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post #1 of 36
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Hi there, I'm shopping around for parts to build my first computer with. I'd like to keep the price tag around $1000 USD, but its not a strict budget. I'll be using it for gaming. Here's what I've come up with after doing a bit of research:

Case: Antec 900

Mobo: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67

Video Card: MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

CPU cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W

Monitor: ASUS VK246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

Since this is my first build, please tell me if any of these aren't compatible, or if there are any features I'm not taking advantage of, etc. Need any and all feedback please!
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post #2 of 36
Well first off you don't need 750w PSU. A good 4-500w will work or a 650 for future proof.

The case is good but lacks cable management. The cooler master HAF 912 would be comparable and has a lot better cable management.

If it's not a strict budget then I would throw in a SSD and have the black as a storage.

Here is the 650TX for like $30 less after MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005

And the case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=HAF%20912

Faster GPU for a little less also

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130596
Edited by jasonhardin - 1/13/11 at 3:02pm
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post #3 of 36
You missed a very good sale on MSI Hawks = /

As for the rest of your build, yea 750 is appropriate only if you're going for a SLI build (I feel like I'm cutting it close with a 650 and SLI 460's but only because I've overclocked a fair bit). Otherwise you can cut back to a good 400 - 500 W PSU (go 500 if you choose a more power hungry card).

Western Digital Blacks $90 vs Samsung F3 1TB $55...I think you can figure this out

Everything else looks good

PS, GASP, I didn't see that card when I was shopping for 460's....T_T...I'll be comforted by paying $160 AR...
post #4 of 36
Keep everything but the case. That design is OLD. Check out the newer Coolermaster cases.
Some VERY nice ones for the same money or less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=&srchInDesc=

I love my 690 II Advanced

Don't skimp on the PWR Supply. You'll be happy YEARS down the road.
post #5 of 36
I actually just got a good deal on a Nine Hundred Two case that I picked up, as has been said it's not the best for cable management but i got it done pretty well and got most everything tucked away behind the right side. Plus that black inside with the blue led's look good.

Then again i didn't like the HAF cases on appearance.

I also have the same monitor and cooler. The cooler is awesome and works great just make sure you have a wide enough case it is fairly tall and about 2cm from the side of mine. The monitor is nice but the webcam is barely functional with yahoo, i still need to try it on skype. But it looks great. I did find it for $169 after a $30 rebate last month though.
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post #6 of 36
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Thanks! So, faster video card, smaller PSU, different case. I really like the idea of adding an SSD too. I believe the HDD I linked was so expensive because its 6GB/S. I have no idea how good that is, but I saw my mobo supported and figured I should. Anything else I should change?
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1TB WD 6GB/s Windows 7 Home Premium x64 24" 2ms latency 1920x1080 Logitech G15 
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post #7 of 36
the monitor is great! i just bought one for $150 CDN, and its the best deal i ever got!
You may want to change the 212+ for a xigmatek dark knight, which is $25 after rebate ( to bad your not buying from newegg.ca its $15 after rebate )
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post #8 of 36
I remember with the build I just did, I spent $1300 or so because of some higher end choices (case, psu and what not), but yea an SSD, however nice, is gonna definitely put you over budget, but the benefits over an HDD in everyday tasks is almost like night and day...but you're still going to need an HDD to hold your games/movies/music/etc.
post #9 of 36
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Originally Posted by Shatterist View Post
I remember with the build I just did, I spent $1300 or so because of some higher end choices (case, psu and what not), but yea an SSD, however nice, is gonna definitely put you over budget, but the benefits over an HDD in everyday tasks is almost like night and day...but you're still going to need an HDD to hold your games/movies/music/etc.

Hmm, so what programs would be best to put on the SSD, and which on the HDD? I would think to put games on the SDD, but would that make them any faster?

Also keep the great feedback coming!
Edited by Rokabud - 1/13/11 at 8:58pm
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post #10 of 36
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Originally Posted by Rokabud View Post
Hmm, so what programs would be best to put on the SSD, and which on the HDD? I would think to put games on the SDD, but would that make them any faster?

Also keep the great advice coming!


Games on an SSD only make them load faster. No FPS gains.
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