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June 5, 2011 10:23:02 PM

Hey everyone! I'm the new guy on the block, and I was just wondering if I could get some input on my first build. It is for college, but I also plan on doing quite a bit of gaming as well. Before I go out and spend the 1K, I decided that it would be best to ask the professionals to inform me of any bad decisions, or better products I could spend my money on.



Graphics card:

Hard drive: (x2)

RAM: (x2)

DVD Burner: (x2)

And sticking it all in to:

Note that the websites listed are not necessarily the websites I will be buying from, those are just the products I am thinking. Also, I would prefer not to spend much more than the cost for the stuff I have listed, so if you think I could make any omissions etc. Just let me know! Thanks for the help!

I forgot to say, I already have a PSU, I don't remember the brand, but it is a 550W. Will that be enough? Or should I buy a bigger, badder one? Thanks!

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 5, 2011 11:31:49 PM

Could you fill this out.

The mobo isn't worth it, if you want a sli capable mobo, an asrock p67 extreme4 is fine or a similar board around that price.

The 480 runs really hot, I'd suggest getting a 500 series or hd 6000 series.

You're not going to raid 0 two hdds are you? A ssd would be faster and around the same price for a small ssd + hdd for storage.

It's better to get 2x4gb of ram which also costs less.

The psu would need to be a good quality one. Could you find out the model?
a b B Homebuilt system
June 5, 2011 11:39:05 PM

Um, why would you get that CPU when the 2500K is the same price?
Yeah, a 570 can be found for roughly the same price.
A good 550 would cover that system, but not a no-name or a low quality one.
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June 6, 2011 12:09:22 AM

Sorry about the previous post, here you go:

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever, relatively soon.

Budget Range: 800-1000ish total

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Video editing, Video watching, PPT/Word/etc.

Parts Not Required: PSU is this one: Which I thought was more expensive than it is :p 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tiger-Direct. Anything else with low prices.

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Doesn't matter. Preferably nVidia for the graphics card.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, not now.

Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter

Additional Comments: See my first post.


I'm not worried about SLI, I will look in to the other one, as long as it will be compatible with everything else I have...

Okay. I will probably go with the 570, unless you thing the HD 6000 would be a better match for my needs?

I'm not going to raid the hdds. I wasn't planning on doing anything special with them. How would I set up the computer with a ssd? Sorry if that comment sounds incredibly noobish.

I will go with the 2x4 Ram.

a b B Homebuilt system
June 6, 2011 3:11:11 AM

It only has 24 amps which is not enough for a 570.

I've seen this combo posted here a couple of times. Has an ok psu which would need to be upgraded if you wanted to sli. Just add a gpu, heatsink and an ssd if you want.

Depending on the size of ssd you get, you would put the os on it plus a few games. And then use the hdd for everything else.