My first time building a computer on my own...Help!

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Hey guys, its my first time building a computer. I've got all the parts picked out that I want to use in the build, but I wanted to run it by some experts to make sure all the parts are compatible. Also any advice on alternatives would be great. We basically want the computer to work for general web browsing and school use. But we also want to be able to play newer games on at least moderate settings. We wont be using it for video editing or anything like that. Anyway, here are the components (along with the monitor and all that):

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103727

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131767

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130629

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233144

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827118067

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136814

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817182076

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6833114006

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233048

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116716

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824009314

I was going to get 2 of the fans juat to be safe. I was also curious if i could get the OEM version of Windows 7 since it is so much cheaper. Or is that only for manufacturing use? I was also going to get a Pixxo keyboard and mouse combo for like $20. My grand total on Newegg is $935.74, but any suggestions on bringing the price down would be great. We really need the computer. Our laptops are dead and I just typed this whole thing on an iPad.

I fixed my links in a reply below and added more info.

Thanks for the quick responses
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  1. Hi, welcome to the forums.

    First, your links are broken. It appears they've been copied from somewhere else on the forums, right? You'll need to link them to Newegg directly. It's weird that way.


    Second, it'd be nice if we could get some background. I know it could be tough to put the whole thing down on an Ipad, but if you could fill out the form here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice it would give us all the information we need to help you.

    To answer your question, yes Windows OEM is just fine. Once ya fix those links I'll be able to help you.

    Cheers!
  2. Yeah...sorry I copied the post from another thread that I started in another section that wasnt seeing much traffick.

    Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

    Budget Range: 700-950 after rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: web browsing, school, gaming, odds and ends

    Parts Not Required: starting from scratch so I need everything

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

    Country: (U.S.)

    Parts Preferences: none (cheap yet reliable)

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: monitor in parts list

    Additional Comments: just need a reliable general use computer that is also capable of moderate gaming and future upgrades if needed

    COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227&Tpk=Cooler%20master%20elite%20430

    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1557-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130629

    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 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 AD-7280S-0B - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067

    StarTech ST100SLP 1 Port Low Profile PCI / PCI-X 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Network Adapter Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833114006

    Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2SB 500W ATX12V v2.2 Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182076

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    XIGMATEK Cooling System Crystal Series CLF-F1251 120mm Blue LED Case Fan PSU Molex Adapter/extender included
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233048

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Western Digital Caviar Blue RFHWD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136814

    Acer S200HLAbd Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009317

    Pixxo KM-2781U Black USB Wired Standard Multimedia Slim Keyboard
    bundled with:
    1x Pixxo MA-C1G5 RF Wireless Optical 2.4GHz RF Wireless Mouse
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.842770

    Hopefully I got everything. like I said I was planning on getting 2 of the fans to be safe...plus they get a bundle discount.

    Thanks again for a quick response!
  3. Bump for some advice
  4. I was also thinking of just sticking with a normal LAN network and getting a wireless network usb. Or should i go with an actual wireless network adapter?
  5. Alright, lookin good. A good few changes need to be made but you've done quite well.
    -First I'll suggest switching to an Intel based system. Why? Because comparable Intel chips offer more performance for the same cost. The dual core i3-2100 outperforms the Phenom II X4 965 by a bit yet can be had for less. I'm going to go along this route.
    -You don't need an Ethernet adapter, it's built into the motherboard ;)

    Let's see if we can get a machine with more performance, a 1080p screen for a lower cost. It'll be a challenge but I can dig it!

    CPU/DVD combo: Intel i3-2120 & Sony Optiarc DVD drive $136
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.846596

    Mobo: ASRock H61 USM3 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236

    GPU: Sapphire 6870 1GB $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    RAM: G.Skill Value Series 8GB 1333MHz $38
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

    PSU/HDD Combo: CX500 V2 PSU & WD Caviar blue 500GB $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.855547

    Case: CM Elite 430 $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227&Tpk=coolermaster%20elite%20430

    OS: Windows 7 OEM $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Monitor: Acer 23" 5ms LED backlit 1080p screen $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009315

    Total is $834. The 6870 performs better than the 550 Ti and the i3-2100 does better than the Phenom 965. Plus, you get a 1080p screen!
  6. Thanks a ton for the advice and help on bringing down the price. I'm not super tech savy but I know a little. Just curious on how the intel dual-core outperforms the AMD quad-core?
  7. Also, should i not bother with the extra fans or would you suggest I stick with them
  8. Well...after speakers, keyboard, and mouse, my total came out to $900.47. Not bad for a budget gaming/general use PC i suppose. Thanks for the help. I'll definately be coming back to these boards for future tech help.
  9. Yes, the i3-2120 outperforms a Phenom OCed to 4.0 GHz.
  10. Drop the extra fans, the 6870 will vent heat outside the case and the CPU will give off very little heat.

    Your CPU question is a very good one. If you take a look at this chart, you'll see Tom's found the i3-2120 to be above and beyond the 965.


    The i3-2120 is 100MHz above the 2100 and the 965 100mhz above the 955. Therefore the performance gap between the Phenom 955 and the 2100 is quite representative of the gap between our two processors.
  11. I don't see a 965 in there, but you're right.
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