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Building PC the first time

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January 10, 2012 12:24:22 PM

I intend to build my own computer for gaming and composing in the near future. I have never done this before and even though I'm really interested in this kind of stuff my knowledge in the matter is somewhat - constrained, if you will.

So. I'm asking you to help me out here. I have made a list of components that might be good and tried to make sure each component is compatible and so on.

I do have some criteria, though.

1. Good cooling is something I find important
2. Silence is also important
3. I would like to play games such as Skyrim, SWTOR and Guild Wars 2 with pretty much maxed out settings but also use the PC to run heavy music software.
4. Well, being able to upgrade is kind of a given.

My budget is 1000€ and I live in Finland so the currency is in Euros of course.

Here's the list:

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932 (139,00€)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T (126,90€)

MOBO: AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, LGA1155, Intel Z68, DDR3 (129.00€)

RAM: Corsair 2 x 4GB, DDR3 1600MHz (46,00€)

CPU Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro (29,00€)

PSU: Corsair CX600W V2 Power Supply (66,90€)

HDD: Seagate 2TB Barracuda® Green, 5900 rpm, SATA III (132,00€)

SDD: Agility 3 Series 60GB, SATA III (94,00€)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (99,90€)

Optical Drive: Lite-on 4x BD-ROM / 12x DVD-ROM (48,90€)

Total: 911,60€

As we can see, the 1000€ is almost up and I have yet to choose a GC. Can I cut corners somewhere?
I do have an external sound card and all the other stuff for making music so no need to worry about those.

My other concerns are:

-Is there enough cooling for the CPU
-Is 600 W power supply sufficient
-Which Graphics Card to get
-Are there components that aren't compatible or some components that are too good or too bad for the overall build

And then the very last thing. The case I have chosen (it's pretty expensive but has great cooling) has two USB 3.0 ports. Are they plugged in to the "internal motherboard interface (don't know the correct term)". This particular motherboard has only two exterior USB 3.0s. Will the 2 USB 3.0s attached to the case go to waste then?

Thank you very much for you help in advance
-Mon4ro

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January 10, 2012 12:30:03 PM

You have an AMD AM3 CPU paired with an Intel LGA1155 motherboard. One will need to change to match the other. Good build otherwise...

Cooling - That aftermarket CPU cooler will keep the temps in check.

PSU - 600w is fine for a single GPU.

GPU - GTX 570 or HD 6970. Hard to say without knowing a budget...
January 10, 2012 12:51:18 PM

You need 200€ for a 560 Ti, don't go lower than that. You'll have to rework your budget anyway because a i5 CPU is going to be a 100€ more.
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January 10, 2012 12:56:03 PM
January 10, 2012 1:44:58 PM

Ok! Thank you very much for your contribution, guys. This helped a lot. : )

-Mon4ro
January 10, 2012 1:51:02 PM

mon4ro said:
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So. I'm asking you to help me out here. I have made a list of components that might be good and tried to make sure each component is compatible and so on...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T (126,90€)

MOBO: AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, LGA1155, Intel Z68, DDR3 (129.00€)



This might cause a few problems.

You have a decent budget so if you are interested post a link to where you shop for components. If you want to game, your video card should be your first part selection, and build your rig from there.


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