Solved

First time building a comp. Need help confirming compatibility/quality

So here is a quick look at my build. I need to make sure all of the parts are decent, the price is decent, and that all of the pieces will work together.
(Also, I am moving my current hard drives and DVD/CD drive over to this new machine. I already have a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and sound system. I didn't forget to add them!)

Motherboard: ASUS sabertooth x58 Socket: 1366/Intel http://goo.gl/BWf1X ~ $200.00 @Amazon

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz http://goo.gl/rJQm9 ~ $47.00 @Amazon

Processor: Intel Core i7-950 3.06 GHz Socket: LGA1366 http://goo.gl/oB16M ~ $260.00 @Amazon

Power Supply: Antec Computer Power Supply HCG-750-Watt http://goo.gl/UQYsc ~ $100.00 @Amazon

Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 6970 http://goo.gl/E8wWd ~ $350.00 @Amazon

Computer Case: Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower http://goo.gl/PcUsC ~ $190.00 @Amazon

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium http://goo.gl/4SEVY ~ $100.00 @Amazon

TOTAL: $1,247.00 (There is no tax/shipping charges. That is the total cost.)

Any help or advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
11 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about first time building comp confirming compatibility quality
  1. Why 1366?
  2. Your Windows Home Primium is the 64 bit version correct?
    Is there a reason you are going with the 1366 socket , you can save a lot of money going with the 1155 socket system and get a much better computer.
  3. A couple things:

    - Don't get a 1366 system at this point - it'll be obsolete in about a year when LGA 2011 is fully out - you want at least an 1155 system or better.

    - Get the low-profile Vengeance RAM, those tall heat sinks could cause any damage to any third party fans you could install on your system.

    - Go with a Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power & Cooling PSU over Antec any day of the week.

    - And what case are you using? Are you using your existing case, or are you planning on buying something different?
  4. Best answer
    ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    This will save you $40 and the cpu will blow away the i7-950 and you will be able to keep the ram you chose because you chose dual channel ram which will work with this cpu but not the i7-950 , you need triple channel ram for the 1366 socket cpu's


    COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $189.99 and a $10 rebate and free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    Everything else is ok. I have been using Antec power supplies for years and they are good solid and reliable power supplies. A good cpu heatsink/fan is the Zalman;

    ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
    $99.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118097
  5. inzone said:


    ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
    $99.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118097


    Zalman fan for $99? Really? For that price why not go with a Noctua D14 or Corsair H100?
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    A couple things:

    - Don't get a 1366 system at this point - it'll be obsolete in about a year when LGA 2011 is fully out - you want at least an 1155 system or better.

    - Get the low-profile Vengeance RAM, those tall heat sinks could cause any damage to any third party fans you could install on your system.

    - Go with a Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power & Cooling PSU over Antec any day of the week.

    - And what case are you using? Are you using your existing case, or are you planning on buying something different?



    There should be a link to the computer case I am buying in my post. Just in case, it is the "HAF X full tower".
  7. inzone said:
    ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    This will save you $40 and the cpu will blow away the i7-950 and you will be able to keep the ram you chose because you chose dual channel ram which will work with this cpu but not the i7-950 , you need triple channel ram for the 1366 socket cpu's


    COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $189.99 and a $10 rebate and free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    Everything else is ok. I have been using Antec power supplies for years and they are good solid and reliable power supplies. A good cpu heatsink/fan is the Zalman;

    ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
    $99.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118097


    Awesome! Thank you so much for the advice. I'll start looking into that. As for the case, it is only a $10 difference but I have amazon prime AKA free 2-day shipping. Not a deal breaker or anything, I would just prefer to buy on amazon is all. (So i can get everything shipped together and whatnot)
  8. So I updated my build. Anything that is not mentioned here is the same as my original post.

    ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199.99
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004K330KK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    $219.99
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    As for the power supply, I found a different one that is made by Corsair. Could someone please let me know if it is compatible with my build (and compatible with future upgrades like crossfire )
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Compatible-platforms/dp/B004MYFODI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320452496&sr=8-1

    As for the RAM, I don't plan on installing 3'rd party fans (or water cooling) for a while. I will probably go for water cooling and they seem to be fairly small and I probably won't need to change the RAM (hopefully!).

    *And the OS is indeed windows 7 home premium (64-bit)*.

    Thanks for all the advice and please let me know how my updated build looks. I really don't want to rush into a purchase of something that won't work so I GREATLY appreciate your feedback.
  9. Best answer selected by Stinger19.
  10. The 750w should do for crossfire but if you found an 850w that wasn't a lot more it would give you some extra power to spare just in case , but that is only if you crossfire. The reason I say that is that you chose a high end AMD card and it does require more power.
    The Half-X is indeed a full tower case and there is an enormouse amount of room and featires with that case. I have one and I absolutly love it.
  11. inzone said:
    The 750w should do for crossfire but if you found an 850w that wasn't a lot more it would give you some extra power to spare just in case , but that is only if you crossfire. The reason I say that is that you chose a high end AMD card and it does require more power.
    The Half-X is indeed a full tower case and there is an enormouse amount of room and featires with that case. I have one and I absolutly love it.


    I'll keep that in mind for when I'm ready to crossfire. Thanks for the advice.
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Systems Product