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First time builder looking for advice on this setup

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March 4, 2012 4:30:59 AM

I posted about 5 weeks back about a build but ended up spending $1500 on a new exhaust system for my car so the computer had to wait a few weeks. I'm ready to get it now and wanted some feedback on how this setup looks. This will be my first time building my own pc, I need to replace my 3 year old cyberpower and after the headaches I've had with this machine over the years, I'll never buy another prebuilt computer again so I wanted to give building my own a shot.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next few days

Budget Range:$800-$1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Almost exclusively gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tiger direct, amazon

Country: US

Parts Preferences: No preference, just no junk

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No


Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost: $827.92 after $45.00 worth of MIR's

Like I said this will basically be used for gaming and normal internet use and thats about it. I did want to hook up dual monitors to this so I was wondering if the mobo and gpu are compatible for that and if the psu is enough to handle a dual monitor setup.

Also I need this to be able to connect to my wifi network as my modem/router is hooked up to the computer downstairs and this computer will be in my bedroom so I'm guessing I need a wireless adapter?
March 4, 2012 5:03:18 AM

FIRST OFF! the motherboard is not compatible with the cpu. it is an amd motherboard with a intel cpu... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that is a good motherboard. AS for dual monitors the gpu and motherboard are perfectly fine for that. the rams all good, and with the powersupply there is room for 2 6870s, so it is looking quite beastly apart from the motherboard error.
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March 4, 2012 5:07:25 AM

erm...
the mobo not for intel processor ~
if u wan intel i5-2500k , change ur mobo ~
RAM no nid to get tat high , I sure u won't use so much memory if u juz gaming ~

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March 4, 2012 5:14:50 AM

Thanks for pointing that out, just a stupid mistake on my part. If I switch the mobo to the correct one then, everything else looks good then? Also whats the easiest way to get wireless access, install a card or just use one of those plug in adapters?
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March 4, 2012 5:52:32 AM

A WLAN Card is the most reliable method, apart from a cat5e cable. :p 
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March 4, 2012 9:14:38 AM

Do I need to get 2 video cards or is it possible to hook both monitors up to the one I have listed?
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March 4, 2012 11:19:20 PM

Any other opinions? I wanted to order this tonight before some of the promo codes expire
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