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June 19, 2012 10:26:05 PM

All right, so I've finally decided to face my fears and build my first PC.

Here's what I decided on:

CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

Motherboard- ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX

HDD- Seagate Barracuda 500GB

GPU- GeForce GTX 570

PSU- CORSAIR Professional Series HX750

RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (4x2)

Sound card- ASUS Xonar D1 7.1

And other hardware (monitor, keyboard, etc.).


So do all these components work togwther, or have I royally screwed up? Also, I'm not really sure on if I should get a full tower or mid tower case.

All help greatly appreciated!

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June 19, 2012 11:09:29 PM

I guess you'll have to let us know what will be the purpose of this computer , Gaming , video editing , graphics design or just web surfing and watching movies.
I can tel you one thing already and that is if you have a specific reason for it you don't need a sound card , the motherboards today come with HD sound and some even have high end sound chips on them for the sound.
I also don't know what your budget is and if the Pc will be used for gaming then you do need to go with an Intel cpu. You have selected a good video card and a good amount of ram.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
$109.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
$53.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can look at this build and see if it would be somethig that would be of interest to you or f it is too much of an expense.

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June 19, 2012 11:27:02 PM

inzone said:
I guess you'll have to let us know what will be the purpose of this computer , Gaming , video editing , graphics design or just web surfing and watching movies.
I can tel you one thing already and that is if you have a specific reason for it you don't need a sound card , the motherboards today come with HD sound and some even have high end sound chips on them for the sound.
I also don't know what your budget is and if the Pc will be used for gaming then you do need to go with an Intel cpu. You have selected a good video card and a good amount of ram.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
$109.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
$53.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can look at this build and see if it would be somethig that would be of interest to you or f it is too much of an expense.


Is a 7850 better then a GTX 570?
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June 19, 2012 11:55:20 PM

Ah, geez, sorry. Guess I did leave out a lot of important detail. I'll be using it for gaming and web browsing, mostly.

I'd rather not go over $1500; excluding mouse, keyboard and monitor.



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June 19, 2012 11:57:33 PM

What resolution are you gonna be on?
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June 20, 2012 12:19:57 AM

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504

EVGA M020-00-000234 Superclock CPU Cooler
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293

SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$419.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $409.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
$54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$149.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $129.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$11.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The cost of this build comes to $1391.90 and is below your budget limit and will be a good gaming computer. The SSD would be for the OS drive.





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June 20, 2012 12:23:11 AM

Get a cheaper PSU? ^^
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June 20, 2012 12:28:16 AM

Thanks a lot, inzone. I really appreciate it.
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June 20, 2012 2:19:28 AM

I think you are like most first time builders. When dealing with this amount of money it is very easy to let fear or doubt creep in especially since it is something you have never done before.

When you finish I think you will find it was far easier (and rewarding) than you had ever imagined. All you are dealing with is assembling 8 basic parts. That is it. There are plenty of references online and this forum has a wealth of expertise to offer you at any point of the process.

I highly recommend going to your local bookstore or news stand. Right now both PC Gamer and Maximum PC magazine have a special edition on how to build a gaming rig. It walks you through the process step by step.

There are also a lot of good references online and on Youtube such as this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls

I think once you build one you will never want to buy a pre-built one again. Just take it easy and post a question on the message boards when ever you feel the need.

Best Wishes.

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