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Hey all!

My name is Joe and as you can see by my post, I am new to the forums here. I'm in the process of piecing a system together. I have a couple current parts that I will be using, but for the most part I'm buying everything from scratch.

I've been taking my sweet time with this and have been looking for some cheap deals to try to keep the cost at a minimum.


Here is a list of items that I have already purchased, as well as the prices I've paid.

I'm going to be purchasing a CPU/MB/SSD within the next 2-3 days (Perhaps even today after work)

Please feel free to comment with any insight that may help me purchase something that I will be happier with. I'm not a guru so I have a ton to learn.


List:

Case
HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan ($29.99) Shipped

Graphics Card Already Had
PNY - GeForce GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card ($195.00) Picked up

Memory
Corsair - 4GB DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory (2x2gb) x 4 = 8GB Total (1600mhz) $64.00 (With Reward Zone bucks and coupons)

Dvd Drive

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ($16.99) Shipped

Heat Sink Fan

Corsair A70 Corsair - 120mm Dual CPU Cooling Fan ($11.99) $49.99 marked down to $26.99 and used a $15.00 Gift Card

Power Supply

OCZ OCZ700GXSSLI-B GameXStream 700W ATX12V SLI/Crossfire Ready ATX Power Supply ($48.99) (11.99 to ship)

Thermal Paste

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - 3.5 gram Tube ($6.99) Free shipping


Hard Drive's Already Had
(3)
Western Digital Caviar Green WDBAAY0020HNC-NRSN 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($79.99) Each * $240.00 Shipped


So besides what I already had (Video Card and (3) Hard Drives) I've only spent $128.97 Which is pretty decent considering what I got. (So At least I think)
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Now my big decision is the CPU/Motherboard/SSD


Microcenter currently has a deal going on right now as many of you may know. Purchase a CPU and get a MOBO for free, or pay an additional $9.99 to upgrade.

If I were to go ahead with this and purchase this CPU, what MOBO should I get? Or should I just go ahead and purchase something separate and get something more stable/reliable?

I'm thinking of going with an Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition and for the Motherboard I was going to go with this, M4A78LT-M LE Socket AM3 AMD 780L mATX AMD Motherboard

The cost of Both those items would run me $109.99 + Tax



To give you guys an idea of what I would be doing with my pc.

Here is a small List:

Gaming: TF2, Fallout: New Vegas, TorchLight, GTA4, Oblivion (Few newer games coming out)

Autocad: VidCad

Movies: .MKV Container 720/1080P DTS, Creating my own of family videos with my wife and children.

Various other: winrar, quickpar, Windows Office etc...

Operating System: Windows 7 64Bit



For my Solid State Drive I want to put my OS, MS Office, VidCad, a various amount of of small programs I use day to day, and 2-3 current video games that I would be playing.


I'm really interested in peoples thoughts on not only how I made out, but more importantly if I'm heading in the right direction.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to the people that run this site. It's a great place for beginners such as myself to start off.


Regards,

Joe
post #2 of 8
Hey there! Welcome to OCN.

You might want to request that this thread get moved, since questions won't be answered in the 'New Members' section. Sorry 'bout that.
 
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Intel 330 Hyper 212+ Win8-x64 P2310H + P2311H 
PowerCase
CMPSU-650TX NZXT S340 
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Dual-Core E-350 Radeon HD 6310M 3GB DDR3 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorMouse
HP External BluRay/DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 11.6" LED (1366 x 768) Touch 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 840T 880GM-LE GTS 450 Corsair XMS2 2x2GB 
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Wow.. Great start for me I guess.. My first post and I put it in the wrong section ;/
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yeah and also, id NOT get a phenom xII but id seriously take a look at the 1156 series of intel as Sandy Bridge has come out, you can save yourself ALOT of money compared to merely 6 months ago.

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Seagate Barracuda LG DVD+/-RW SATA Drive EK Supreme LXT EK 240 Rad 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
EK big res and 2.2 pump Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HP 2159v  Razer Arctosa 
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Wow.. Great start for me I guess.. My first post and I put it in the wrong section ;/
Hey, don't be so hard on yourself!

Welcome aboard. ^_^
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welcome to OCN!
   
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Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
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post #7 of 8
Hi and welcome to OCN

Please post those questions it the appropriate section where they will get the attention they deserve because we don't do QnA in this section.

    
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