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February 5, 2012 7:26:34 PM

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.
February 5, 2012 7:31:02 PM

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?
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February 5, 2012 7:52:55 PM

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.
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February 5, 2012 8:06:27 PM

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.
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February 5, 2012 8:10:27 PM

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.
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February 5, 2012 10:51:26 PM

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.
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February 6, 2012 1:17:40 AM

Oh, I was just referring to Texas. Lol. Sorry.
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February 6, 2012 2:09:48 AM

This allows you to add another vid card later on for a dual vid card set up. I just threw that case in here for price point, but it's a roomy one.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

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Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

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Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

or....

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OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

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GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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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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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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February 13, 2012 1:40:54 AM

Best answer selected by sughrue.
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