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June 17, 2011 8:48:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month or so


Budget Range: 500-600 dollar range

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Browsing, Listening to music, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, Graphics Card


Preferred Websites for Parts: www.newegg.com, www.amazon.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I would prefer AMD over Intel just due to price.I also like Cooler Master's HAF line and NXZT cases. Other than that I am open to other companies.

Overclocking: Yes, A Moderate amount


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


Additional Comments: I would like a case with a little bling and good airflow (It doesn't need to be that quiet). I would also prefer if it was closer to $500 rather than $600 dollars, but if I have to I can go closer to $600.

Here are the Parts I am considering:

Memory: G. Skill 4 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows Home OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: MSI 870A-G54
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks For All of Your Help!

-Bravehead

EDIT: Here is the updated parts list:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] fd0qsnw7zq

Memory: G. Skill 4 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231310

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 20f3%201tb

OS: Windows Home OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Mobo: Asrock Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157198

PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider 600w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] y174xuwa3t
June 17, 2011 9:13:51 PM

heres a mobo 65 bucks (not including shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the cpu 120 bucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and i found two cases you might like 40 bucks each

this raidmax
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this other raidmax
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

what type of graphics card do you have? if you can let people know it will help out in choosing a power supply.

as it stands its about 440-450 with the products you listed plus the ones i suggested.

did i help?
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June 17, 2011 9:20:42 PM

Thanks ComputerNugget,
I am using a XFX ATI 5750 graphics card currently. I like that Mobo, but I want to be able to have the opportunity to use crossfire/sli, so I'll keep looking. The cases are just okay in my opinion so I'll keep looking. That cpu is very nice and it might be the one I use.
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June 17, 2011 9:31:35 PM

well if you want crossfire now then there is this cool asrock board for 90 bucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but if you want to sli later with an Nvidia card then you should wait for the new 900 series motherboards coming out, they support crossfire and sli.

and im not good in the power supply section so im scared of recommending a bad one.
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June 17, 2011 9:53:52 PM

Hmm, I've actually never heard of Asrock somehow. Are they any good?
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June 17, 2011 10:03:23 PM

well asrock is like a subset from ASUS, only asrock has different features on their boards. and they are good from what ive seen.
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June 18, 2011 1:16:07 AM

i believe all MSi boards are great. ive worked with a few and they rocked. and the board you linked is a great board, but the thing is that the crossfire on it isnt as fast as on the ASRock board. the msi board can only frossfire at x16/x4 while the ASRock board does x8/x8.

and radeon cards do take a hit from it. i believe they lose like %10 or performance when crossfired on a x4 slot.

but that MSI is a really great board though
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June 18, 2011 2:03:00 AM

Ok, I'll Use the Asrock board. That PSU looks good, Have you had any experience with it?

Thanks again
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June 18, 2011 2:05:39 AM

Yes it is one of the best PSU's i have ever had and it's got plenty of connectors, def. worth it.

I have it in my current build and have had it for about a year now and i will use it in my next build.
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June 18, 2011 2:27:54 AM

I'll go ahead and use that then. I still need a CPU, a chassis, and a cd/dvd drive.
EDIT: As of now I am at $381 out of 500-600 dollars. So far its turning out waaaaaaay better then I expected.
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June 18, 2011 2:41:36 AM

Drive is easy just go for this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Lite-LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHAS...

There basicly all the same the tower i would look at this one:

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

This case is a beast, it's a little older but it is amazing.

The CPU mentioned above would be a nice one to get price wise, trying to keep this stuff on your budget that one should do.

It's this one:

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

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June 18, 2011 2:52:34 AM

I've never heard of LightON. Are they as good as Samsung?
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June 18, 2011 3:12:54 AM

There all about the same, if it's about the same price i would just go Samsung. It's up to you though.
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June 18, 2011 4:02:23 PM

Here is the updated parts list:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] fd0qsnw7zq

Memory: G. Skill 4 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231310

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 20f3%201tb

OS: Windows Home OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Mobo: Asrock Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157198

PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider 600w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] y174xuwa3t

I still feel unsure about what case to use. I want to spend around 40-80 dollars on the case and still have bling so lets see If I can find that.

Thanks for all your help!
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June 18, 2011 4:46:16 PM

Sorry to double post, but I need opinions of these cases.

The NZXT Guardian
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The NZXT M59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Coolermaster HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was looking through the hundreds of cases available and these caught my eye. Looking at reviews of them they all seem to preform about the same. If anyone can recommend one over another I will greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Again!
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June 18, 2011 4:58:35 PM

commence case search.

i found this case it looks pretty cool lots of air flow it looks like its a rosewill FUTURE 80 bucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

here is this sentey black box with good airflow. 120mm fans everywhere 50 bucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and here is an Xclio Coolbox with big fans 50 bucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and here is a rosewill cruiser with big fans 65 bucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 18, 2011 5:03:32 PM

Isn't Rosewill kind of crappy? The only problem I see with the cases above is that most of the companies are small ones that I haven't heard much about except Rosewill who tend to be hit and miss with their cases. Sorry to whine and nit-pick but I kind of want to avoid Rosewill.

What case do you use? And is it any good?
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June 18, 2011 5:31:48 PM

bravehead said:
Sorry to double post, but I need opinions of these cases.

The NZXT Guardian
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The NZXT M59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Coolermaster HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was looking through the hundreds of cases available and these caught my eye. Looking at reviews of them they all seem to preform about the same. If anyone can recommend one over another I will greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Again!


from these i personally would choose the m59, it looks pretty cool and has good of amount of exhaust fans. and the HAF has always been a good case, but i dont really like its looks. but this is just me though.
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June 18, 2011 5:42:41 PM

bravehead said:
Isn't Rosewill kind of crappy? The only problem I see with the cases above is that most of the companies are small ones that I haven't heard much about except Rosewill who tend to be hit and miss with their cases. Sorry to whine and nit-pick but I kind of want to avoid Rosewill.

What case do you use? And is it any good?


well im using a laptop right now. my brother uses an ANtec 300, it has a decent amount of fan space. but i personally dont like it much cuz its kinda small inside and its non colored inside. i personally prefer the Thermaltake V3 cuz it has good exhaust and good intake and it looks rather simple and aggresive at the same time but doesnt over do it for me.

and there are a lot of small companies out there that arent as well known as like cooler master and raidmax, they do make some really nice cases. you can usually find more info about cases on youtube, and some people like reviewing cases from lesser known brands like BitFenix and such.
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June 18, 2011 6:05:05 PM

All of these parts are compatible, right? I double checked and they seemed all right, but I don't want to buy all of them just to find that they aren't compatible. Also, Will all of these parts fit into an Antec, Coolermaster, or NZXT case?

Otherwise I'm just about finished

BTW For the case, I want something that I can show-off to people. :sol: 
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June 18, 2011 7:58:52 PM

they should all fit into any of those cases with no problem at all, and the cpu and motherboard are deffinitely compatible. as for ram some motherboards are picky about goes in them, but you should have no problems at all with the ram you chose and the motherboard.
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June 18, 2011 10:27:51 PM

Anyone else have any final opinions on this build?
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June 19, 2011 12:53:53 AM

So, The build as it is now is perfect?
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June 19, 2011 12:59:41 AM

I OBJECT!! lol just kidding. shes ready to be built. now, you must choose an answer so the mods can close this thread. good luck bro, hope it comes out awesome :D 
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June 19, 2011 1:28:43 AM

Best answer selected by Bravehead.
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June 19, 2011 1:29:17 AM

Thanks for all of your help ComputerNugget!
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