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Thread Starter 
Hi, I'm new to this forum and would appreciate some input from some members here that are clearly more knowledgeable than I am. I use to mess around with computers a lot 7-10 years ago, but then that faded away as I became a mechanic. So most of what I knew back then about computers and hardware is quite outdated now.

I'll be using the computer for gaming, web page building, and whatever else I get into. The computer will be hooked up to my LCD TV.

Only thing purchased so far is the case.
Case: Cooler Master HAF932 Full Tower (already bought)

The rest I will appreciate any suggestions and advice.

PS: Considering Corsair 750HX modular

CPU: Prefer a AMD mobo/cpu setup.

Mobo: Not sure if its fairly standard equip or not for the mobo, but the case has front 4 usb, esata, audio jacks that I would like to work.

GPU: TV does not have DVI in, only VGA and HDMI.
For better video quality would I want a card with
HDMI out?

HD: Considering a Raid 0 setup or possibly just 1
harddrive for now if budget money is better spent
elsewhere.

RAM: Suggestions please, corsair here too?

OS: Windows 7 64 bit?

Going to allow a budget of about $800-900. Might have more wiggle room here if you think it be well worth spending a little more. devil-smiley-019.gif

Not looking into getting a SLI or Crossfire set-up now with this budget but maybe later on if I get mobo that is set up for it. Would like setup that I can mess around with OC too of course if budget allows. smile.gif I already also have a disc drive out of my current computer I'll be using in the new one.

I think that's about it, unless I'm forgetting something.

Thank You,
Chris
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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz ASUS M4A87TD EVO XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz ASUS M4A87TD EVO XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 
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2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 (Setup Raid0) XFX Black Edition 750W ATX12V Cooler Master Haf 932 
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post #2 of 14
Agree with max's build except spending the additional $70 on a amd 6970 video card since you already have a case. Also I think the poster's psu is fine. With this video card and the deletion of Max's suggested case, your cost should be right around $900.
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16GB Mushkin 1600 Kingston 128 GB SSD/WD 1TB SATA III Asus 24X Windows 7 Premium - 64 bit 
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Originally Posted by RohrMotorWorks;12025027 
Hi, I'm new to this forum and would appreciate some input from some members here that are clearly more knowledgeable than I am. I use to mess around with computers a lot 7-10 years ago, but then that faded away as I became a mechanic. So most of what I knew back then about computers and hardware is quite outdated now.

I'll be using the computer for gaming, web page building, and whatever else I get into. The computer will be hooked up to my LCD TV.

Only thing purchased so far is the case.
Case: Cooler Master HAF932 Full Tower (already bought)

The rest I will appreciate any suggestions and advice.

PS: Considering Corsair 750HX modular

CPU: Prefer a AMD mobo/cpu setup.

Mobo: Not sure if its fairly standard equip or not for the mobo, but the case has front 4 usb, esata, audio jacks that I would like to work.

GPU: TV does not have DVI in, only VGA and HDMI.
For better video quality would I want a card with
HDMI out?

HD: Considering a Raid 0 setup or possibly just 1
harddrive for now if budget money is better spent
elsewhere.

RAM: Suggestions please, corsair here too?

OS: Windows 7 64 bit?

Going to allow a budget of about $800-900. Might have more wiggle room here if you think it be well worth spending a little more. devil-smiley-019.gif

Not looking into getting a SLI or Crossfire set-up now with this budget but maybe later on if I get mobo that is set up for it. Would like setup that I can mess around with OC too of course if budget allows. smile.gif I already also have a disc drive out of my current computer I'll be using in the new one.

I think that's about it, unless I'm forgetting something.

Thank You,
Chris

PSU: Is perfectly fine. Good 12V amperage, modular is always good.

CPU: If you want AMD, the 1055T's are nice these days. They overclock nicely and aren't too pricey.

Mobo: You can choose any you want, it depends how much you have to spend. The front audio ports will work with any modern motherboard as it's all incorporated by standard these days.

GPU: DVI can be converted to VGA with a simple adapter - every new graphics card comes with one. HDMI output is usually standard on newer graphics cards - use DVI for the computer monitor and HDMI for the TV, definitely.

HD: There's no reason not to go RAID-0 these days, hard drives are so cheap. Two Samsung F4 1TB's in RAID-0 are fairly cheap and will perform very well.

RAM: Personal preference. G.Skill have always made very good memory, I swear by them. If you have more money to spend, go with Mushkin RAM. The higher the price, the higher the quality. The higher the stock speed of the RAM, the easier it will be to achieve a stable overclock.

OS: Correct wink.gif

I would go with ASUS for AMD motherboards, their Republic of Gamers' series looks good and performs good. For a GPU, if you're on a budget check out AMD's new 6950's. They can be flashed to a 6970 and you can crossfire two of them in the future for a reasonable price. If you have extra money to spend, get a 6970.

I hope this helps, I've tried to put it into Lehmann's terms since you said you're new to the modern market of computer components.
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i5 750 Lynnfield @ 4.4 GHz, 1.41v EVGA P55 SLi (132-LF-E655-KR) - A72 BIOS EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 9-9-9-24, 1.51V 
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80GB Intel X25-M SSD + 500GB WD + 2TB Samsung F3 Samsung Super Writemaster DVD+-R Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Samsung SyncMaster 2433 24" 
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80GB Intel X25-M SSD + 500GB WD + 2TB Samsung F3 Samsung Super Writemaster DVD+-R Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Samsung SyncMaster 2433 24" 
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post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank You for the quick responses and advice, I'll also be listening to any suggestions and advice from others.

Max build looks good as far as my knowledge goes. As I'm not up to date on current hardware, don't know the bad and the good.
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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz ASUS M4A87TD EVO XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCase
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 (Setup Raid0) XFX Black Edition 750W ATX12V Cooler Master Haf 932 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz ASUS M4A87TD EVO XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCase
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 (Setup Raid0) XFX Black Edition 750W ATX12V Cooler Master Haf 932 
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post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
The mobo listed in the link in first reply (MSI AMD 870 series w/ CrossFireX) has quite a few bad reviews on newegg. Any other suggestions for another mobo?
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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz ASUS M4A87TD EVO XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCase
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 (Setup Raid0) XFX Black Edition 750W ATX12V Cooler Master Haf 932 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz ASUS M4A87TD EVO XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCase
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 (Setup Raid0) XFX Black Edition 750W ATX12V Cooler Master Haf 932 
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WD Caviar Blue 640GB Windows Vista 64-Bit BenQ G2220HD 1920x1080 Corsair 650TX 
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post #7 of 14
Google Home Built Pc I higly recomend this to first timers like myself the information is priceless
coupled with personal tech suppor submit your build and they will review for compatibility
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post #8 of 14
Either the M4A87TD EVO ($110)
Or the M4A79XTD EVO ($96, $81 AR)
would be much better.
post #9 of 14
Since I like doing these so much, here's one for you:


Mobo/CPU combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.580614 $245 after $15 mir
PSU/GPU combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.578634 $485 after $15 mir
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178265 $40 after $20 mir
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 $70 - $15 promo card (ends 1/19/11)
CPU Heatsink: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295184124&sr=8-1"]http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295184124&sr=8-1[/ame] $28 shipped

Total = $868 after mirs of $50

Or you can do a similar build:

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402 $84 after $15 mir
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851 $180 (comes with free game and $10 promo card)
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150518 $300
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003 $100 after $30 mir
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178265 $40 after $20 mir
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 $70 - $15 promo card (ends 1/19/11)
CPU Heatsink: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295184124&sr=8-1"]http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295184124&sr=8-1[/ame] $28 shipped

Total = $802 after mirs of $65 (but comes with a free game and $25 in promo cards)

The main difference between the builds is the 6950 vs 6970 gpus. Oh, and the second build uses a six core vs. the first builds 4 core.
It's so little!
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4670k Asrock Z87E Asus r9 280x samsung 
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samsung 840 samsung  Thermaltake water 3.0 win7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
viewsonic 27" Cooler master qfr cooler master 700 corsair 250d 
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anker vertical ocz sony 5.25" bookshelfs 
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960t M4A89GTD-proUSB3 pny 660Ti samsung wonder ram 
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1TB Samsung F3 Samsung 840 250GB LG external DVD/R 212 evo 
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It's so little!
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4670k Asrock Z87E Asus r9 280x samsung 
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samsung 840 samsung  Thermaltake water 3.0 win7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
viewsonic 27" Cooler master qfr cooler master 700 corsair 250d 
MouseMouse PadAudio
anker vertical ocz sony 5.25" bookshelfs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
960t M4A89GTD-proUSB3 pny 660Ti samsung wonder ram 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Samsung F3 Samsung 840 250GB LG external DVD/R 212 evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 ViewSonic ViewSonic VX2739wm model m Cooler Master Silent Pro 700 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li A05FNB (flipped to A05NB) Razer Deathadder Black edt. OCZ behemoth Audio Technica ATH-AD500 
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post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well here is my shopping list, if someone could so kindly look over it and check that everything is in order that would be greatly appreciated.

CPU/Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.580592
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core
ASUS M4A87TD EVO

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515
XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 (x2)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

OS: Windows Home 7 64bit

CPU Heatsink: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/"]Amazon.com: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler: Electronics[/ame]


If you think there is anyplace I should spend less on something and more somewhere else please don't hesitate to chime in. Or else if this looks pretty good the order will be going in tonight.

Thank You,
Chris
First Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz ASUS M4A87TD EVO XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCase
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 (Setup Raid0) XFX Black Edition 750W ATX12V Cooler Master Haf 932 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz ASUS M4A87TD EVO XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 
Hard DrivePowerCase
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 (Setup Raid0) XFX Black Edition 750W ATX12V Cooler Master Haf 932 
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