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First Gaming/Production Computer

I am building my first gaming/music producing computer, and basically wanted to see what you guys think. I am trying to stay around the $1000 price mark, but have a little bit of breathing room of course. I have looked up a bunch of reviews on each part I have chosen, but without speaking to people directly that are much more familiar with certain area that I am not I don't feel as confident. Thanks in advance. I already have the case. It is all the other parts that I have not gotten yet.

Thermaltake VN300M1W2N Chaser MK-I Full Tower Gaming Case (Already have)

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AMD 900 Series Motherboard

FX-8120 3.10 GHz Eight Core AM3+

XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 Video Card 2GB DDR5 - I don't know much about graphics card, but figured two of these would be nice. I will just be running one at first though for a few weeks.

Samsung HN-M101MBB Spinpoint M8 2.5" Internal Hard Drive - 1TB, SATA 3G, 8MB, 5400 RPM

Corsair CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9 Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 16GB (4x 4GB)

Kingwin ABT-1000MA1S Mach 1 Modular Power Supply - 1000-Watt, ATX, SLI-Ready, Six 12V Rails, 80Plus - Don't know much about the power supply either. Just trying to make sure I have enough.


Please feel free to tell me if I have bad choices, or if I should downgrade on something or upgrade on something. I want this to last a little bit without having to upgrade too much.
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  1. The hard drive is a 2.5" (Laptop Drive), so you need to go to a 3.5" hard drive.

    Also, are you sure you want to go the AMD route?
  2. The Intel i5 2500k is $29 more than the AMD FX-8120. And if you don't plan on overclocking ever you can get the i5 2500 for $200.
  3. I don't mess with overclocking. I just have a lot of buddies down here that swear by AMD. I didn't think there way a way for me to build a computer with Intel and keep in my price range. I don't know too much about Intel as it is. Thanks for the fast responses. If there is a different way for me to go about this with I will gladly accept any suggestions.

    Oh, and I realized I did copy and paste the wrong hard drive details. Sorry.
  4. SingingThroughTheStorm said:
    The hard drive is a 2.5" (Laptop Drive), so you need to go to a 3.5" hard drive.

    Also, are you sure you want to go the AMD route?

    I agree. Get a desktop HDD.
  5. sughrue said:
    I don't mess with overclocking. I just have a lot of buddies down here that swear by AMD. I didn't think there way a way for me to build a computer with Intel and keep in my price range. I don't know too much about Intel as it is. Thanks for the fast responses. If there is a different way for me to go about this with I will gladly accept any suggestions.

    Oh, and I realized I did copy and paste the wrong hard drive details. Sorry.

    Where is "down here" ? Location is important....like "what country".

    And don't be listening to your friends. Intel is moping the floor with AMD atm in regards to cpu's.
  6. Oh, I was just referring to Texas. Lol. Sorry.
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