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April 2, 2012 12:13:55 AM

Hey I was wondering if I could get the community's opinion on my first build! It will primarily be used for gaming and schoolwork. All help would be appreciated!


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D Black Edition FX-777A-ZDB4 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 2, 2012 12:20:56 AM

Everything looks good :)  Though for your budget, I would personally recommend an Intel build, maybe an I5 2500k, Gtx 560Ti, z68 mobo, with a 60GB ssd for your OS, should be around 1000-1200. Though of course, a lot of people will probably say to wait until Ivy Bridge and the rest of the Kepler GPUs start rolling out.
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April 2, 2012 12:34:01 AM

Looks pretty good. But as mocchan said, an i5 2500k with a z68 mobo would perform much better. Is there any reason why you chose to go with AMD?
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April 2, 2012 1:29:09 AM

No particular reason to go with AMD, it is just a brand that my friends are familiar with so they recommended it. I will see what I can do with an Intel build though, thank you for your quick responses!
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April 2, 2012 2:30:23 AM

how does this look

i5 2500k - $219.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AsRock extreme3 gen3 - $121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB Gskill - $41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III - $259.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



TOTAL: $1173.87

I kept the case as I presume you like the asthetics of it. But that build would still fall in your price range and would be more powerful than the AMD build!

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April 2, 2012 2:41:30 AM

Build looks sweet, Jumbo.
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April 2, 2012 2:51:52 AM

jumbolkna said:
how does this look

i5 2500k - $219.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AsRock extreme3 gen3 - $121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB Gskill - $41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III - $259.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



TOTAL: $1173.87

I kept the case as I presume you like the asthetics of it. But that build would still fall in your price range and would be more powerful than the AMD build!


Yes that build looks way better than any AMD build - but I'm not the biggest fan of Thermaltake and I'd definitely recommend a different case like the Corsair Carbide 500R or Fractal Design Arc MIDI.

I'd also recommend a different GPU - something like the Radeon 7850 over the 560TI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 2, 2012 4:05:45 AM

As was said by others, Intel CPU's are far superior unless you are looking at the lower end CPU's. Here is what i would recommend.



i5 2500k - $219.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory - $47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE RC-922M-KWN2-GP Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side window - $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Two extra fans for the side and bottom
COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200mm (for the side) - $22.99
and
Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan - $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 - $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

SAPPHIRE 11200-01-20G Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC - $259.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $259.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204
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April 2, 2012 4:43:11 AM

looks good gamer! I think either will be fine. Both much better than the AMD build. Have you looked at the fractal design cases? I really like them. I have the R3 and it's awesome.
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April 9, 2012 6:56:03 PM

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