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First Time Building A Computer - Need Advice

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June 3, 2011 7:47:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Early July

Budget Range: 600-650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, music, surfing the web

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: What's best for my build

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Here's what I have so far, need advice, if any...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A87 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

So...does it look good? I'm trying to play The Witcher 2, and be able to play the upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Battlefield 3 on medium-max settings with a good FPS.
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June 3, 2011 7:57:38 PM

That's really a great solid build for that price range. You've done your homework.
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June 3, 2011 7:59:00 PM

ubercake said:
That's really a great solid build for that price range. You've done your homework.


Thanks guys. I'll look into that mobo, but I'm really not budging on that price rang, because I need to get a new monitor too. :fou: 

Well, just checked it, and it looks like i'm getting the AM3+ mobo. What are the benefits compared to the one I originally had listed? (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
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June 3, 2011 8:03:03 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
what resolution would you be playing at? the setup above should have no problem in getting very good FPS on those games at max settings if playing at around 1080P, heres a nice review for that card that you might want to check out:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6870/


Could you suggest a good monitor for this build. This is one area I'm not very knowledgeable in.
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June 3, 2011 8:05:44 PM

Quintonius said:
Could you suggest a good monitor for this build. This is one area I'm not very knowledgeable in.


what size/resolution are you looking for? 1080p/22"~? good things to look for when buying a monitor are high contrast ratios and low response times. heres a great monitor, but im not sure about your monitor budget:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 3, 2011 8:07:36 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
what size/resolution are you looking for? 1080p/22"~? good things to look for when buying a monitor are high contrast ratios and low response times.


Anywhere in the $0-150 price range. 22" would be preferable, but I am flexible. 1080p is great as long it fits in that price range, or just a little over.

That monitor you posted looks good, if it could be closer to $100, that'd be great though. If not, that one will do.

What about this one - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 3, 2011 8:27:48 PM

With an AMD BE, you should be planning on overclocking, so perhaps an after market cooler is in order.
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June 3, 2011 8:28:58 PM

jsc said:
With an AMD BE, you should be planning on overclocking, so perhaps an after market cooler is in order.


I'm really strapped for cash right now, and the build I posted is probably all I am buying for the time being. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Will my build be okay with just the case fans?
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June 3, 2011 9:01:30 PM

Quintonius said:
Anywhere in the $0-150 price range. 22" would be preferable, but I am flexible. 1080p is great as long it fits in that price range, or just a little over.

That monitor you posted looks good, if it could be closer to $100, that'd be great though. If not, that one will do.

What about this one - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


yeah, thats a great monitor too, the reason i selected the hyundai one, is because its got speakers, and a higher contrast ratio, for the same price, and its lighter+thinner.

[EDIT]: you can overclock to a certain degree even on the stock hfs. but it would be a mild overclock.
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June 7, 2011 7:23:49 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
yeah, thats a great monitor too, the reason i selected the hyundai one, is because its got speakers, and a higher contrast ratio, for the same price, and its lighter+thinner.

[EDIT]: you can overclock to a certain degree even on the stock hfs. but it would be a mild overclock.


Can someone suggest me a good CD/DVD drive that I can play games on. I mainly need it just for games and installing Windows 7. Preferably somewhere around $20 or lower.
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