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My First Computer Build, AmIDoingItRite?

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January 30, 2013 2:34:53 AM

Hello Everyone,

So I'm Buildling a new computer with a budget of 1100 dollars, and this is what i have made so far, and you'll notice all the SLI and the reason for that is im going to add a 2nd GTX 660 SLI card in the future, but if anyone could give me tips on if i could lower the price by getting different parts let me know please, cause i feel like the Power supply is just a little to much. i still want to save money haha :) 

Motherboard: $99.99 - ASRock MB-970EX4 Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ AMD Quad CrossFireX& nVidia SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

Processor: $189.99 - AMD FX-8350 FX-Series Eight-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD8350FRHKBOX

Video Card: $219.99 - EVGA GeForce GTX660 2048MB GDDR5 192-Bit, Dual DVI-D, HDMI, DP and 3-Way SLI Ready GPU Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2660-KR

RAM: $87.83 - Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10)

Power Supply: $149.99 - Antec High Current Pro HCP-850 850 Watt SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Modular Power Supply

SATA/DVD: $16.99 - Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

HDD: $69.99 - WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX

Cooling/Fan: $29.99 - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1)
January 30, 2013 2:40:01 AM

Oh i also forgot to mention i still need a case but the full towers are so expensive.
Are their any mid towers that could fit all of this?
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January 30, 2013 3:58:58 AM

Drop 8 gigs of ram. Only really need 8gb.

You can pick up a Rosewill capstone 750w that will do the job.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also a Phantom Mid-tower case for around $100 bucks would be fine for all of these components. Aesthetics are going to be your decision for the most part however. But you need to make sure that it is fairly wide and accepts the 212 since it is tall.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If this is a purely gaming system. You might want to switch out the mobo and CPU for intel as they do perform better in that regard. Also, might want to do some more research on AMD SLI boards since there have been earlier reports that SLI'ing the 600 series doesn't play nice or work at all. But assuming that issue has been fixed and you don't mind the performance dropoff in games like skyrim and planetside 2 you'll be fine.

Lastly I would strongly urge you to include an SSD 128gb size for the operating system and some programs. It really makes a huge difference in experience. Cheers.
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January 30, 2013 4:35:17 AM

Ok I did those recommendations for the psu and ram but I really think intel is overpriced on their processors, I honestly don't see a problem with the fx8350, the motherboard I can understand. Any decent prices for a motherboard that is intel and supports my processor as well as the sli 660 cards?
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January 30, 2013 4:49:42 AM

If you wanna save money - then look at this Antec PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Neo Eco 620 watt like the one you - this one is made by SeaSonic, which is one of the best and most respected companies! You won't need more power than this!
But the price is $30 after the mail in rebate!
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January 30, 2013 4:56:29 AM

But would that supply support 2 graphics cards running sli?
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January 30, 2013 8:49:35 AM

TheOptimisticGuy said:
Hello Everyone,

So I'm Buildling a new computer with a budget of 1100 dollars, and this is what i have made so far, and you'll notice all the SLI and the reason for that is im going to add a 2nd GTX 660 SLI card in the future, but if anyone could give me tips on if i could lower the price by getting different parts let me know please, cause i feel like the Power supply is just a little to much. i still want to save money haha :) 

Motherboard: $99.99 - ASRock MB-970EX4 Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ AMD Quad CrossFireX& nVidia SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

Processor: $189.99 - AMD FX-8350 FX-Series Eight-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD8350FRHKBOX

Video Card: $219.99 - EVGA GeForce GTX660 2048MB GDDR5 192-Bit, Dual DVI-D, HDMI, DP and 3-Way SLI Ready GPU Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2660-KR

RAM: $87.83 - Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10)

Power Supply: $149.99 - Antec High Current Pro HCP-850 850 Watt SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Modular Power Supply

SATA/DVD: $16.99 - Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

HDD: $69.99 - WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX

Cooling/Fan: $29.99 - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1)


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ard7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ard7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ard7/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($229.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1036.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 05:49 EST-0500)

I was just endulging but you can make changes here.

1) Crosshair V Formula Z is the best AMD motherboard but it costs, the Gigabyte 990FXA UD7 is a fantastic board too for $50 less, while maintaining high end status.

2) SeaSonic Fanless Platinum PSU is pricy but worth every penny, not only platinum efficiency, but full modulation and silent. You can replace that with a XFX Core edition Pro 550 or 650w at half the price.

3) Whatever the savings difference is ther you can pick up a HD7950OC or SSD.

4) FX 6300 is more than enough if you want to skim another $30

5) MSI 990FX GD80 is around $140 which is a good price for a pretty good 942 socket board with plenty.
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January 30, 2013 1:44:04 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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