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November 4, 2011 2:58:08 AM

Hello all,
Its been awhile since I built a PC, I have selected my components, I would ask of you to double check this and/or offer advice if you have any. I am trying to spend INITIALLY around $1,000, but can go as high as $1500 before rebates. I can do upgrades later with a higher budget so please bear this in mind. I prefer to buy from newegg, I am in the US,
The intent of the PC is gaming, folding, general use, I have not overclocked before but I want to learn how to. I am going with AMD this build, I am open to SLI or crossfire no real preference but I do intend to utilize one or the other. That would be included in said upgrades later (2nd, 3rd vid card..)
Ok, now all the "how to ask for new build advice is answered" I would like to thank you now, and here are the parts I chose so far.

CPU-AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan and Heatsink Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case-Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSUXFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo-ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD-Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SDD-Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU-ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 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...

BD-LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I intend to run Windows 7, but I think I will save some room and install linux to become more familiar with it. I am not overly attached to any part, save the CPU, I debated long and hard what to go with and for all kinds of numerous reasons chose the Zambezi. I am currently sitting at $1329 for this build, I can most definitely get certain things later (4G ram vice 8, BD drive etc) and nix them for now in exchange for a more expensive less upgradeable part (Mobo, GPU comes to mind)
Ok, I think that is everything. Thanks again and I look forward to all your inputs.
November 4, 2011 3:39:48 AM

You can get that exact same hd for $74.95 on Amazon if you are quick. The price will likely increase soon or they will run out of stock.

Also, why don't you get a bd/dvd combo. 2 separate drives seems like an unnecessary waste of money.
November 4, 2011 4:08:10 AM

the bd is not write, just read, though perhaps going bd read/write is the better idea.
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November 4, 2011 4:11:27 AM

You can get one drive that reads and writes both DVDs and BDs for a $20 cheaper than buying them separately.
November 4, 2011 4:14:27 AM

The power supply is not a brand we see recommended a lot . I have no direct experience with that brand but I do see 30% of people who gave feedback on newegg gave it the lowest rating .
Corsair , antec , seasonic , pc power and cooling , enermax, all worth checking .

The zalman cooler is a work of art . But perfomance wise it cant compare to a Scythe Mugen 3 which costs a couple of dollars more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 4, 2011 4:33:33 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The power supply is not a brand we see recommended a lot . I have no direct experience with that brand but I do see 30% of people who gave feedback on newegg gave it the lowest rating .
Corsair , antec , seasonic , pc power and cooling , enermax, all worth checking .

The zalman cooler is a work of art . But perfomance wise it cant compare to a Scythe Mugen 3 which costs a couple of dollars more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Advice taken, I updated the links and the price thank you. As for the P/S, the calculator has me close to 900W if I add the 2nd GPU, the only 1000w P/S I could find that was ATX was that one. previously I always had my P/S come with the Case, do you think 1k Watts is truly needed?
November 4, 2011 4:36:38 AM

That's BS. At most the 560ti would consume at SLI is 750w.
November 4, 2011 4:41:09 AM

^+1
November 4, 2011 5:19:36 AM

Swap the RAM for one without the set of teeth
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the price, I'd want at least 900Mhz .... but newegg having trouble keeping them in stock....Steam reports the 560 Ti as fastest growing card ....personally I prefer Asus TOP model

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

For the PSU, I'd recommend a 750 watter if looking for only moderate overclocks, 850 if ya gonna be more ambitious.

Tier 1's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Tier 2's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The last one would be my pick $90 - XFX Core Edition 850 - 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating) for a build in this cost range ..... w/ a 2500k I'd go to maybe 4.6Ghz....above that I'd go for a 1st tier unit.

I don't see the AMD CPU / MoBo choice in a build above $800.

November 4, 2011 5:20:05 AM

ok, so the 2 cards together will be 750w, how much will the hdd, mobo etc draw? Also does anyone have exp. with this partic video card, how well will it do by itself w/o SLI? is it worth getting a more expensive card that will last longer before having to slap another with it? I intend to do the SLI/crossfire, but if one card will run things on high then I will do that and just overkill down the road with another. I am very outdated when it comes to
gpu's now a days, something I desire to remedy.
November 4, 2011 5:32:49 AM

ok, updated the PSU, RAM and the Vid card, the RAM was actually what I chose prior, but received a message out of stock and pulled from my cart. Go figure. I will grab the vid card w/e I see it in stock. I did not even realize there were better cores for the same price, but that is exactly why I am posting, thanks a lot for the replies thus far, keep them coming if you have any other suggestions.
November 4, 2011 5:40:46 AM

JackNaylorPE said:

I don't see the AMD CPU / MoBo choice in a build above $800.


What Mobo would you recommend, I chose the CPU for numerous reasons, I started an I7 Sandybridge build, but every MOBO for it I come across seems to have a slew of problems, and the previous I7's I have come across did not impress me honestly, When I multi task they always seem to have a hard time keeping up, I figure I will try the new AMD, it is supposed to be far better at multi tasking, from what I read the I7 is deadly when running one thread, but numerous bogs it down, I cannot speak to that but from my experience I found it to be true, I do not want to start a rant or a huge discussion on it, but that is the reason for the CPU I chose. As for the MOBO, I was debating between a few, this one had the least amount of negatives, but that is not always a good judge of the board. and again, which is why I came to these fine boards and your expert advice. Hmm, What about a Radeon AMD 6000 series, what is this scorpius platform they refer to, for example

XFX HD-697A-CNDC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PCIe 2.1 X 16, that fits into the 2.0x16 slot correct?
November 4, 2011 9:41:21 AM

Leave zambezi alone :p 
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