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July 16, 2012 9:04:11 PM

This is my first attempt at building a completely from scratch
Hopefully it's better than the stock 3000 h210 lenovo pc I've been using for a while

Case: (edit) ATX mid tower with 2 front fan, 1 top fan, 1 rear fan, all 120mm and 1 USB 3.0 (do not know what usb 3.0 front port mean)
http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-FUTURE-Gaming-Computer-F...

DvD drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057FRTPW/ref=ox_sc_a...

Hard drive: 500 GB SATA III
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...

Motherboard: (edit) ASUS Sabertooth 990FX - AM3+
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00539LU3E/ref=ox_sc_a...

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SRQ214/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM: 2x4gb ddr3 (If you know of cheaper same one please let me know, doesn't have to be this brand)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_a...

Video card: nvidia 460gtx v2 (already have)
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N460GTX-M2D1GD5-OC2-GeForce-G...

PSU: Cooler master 550W (already have)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RS550-PCARE3-US-eXt...

I already upgraded the base psu and gfx card so it can actually do 3D stuff without being super laggy. Now that I have more to spend, I'm looking to upgrade into ddr3 and quad core. My biggest concern is whether or not everything will work together and be good buddy or some of it won't be nice and have problems. Also wondering if it will be a big gain or not even noticable. I'll be using window 7 pro 64-bit OS. Already have a 1680x1050 monitor. Looking to SLI sometimes in the future. If I'm missing some vital component please let me know.

Currently cost about $400 (since I already have the gfx and psu), if some of it can be replace by much better part for a small extra price that's nice too wiling to go up to $500.

Thank you.

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July 16, 2012 11:15:03 PM

Here you have a pretty low budget but I found this awhile back and thought I would just show it too you :p  It doesn't really have anything to do with what you already have picked out but take a look :) 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?It...

It costs $397.99 so its pretty good for the price!
July 16, 2012 11:31:46 PM

anyone building a new custom computer build should consider SSD as an option. Otherwise, think why are you building a new computer versus waiting a bit to do get more money to do your build.

Also, i question why you would only get 500gb hd, for a small % more you can get much more space.

i like parker's build better. the cpu/mobo you picked looks old (and expensive)
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July 16, 2012 11:39:26 PM

Parker88 said:
Here you have a pretty low budget but I found this awhile back and thought I would just show it too you :p  It doesn't really have anything to do with what you already have picked out but take a look :) 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?It...

It costs $397.99 so its pretty good for the price!


Thanks for suggestion but I like the AMD better just personal preference and the bundle is dual core where as I'm looking to upgrade to quad core.

raytseng said:
anyone building a new custom computer build should consider SSD as an option. Otherwise, think why are you building a new computer versus waiting a bit to do get more money to do your build.

Also, i question why you would only get 500gb hd, for a small % more you can get much more space.


I've consinder using both a HDD and SSD but the price per gb for SSD is a major factor why I choose not to include one maybe later they have better price I will add, and as for 500gb is plenty for what I'll be using thank you.
July 16, 2012 11:42:28 PM

Im a little confused.. do you have any parts already or none? and what will you be using your computer for? gaming, video editing..etc? ?
July 17, 2012 12:06:34 AM

Parker88 said:
Im a little confused.. do you have any parts already or none? and what will you be using your computer for? gaming, video editing..etc? ?


I have the graphics card and power supply, will be use mainly for gaming.
July 17, 2012 12:44:18 AM
July 17, 2012 12:47:26 AM

I would get a better motherboard if you can afford it you'll thank yourself in the long run especially when it comes to OC that 965BE here my suggestions MOBO:ASUS Sabertooth 990FX - AM3+ - TUF Series - ATX AMD 990FX DDR3 1800 Motherboards
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Sabertooth-990FX-DDR3-Mother...


MOBO:ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Republic of Gamers Series Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/Crosshair-Formula-Republic-Gamers...
If you can't afford either than i would save money until you can but that's just me lol you'll be fine with your current pick it's only a strong suggestion other than that i would worry more about replacing that cooler master PSU yikes just thinking of that thing in my rig scares me no joke cooler master makes allot of top notch products PSU are not one of them though however if it's one of the Enhance models or one of the Silent Pro series those are quite decent the rest are very unreliable . anyway,good luck and most important enjoy!
July 17, 2012 12:56:50 AM

@Parker88: what's the difference between the Phenom II / Athlon II? and the ram I'm aiming for 1600MHz and the optical drive I was recommended to take at least 24x and the one you posted is 18x, is there a huge difference? thank you.

@bigcyco1: I'll probably switch to the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX - AM3+ knowing it's better. But would you elaborate how it will benefit in the long run. Yes, I'll be getting a [Corsair 750w] whenever I'm ready to SLI, but will it be dangerously so to use this current one or will it hold for a bit? thanks.

edit: looks like 750w is enough if it's from corsair
July 17, 2012 1:00:23 AM

Well if your going to be doing alot of CD installations or watching movies then get the 24x but I never use my optical drive but it isnt expensive to upgrade to a 24x drive.

The phenom is really just a more enthusiast based CPU directed towards gaming and such.
July 17, 2012 1:00:25 AM

Oh do you like the case I suggested?
July 17, 2012 1:09:52 AM

yes looks similar except cheaper :) 
July 17, 2012 1:52:28 AM

After few tweaks and changes... this is what I came up with:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Mobo: Asus Sabertooth 990FX ATX AM3+ Motherboard
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GFX: MSI GeForce GTX 460 SE 1GB Video Card ( +1 I already have to SLI)
Case: Rosewill Future ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
DvD Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer

Went from 400 to 700, just mean I'll need to gather more funds before purchasing or get when they're on good sale, if there's still problems or something not compatible please let me know, thank you.

700 is with SLI, about 450 without but the PSU is in question.
July 17, 2012 3:06:50 AM

you don't need that as its overkill i would only get it if i had a FX 8120 or FX 8150 and the ram cost less and is really great quality

:) 
July 17, 2012 3:36:49 AM

Somebody else said better to go with the asus sabertooth in the long run for OC the 965BE thanks for suggestion I'll look around see if I really need it to last that long or a little down will do ok
July 17, 2012 3:51:18 AM

yea he said if you can afford it and he said its what he will get lol
the 970 will be a great board and is very upgradable ?
July 17, 2012 4:31:02 AM

My first one was the ASUS m5a99x I can get that already but it is only 20 more for the saber
July 19, 2012 9:16:19 PM

mikegeorge said:
My first one was the ASUS m5a99x I can get that already but it is only 20 more for the saber
So get the sabertooth it's a great mobo and only 20 more it's worth it
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