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March 15, 2012 3:58:01 AM

Hello, This is my first build, and I want to make sure everything goes smoothly.. I'd like to know if I would need anything to add on to be safe and what not.
Here are my specs -
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New

4x Team Elite 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory

Model TED32048M1333C9 AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX

Windows 7 64 bit

2x Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan

2x Nvidia GeForce GTX460

Please reply if I need anything else to get a good working build.. Thanks! btw sorry this is not a thread.. I couldnt make an account for some reason

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March 15, 2012 4:46:05 AM

If you want an NVIDIA card, get 2x 560 instead.
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March 15, 2012 6:53:25 AM

Erm, this is a thread. :lol: 

Please see the PSU guide linked in my sig. Sorry I'm a bit tired so you'll have to do a bit of work on your own. I'm sure azeem just missed it and will be happy to help you there.
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March 15, 2012 7:05:38 AM

Mattster2200 said:
Hello, This is my first build, and I want to make sure everything goes smoothly.. I'd like to know if I would need anything to add on to be safe and what not.
Here are my specs -
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New

4x Team Elite 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory

Model TED32048M1333C9 AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX

Windows 7 64 bit

2x Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan

2x Nvidia GeForce GTX460

Please reply if I need anything else to get a good working build.. Thanks! btw sorry this is not a thread.. I couldnt make an account for some reason


There's quite a few things wrong with your build.

1)For gaming right now intel is by far the best and getting an i3-2120 would be a much better choice.

2)Raidmax Psu's are garbage.

3) You should always get the best single card that you can buy instead of going sli from the start.

4) it's better to get 2x4 gb ram instead of 4x2gb ram.

What's your budget?
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March 15, 2012 7:14:38 AM

Hi, a few suggestions if I may :) 

-Swap the "AMD Phenom II X4 960T" for a "AMD FX-8120 x8"
-and get a single GTX 570 instead of 2x 460's or 560's
-I would also change the RAM from "4x2GB DDR3 1333" to "2x4GB DDR3 1600"
-With this you will only need a 650 W power supply

The CPU will work out a little more expensive, but you will be saving some money on the GPU, PSU and RAM. So it should work out around the same for better performance.

If your budget does not allow the CPU upgrade that I suggested, I would definitely still go for the GPU, PSU and RAM changes, as the "AMD Phenom II X4 960T" is a very good CPU ;) 
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March 15, 2012 2:37:08 PM

Hello again, The only reason I am using 2 460's is because my friend is giving me those as a present. I am only on a 600 dollar budget so Im pretty tight on trying to get more parts. I need to make sure that my powersupply will last and also need an opinion on wether I should use the stock fan for the processor or buy an after market one, Thanks.
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March 15, 2012 3:05:57 PM

Mattster2200 said:
Hello again, The only reason I am using 2 460's is because my friend is giving me those as a present. I am only on a 600 dollar budget so Im pretty tight on trying to get more parts. I need to make sure that my powersupply will last and also need an opinion on wether I should use the stock fan for the processor or buy an after market one, Thanks.


Before making post's about new builds...Please read the sticky threads...You'd save people a lot of time posting all this to begin with...Ivan gives you some good suggestions.

Getting the GPU's as a gift cuts a ton of your cost, so in this case I would go for intel instead of AMD.

I3 2120 or 2100 (stock is fine on the i3) (Only get aftermarket if you overclock, but the i3 cannot, so this could be the case if you go for AMD) i3 is much better tho.
120$ ish mobo
get a xfx/corsair/antec 650-750watt psu...SLI will be more demanding, so getting a quality psu will be beneficial.
get 8gb of ram..5$ more and it'll future proof your system for new demanding games.

Thanks!
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March 15, 2012 3:13:01 PM
March 15, 2012 4:56:10 PM

Hello, I think I'm going to go with your build.. I am flexible to go a little over 600 and want to take advantage of getting 8 gigs of ram as it is so cheap right now.

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

Just wanting to make sure my mobo is compatible with that I'm pretty sure it is..

As for my gpus I am unsure on the model number, but he at first suggested 550w which was extremely low for me as it was for 2 cards, so I'm sure with that suggestion I should be safe with the quality 750w psu you provided..

Also I'd like to know the worst that could happen in my build, and what I should be prepared to go through.

Thanks
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Anonymous
March 15, 2012 6:47:24 PM



  • I would change the cpu and motherboard with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . I would get this case instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Intel is a much better option in terms of gaming and you have a much better upgrade patch with the ivy bridge cpu's. The ram is fine and you get a free tshirt that's pretty sweet.

    If the cpu and motherboard combo put you above the limit you can go with this motherboard which is $15 cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and/or this cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
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    March 15, 2012 7:49:19 PM

    The first MB and CPU Ivan linked are much better, because you are not experienced enough to overclock. I did not use them because they put you over $600.

    The case I disagree with, and the second board doesn't have x8, x8 PCI-E slots. Despite their claims it's not a true SLI/crossfire board.

    As to your other questions

    Assembly guide
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

    Troubleshooting guide
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...
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    Anonymous
    March 15, 2012 8:30:08 PM

    Proximon said:
    The first MB and CPU Ivan linked are much better, because you are not experienced enough to overclock. I did not use them because they put you over $600.

    The case I disagree with, and the second board doesn't have x8, x8 PCI-E slots. Despite their claims it's not a true SLI/crossfire board.

    As to your other questions

    Assembly guide
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

    Troubleshooting guide
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...


    How do you know that the z68-d3h-b3 doesn't have a x8 slot ?, does the same apply for the d2h?.
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