Help for first time builder

I am a first time builder with a low budget. I have been researching for the last few days and came across this economically feasible build.


Motherboard
Asus M4A79XTD EVO Motherboard ($100)

CPU

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor ($140)

RAM

Corsair XMS3 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM ($50)

Video Card

Sapphire 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 Video Card ($120)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB ($55)

DVD Burner

ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner ($25)

Case

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case ($35)

Power Supply

Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W Power Supply ($70)


TOTAL COST: $595 (USD)

I would like to know of any possible problems I would run into with this build and any modifications that could be made. I can spend a bit more than the amount here and thought about switching out the graphics card for the ATI Radeon 6850. Additionally, I would like to know if upgrading parts at a later date would be an easy task.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.
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  1. Well the sapphire HD 5830 is $109 on newegg currently.

    I don't know about thermaltake's quality when it comes to PSU's. This OCZ one is semi modular and is only 59.99 with a promo code:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022&Tpk=Ocz%20fatal1ty

    and also if you didn't know first time buyers from newegg can get an extra 10 dollars off with a promo code. I forgot what it was so you'll have to look it up if you want it.

    Right now isn't really a good time to be building an AMD system even in the budget realm.
  2. mlcaouette said:
    Well the sapphire HD 5830 is $109 on newegg currently.

    I don't know about thermaltake's quality when it comes to PSU's. This OCZ one is semi modular and is only 59.99 with a promo code:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022&Tpk=Ocz%20fatal1ty

    and also if you didn't know first time buyers from newegg can get an extra 10 dollars off with a promo code. I forgot what it was so you'll have to look it up if you want it.

    Right now isn't really a good time to be building an AMD system even in the budget realm.


    Any suggestions on what I should do to replace the AMD parts?
  3. ^ Well if you choose the right parts, then going with AMD is fine as there are some AM3+ mobos, which supposedly have support for the future AMD CPUs,...
    And from where are you buying the parts ?? The X4 955 is cheaper at newegg...
  4. That is another question I have, for a first time builder would it be better to buy the parts at a store for ease of return if something may go wrong or buy them online from a site such as newegg.com or tigerdirect.com.

    Any other problems with this build or is it good to go?
  5. I love newegg.com, they consistently have slightly lower prices than the competition and they are always quick to ship. The only thing that bugs me is when I buy something and a week later I find it on there for like 10 or 20 cheaper. Just buy from wherever you can get the parts cheapest newegg, amazon, tigerdirect, and rarely walmart.com.

    Like the other person said if your building AMD than get a AM3+ ready M/B.

    The LG 24x DVD burner is only 19.99 on newegg right now. And if you can squeeze out a little more money you can get a G skill 2x4Gb ddr3 1600Mhz kit for 75.99 with a promo code till 5/19 (newegg also).

    You should post up your choices for final review/revision also.
  6. Motherboard

    GIGABYTE GA-870A-USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($150)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631

    CPU

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor ($140)

    RAM

    Corsair XMS3 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM ($50) or G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16820231314

    Video Card

    Sapphire 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 Video Card ($120)

    Hard Drive

    Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB ($55)

    DVD Burner

    LG 24x DVD burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177

    Case

    Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case ($35)

    Power Supply

    Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W Power Supply ($70)


    I posted the URL's to the other parts to make sure I have the right ones. Also, I would like to know of any suggestion for a graphics card that is better and can handle games that will be coming out later this year, such as Battlefield 3.
  7. You should consider the samsung f3 from amazon for a few dollars more you get double the storage and very similar (if not better) performance.

    The sapphire HD 5850 extreme for $149 (amazon) is about the most GPU you can get in your price range.
  8. ^ +1 for the HDD,...
    Here is a build from newegg,...

    CPU + Graphics
    X4 955 + HD 6850 - Even the 5850 Extreme would be a good option
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.642012

    Mobo -
    GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+
    New socket ready for 32nm AM3+ CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128490

    RAM - Crucial 4GB DDR3 - IMO a solid RAM for the price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

    CASE - The V4 has $10 coupon along with $10 in rebates as well
    $10 off w/ promo code EMCKEJG36, ends 5/19
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133179

    OCZ Fatality 550W
    $10 off w/ promo code EMCKEJC32, ends 5/23
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

    Samsung F3 1TB
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1305778335&sr=8-2

    DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Total - ~$594 Including coupons not including rebates,...
  9. gkay09 said:
    ^ +1 for the HDD,...
    Here is a build from newegg,...

    CPU + Graphics
    X4 955 + HD 6850 - Even the 5850 Extreme would be a good option
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.642012

    Mobo -
    GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+
    New socket ready for 32nm AM3+ CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128490

    RAM - Crucial 4GB DDR3 - IMO a solid RAM for the price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

    CASE - The V4 has $10 coupon along with $10 in rebates as well
    $10 off w/ promo code EMCKEJG36, ends 5/19
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133179

    OCZ Fatality 550W
    $10 off w/ promo code EMCKEJC32, ends 5/23
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

    Samsung F3 1TB
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1305778335&sr=8-2

    DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Total - ~$594 Including coupons not including rebates,...



    Thank you for the response. Now that I have this solid build, can someone explain to me what the purpose of AM3 is, just for some understanding.
  10. ^ AM3 is the name given to the CPU socket, and the AM3+ indicates that it will support the next-gen 32nm CPUs which will be released by AMD most probably within this year,...
  11. gkay09 said:
    ^ AM3 is the name given to the CPU socket, and the AM3+ indicates that it will support the next-gen 32nm CPUs which will be released by AMD most probably within this year,...


    Ok thank you for all the help so far, I know this is quite stupid but I just want to survey my options. Is there an Intel build that I can get around the same price? I have looked at the processors and think the i5 2500k is extremely tempting but I cannot find parts that would keep the same price or just a tad bit higher.
  12. ^ A core i5 2500K + a good Z68 mobo would cost ~$120 more
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.654386
  13. I believe the product announcement for am3+ cpu's is set for June fifth. I will try to put together an i5 build here shortly for as close to the same budget as possible.
  14. HDD 58.52:
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305835999&sr=8-1

    Cheaper 500gb HDD option (perfomance sacrifice) $43.32:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Seagate-Barracuda-SATA-500GB-Hard-Drive/16419669

    Case $39.99:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133179&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1158w2gl7x3i5

    GPU HD 5830 $109.00:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102878&cm_re=HD_5830-_-14-102-878-_-Product

    Ram 4Gb ddr3 1600Mhz 1.5v small heatsinks $47.99:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193&cm_re=4gb_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-193-_-Product

    Cheaper ram option ddr3 1333 ultra low profile $38.99 fits under larger coolers like the hyper 212 a little better:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139398&cm_re=4Gb_ddr3_1333-_-20-139-398-_-Product

    HSF hyper 212+ $34.99:
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1305836470&sr=1-1

    PSU semi modular 550w $59.99:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022&cm_re=ocz_power_supply-_-17-341-022-_-Product

    DVD/CD burner $19.99:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236

    CPU and M/B options $369.98 (much nicer board) or $329.98:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.652041
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.654386

    Total(s):
    Better board (excellent parts):$740.45
    cheaper option just the lesser M/B:$700.45
    Cheapest selection:$676.25
  15. Here is a p67 M/B and i5 2500k with a good feature set including sli/crossfire ready $324.98 saves you another five dollars:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.638772
  16. Thank you so much for the help, it is honestly quite unbelievable. While looking at this Intel build I found the GTX 460 for 114 dollars here- http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics-01G-P3-1366-TR/dp/B004DKWLB4 would that be a step up and would it be compatible? Also while researching people do not mention network cards, does it not matter what kind I get? Once again thank you for the help mlCaouette.
  17. Your M/B has a great gigabyte wired LAN connection (which I prefer for both speed and reliability). I believe the GTX 460 1Gb should be about on par with a HD 5850 and on intel builds you can run crossfire or sli so it would be compatible even with two cards. On AMD builds if you use their chipset you can only run crossfire or a single nvidia card.
  18. I believe I will go with the intel build and hope I do not make mistakes in the building process. Thank you for all the help I have received from this forum, it has been amazing.
  19. The intel build is a good choice currently. Just make sure to follow the motherboard manual and if you need video help I think newegg tv (on youtube) has some guides. Have fun and if you have any issues here is a troubleshooting guide:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-steps-posting-boot-video-problems
  20. ^^ The above board options are pretty good, just make sure you get the new Z68 chipsets,...
    And like mlCaouette pointed out, there are many guides in Youtube as well as other sites which will help in the building process,...
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