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August 4, 2011 6:50:28 PM

Just signed up for the forums because Im looking to build my first computer. I essentially want it to function as a desktop/htpc with my 40" sony bravia as the monitor. I've done some research and have come up with the following parts:

Case/Power/Cooling - Apevia X-Master
Motherboard - MSI H76MA-E35 Micro ATX
Processor - i7 2600 3.4GHz quad core
RAM - Crucial 8Gb(2x4) DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
Hard Drive - Seagate 1TB 7200RPM 6.0GB/s
Optical Drive - Samsung Blu-Ray Drive (SH-B123L/RSPB)
Graphics Card - Radeon HD 6870

That total comes to just under $1000 when I order from Newegg.

Just wondering if I am getting everything, could I do better for the same price or cheaper, and is Newegg a good site to deal with.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Thomas

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August 4, 2011 6:57:34 PM

I think others will agree with me when I say a i7-2600 is overkill for what you want to do. At the very most of top performance a i5-2500 is better for your needs - at the very most. Also, I'm assuming you do not intend to overclock as you are not getting the "k" version? Also, you need a DVD burner, blu ray drives do that job rather poorly so people usually get both for their respective purposes. Otherwise I think you have a decent build but I would say if you still want an high end intel CPU go for the i5-2500 and invest the extra $100 or so you save into a better motherboard.
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August 4, 2011 7:08:26 PM

Whats a recommendation on a better motherboard???
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August 4, 2011 10:31:17 PM

I'm not sure what you're budget is and couldn't find your motherboard on newegg, but I recommend a Z68 motherboard as well as an ATX (just based on the sole fact that usually ATX boards have more than micro atx as well as all the higher end boards being ATX since I can't find your motherboard and am making assumptions because of this) Besides, investing in a better motherboard in my opinion is better than investing in a CPU that is overkill. Otherwise, as I said you've got a decent build together!
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August 5, 2011 1:49:58 AM

Jtabo said:
Just signed up for the forums because Im looking to build my first computer. I essentially want it to function as a desktop/htpc with my 40" sony bravia as the monitor. I've done some research and have come up with the following parts:

Case/Power/Cooling - Apevia X-Master
Motherboard - MSI H76MA-E35 Micro ATX
Processor - i7 2600 3.4GHz quad core
RAM - Crucial 8Gb(2x4) DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
Hard Drive - Seagate 1TB 7200RPM 6.0GB/s
Optical Drive - Samsung Blu-Ray Drive (SH-B123L/RSPB)
Graphics Card - Radeon HD 6870

That total comes to just under $1000 when I order from Newegg.

Just wondering if I am getting everything, could I do better for the same price or cheaper, and is Newegg a good site to deal with.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Thomas

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <---- Do you want to o/c or run dual vid cards later on? And when do you plan on buying?
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August 5, 2011 4:15:42 AM

Purchasing either this weekend or sometime next week.

Not sure what overclocking is.

And I may choose to run dual vid cards later on.
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August 5, 2011 4:25:45 AM

This build allows you to add a second card later on for SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 - $79.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply

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Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $122.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Virtu, Touch BIOS, Smart Response SSD, 2-Way SLI, HDMI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $269.98 save: $13.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SATA-Internal-Drive-AD-7260S... $19.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 - $214.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or.....

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MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $992.91 *not including mail in rebates

Here's a fan that fits on the top of that case

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $14.30 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP Red LED Case Fan
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August 11, 2011 3:08:41 PM

So I finally submitted my order last night and wanted to thank you guys for the help. This is what I ended up with:

Motherboard: (MSI Z68 Micro Atx)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Case: (Apevia QPack2)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Ram: (Vengeance 8gb)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Hard Drive: (Seagate 1.5tb)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Video Card: (Radeon HD 6770)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Processor: (i7 2600k)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Optical Drive: (Blu Ray combo drive)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OS: (Windows 7 64bit)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

With the combination of daily deals and promo codes I got all of this for $1000 bucks.
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August 11, 2011 3:09:35 PM

Best answer selected by Jtabo.
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