First Time Builder Needs Rig Review

Approximate Purchase Date: Approximately 1-week

Budget Range: $550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, possible recording/editing at a later date


Parts Not Required: Pretty much need everything, this is my first time building a computer

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is ideal, but pretty much anywhere is fine

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD, they appear to have a better price point than intel. Here's the list of parts that i intend to use.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=19447225

and this hard drive
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momentus-Solid-Hybrid-ST95005620AS/dp/B003NSBF32/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339271813&sr=1-2&keywords=Hybrid+Hard+Drive

Overclocking: Highly probable at a later date

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, if anything at a much much later date

Monitor Resolution: Not entirely decided, but 1280x1024 is most likely

Additional Comments: Im building this pc as a little graduation present to myself. Ideally it should be as cheap as possible. Mostly building this rig to run bf3, at hopefully high settings. If anyone can give me any idea what this rig is capable of i'd be greatly obliged. As far as i can tell these parts are fully compatible with each other but still, i'd like a second opinion. My one concern is the 6850's compatibility with the mobo. 6850 is a pci express 2.1, but all the mobos i've seen support 2.0. I've read that this isn't a problem but i'd like to double check. The only part i can't seem to nail down is the case. How large of a case do i need to house this rig? Lastly, can you tell me if the solid state hard drive i'm buying from amazon is ready to drop in? Im just want to be sure that i don't need to buy anything else for it to make it functional in my machine. If any of my choices don't make sense or if i can get better performance for roughly the same price points do let me know. This is my very first build so any and all advice is appreciated. Thanks!
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  1. also i'm aware that the system as is exceeds the stated budget. I've found the parts cheaper elsewhere, newegg just serves as a method to effectively communicate my parts list
  2. we cant view your wishlist
  3. Hmm i thought i did the wishlist thing correctly guess not. These are the manual links to the parts then:

    ASRock 970 Extreme3 motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 GPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    Rosewill Stallion 500W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182076

    AMD Phenom II X4 965
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820576006
  4. Looks good except for the PSU, try this one out:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&Tpk=corsair%20builder%20cx500

    It's more expensive but you never want to skimp on your PSU. It is the most important part of your system.
  5. can anyone recommend a case? Also the hard drive i linked to in amazon says it is meant for laptops. is it still ok for use in a desktop?
  6. ^ +1 on that Seasonic, those are great. That's a sick deal on it too, I would pay $80 for that seasonic...
  7. Cases are really a matter of personal preference but these are pretty good for the money

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119247
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    And I would just get a nice 500GB 3.5in drive. You could use that 2.5 in a desktop but unless your going to get a full on SSD just go with a normal mechanical.
  8. the antec one is also a great cheap case. the only thing is that it doesnt fit any graphics card that is longer than 10.5 inches. it shouldnt be a problem with the 6850
  9. alright so assuming i upgrade the psu to one of those your reccomended i should be fine. Also, just wanted to be sure, the radeon says it requires 2.1 PCI express ports. The mobo i am looking at supports 2.0 From what i understand this won't be a problem but i want to be certain. Thanks!
  10. Yeah, no issues there, you'll be good to go.
  11. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591

    If i were to get this it says "bare drive" what would i need to make it compatible with my hardware?
  12. kkiang said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591

    If i were to get this it says "bare drive" what would i need to make it compatible with my hardware?


    Nothing, your motherboard will come with SATA cables and your case will come with screws or mounting hardware of some sort.
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