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I have been knocking around the idea of building my own computer for a few months now. and I've finally decided, or more accurately, I have finally convinced my wife, that this is the smartest option for a more affordable computer that can be upgraded down the road, as opposed to replaced. I have some knowledge, though limited experience of the inner workings of pc's and I have put together a list of items for my first build. My wife has a laptop, but as she curses my name each time I abscond with the silly little thing, the desktop will mostly be mine. Therefore, I need it to be able to do a few things besides standard office work. I would like it to be able to support up to three monitors, I would like it to be able to handle photoshop cs5 with no issues, as I do some graphic work every once in a while, and while I'm no hardcore gamer, I would like it to be able to efficiently handle a few games, should I decide to play for a few hours, or days. biggrin.gif , I also have plans, as my wife spent most of her earlier years as a professional vocalist, to obtain some equipment to put together a small home studio for her using this computer in the next 6 months to a year, and I would like it to be able to handle that.

This is the list of things that I've picked out so far... All advice, suggestions and constructive criticism is openly welcome as I want to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible, and it appears the collective experience on this forum could put together a gaming PC for Jesus.

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50402-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

AOC FC-2000 PCI Slot Case Cooler

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V ...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...

Please let me know what you guys think!
one of the parts I'm really not sure about is the video card. as I've never built a pc I have no bias nvidia or radeon, so I'm particularly interested in input on that front.

Thanks in advance all!
post #2 of 33
Where do you live, and what's your budget? If you want to run 3 monitors from a single mid range card I believe you need an AMD, but am not positive on that one.
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I'm in Texas. My budget is under 1000 preferably. but I'm willing to stretch it if necessary. The video card selected has more than three outs they're just different types, would that work if i had one or monitor on a different type of out than the other? HDMI vs DVI? just as an example...
post #4 of 33
Just a quick look to see if a 2500k and 6950 could fit under $1k with respectable secondary components. There's no SSD and the Hard Drive is a bit small but prices on HDD's will come down and you can add more storage then. I went with an AMD card as I think the NVidias would only support 2 monitors. The 750W PSU is overkill but you may want to eventually add a second card and need more power if you have an eye for 3 monitors with your setup. Of course you can upgrade things like the case and RAM and whatever as you go.

It's just something to gauge by...

2500K: $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Asrock Extreme4 Z77 board: $135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

GPU- Saphire 6950: $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987

Corsair TX750W PSU $105 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

Case- NZXT Source 210: $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075

DVD Drive $18 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067

RAM Hyper X 1600 x 8GB $53 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173

Hard Drive Samsung F3 500GB $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

Win7 64 $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

If you happen to live near a Microcenter you could save a bit of cash on your CPU as well.

Also, you'd want to eventually get a better cooler than the stock cooler if you wanted to Overclock that 2500K.

Also, unless you are in a rush to build, keep an eye out for sales and NewEgg combo deals. You can also find good stuff in the For Sale section here.
Edited by BillOhio - 4/30/12 at 6:55pm
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post #5 of 33
For a budget build the one that Bill has listed isn't bad. I am biased and love nVidia but I believe that for mid range you will need an AMD card for triple monitor set up.

What type of games are you going to be playing? And how big are these screens?
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post #6 of 33
For $1000 this what I would put together for some light to moderate gaming at high resolutions.

Cooler Master HAF 912 -- $65 with $10 mail in rebate
Asus P8Z68 - V LE motherboard -- $132
Intel i5-2500K -- $220
Powercolor 7870 -- $337 (youll need 2GB VRAM for multiple monitors for best results)
Corsair TX650 vs power supply -- $90 with $15 mail in rebate
Western Digital 1TB hard drive -- $100
Corsair Vengeance 4GB RAM -- $30
LG DVD drive -- $17
Windows 7 -- $100

Thats $1091 and will be a very powerful system. Youve got one of the best processors on the market and will shred any chore you throw at it. Plus its the "K" series so you can overclock some if you want to play with it. The 7870 video card will play any game at 1920x1080 maxed so should give you very good frame rates even with 3 monitors.

If that $91 over your budget it just too much, then I suggest stepping down to a 7850 for $247 for a grand total of $1001. However, I do believe youll want that extra horsepower in your GPU especially with 3 monitors even if it is just for light gaming so I think the $90 extra is well worth it.
post #7 of 33
If you have a good budget which you do, go for the 2500k like macleod said. This person is a huge amd fanboi and even they are saying you should go with intel, so do the right thing thumb.gif
You will see alot better performance, since this is your first pc build do it right.
post #8 of 33
Also, one of the better deals going right now for GPU's is the 480 for $210: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

And if you do happen to have access to a microcenter the 2500K is $50 cheaper before tax. That Kingston Hyperx kit is $15 cheaper also. I do think you'll want more than 4 Gigs of RAM if you're doing anything with graphics. Also, you may want NVidia with graphics for the sake of NVidia's Cuda.
Edited by BillOhio - 4/30/12 at 7:18pm
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Just puttin in my $.02: I have the 550ti set up with two monitors. While it gets the job done, it's not the prettiest job. I'm gonna go to something better soon. Didn't do my research in the beginning and am regretting it. I'm looking at going with an HD 6870. Something like $30 - $50 more, but will be significantly better. Plus my 550ti doesn't OC worth snot.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1250651/fs-i5-2500k $160 2500K from the OCN Marketplace.
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