First time builder, Please check my build

Hey guys,

I have been pretty good with computers since I can remember but just have not had the money to get a gaming rig. I figured I would build my own since I have always wanted too and it would be an experience. I will list the items as well as post my amazon wishlist just in case. I am trying to build a mid to high end gaming rig that I can upgrade even more if I have too later. I am using amazon simply because they were cheaper then both newegg and tigerdirect. My max is $1150.00 and right now I am at that after rebates. I have not included a hard drive or dvd drive because I already have spares at home I can use.


Please criticize as much as you like, this is my first build and I am just trying to get it right :-)

Wishlist link: http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/YEU2GQW0C05/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go

Case: LEXA S Crafted Series Black Steel Mid Tower Chassis CS-NT-LEXA-S by iBuyPower

MOBO: MSI AM3 USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s AMD 890FX Chipset Motherboard 890FXA-GD70 by MSI Computer Corp.
$196.99

Processor: Phenom II X6 1100T Blk Ed AM3 3.3G 512KB 125W 3.7G Turbo 6MB Box by AMD
$219.99

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 Series Modular 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply RSA00-AMBAJ3-US Offered by J&R Music and Computer World by Cooler Master USA, Inc.
$169.99

Video Card:
XFX ATI Radeon HD6870 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card HD687AZNFC by XFX
$219.99

RAM: Corsair Dominator 12 GB 1600 MHz PC3-12800 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit CMP12GX3M3A1600C9 by Corsair
$159.99

Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series All in One High-performance Liquid CPU Cooler CWCH60 by Corsair
$71.99

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) OEM System Builder DVD 1 Pack by Microsoft Software
$99.99

Please keep in mind I would like to be able to add another Radeon 6870 in crossfire in the future and 4 more gb of RAM. I really love the style of the case and I cannot get away from it hehe, it will accommodate the GPU's although they will be tight. I would also like to do a bit of overclocking in the future. Again if you guys have any insight please share. I am here to learn more. Thanks

-Bryan
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  1. Are you gungho on amd or would you want to go intel and save some money with improved performance? If so I'd recommend getting the i5 2500k + any p67 board that offers CF (x8/x8) support.

    The ram you picked out is triple channelled ram that you'd be putting into a dual channelled motherboard. It will work but it isn't designed that way. I'd get 8GB (2x4GB) dual channel and wait for another 8GB kit.

    Cooler master isn't a good brand for PSU. I'd grab Corsair 850HX for both the modular cables and reliability. You won't need 1000W for your system.
  2. I want to second all of crewton's remarks. Let us know what your budget is and what resolution monitor you'll be using also.

    Something like this would be exactly one lightyear ahead of your currently-specced AMD machine:

    i5 2500k + Gigabyte UD4 ($395 in a combo at newegg)

    Corsair H60 ($72)

    EVGA GTX 570 SC ($310 after rebate if you buy by 4/29)

    Corsair 850HX (for possible SLI) ($145)

    HAF 912 ($60) <--- more space, better airflow possible with this case than the Lexa for less money

    G.Skill Ripjaws 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3. Shoot for CAS 8 or CAS 7 ($130 - $150)

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit ($100)
  3. CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.625350
    $251.98

    MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8P67 Pro
    RAM: G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 1.5v CL9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.633300
    $259.98

    GPU: MSI R6950 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127555
    $274.99 ($249.99 after MIR)

    PSU: Corsair 750HX Modular 80 Plus Silver (enough power to Crossfire those cards)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
    $139.99 ($129.99 after MIR)

    CASE: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER <--same case with free shipping
    $89.99

    OS: Win 7 Home Premium OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    $99.99

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    Total before shipping and rebates: $1116.92

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    This will game and do everything else better than what you posted. I'm an AMD fan too, but there's no denying the power, speed, and efficiency of these new Sandy Bridge CPUs.

    Click here for proof.
  4. This build will rip any game out there. The case in this build just came out yesterday so there's no customer reviews on it but if you go to the Cooler Master site they have some professional reviews on it and they were all good. That case has size and cooling.

    This build allows you to add another one of those dual factory over clocked gtx 560's later on for SLI.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240 <----- that same case @ newegg + shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $109.99 - $94.99 after mail-in rebate
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229 $159.99
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632379 $459.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $439.98 FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1303777065&sr=1-1 $29.15 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416 $69.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1303776983&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

    http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHAS424-98/dp/B002SIMPXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1303785852&sr=1-1 $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

    Total: $1,103.13 *not including shipping, and mail in rebates

    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twinfrozr_2/11.htm <--- review/benchmarks of that card

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/21/msi_n560gtx_ti_twin_frozr_ii_oc_sli_review/1 <--- review benchmarks of that card in SLI

    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 in it's class

    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
  5. Ok guys I took your advice and migrated my build to an intel based system. Here is my new list tell me what you think for a price of 1150 after rebates. Again remember I do not need a dvd or HDD


    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack

    CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

    Please let me know if this is not compatible. Thought it was weird that the sandy bridge i7 used a different socket.
  6. Unless your into professional video editing, photo editing, etc... ditch that 2600K for a 2500K.
  7. Ok cool that will save me some money but other than that a good build? Just checking one last time :)
  8. Breemum said:
    Ok cool that will save me some money but other than that a good build? Just checking one last time :)

    Ya everything else looks solid. :)
  9. I'd give it the thumbs up!
  10. Thanks a lot for the help guys. Already learned so much. Ill keep you informed :-)
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