Icore 3 first build. studying to take a plus cert for next week.

This post is from my thread in the prebuilt forum, but since i am now changing to building it myself I wanted to get as much feedback from the expertise on here. I thank tsnor and vitornob for their input in that thread.

I researched this forum alot of today and came up with a shopping list for a system I plan to self build. Thoughts?

1. NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.google.com/search?q=+NZ [...] =shop&aq=f


2. Corsair Air Series A50 Performance CPU Cooler CAFA50

http://www.google.com/search?q=+NZ [...] 20&bih=674


3. Core i3-2100

http://www.google.com/search?q=Ath [...] 20&bih=674


4. Sapphire HD5570 PCIe 1GB DDR3 100293DP

http://www.google.com/search?q=Ath [...] 20&bih=674


5. Corsair DDR3-1600 CAS 8, model TR3X6G1600C8

http://www.google.com/search?q=Ath [...] 20&bih=674


6. DZ68DB Desktop

http://www.google.com/search?q=Ath [...] 20&bih=674


7. Cooler Master Silent Pro M500

http://www.google.com/search?q=Ath [...] 20&bih=674


Approximately cost after cursory searches = $480

I figure if I buy from ebay I can do even better price wise. I plan to buy new to get full maufacturer warranties. What do you think of this shopping list? Are these sound compoenets that will work together and drive 3 monitors very well while providing me with the ability to surf the web quickly?
* I also would like a small 40 - 60 gig ssd drive for a dual or triple boot os. * xp/7/ ubuntu and possibly snow leopard (that would be quad boot i know)
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  1. might want to look into some RAM ;)

    edit: nvm i see it ;)
  2. also, the corsair CPU cooler really isnt needed for an i3.. i would go ahead and skip on it. They rarely get above 50 degrees Celsius. save ya some money ;)
  3. One more thing, check out bundle deals on newegg.com . You could possibly shrink down the price a little with them.
  4. rozz said:
    One more thing, check out bundle deals on newegg.com . You could possibly shrink down the price a little with them.

    are there any bundles you recommend?
  5. saw some posts saying that if you are spending under 500 it may be worth it to go with pre builds. Now im having second thoughts as to building my own. I wouldnt mind a prebuilt TBH, i just dont want to be forced to buy OS and HDD let alone get less value for my hardware
  6. Very important. I would buy all your parts from the same place and not eBay. I always suggest Newegg as they are very easy to work with for returns. Trust me, I've been in the situation trying to return crap to an eBay seller or multiple parts from multiple sites. I just makes it easier if something doesn't work. With that said, I would look for combos on Newegg. It is your best bet. Sounds like you have the OS and HDD already.
  7. appreciate your advice, Mike Rowe rules!!!!
  8. BTW. your links don't work, but here is some more thoughts, some of which are personal opinion and based on past experience.

    1) You can get a good 500W PSU for $50-$60. Here is an Antec Earthwatt for $60 + $10MIR

    2)If you can, I'd try and weezle in an i5 if possible. If not no biggie. With combos I bet you could get it in there.

    3)I'd skip the 5570 unless you get it REAL cheap. I'd opt for something newer. Are you gaming on it or just looking for more displays. BTW for the 3rd display on an ATI card you need a Display port Active adapter. Like thus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999030

    3)If you aren't intending to overclock the CPU, stick with the stock cooler. If you are, I'd drop the Corsair and get something a bit cheaper and possibly better. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    4)COMBOS COMBOS COMBOS! They will save you alot, especially in a budget build. Just be a little flexible with brands and such. I know people who have taken $500 a LONG way on a build that was just hardware.
  9. dude, thanks for the awesome tips, here is a combo im looking at based off what you said. I think im going i5, for the money ill get hdmi, usb 3, sata 3 and the ability the upgrade not to mention the upper end of ddr 3 I really gotta keep this under 500. lower end of 4 would be even better, Looks like i can do it. I dont plan to game on it MUCH, but would like to be able to play starcraft 2, even on low settings.

    Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BIOSTAR TH67+ Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    • save: $18.00
    • Now: $256.98

    Benchmark = 6111

    You are awesome Jay2tall!!!!
  10. ^I always look for the combo deals. Although I would suggest not getting an H67 unless you are looking to just use onboard video. If you are planning to get a dedicated video card, I'd suggest a P67 or Z68 motherboard.
  11. Ok I'm going to look into those mobos now.

    If I use onboard video it will slow down my machine a lot right?
  12. Onboard doesn't slow down your machine at all. It just doesn't provide enough graphics power to run games and such. The newer onboard is fine for most desktop applications, even on multiple displays.
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