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#1 Apr 30 2011 at 7:13 AM Rating: Default
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I am goign for my first build. I was just going to by a Dell but change my mind
need some help with my build. Trying to keep the price under 1200

Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Socket

Mother Board
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Need a MID Size case i suppose can't find one

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON 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 Writer LightScribe Suppor

SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8

The only other thing I need is the OS, which i may be able to get free
and maybe a SSD

any thoughts?

#2 Apr 30 2011 at 9:21 AM Rating: Good
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Hmm... I'll give what thoughts I have.

I'm an AMD guy so I can't say much about Intel rigs, except to say to save yourself trouble and get a 3rd part heatsink/fan for your processor now. I've never had anything good come packaged with the processor. Use your best judgment on where to get one from, I'm using a Cooler Master on my current rig.

The Radeon 6950 is probably more power than you will *need* (maybe not want, but that's by choice) at this point. At almost $300 when you factor in tax, that is probably one place I might look to save money if the budget gets tight. I'm currently using a 5770 without problem, so even a game like FFXIV can run on a GPU of at least that grade. It's also good to remember than in a few years if the high powered graphics cards drop in price they are usually pretty easy to drop in and switch. There's a Sapphire 6850 on Newegg for about $170 that's probably more suited for this build.

For the case, with all the stuff you'll be throwing into it, one of the things I would check is to see how many fan mounts it can handle. Your motherboard can handle 4 case/system fans in addition to the requisite CPU fan (from the above-mentioned CPU cooler/heatsink). The case I'm using came with 1 cheap (loud) fan but could and now does mount 3 fans (two 80mm and one 120mm). Also expect that the fans your system comes with are cheap and loud. If I was building today I'd probably use the Rosewill GEAR X3 Mid Tower case on Newegg, though I personally usually steer clear of cases with top-side fans (mostly I know I'd drop stuff in there when the thing's not running and risk getting crap in my PC). As with anything that comes with something "included", the stock fans will suck, and should be replaced. With fans it will be very noticeable if you use stock, as they will be LOUD.
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#3 Apr 30 2011 at 9:38 AM Rating: Decent
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The Cooler Master HAF mid sized case is a good choice. Plenty of airflow and lots of room for over-sized cards. I can't really say much as far as a SSD goes as I only have limited experience with them. The WD HDD you have listed is a solid choice, though I have always been partial to Seagate (just a personal pref.).
#4 Apr 30 2011 at 3:51 PM Rating: Decent
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ok well i will change to the coolmaster case;

The GPU is PCI Express 2.1 x16
my MOBO need a 2.0
i rather go with a more powerful card but i will change it.

#5 Apr 30 2011 at 4:19 PM Rating: Decent
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also i down grade to this card SAPPHIRE FleX 100314FLEX Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
#6 Apr 30 2011 at 4:28 PM Rating: Good
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