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My First Build Ever. What ya think?

Poll Results: Was it a good build for my first try?

 
  • 55% (10)
    Yes
  • 44% (8)
    No, please explain in post :)
18 Total Votes  
post #1 of 54
Thread Starter 
Spent acouple weeks and I put this together. After spending alittle longer I doubted how great it really is. Whats your opinions?

Case:
NZXT Phantom

MotherBoard:
EVGA 1366 SLI 3

Processor:
i7-960 Bloomfield

Processor Cooling:
H-60 Liquid Cooling

Video Card:
EVGA GTX 570 HD
(Would like to get a second when I got the money)

Memory:
CORSAIR XMS3 12GB 1333Mhz
(Thinking I should of getting 1600mhz - Maybe future update?)

Power Supply:
Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze

Hard Drive:
WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB
(Thinking about a SSD for windows booting)

Display(s):
Samsung 23" LED HDMI (Main For Gaming)
Samsung 23" LED -Love Dual Display

I use the computer for gaming and eventually to get back into CAD and possibly 3D Rendering.
Edited by JMattes - 6/12/11 at 7:08pm
post #2 of 54
Thread Starter 
To further explain. The budget on the tower was roughly $1,500. Which may explain some of my choices.
post #3 of 54
Sandy bridge would be a better move in the long run, IMO.
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post #4 of 54
Get a small SSD.
Try 2 500gb hdd's in RAID0
Slim down to 8gb RAM. you'll never take up all of it.
Get sandy bridge!!!
Stay away from EVGA mobo's they have shown to blow up while overclocked.
    
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post #5 of 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by Raven Dizzle View Post
Sandy bridge would be a better move in the long run, IMO.
When you get that high-end, most people won't even notice a difference.

And THANK YOU for buying an H50 instead of some huge Noctua heatsink.

EDIT: Buy an 8GB SSD, plug it and your HDD into this and it will boost your HDD performance by at least 70%, it uses the SSD as a buffer. Linus did a review on it.
Edited by snelan - 6/12/11 at 7:14pm
    
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post #6 of 54
While keeping my original suggestion of sandy bridge intact, I have to agree with a previous post warning against EVGA boards. Basically just a whole lot of bling, but lacking in quality compared to brands like ASUS or Gigabyte.

I'd switch it up a bit...

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128498
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-072-_-Product (or a 2600k if you need hyperthreading)
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231461
Edited by Paladin Goo - 6/12/11 at 7:15pm
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post #7 of 54
nevermind.
EVGA boards are all about hype and name, and don't have very good power phases.
    
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post #8 of 54
Get a 2500K/2600K.

And this Board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=z68%20ud5
Edited by Polymerabbit - 6/12/11 at 7:17pm
 
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post #9 of 54
Thread Starter 
:/ I doubt i'd be able to return it.its still technically within the 30 days of me buying it. But I did mail in the rebates on the mobo already. What do you guys suggest. the 17th it will be 30days.
post #10 of 54
Try sending it in. Just be careful, make sure you don't abuse the board too badly.

Anyways: Try a corsair PSU. Their TX series PSUs are very good, according to the PSU Experts here.
    
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