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January 20, 2012 1:14:11 AM

hey I'm looking into building a new computer for under $700 and I was looking for any tips/;help I can get :p  Here are the parts I currently have selected:

Hard Drive: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EY5F5C/ref=ox_sc_a...

Case: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_a...

OS: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc_a...

PSU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2T2UQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

GPU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047ZGIUK/ref=ox_sc_a...

CPU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056D5AMY/ref=ox_sc_a...

Mobo: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004P3YDBU/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't really have any preferences of which site to use (amazon or newegg)
My price range is 600-680 before rebate and with windows 7. any help/tips are greatly appreciated, as I am new to computer building. thanks!

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 20, 2012 1:50:46 AM

Okay most items look pretty good:

* Case (CM HAF 912) - This is what I'd recommend in your budget so I'd stick with it. It comes w/2x 120mm fans and has lots of flexibility.

* OS (Win7 Home Premium 64bit) - Good option.

* PSU (Corsair CX 600w) - would generally be a good one, but I've been reading and just had someone have an issue with the new CX Corsair series PSU's. Here is what I'd recommend:
$60 - $15 MIR = $45!! Has 48A on the 12v rail (used mainly for your GPU power needs).
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

* Mobo/CPU don't match. You selected AMD 960T (AM3+ CPU) and an Intel socket 1155 mobo. You will have to decide if you want AMD or Intel. AMD is a good value in the mid-lower end of systems. Intel is a good value in the mid-upper end of systems. If you go with AMD the 960T is a good value and match it up with a decent AM3+ based mobo. If you go with Intel, I'd suggest getting a z68 based mobo to go with at least the i3 2120 CPU. Both options will be close in price, so decide which one you want to go with.

* RAM (GSkill 2 x 2gb set) - Is a good option, but RAM is really cheap right now, so I'd suggest getting a 2 x 4 gb set. Here is what I'd recommend:
$40 shipped! (only $10 more than your 2 x 2gb set)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

* GPU (AMD 6850) - Is an excellent option in this price range. If you can afford the $20 more, than I'd suggest this:
$170 shipped!
XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

* DVD Burner (you didn't list) - Here is an option, if you don't already have one:
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

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January 20, 2012 2:21:08 AM

lunyone said:
Okay most items look pretty good:

* Case (CM HAF 912) - This is what I'd recommend in your budget so I'd stick with it. It comes w/2x 120mm fans and has lots of flexibility.

* OS (Win7 Home Premium 64bit) - Good option.

* PSU (Corsair CX 600w) - would generally be a good one, but I've been reading and just had someone have an issue with the new CX Corsair series PSU's. Here is what I'd recommend:
$60 - $15 MIR = $45!! Has 48A on the 12v rail (used mainly for your GPU power needs).
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

* Mobo/CPU don't match. You selected AMD 960T (AM3+ CPU) and an Intel socket 1155 mobo. You will have to decide if you want AMD or Intel. AMD is a good value in the mid-lower end of systems. Intel is a good value in the mid-upper end of systems. If you go with AMD the 960T is a good value and match it up with a decent AM3+ based mobo. If you go with Intel, I'd suggest getting a z68 based mobo to go with at least the i3 2120 CPU. Both options will be close in price, so decide which one you want to go with.

* RAM (GSkill 2 x 2gb set) - Is a good option, but RAM is really cheap right now, so I'd suggest getting a 2 x 4 gb set. Here is what I'd recommend:
$40 shipped! (only $10 more than your 2 x 2gb set)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

* GPU (AMD 6850) - Is an excellent option in this price range. If you can afford the $20 more, than I'd suggest this:
$170 shipped!
XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

* DVD Burner (you didn't list) - Here is an option, if you don't already have one:
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM


Thank you very much for the thoughtful reply!! As I think I stated previously, I'm new to computer building so thanks for the help with the motherboard and cpu not being compatible. actually thanks for that whole reply... :p  So After a little browsing I came up with this.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will these 2 work together?
thanks again :D 
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 20, 2012 2:30:53 AM

Yep. Looks good. I highly support dropping the extra cash on the 6870.
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January 20, 2012 2:35:43 AM

kajabla said:
Yep. Looks good. I highly support dropping the extra cash on the 6870.


Cool. Ill probably wait one or two more weeks to save, then finally build this thing! (with a 6870 ;P)
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 20, 2012 2:37:21 AM

Those will work together just fine.

I'm sorry but I forgot to ask what purpose this PC is for? I assumed it was for gaming, so that is what I recommended for.
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January 20, 2012 10:58:49 AM

lunyone said:
Those will work together just fine.

I'm sorry but I forgot to ask what purpose this PC is for? I assumed it was for gaming, so that is what I recommended for.


Oh, yeah it will almost strictly be a gaming / youtube computer :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 21, 2012 2:15:47 AM

Yes it will do just fine. Both of them are AM3+ parts and will work together.

I personally like the 960T, because it has the possibility of unlocking to 6 cores, but the FX 4100 will do fine too. Bulldozer CPU's (FX Series) weren't that impressive when they launched. Not really that much better than the previous series (Phenom II x4's/x6's), IMHO. It's up to you what to buy, but the ones listed will work together.
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January 21, 2012 2:25:52 AM

lunyone said:
Yes it will do just fine. Both of them are AM3+ parts and will work together.

I personally like the 960T, because it has the possibility of unlocking to 6 cores, but the FX 4100 will do fine too. Bulldozer CPU's (FX Series) weren't that impressive when they launched. Not really that much better than the previous series (Phenom II x4's/x6's), IMHO. It's up to you what to buy, but the ones listed will work together.


cool! thanks for all your help on my questions :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 21, 2012 2:28:34 AM

bobochez said:
cool! thanks for all your help on my questions :) 

Your welcome :) 

I prefer Newegg for my computer parts ordering, due to the good customer service and pretty timely shipping times (usually 3 days shipping for me, so about 4-5 business days total, from order time to delivery to door).
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