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Building a computer for the first time

This is my first time building a desktop and whilst I have a decent understanding of it all, I'd really appreciate some feedback on my choices. This computer will be used excessively for gaming, will be left on for long amounts of time, and will be used on a daily basis for programming/debugging.

I'm open to suggestions on any components, but try not to suggest anything more expensive (unless it's really worth it) than that listed, for my budget is somewhat limited.

Thanks in advance for any help! ^_^


CPU:
Intel Xeon E3-1230

Motherboard:
ASRock Z68M USB3 Motherboard

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Case

RAM:
Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

Video Card:
Gigabyte Radeon HD6770 1GB Silent Cell

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003

SSD:
Intel 320 Series 80GB SSD

Power Supply:
Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply
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  1. You need to be a little more explict about your budget.

    What is the primary purpose? If gaming, get an i5-2500K and a P67 or, preferably, a Z68 motherboard.

    Case: if you really want an Antec 900 case, get the 900 II. For under $100, it is hard to beat the CoolerMaster 690 II.

    If your budget is pretty tight, dump the SSD and get a better hard drive.

    Stick with proven power supply manufacturers - Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, XFX.

    For first-time builders, I recommend looking at these threads:

    Build it yourself:
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step-guide-building

    And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-posting-boot-problems
  2. A couple of questions we need answers to:

    Primary use = Gaming
    Budget = ??
    Buying components from = ?? (preferred websites)??
  3. Budget is roughly $1200 but that also needs to include a monitor.

    Preferably buying items from http://www.pccasegear.com/index
    since i can actually go and pick up from their warehouse directly.

    I looked for different parts thanks to your advice jsc, and have edited accordingly, somewhat set on the SSD though.

    My biggest worry is if that video card will be sufficient.
  4. Best answer
    $1200 should be able to fit in:

    i5-2500k $235
    Z68 motherboard (ASRock Extreme3 Gen3) $135
    8GB 1600MHz RAM (1.5v) (Corsair Vengeance) $55
    GTX 560Ti or ATI 6950 (or slightly lower 6870) (ASUS 560Ti SC) $260
    500w PSU (SilverStone Strider) $65
    Intel 320 SSD $155
    SeaGate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM $109

    Total: $1014 without case/optical drive/monitor
  5. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332605-31-2012-1000-power-performance-single-watercooling-build

    I5 2500k + Corsair Gaming Series 600w PSU ($289.98) ($10 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.799346
    Corsair H60 Hydro Series CPU Cooler ($64.74)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015&Tpk=h60
    Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ATX Motherboard ($111.99) ($7.56 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279
    XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 256 bit ($329.99) ($30 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517
    Patriot Signature 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($35.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 6GB/s HDD ($84.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
    Rosewill Future Gaming ATX Mid Tower ($59.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-147-108&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=6970&Page=1
    ASUS x24 DVD Burner ($18.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Total = $996.66 ($7.56 shipping) ($40 rebate)

    I wouldn't buy a big HDD right now because prices are inflated.
  6. Lose the SSD for $150. It won't help gaming at all.

    That PSU is overkill. A 550W XFX is $70, saving $45.

    If you want a server CPU, that's OK by me, but an i5 2500 is the same socket for $30 less.

    There's $225 you can put where it will do the most good---graphics card, monitor and speaker system.
  7. samuelspark said:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332605-31-2012-1000-power-performance-single-watercooling-build

    I5 2500k + Corsair Gaming Series 600w PSU ($289.98) ($10 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.799346
    Corsair H60 Hydro Series CPU Cooler ($64.74)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015&Tpk=h60
    Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ATX Motherboard ($111.99) ($7.56 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279
    XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 256 bit ($329.99) ($30 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517
    Patriot Signature 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($35.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 6GB/s HDD ($84.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
    Rosewill Future Gaming ATX Mid Tower ($59.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-147-108&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=6970&Page=1
    ASUS x24 DVD Burner ($18.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Total = $996.66 ($7.56 shipping) ($40 rebate)

    I wouldn't buy a big HDD right now because prices are inflated.


    Nice build. Personally I would scrap the H60 cooler for a 212+ though and spend the money saved on a better case :)
  8. Petrofsky said:

    That PSU is overkill. A 550W XFX


    Based on the component suggestions so far, it seems a 6970 can fit into budget. This card is recommended a 600w PSU.
  9. Trancend axe ram low cost lifetime warenty,buy at trancend.com directly, aoc 22" e2239Fwt $310 hd multitouch 5ms, see how much cache in your processor its important than other
  10. Adrian, OP is from Australia. Maybe you should have linked to his preferred suppliers website...
  11. DelroyMonjo said:
    Adrian, OP is from Australia. Maybe you should have linked to his preferred suppliers website...


    Link is broken.
  12. samuelspark said:
    Link is broken.


    It just now worked for me.
  13. http error 404
  14. err my bad
    http://www.pccasegear.com
    should work fine..

    thanks so far for all the advice, gonna need to mull it all over.

    If i had Visual studios on an SSD, how much impact would it have on compiling times?
  15. DelroyMonjo said:
    Adrian, OP is from Australia. Maybe you should have linked to his preferred suppliers website...


    Yes, the link is broken but all prices for components I suggested were taken from PC CASE GEAR. I just didn't include links. Prices and components are accurate though.
  16. An SSD should be recommended for all builds, it just embellishes the experience on a computer. Although it won't help much if at all for compiling time, since that is bogged down by the CPU; but it could help depending on your exact environment.
    For your build I agree with samuelspar, all except the case I rather go for an Antec 300.
  17. CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16531

    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18137

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Case
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16228

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18096

    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Overclocked
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19071

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16324

    SSD: Intel 320 Series 80GB SSD
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17744

    Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15319

    Monitor: Samsung S22A300B 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=16956


    This is what my final build is looking like, did i miss anything?
  18. An optical drive if you are still into the CD/DVD trend :P
  19. well i know how to install an OS from my usb so i'm not sure if i need one o-o
    if i do, i have an old desktop that i can pull apart and steal the optical drive from ^_^
  20. Best answer selected by twixie.
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