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Need input on my first computer build (please tell me what ya think)


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#1 Bigtex16

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:41 PM

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 12:17 AM

Could we get links to these items? it would help greatly instead of searching around and hoping we found the one you're referring to.

It seems good, just make sure that you've got a screen already.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 12:49 AM

Actually, I just did a price quote for a customer putting together a similar system, and if its the motherboard Im thinking of thats not a bad build. Personally, I think I would go Patriot or Corsair on the memory, but G. Skill is definetly not bad memory, ive had friends with it, it runs well, just in my experience its timings arnt always as tight as they could be. but thats just a general preference.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:11 AM

g skill has worked well overall for me, but one stick did die on me. I didn't report it to newegg quick enough, which was my fault. It was making my computer randomly crash... but i just got a replacement. I haven't tried any of their DDR3 either.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:14 AM

Let's lets have a look. Everything looks great. I suggest going with a full-ATX case since graphics cards, especially the one you chose, are becoming larger. Most mid tower cases just aren't deep enough to accommodate 11 inch long cards. G.Skill memory is good, once you get it, run memtest to check for issues. Generally, if it can pass an overnight memtest, the RAM is good and you shouldn't have any issues with them.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:33 AM

Thanks for the help guys! I'm at work right now so I will post links to these parts when I get home tonight. What full size case do y'all sugest. I want a cheap one, don't want to break the bank on a enclosure.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:15 PM

I do agree that you should not spend too much on a case. I suggest the Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU as it is not expensive and is a full ATX case.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:53 PM

Generally, if it can pass an overnight memtest, the RAM is good and you shouldn't have any issues with them.


true, but mine died after a few months of running, so it's not always a perfect test, but pretty good yes.

Anything that looks nice around 30 or less dollars is what i would go for in a second build. I spent too much on mine, but i didn't go way too far. Anythign without a front cover is usually nice enough, and black.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:36 PM

Here are the links to the parts. Sorry I did not post these before.

Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811129042

Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128362

Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102810

Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139006

CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115202

RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231223

Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136298

DVD player/burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827136149

OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16832116488

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 10:03 PM

What i saw of them, go for it. Looks good, and the 640 GB HDs are a good choice, I just got a new seagate recently. I've heard something about having to do some activation bits, just be ready for it. It'll be pretty much locked to your Motherboard and i7 processor though.

The most i can complain about it is the case, but even so, its pretty good. It just seems like 60$ for a case is a ton. I paid more for mine.. :/ i can't say its a bad choice.

Oh, this is a bit cheaper of a motherboard, but not be as good, i'm just throwing it out here, i'm not gonna recommend it or anything. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128375

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:21 AM

I got that case for my latest build and it's a great case overall.
But, it doesn't have the features of more expensive cases.
Also, I was restricted on where I could place my hard drives (4 of 'em in RAID 5) because my video card (an ATI 4870) is too close to the drive cage.
There's 6 drive bays (as I recall), so it's not an issue unless you've got a lot of hard drives.

I got the Asus P6T Deluxe mobo for about the same price - and it's got better reviews (IMO) than the GigaByte board.

Got a 1000 watt PSU (can't recall the brand) but would suspect that the 750 would be OK for most uses.

Have the Core i7 920 and it's rock steady with a 3% overclock

I have the W-D Velociraptors in mine, but the W-D drives that you've selected appear to be rated well.

I have Crucial DDR3 RAM, but suspect that the GSkill will work OK with the 64 bit OS

I think I've got the same DVD burner and it works well for me (this is my first SATA optical drive).
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:28 PM

Thanks again for the help. I am going to go look at the Asus Mobo and read the reviews on them. I just bought a Antec 900. I got a really great deal on it and couldnt pass it up. Should arrive in a few days!!!

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:28 PM

I wanted the Antec 900 but i setted with a bit lower because I didn't want to knock up my price another 50$. It looks like an awesome case.

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