Beginner needing help with first build

So this is going to be my first ever build and i have my parts picked out but im not sure im their compatible with one another. Can you guys help put me in the right direction? I want to stay within the 600$ area

EDIT!
Ok so after everything i've heard, i've changed a whole bunch of stuff so this is the NEW build tell me what you think

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg) Need to change this to make it compatible with the i3 so looking for a good h61 board.
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $571.91

!!!ANOTHER EDIT: I am continually changing my mind on cpus between the i3 and amd II x4 970, so this is the new build after everything i have heard and looked up.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($152.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $608.48
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  1. Change out the Raidmax PSU with an XFX 550w instead. Not just any 550w, I mean that kind.

    The Asus CD drive in my signature towards the end is better and cheaper than the Samsung one is.

    I would trade out your RAM for Crucial instead and the hard drive for a Samsung instead. The motherboard could stand to be switched out for a Gigabyte too.

    Those tweaks will make the computer much more likely to work right when you first plug everything in.

    The CPU and Video card are good maker/models, though.
  2. 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
  3. Pretty good build for the price. I'd presonally go for a Core i3 + H61 build, but this is pretty much equal.

    Only thing I would change is the PSU and motherboard. The Corsair CX500 is going for $45 on Amazon right now, which is a pretty sweet deal. There's also an ASUS 970 board with USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 and Quad CF, also on Amazon, going for $90.

    Take a look at this as well. A complete PC build (60+ minute video)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
  4. No matter what you do make sure your motherboard can run a BD chip just in case those ever become a good idea. If they ever get it working you'll want to make sure you have a good upgrade path.

    Yes the PSU is junk. Switch it out for a better one. The CX500 is fine, as are the XFX units. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX all have good/great PSU. Any around the 450-500W range should be fine for a 6870. Beware the Antec VP-450, stay away from that one.

    Raid's idea's aren't bad. You can use what you picked. Check newegg for some of NZXTs cases. I've seen them offer some solid cases for $40 or less shipped. If you need to save some $$$. I'd also see about getting the 8GBs (2x4GB) right off the bat.
  5. Raiddinn said:
    Change out the Raidmax PSU with an XFX 550w instead. Not just any 550w, I mean that kind.

    The Asus CD drive in my signature towards the end is better and cheaper than the Samsung one is.

    I would trade out your RAM for Crucial instead and the hard drive for a Samsung instead. The motherboard could stand to be switched out for a Gigabyte too.

    Those tweaks will make the computer much more likely to work right when you first plug everything in.

    The CPU and Video card are good maker/models, though.


    What type of samsung hardrive?
  6. Zero_ said:
    Pretty good build for the price. I'd presonally go for a Core i3 + H61 build, but this is pretty much equal.

    Only thing I would change is the PSU and motherboard. The Corsair CX500 is going for $45 on Amazon right now, which is a pretty sweet deal. There's also an ASUS 970 board with USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 and Quad CF, also on Amazon, going for $90.

    Take a look at this as well. A complete PC build (60+ minute video)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls


    Any specific h61? I like that route better, think the i3 will do me well
  7. I just noticed this:
    Uksternikolai said:

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg) Need to change this to make it compatible with the i3 so looking for a good h61 board.

    Motherboard and CPU are incompatible.
  8. jsc said:
    I just noticed this:

    Motherboard and CPU are incompatible.


    yeah im trying to find for a good H61 motherboard but dont know which one to choose
  9. Do you want an ATX or mATX MOBO?
  10. This Samsung Hard drive is 79.99 if you order it today.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152290

    It is designed for laptops with a smaller physical size, but it works just fine in desktops if you mount it like any other one.

    I don't see one from Samsung available with 16 mb cache, if you wanted that you could pay $5 more for this one from Seagate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    instead. If it were me, I would probably take the 2nd one that I linked for the higher cache even though it costs more.

    This motherboard is ATX like the AM3 board you chose

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

    and Z68 since that is a few years newer than H61, but it is more expensive. I would still take it over the H61, though.

    If you don't want to use 2 or more video cards in the future, you could take this board instead

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128524

    which is the older H61 type, but cheaper than your original board too.
  11. azeem40 said:
    Do you want an ATX or mATX MOBO?

    Probably an ATX that works with the i3 sandy bridge
  12. I5 2400($190)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
    ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0)($75)

    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9)($70)


    Rest will be fine.
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