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First Ever Build ($1k-ish limit for gaming) Need input on parts

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Hey guys, like the title says, this is going to be my first ever rig. I've previously tried to build a rig through intel components (you may or may not have seen my post in the intel build forum) but I couldn't create something that I liked within my budget. So hears the deal; I think I've got a decient build layed but it would be nice if I could get your guys' input on it PLUS if there is any way that I can cut any corners and get the same performance with cheaper parts.

Link To Final Build Specs

1/1/10: "Murdering" the Case
-finished-
Edited by Boss Mosely - 1/3/10 at 11:56am
post #2 of 42
i hate diamond go xfx or sapphire or asus or HIS, not diamond.

maybe you can get the 640gb Caviar Blacks
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$1,034.58


AMD Phenom X4 965 Black - $185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103692

Powercolor 5850 - $300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131184

Corsair TX750 - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131366

G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 - $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277

Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152100

LG DVD Burner - $28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136168

Windows 7 64 Bit - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116754

Pros:
Bigger CPU
Bigger PSU
Bigger HDD
Cheaper 5850 (hehe)

Cons:
Mobo isn't as tricked out with crazy stuff.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 MSI P55-GD65 2x Sapphire 5770 8GB Corsair Dominator 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
4x WD 640GB (2x RAID) W7-64 Corsair 750TX Cosmos 1000 
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MX518 Logitech G15 
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Are you a student OP? or have a .edu email account? If yes, you can get Windows 7 PRO X64 for 30$ from microsoft student website.
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i3 530 @ 4.440 Gigabyte P55A UD3 GTX 470 40GB Maxtor IDE Raid 0, 1TB SSD 
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post #5 of 42
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Originally Posted by Tainok View Post
$1,034.58


AMD Phenom X4 965 Black - $185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103692

Powercolor 5850 - $300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131184

Corsair TX750 - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131366

G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 - $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277

Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152100

LG DVD Burner - $28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136168

Windows 7 64 Bit - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116754

Pros:
Bigger CPU
Bigger PSU
Bigger HDD
Cheaper 5850 (hehe)

Cons:
Mobo isn't as tricked out with crazy stuff.
Looks good man. Right after I made the post I got to thinking that's is it really worth going with the Crosshair for possible CF? Also upgrading to the 965 sounds good too. One question, how reputable is Powercolor? Never really heard much around the forums about them.
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I wouldn't go with any ATI XFX cards. I havent heard anything good about them. They're good for NVIDIA but not ati
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post #7 of 42
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Are you a student OP? or have a .edu email account? If yes, you can get Windows 7 PRO X64 for 30$ from microsoft student website.
Wow, yes I am and I didn't know about that discount! +rep
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Looks good man. Right after I made the post I got to thinking that's is it really worth going with the Crosshair for possible CF? Also upgrading to the 965 sounds good too. One question, how reputable is Powercolor? Never really heard much around the forums about them.
Crossfire - yes, I think it's a good precaution, unless you plan on upgrading within a year or so. Regardless, you might drop $30 off the price for a comparable board without Crossfire.

Powercolor is fine, I've had a few of their cards. They're not as clear cut recommended like XFX/Sapphire for many around here, but I've had no issues. If you are worried, spend the extra $15 or so and go with a brand you prefer.

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Wow, yes I am and I didn't know about that discount! +rep
Take the $70 you save, and get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-455-_-Product

XFX. Double lifetime warranty - increased resale value, and the knowledge of a great RMA department.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 MSI P55-GD65 2x Sapphire 5770 8GB Corsair Dominator 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
4x WD 640GB (2x RAID) W7-64 Corsair 750TX Cosmos 1000 
MouseMouse Pad
MX518 Logitech G15 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 MSI P55-GD65 2x Sapphire 5770 8GB Corsair Dominator 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
4x WD 640GB (2x RAID) W7-64 Corsair 750TX Cosmos 1000 
MouseMouse Pad
MX518 Logitech G15 
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post #9 of 42
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Originally Posted by Tainok View Post
Crossfire - yes, I think it's a good precaution, unless you plan on upgrading within a year or so. Regardless, you might drop $30 off the price for a comparable board without Crossfire.

Powercolor is fine, I've had a few of their cards. They're not as clear cut recommended like XFX/Sapphire for many around here, but I've had no issues. If you are worried, spend the extra $15 or so and go with a brand you prefer.



Take the $70 you save, and get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-455-_-Product

XFX. Double lifetime warranty - increased resale value, and the knowledge of a great RMA department.
Sounds great with the money saved. And one other question. If I went with the Crossfire for furture CF, could I keep the 650tx and safely say that I could CF 2x5850 with the setup?
post #10 of 42
nope you can't you'll need more power
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