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This is the first PC I'm going to ever build and as such I'm a little nervous about ordering the parts before getting outside opinion. I've done about a day or two's worth of research so understandably I'm not too sure of myself. The part list is as follows:

MOTHERBOARD: ($120)
Asus M5A97 EVO AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

PROCESSOR: ($110)
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512kb L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

VIDEO CARD: ($140)
EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GRX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: ($30 each)
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

HARD DRIVE: ($60)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

CASE: ($60)
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: ($60)
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC

CD DRIVE: ($20)
ASUS 24xDVD Burner - Bulk 24xDVD+R 8xDVD+RW 12xDVD+R DL 24xDVD-R 6xDVD-RW 16xDVD-ROM 48xCD-R 32xCD-RW 48xCD-ROM Black SATA Model

TOTAL: ($600)


Still a little confused about Crossfire support. I think both the PSU and Motherboard can support it, but if I learned this all correctly only ATI Radeon video cards can use Crossfire? GeForce has a similar thing called SLI, which is about the same but is much less widespread, supposedly less cost-effective than just a single higher-end graphics card. The motherboard I'm getting only has one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot anyway. With AM3+ support Thoughts?

I put all the components into the PSU Calculator on Newegg and it's supposed to run on about 510W, so I figured 650W would be enough anyway. Though the more I look at it the more I think 510W is a little high for what I have. There's a nice deal with the CD Drive for a Case that has a 460W PSU already inside (only $50, wow), but I read it's good to have more than less and I do want to upgrade this in the future without having to buy too many new things.

Also: what's the deal with RAM? I read that 4-8 should be enough for most everything. I remember my friend had 4GB and that seemed to be enough, so I think I'll only get one pair of 2GB sticks and can get more later if it's really necessary.

The thing that I have the least amount of knowledge on is the Video Card, to be honest. There are so many models that are almost exactly the same give or take a few letters. The EVGA GeForce GTX460 was recommended on some site but if you've all got anything that you would personally recommend I'd like to hear it. It seems powerful enough for most things, plus it's great for the price.

Do you guys think I need any extra fans or anything for this? I don't want the thing overheating on me, but I don't want to spend any more than I really have to. And I guess it's the least important thing, but the case I'm looking at has a window on the side so I'd like some lights or something 'cause that'd be pretty cool. If there are any recommendations on lights, the more the merrier.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to look through this. I plan on having this all bought and built before I get back to university (in three weeks) or else I'll get too busy with school and not have the time to do it all. I just wanted to make sure everything was good and compatible before I ended up with boxes of hundred-dollar junk.
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Any reason your getting a am3+ with a 955? why not just wait
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Make it easier on yourself get a case with maybe some cable management cutouts, and I'm a fan of bottom mount PSU's but maybe that's just me.

What do you think about this NZXT M59 caehelnn?
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I'm sure that when Bulldozer comes out it'll be a ridiculous price at first. I want to eventually get an AM3+ when the price drops down, but until then I'm fine with using the Phenom II as it's a Phenom-enal price.
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Good mobo choice.

I would recommend getting a Phenom x2 555 instead of the 955, and use that money to get an HD 6870
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Originally Posted by caehelnn;14368076 
This is the first PC I'm going to ever build and as such I'm a little nervous about ordering the parts before getting outside opinion. I've done about a day or two's worth of research so understandably I'm not too sure of myself. The part list is as follows:

MOTHERBOARD: ($120)
Asus M5A97 EVO AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

PROCESSOR: ($110)
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512kb L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

VIDEO CARD: ($140)
EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GRX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: ($30 each)
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

HARD DRIVE: ($60)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

CASE: ($60)
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: ($60)
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC

CD DRIVE: ($20)
ASUS 24xDVD Burner - Bulk 24xDVD+R 8xDVD+RW 12xDVD+R DL 24xDVD-R 6xDVD-RW 16xDVD-ROM 48xCD-R 32xCD-RW 48xCD-ROM Black SATA Model

TOTAL: ($600)


Still a little confused about Crossfire support. I think both the PSU and Motherboard can support it, but if I learned this all correctly only ATI Radeon video cards can use Crossfire? GeForce has a similar thing called SLI, which is about the same but is much less widespread, supposedly less cost-effective than just a single higher-end graphics card. The motherboard I'm getting only has one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot anyway. With AM3+ support Thoughts?

I put all the components into the PSU Calculator on Newegg and it's supposed to run on about 510W, so I figured 650W would be enough anyway. Though the more I look at it the more I think 510W is a little high for what I have. There's a nice deal with the CD Drive for a Case that has a 460W PSU already inside (only $50, wow), but I read it's good to have more than less and I do want to upgrade this in the future without having to buy too many new things.

Also: what's the deal with RAM? I read that 4-8 should be enough for most everything. I remember my friend had 4GB and that seemed to be enough, so I think I'll only get one pair of 2GB sticks and can get more later if it's really necessary.

The thing that I have the least amount of knowledge on is the Video Card, to be honest. There are so many models that are almost exactly the same give or take a few letters. The EVGA GeForce GTX460 was recommended on some site but if you've all got anything that you would personally recommend I'd like to hear it. It seems powerful enough for most things, plus it's great for the price.

Do you guys think I need any extra fans or anything for this? I don't want the thing overheating on me, but I don't want to spend any more than I really have to. And I guess it's the least important thing, but the case I'm looking at has a window on the side so I'd like some lights or something 'cause that'd be pretty cool. If there are any recommendations on lights, the more the merrier.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to look through this. I plan on having this all bought and built before I get back to university (in three weeks) or else I'll get too busy with school and not have the time to do it all. I just wanted to make sure everything was good and compatible before I ended up with boxes of hundred-dollar junk.

Get the Samsung F3 1TB FASTER,DOUBLE STORAGE AND SAME PRICE!
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Quote:
Still a little confused about Crossfire support. I think both the PSU and Motherboard can support it, but if I learned this all correctly only ATI Radeon video cards can use Crossfire? GeForce has a similar thing called SLI, which is about the same but is much less widespread, supposedly less cost-effective than just a single higher-end graphics card. The motherboard I'm getting only has one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot anyway. With AM3+ support Thoughts?

SLi = Crossfire in theory. You're just adding additional processing power to your machine. Usually a single high end card will be fine. Single cards of either Nvidia or AMD will be fine, but when you choose to add additional cards, that's when you have to make sure your chipset will support it.
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I put all the components into the PSU Calculator on Newegg and it's supposed to run on about 510W, so I figured 650W would be enough anyway. Though the more I look at it the more I think 510W is a little high for what I have...

650W quality PSU should last a fairly long time.
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Also: what's the deal with RAM? I read that 4-8 should be enough for most everything. I remember my friend had 4GB and that seemed to be enough, so I think I'll only get one pair of 2GB sticks and can get more later if it's really necessary.

Most people get 8GB because it doesn't cost a whole lot more than 4GB now. More than likely, you won't use more than 4GB at a time.
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The thing that I have the least amount of knowledge on is the Video Card, to be honest. There are so many models that are almost exactly the same give or take a few letters. The EVGA GeForce GTX460 was recommended on some site but if you've all got anything that you would personally recommend I'd like to hear it. It seems powerful enough for most things, plus it's great for the price.

GTX460 or 6870 will do fine for you. It doesn't matter which you go with, I just usually get AMD GPUs to match the CPU.
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Do you guys think I need any extra fans or anything for this? I don't want the thing overheating on me, but I don't want to spend any more than I really have to. And I guess it's the least important thing, but the case I'm looking at has a window on the side so I'd like some lights or something 'cause that'd be pretty cool. If there are any recommendations on lights, the more the merrier.

Your case cooling should be more than adequate right now. If you want lighting, check out frozencpu.com. They have a huge selection of lighting products.
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Anyway, thanks for taking the time to look through this. I plan on having this all bought and built before I get back to university (in three weeks) or else I'll get too busy with school and not have the time to do it all. I just wanted to make sure everything was good and compatible before I ended up with boxes of hundred-dollar junk.

Honestly, looks like a solid build from what I can see. If you felt the need, you have a little headroom to upgrade later, but this should work fine for you right now.

Good luck and sorry for the giant post.
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post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by jagz;14368198 
Make it easier on yourself get a case with maybe some cable management cutouts, and I'm a fan of bottom mount PSU's but maybe that's just me.

What do you think about this NZXT M59 caehelnn?

That looks really nice, actually. I think I'll replace the case I have right now with that one. I didn't even know that some cases had cutouts and others didn't, haha.
Edited by caehelnn - 7/27/11 at 12:52pm
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Nice, I so wish Newegg would post to the UK, Are you planning on Overclocking ?
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post #10 of 30
Save yourself some money and get the AMD Phenom II X2 555 and try unlocking it, and hey even if you can't get it to unlock it's still an amazing processor and it'll help you wait for The new Zambezi cores this September. wheee.gif

My Phenom II X4 B55 (Unlocked version of 555) runs laps around the 955? I don't know why it just does.
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