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April 11, 2011 9:26:07 PM

Hello! ^_^

This will be my first build and I just wanted to get some advice and be sure I didn't make any noobish mistakes as I have little experience with this sort of thing.

Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully this week

Budget Range: about $800 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, music, word processing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (using HDTV), speakers, maybe PSU (I already have a 550 W Antec PSU)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here are the parts I was looking to use:

PSU:
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:Sentey Arvina Extreme Division Tower Case 6x Fan LED/ 4 x USB / Multi Card Reader / 4 x Fan Control / E-SATA / 6 x Removable Aluminum Bays / Screwless
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drive:
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=N82E168...

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cables: 1 HDMI for HDTV connection and 1 SATA cable for the HDD

I was hoping to make a mid-range gaming system with an affordable price that I can overclock/upgrade later if need be. Am I missing any parts or overlooking anything that isn't compatible? Am I getting a good value for the price with these parts? Thanks in advance for your advice. :D 

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April 11, 2011 9:59:00 PM

I'd replace the hard drive with a Samsung 1 TB for $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and go with a sandy bridge 2400 build:

i5-2400 for $179.99 (thru 4/12)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AS Rock H61/U3S3: $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You win't need to buy the SATA cable, the motherboard will come with 2 (1 for HDD one for DVD),

The $100 Case might be a bit overkill. (I get by with a $30 case + an additional couple of fans), but its a decent case on its own
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April 11, 2011 10:39:42 PM

Mine is similar to Screwy's.

My 600$ build, but changing the i3 2100 to an i5 2400. That'd add $70, bringing you to 670$, with the 30-50$ remaining. Change that 6850 to a 560 Ti. You should be good to go. Here is something to start you off.

GPU+CPU $360 AR+PROMO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo $60: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram $43: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD+PSU $80 AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case $40: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: AR $583
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April 11, 2011 11:09:10 PM

This is what I would get for Full HD Gaming Performance and with the ability to Update to the latest AMD Bulldozer when they arrive!

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133094

Nice case with good airflow and everything needed to store your system.

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

80+ power supply with 650W more than enough to power your system even with an overclocked CPU

CPU: 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130275

As Msi announced this motherboard will support the latest 8-core Bulldozers with a Bios Update. It has everything a modern system needs from Sata III and USB III to a Second Pci-E slot that i won't use because of it's bandwith (4x).

Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9AD3B1K2/4G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104221

Graphics Card: XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523

HD 6950 is more powerful than 560ti and 6850 and it will provide the best gaming experience.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136544

Sadly we can't put an ssd on that system so a SATA III Caviar Black is a must!

Optical: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

And you have a very powerful system which can play every modern gaming with filters at 1920x1080 resolution and fully updatable to the powerful AMD Bulldozers. Price: 834$ with Windows Home 64 Bit
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April 11, 2011 11:40:53 PM

^ Lies.
560 Ti vs 6950 1GB
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=330
They're about the same, if you overclock the 560 Ti is a better choice.

i5 2500K vs 970
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/186?vs=288
The 2500K is basically the 2400 with higher clock but unlocked. So you'll see similar perf.

Caviar blacks are a rip. You'll only have 1 second difference from a Samsung F3 1TB. Their mechanical drives none-the-less. So no real performance increase. They cost more for same perf. Rip off.

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April 12, 2011 5:03:34 AM

Ehhh... Who are you taking my branded Squidoo linking builds?
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April 12, 2011 7:07:41 AM

Thanks for the advice! I think I will go with the sandy bridge i5 2400 build, Samsung hard drive, and the case AznShinobi recommended. Still deciding if I want to go for a better GPU or not.
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April 12, 2011 7:08:59 AM

Best answer selected by Kenmei.
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