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First build. 620 dollar set up. Advice requested.

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May 7, 2011 5:50:57 AM

This will be my first time building a rig. I just want to double check that this will work and also, if you have any suggestions feel free to let me know. It's been about seven years since I've been in the computer market so I'm somewhat out of touch.

CD/DVD: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

Video Card: ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...

Power Supply: ePOWER TVPS550 550W ATX12V Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
May 7, 2011 6:03:54 AM

A couple things. One, you would be better off switching to a i3-2100 and h61/h67 board. Also, get a Sapphire extreme 5850, it's cheaper and better than the 6850. And, that power supply needs to go. Check out this build.
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3-2100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Gigabyte H67: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair CX 500: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Haf 912: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card: Sapphire 5850 (when they come in, or from amazon for $10 more) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036QF0BE/ref=s9_simh...

That should do better, and for less!
May 7, 2011 6:18:57 AM

That'll really do faster than what I posted? Thanks for the quick reply!

Would it do any good to go with 8 gigs of ram instead of 4 or will for be plenty for that setup?

edit: Also, what connection cables will I need to buy? I've never bought stand alone parts aside from a replacement harddrive. Do the components generally come with what you need or do you need to purchase them separately?
May 7, 2011 7:02:57 AM

4GB is really all you will need, but if you want to future proof a bit, grab 8GB. That being said, you should choose your other components first.
You should not need any connection cables, they all come provided.
If this is your first time building, I suggest you check out and bookmark this guide: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...
It's very informative, and will run you through what you need.

And to drive home my point, here is a benchmark showing the 965 vs 2100: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...
Pay attention to the gaming ones at the end. You will see the 965 win many video rendering fights, but that's because it's a quad. The 2100 beats it in gaming though.
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