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Another first time build (are we good here?)

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July 1, 2012 12:39:09 AM

Hey all. This is going to be my first attempt at building my own PC. After some research and comparisons I have come to my top choices and would like some feedback. Please let me know if something is insufficient, over-kill, incompatible, or if there may be something else that would be a better alternative. What I've got here is totalled at $640 and that is about my limit. (The links below are from where intend on buying from)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

Motherboard: MSI 890GXM-G65 Micro ATX

Video Card: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 (100315L)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM WD5000AAKX

SDD: OCZ 90GB Agility 3 SATA 6Gb/s Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-90G

Optic Disk Drive: HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner SATA Model 1270i LightScribe Support

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3

Case: Aerocool MicroATX Cube Case Qx-2000

I plan on using this PC on Windows 7(yes?) primarily for gaming and video watching on a 32" or 40" 1080 HDTV (havn't found one for a right $ yet). Internet access has to be wireless, if it makes any difference. Also, I dont really plan on upgrading or replacing anything in the near future, so I'm trying to future proof as much as one can. Im not that interested in CF or SLi nor do I plan on over-clocking (unless it IS as wicked-hardcore as some say.)

I notice that people on this forum are really helpful so thank you in advance!

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July 1, 2012 3:10:23 AM

Because you wont overclock you may be better off with an intel i3 2100 or 2120 on an H77 chip set motherboard . That will run cooler and quieter and game identically

You could reduce the size of the SSD to around 40 gig and use intels smart response technology so its a cache drive .

That would probably free up enough extra money to upgrade the graphics card to a 6870 which will game better at 1080p resolution

You'd need an 80+ bronze or better rated power supply
July 1, 2012 3:18:36 AM

The CX600 is good, but not a great unit. Get the Antec NEO 520W.
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July 1, 2012 8:42:11 PM

Thanks for the input. After considering what has been said and digesting what I got so far, I have made some revisions and have come to some questions.

Let me just say that some of the components are, I believe, over-kill for what i truly need. For instance, the 600w PSU is no doubt more than is needed. The SSD has probably more space than what a cache type drive needs. And of course the CPU is more powerful than what I will need out of my PC. So I agree, there could be some tweaks with those items. But, the reason for the selections so far is because they were deals, imo. They had better p/p ratios and were within a couple bucks($5-10) of the competition and were superior on performance.

The exception was with the SSD. I could save ~$20 by knocking some gigs off, but I figured why not? I have seen what they can do and I'm a believer. What I might do is scale the HDD down a some because 500g (+90) is, for me, future proofing for the next couple decades and I'm not too sentimental when it comes to unused programs. And as for intel's SRT, I really don't mind manually managing files so its not a factor. As long as I will be able to transfer data between the drives I'm good.

The PSU suggested is a good alternative but wouldn't fit my case. I have a picky case selected and recommends not to exceed certain dimensions.

As far as the GPU, I will make that my last purchase so I can save and get a better one. For a while I was set on a $60 AMD 6770 but decided to match CPU price with a $120 AMD 6850. The GPU is of major concern so some suggestions will be (and have been) appreciated.

Ok, so to the questions...

1. With the MOBO, will I have room for a wi-fi card and possibly a sound card? Will I even need the wi-fi card? (I remember reading somewhere that some MOBO's come ready to connect wirelessly.)

2. If I go with DDR3 1600 RAM on a 1333/1600(oc)/... MOBO, would I have to oc to use it or will it operate at 1333 just not to potential?

3. How much consideration should be placed on 12v rails when selecting a PSU? What do they connect to?

Those are the questions I have ottomh. I know I have others so maybe when this thread gets lower on the list I will bump it with more. These are issues that could be resolved through some research but its a lazy sunday and I'm tired of chasing my tail with research. Thanks for bearing with me through my legacy; now if you dont mind I shall have a sandwich and take a nap...
July 1, 2012 8:44:31 PM

As long as you don't make the SSD do many write cycles, it will perform really well. SSDs are meant for reads mostly, not writes.