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June 28, 2011 6:13:03 PM

I am building my first PC (I've always just had a laptop) and want to know if anybody has any suggestions or tips for my build. I will be using this PC for gaming (Total War, Elder Scrolls, etc) and maybe storing my music and casual internet stuff. I don't run any extensive programs for a job or anything, this is purely a recreational build.

Also, do I really need an aftermarket CPU cooler? I will not be overclocking as of right now. Maybe after I'm not such a noob with custom desktops.

AMD PHENOM II x4 975 Black Edition CPU
(I'm not going to overclock. Frankly, I just had the extra money to spend so I bought the best one I could find, but did not think it necessary to have 6 cores just for gaming.)
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB RAM
Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 GPU
(I heard this thing was big, will it fit in my case?)
(Seemed like a good price for a good motherboard)
PC Power and Cooling MK II PSU
(Thought 950 W would be more than enough)
Hitachi 1.5 TB HD 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
Azza Solano Full Tower ATX Case
(Big Enough?)
Samsung 23’ LCD Monitor
Sony CD/DVD ROM Drive

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June 28, 2011 8:27:15 PM

Don't have time to go into specifics right now, but I'd proabably look into going with less power and graphics (Corsair 750watt and HD 6870) and more processor (Intel Core I5).

But that's me.

-Wolf sends
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June 29, 2011 5:26:23 AM

Here's a build assuming you will not be needing an OS :

CPU :$220- i5-2500K( Gives exceptional performance for its price. Beats AMDs hex-core processor in gaming)

Motherboard : $145- Gigabyte GA-Z68X (Capable of running two Graphic Card )

RAM : $75- GSkill RipjawX (2X 4GB)

HDD :$60- Seagate Barracuda 1TB or Samsung Spinpoint 1TB from Amazon(Spinpoint is faster though)

Case : $122- Azza Solano (Your choice).

Cooler : $30 Xigmatak Gaia or Cooler Master Hyper 212 from Amazon

Graphic Card : $350-Sapphire Radeon 6970 (Same)

Power Supply : $110- Corsair Enthusiast TX750 (Capable of handling Dual Graphics)

Monitor : $200- Asus VE248H 24" LED BackLit 2ms response time (1920X1080)

Keyboard & Mouse : $30- Gigabyte Combo(your selection) or Logitech EX100 (Wireless)

Optical Drive : $20-LG DVD Writer

SSD : $130- OCZ Agility 3 64GB

Total : 1487 USD

If you find yourself short of budget or need to accommodate an OS, here's a way:
1. Drop the case to Cooler Master HAF 922 for $100 .Save $22
2. If SSD is not necessary to you. Drop it .Save $130
3. If you don't intend to overclock the processor beyond 4.4GHZ , then drop the cooler .Save $30
You save $180. Get an OS (Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit)

If you want more graphic horsepower you consider a dual graphic solution.
Drop the Sapphire 6970. You had $180 saved above and another $350 free. This totals $500.
With that you can consider :
2X $250 HIS Radeon 6950 2GB(newegg or amazon) (Crossfire Performance )
2X $250 MSI Twin Frozr 560Ti (SLI Performance )
June 29, 2011 6:10:48 AM

The SSD would be pretty cool.
Yeah, on this budget Intel is the way to go.
I don't really see why you'd need Z68. Go P67 and save a little money.
June 29, 2011 6:16:45 AM

I'd recommend the build z_4 outlined, on down the road you can Crossfire some 6970s and still have a roaring powerhouse.
June 29, 2011 7:33:01 AM

After market cooler isnt "necessary" although i highly reccomend it. The price can be pretty minor and they can make a big difference.

Also top tip - Anti-Static band!! :) 
June 29, 2011 6:06:37 PM

Thanks for the replies. I will look into these. Btw, I already have a new copy of window's 7 64-bit which I will be running. Got it for $30.