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1st Time Build (n00b) - Please critique and drop some knowledge

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Hey everyone,

This is my first time building a computer so I have been pouring over research on the internet, trying to figure out which parts are going to maximize my gaming performance, but not completely deplete my bank account. Overclock.net has been a huge help, with endless amounts of information (a bit overwhelming at times, tbh). Please let me know if you have any thoughts/suggestions, or if I have made any stupid blunders regarding compatibility. The games I'm looking forward to rocking out on this year are Dota 2/Planetside 2/Diablo 3. My budget doesn't expand much beyond below, so please keep that in mind when making critiques. I appreciate any feedback and looking forward to maybe someday providing some input of my own on Overclock.

(all prices are from new egg, and they are net promotions/MIRs)

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($110)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX ($110)

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($175)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL ($47)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($90)

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($70)

PSU: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply ($80)

CD/DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM ($19)

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible ($35)

For a grand total of $736, im going to leave OS, mouse, keyboard and Monitor out of this equation for my own peace of mind thumbsupsmiley.png

Wadda ya guys/gals think?
post #2 of 8

Take on the Phenom II x6 1055T + ASUS M5A97 combo at NCIX and you save $10 while getting a guaranteed hexa-core and a good quality motherboard.

You can save by getting this Hitachi HDD which offers similar specs and performance and a decent warranty but costs $30 less.

The Antec EA750 for $75 shipped is a way better PSU for price, at this point I'm hard pressed to recommend anything Corsair due to high prices.

The NZXT Source 210 dominates the Antec 300 Illusion in features and cost-performance for less than half the price.

 

Actually, your timing of this post is sort of perfect.... Here is a PC for about the same price as you intend and with the same scope, that I just configured a few minutes ago and posted in another thread:

 

 

$732 shipped for all

 

If you don't mind fishing for extra money then you might want to get this hard drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD at Newegg - $130 shipped with code EMCNJHD38 - Caviar Blacks are faster HDDs. B ut you might want to spend that money instead on a heatsink so you can up clock away with this CPU!  You can reduce the PSU to something like the Rosewill RG630 for $60 shipped, still have a quality PSU and have room for 2 cards, and have more room for things such as a CPU heatsink.  The Entermax ETS-T40 T.B. SILENCE is one of the best CPU heatsinks for price right now (offers slightly better price-performance than the similar CM Hyper 212+ which costs the same).


Edited by xd_1771 - 1/26/12 at 1:22pm
post #3 of 8
I don't think you can beat the option that xd_1771 posted thumb.gif

Although I'd cut on PSU, you'll be fine with a 650W. But taking into account what that EarthWatts costs... I'd probably grab it just right away lol.
   
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Ryzen R7 1700 Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming 5 Sapphire HD 6950 2GiB 2x8GB KFA2 HOF DDR4-3600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial MX100 256GB Seagate 600 Series 240GB Seagate 7200.14 2TB Samsung F3 1TB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EKWB Supreme HF XSPC Rasa GPU EK XT360 EK 4.0 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
W10 Pro LG IPS235 LG E2250V KUL ES-87 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
SF Leadex II 650W Lian Li PC-A05NB Logitech G9 Xonar DX 
AudioAudio
SMSL SA-S3+Technics CB-250 Sennheiser HD555 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A10-5700 Gigabyte F2A75M-HD2 G.SKILL Ares 2133 CL9 Hitachi 5K750 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Momentus .7 200GB Noctua NH-L9a Server 2012 R2 Standard AUO B156HW01 
PowerCaseOther
PicoPSU-80-WI-25V AIO Aluminium Handmade TP-Link Archer Something Something Wi-Fi AC 
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Core2Duo E6400 Core2Quad Q6600 Pentium Dual Core E5200 AsRock 4COREDUAL-SATA2 R2.0 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
A dumpload of ancient AGP cards Kingston Value DDR2-667 CL4 2T @CL3 1T Seagate 160GB 7200.10 LG IDE DVD-ROM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Ghettomade CPU waterblock 49cc 2stroke engine copper radiator WinXP SP2 32bit ProView 17" 
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Tacens Radix V 550W Ghetto aluminium bench 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial MX100 256GB Seagate 600 Series 240GB Seagate 7200.14 2TB Samsung F3 1TB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EKWB Supreme HF XSPC Rasa GPU EK XT360 EK 4.0 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
W10 Pro LG IPS235 LG E2250V KUL ES-87 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
SF Leadex II 650W Lian Li PC-A05NB Logitech G9 Xonar DX 
AudioAudio
SMSL SA-S3+Technics CB-250 Sennheiser HD555 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A10-5700 Gigabyte F2A75M-HD2 G.SKILL Ares 2133 CL9 Hitachi 5K750 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Momentus .7 200GB Noctua NH-L9a Server 2012 R2 Standard AUO B156HW01 
PowerCaseOther
PicoPSU-80-WI-25V AIO Aluminium Handmade TP-Link Archer Something Something Wi-Fi AC 
CPUCPUCPUMotherboard
Core2Duo E6400 Core2Quad Q6600 Pentium Dual Core E5200 AsRock 4COREDUAL-SATA2 R2.0 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
A dumpload of ancient AGP cards Kingston Value DDR2-667 CL4 2T @CL3 1T Seagate 160GB 7200.10 LG IDE DVD-ROM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Ghettomade CPU waterblock 49cc 2stroke engine copper radiator WinXP SP2 32bit ProView 17" 
PowerCase
Tacens Radix V 550W Ghetto aluminium bench 
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post #4 of 8
Pretty similar as yours with a few changes that I hope you'll agree . . .


Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($110)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX ($110)

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($175)

Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX($40)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($90)

Case: NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($35) WITH 15% OFF

PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($70)

CD/DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM ($19)

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible ($35)

About: $690 I hope I did not leave any. gl!
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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback guys, I really appreciate it. I've now got some stuff to think about. Can I ask a couple questions xd_1771 about your suggestions?

- For the CPU, if I plan on using my computer pretty much to run one game at a time, would I rather have the 3.0ghz quad core 960t, as opposed to the 6core 1090t running at 2.8ghz? I don't have any experience with overclocking so I imagine I would be running my machine at stock levels until I found some time to learn about that world as well - maybe the answer comes down to preference here but I'd like to hear what you guys think. From my research it seems that the difference in the motherboards isn't much, though I wonder why the Gigabyte is a bit more expensive on Newegg

- I will def be taking you up on your suggestions for the PSU/HDD/Memory, looks like i'll be saving money and keeping all specs the same!

- As for the case, i think I will also take you up on that idea, although I was kinda liking the front LED fan lights included on the other one applaud.gif, but saving money is saving money

- The build you put together for $732 doesn't include a HSF, if I don't plan on overclocking do I even need to be getting an aftermarket HSF? I know I will want to do it at somepoint so that is why I wanted to include it in my build

Again, I appreciate the help.
post #6 of 8
stock heat sink is designed for stock settings - no overclock. and it cools other parts nearby the cpu as well.

never say never, though.

you can just buy the aftermarket cooler if you change your mind in the future. don't sweat it. any of these chips will suit your needs.
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post #7 of 8

A slight overclock to bring the 1055T to 3-3.5Ghz wouldn't be risky if you really wish but the 200Mhz between the 960T and the 1055T should hardly at all make a difference.

 

An aftermarket cooler is best inclined for overclocking.  Some might buy it for the bigger fan that might be able to cool quieter... however care must be taken into the fact that aftermarket CPU cooling often removes airflow to other motherboard components after going through the CPU cooler.

 

The Source 210 is actually the better case than the 300 despite retailing for half the price since it provides a few very key advantages including behind-the-tray cable management.  Of course with the money you save you could buy several LED fans if you really do so wish to have a light-up case biggrin.gif the front and side fan slots are free.

post #8 of 8
I'd probably grab it just right away lol. g.gif
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