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I'm picking out the parts for my first build today. I don't have a set budget but the less I spend the better but I'd rather spend a tad more and have quality than save and not get quality stuff.

Here it is:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875K

CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

Graphics Card: EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 (Already have this piece in my closet, sacraficed SSD in place of this to save a little $$)

Ok, that about sums it up. This IS my first build so please criticize it but go easy.
post #2 of 13
Hey mate,

Well lets have a look shall we... THe case is nice don't get me wrong, but you could save money on the case and get more performance.

The PSU is a great PSU, but i'd have thought (I know) the Antec truepower new 650w would have been more than enough.

Great motherboard, 10/10 for that.

I'm just not feeling it with the i7 8** series processors. I'd seriously think about the i5 750. Check the link below for "why I didn't need an i7", I'd not really use the 212 if you're going to be doing some heavy overclocking. If you change your case to something like the antec 3/900 you might be able to save some money.

Have a look at the PNY/Point of View brand of GPU, you might be able to save some money and get the same performance when you OC.

As for the hard drive, yes, it'll work, but I would probably bite the bullet with at least the samsung F3 500GB/1TB or something.

I don't think i'm being overly critical, you did a nice build with some good components, but I personally feel you could change a few bits out, get the same performance for gaming and maybe save some money or get better parts. E.G SSD

Hope this helps and feel free to ask any more questions

Comps
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Hey mate,

Well lets have a look shall we... THe case is nice don't get me wrong, but you could save money on the case and get more performance.

The PSU is a great PSU, but i'd have thought (I know) the Antec truepower new 650w would have been more than enough.

Great motherboard, 10/10 for that.

I'm just not feeling it with the i7 8** series processors. I'd seriously think about the i5 750. Check the link below for "why I didn't need an i7", I'd not really use the 212 if you're going to be doing some heavy overclocking. If you change your case to something like the antec 3/900 you might be able to save some money.

Have a look at the PNY/Point of View brand of GPU, you might be able to save some money and get the same performance when you OC.

As for the hard drive, yes, it'll work, but I would probably bite the bullet with at least the samsung F3 500GB/1TB or something.

I don't think i'm being overly critical, you did a nice build with some good components, but I personally feel you could change a few bits out, get the same performance for gaming and maybe save some money or get better parts. E.G SSD

Hope this helps and feel free to ask any more questions

Comps

Agreed mostly.

Firstly, the Antec CP series are only compatible with the Antec 1200/P190/P183 cases. It wouldn't work with the HAF.

Go for a PSU like what computerman suggested. A quality 650W PSU is more than enough for a SLI set-up, if you need the extra power in the future.

With the money saved, get a better cooler and the 1GB variant of the GTX 460. Firstly, a better cooler like the Megahalems, VenX, NH-D14, Cogage Arrow...would go a long way in your quest for the maximum OC. Secondly, the GTX 460 1GB does perform a slightly better than the 768MB version, enough to make a difference that is.

Definitely get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB instead of the WD Blue. Much better performance.

Otherwise, you're good to go.
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What do you plan on using the PC for?
If it's mainly for gaming I'd drop the CPU to an i7 750, unless you can get a real good deal for the i7 875k.

Do you have a link to the RAM? If not, do you know the CAS timings it's set to run?

Also, like compuman said, it'd be much better for you to get the Samsung spinpoint F3. WD Caviar blues are a bit dodgy from my personal experience.
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Wow, that's alot to think about! The reason I'm using the WD hdd is because I already have it and was just going to upgrade it later when I got the funds. I'll think about what you guys said though thanks
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Ok First Build V2:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $159.99

PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire $98.99

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model $96.99

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $179.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875KIntel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor $289.99

CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler Thermalright Venomous X - RT 120mm CPU Cooler $74.99

Graphics Card: EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $249.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 (Already have this piece in my closet, sacraficed SSD in place of this to save a little $$) I will upgrade this later when I get the money! Free

Ok what do you think now?
Edited by Letmekilluplz - 7/31/10 at 8:57am
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Could you possibly add price tags on the list as well?
It'd be easier to recommend changes if we knew how much you'll be spending for each part.

You didn't state the timings for your RAM
Also, you didn't say what you'll be using the PC for.
If it's mainly for gaming the i5 750 would be more than enough.
If you plan on things like Virtual Machine/AutoCAD/Photoshop/encoding, then go ahead with the i7 860.
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Could you possibly add price tags on the list as well?
It'd be easier to recommend changes if we knew how much you'll be spending for each part.

You didn't state the timings for your RAM
Also, you didn't say what you'll be using the PC for.
If it's mainly for gaming the i5 750 would be more than enough.
If you plan on things like Virtual Machine/AutoCAD/Photoshop/encoding, then go ahead with the i7 860.

Ram timings 9-9-9-24

I'm entering an engineering program for highschool this year and we will be working with AutoCAD so yea I'd like an i7

I'll edit my second post with price tags for you
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Off of the second build I would change to this ram as it's the cas 7 version of the blue ripjaws. Also I would NOT get the superclocked version. The only difference is that the stock clocks are a little higher. IMO get a normal EVGA 460 1gb and that's it as you can easily overclock it since the cards are the same.

VW

[Edit]

Also you can simply go with a HAF 922 and save a lot of money. It still has a lot of space and can fit fermis no problem. I had my 470, a 360mm rad, and a full watercooling loop in mine. They sell for $89.99 on Newegg.
Edited by VW_TDI_02 - 7/31/10 at 9:17am
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post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Letmekilluplz View Post
Ram timings 9-9-9-24

I'm entering an engineering program for highschool this year and we will be working with AutoCAD so yea I'd like an i7

I'll edit my second post with price tags for you
Yes,

If you're going to be doing engineering things with it then I can completely understand the i7.

and yes, go with the 860. There isn't much point in the 865 since you're having a separete GPU...

I still disagree with your choice of case though, but i'm pleased that you found my posts informative and i'm pleased that you actually acted on the remarks made.

Also you need a DVD writer or something. But yes, that'll be a very nice rig for you

Comps
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