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I'm new to building PCs and am going to jump in and build my own!

My current budget is around $1,000, for a gaming PC and need this PC up and running soon. I'm not really looking to wait for the Sandy Bridge upgrade coming out next month, so that's pretty much off the table. I'm not in need of a monitor or an OS, I have windows 7 ultimate laying around so i'm good with that.

Here is my current build idea:

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout: 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready: 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard: 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157198
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB: 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103851
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD: 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227601
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB: 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136544
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600: 49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145260
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW: 19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204
XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1: 239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150506
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader: 14.99 (Need one for work)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223103
Heat sink COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1: 29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

What do you guys think?
Is this a decent rig?
Will all the parts work well together?
Are there any other suggestions where I can maybe save money on a similar part or better part?
What else would I need to build this PC?

One last thing, I have an SSD listed there because this PC will need to be off when not in use, so a quick boot time is really something I am looking for.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by phoots - 12/22/10 at 5:25am
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Originally Posted by phoots View Post
I'm new to building PCs and am going to jump in and build my own!

My current budget is around $1,000, for a gaming PC and need this PC up and running soon. I'm not really looking to wait for the Sandy Bridge upgrade coming out next month, so that's pretty much off the table. I'm not in need of a monitor or an OS, I have windows 7 ultimate laying around so i'm good with that.

Here is my current build idea:

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout: 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready: 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005
ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0: 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131668
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition: 144.99 (If I could spare some extra $$ Would the 6x be that much better for future upgrades/use?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103808
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD: 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227601
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB: 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136544
GeIL Value PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333: 68.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144435
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW: 19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204
PNY XLR8 VCGGTX4601XPB-OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) OC 1GB: 199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133326
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader: 14.99 (Need one for work)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223103
Heat sink COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1: 29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

What do you guys think?
Is this a decent rig?
Will all the parts work well together?
Are there any other suggestions where I can maybe save money on a similar part or better part?
What else would I need to build this PC?

One last thing, I have an SSD listed there because this PC will need to be off when not in use, so a quick boot time is really something I am looking for.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!
Here's what I think, and it is a little against conventional wisdom. Check Craigslist for complete systems that are close to what you are wanting to build. There is only one thing I can think of that depreciates faster than a new car and that is computer components. You could find a super nice machine for about half of what you would pay to assemble it yourself, IF you are willing to buy a machine that is 6 months to a year old. Here is my example: I saw a i7 gaming machine on Craigslist that was an absolute beast. I know it cost the guy at least $3500 to assemble it. He was asking..... wait for it........ $1500. If I were in the market for a "new" gaming machine, I would have snatched this up in a heartbeat. This was a machine that was a top-tier gaming rig.... 8 months ago. Crossfired 5870's, 1TB of HDD space, 1200 watt Corsair PSU, the whole gamut.
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post #3 of 7
hey, looks pretty good.
If your wanting to save some money you could get a second WD hdd for raid 0 and knock off the ssd. If you're gaming, an ssd won't be that big of an improvement.

The phenom is more than plenty, you don't need a x6
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Looks okay to me. You may want a 1600Mhz kit, 1600 9-9-9 equals or exceeds 1333 7-7-7 in performance, and in most cases has better overclockability. Here's a cheap one.
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^yup agreed and I might recommend a 890 chipset for overclocking, 890's tend to oc a bit better...
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I'd say for a secondary drive to go with a Samsung Spinpoint F3, it's cheaper and faster then the WD Black.
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Instead of a 90gb vertex2 for a little more I would get 2 40gb and raid 0. Also for most reviews the 768mb gtx460 overclocks better
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