'm not even gonna touch that monster until I get some more building experience under my belt.
As far as SLI or Crossfire, I want something able to do it, but I won't utilize that until farther down the road.

So that's about it. Here is my idea of what I want:

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So..... ya, any feedback/suggestions/better ideas are appreciated and welcome.

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April 2, 2011 7:09:15 AM

Probably switch the HDD to a Spinpoint F3 1TB, and save $30.

That PSU is actually at a really good price right now, considering. But it's also probably more than you really need. You could probably go with a 600 and save yourself $30 or so.

If you're willing to "take the plunge" for the i5-2500k it will pay off big time in performance for only about $100 more. But if you do that you might want to stay with that better PSU.

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April 2, 2011 7:24:52 AM

Hi, that build doesn't look too bad but i can think of quite a few improvements. 750W is way more power than youre going to need because that motherboard won't support crossfire and you don't want to overclock. 550W would be fine. Also i don't think theres much need for a performance HDD if youre going to get a SSD, most people (including myself) would go for one or the other. Personally i'd keep the caviar black and lose the SSD in favour of an Intel CPU. I would do something like this.

Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1333Mhz - $46.99
MSI GTX 560Ti (Fermi) 1GB - $249.99 ($20 Rebate)
ASRock H61M-VS - $59.99
WD Caviar Black 1TB - $87.99
OCZ StealthXstream II 600W - $73.99 ($30 Rebate)

Something like that would be good because you don't need an expensive motherboard if you don't want to overclock and you can do without SLI/Crossfire. Also i dont think the SSD would be worth it yet. The Intel Core i5-2400 is a good choice too because it's like the i5-2500k with a very slightly lower clock speed and its not as overclockable. (A lot cheaper though.) Lastly that graphics card i listed is much better than an HD 6850 and this build still only comes to $708.94 before rebates and shipping.

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April 2, 2011 1:55:03 PM

Hmmm... ok. And is this graphics card going to be better than or even supplement the graphics capabilities built into the CPU?
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April 2, 2011 2:07:31 PM

Also, which CPU is going to have a longer active MTBF, Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs, or AMD Phenom Quad?
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April 2, 2011 4:18:46 PM

As far as i know i think it's an integrated graphics controller in the CPU so you won't lose any kind of advantage in getting a dedicated GPU. Even so, the GTX 560Ti is an excellent card which would absolutely destroy any integrated graphics. Don't know much about the mean time between failures between those CPU's but i know a lot of people rely on intel and for good reason, theyre reliable in my opinion. The i5-2400 is also going to be a lot better than any Phenom II x4 in games.
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April 5, 2011 10:27:11 AM

Hmmm... ok. something to think about I suppose. definitely like that graphics card, I saw a video on newegg. Well, thank you for your advice, I'll definitely change up my config to suit Intel, since it's gonna be better (heard many people tell me that). Oh one more point, though, I plan on getting into software engineering/coding, etc... So which is going to be easier to code for, an Intel CPU or an AMD?
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April 5, 2011 8:19:00 PM

I think an i5 would manage some minor encoding but for anything heavy i think you would be better off with a Phenom II x6 1090T or an i7-2600.
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April 6, 2011 6:17:24 AM

gotcha, ok well in that case ill go ahead and look at the bigger CPUs then. at first the things i plan to code (while im still learning how to do it) my programs will be small, but will get increasingly more demanding of my future system's resources, so... ya, bigger CPUs. do I really need a hexa core though for heavy coding? or will a quad do the trick?
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April 9, 2011 6:05:47 PM

Best answer selected by jg3220.
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April 12, 2011 2:32:24 PM

Sorry my internet has been cut off for a week or something so i haven't been able to reply. When talking about what you really NEED then yeah 6 cores is probably too much but it will code lots faster than a quad core. (Phenom II x4) If you can afford it go for the i7-2600 then.
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