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Building First Computer - Need Verification and Assurance


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#1 L1ke 20 N1njas

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 11:38 PM

Alright, so I am building my first rig. :D I will be using it for photo management/modification, digital art creation, video editing and viewing, casual (Bejeweled 3, Spore, etc.) to graphics-intensive gaming (Oblivion (Skyrim next year), StarCraft 2, Black Ops, etc.), and Internet browsing/gaming. I have made a build for myself with a few things in mind.

1) I don't need a monitor; I already have two.
2) I don't need an OS; I have both Win7 x86 and x64 discs available
3) Hopefully I can take the HDD from my current (HP-built) computer and use it

My current computer is the HP Pavilion Slimline s3713w and the website says it has a SATA 7200RPM HDD, which my new motherboard supports.


Screenshot of shopping cart on NewEgg:
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Please neglect the CORSAIR 550W power supply; that should not be there. This also brings the total down to $785.92
Parts:

So I have a few questions.
First: Are all these parts compatible?
Second: Is 1000 watts enough power?
Third: Can I use my HDD from my Slimline in the new build?


Thanks for any help anyone may offer! :D

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 11:44 PM

1. Yes they are all compatible
2. Plenty of power
3. Yes your hard drive is SATA and your motherboard supports SATA.

You should change your ram to this.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


#3 L1ke 20 N1njas

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 11:53 PM

Thank you SO much for the speedy response and good news! :D

You should change your ram to this.

Are you saying to buy two, then? Still giving me 8gigs but in four sticks

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 11:59 PM

No replace the kingston ram for the ram i suggested.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 20 December 2010 - 12:03 AM

Right, I know, but in my cart I have two of the Kingstons. The RAM you linked has less per stick, but comes with two per purchase. So should I buy four of the sticks you recommended?

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 12:17 AM

If it fits your budget and also update the list for me.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 20 December 2010 - 02:51 AM

Your parts are all compatible, but you should consider a few other items.

You could alternatively get one or two 4GB sticks of CORSAIR 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 RAM. 4GB of RAM is plenty for most uses, if you are planning on doing any photo editing or rendering, you may want to consider 8GB.

1000W is overkill, unless you are planning on running two dual GPU cards, which you really shouldn't do given the poor cost to performance ratio and lack of a full ATX case. The CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W is less expensive and is probably a higher quality unit. You can run two Radeon 6870's with it. BTW, Rosewill is Newegg's house brand, I think.

You may also want to consider going with an AMD graphics card so you have the option to Crossfire it at a later date, since very few AM3 motherboards support SLI. The HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB costs about $20 more and offers better performance than the GTX 460. If $200 is your absolute limit, the HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB also offers better performance than a GTX 460, but not quite as much as the 6870.

You should also be able to use your SATA drive in the new build, though, if it is five years old or more, you may want to consider replacing it.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:14 AM

Your parts are all compatible, but you should consider a few other items.
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Yes, thank you very, very much. :)
I have upgraded to the RAM you suggested; two 4G sticks. I am also now going with the PSU you recommended.
But about the graphics card... Why is the AMD better than the NVIDIA I have selected? I'm not too worried about SLI or CrossFire or anything like that. I'll probably build a whole other computer before I ever want to use 2+ GPUs.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:24 AM

Since I cannot, for some reason, edit my first post, I will place an updated list of my cart here.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 08:23 PM

Your good to buy! :thumbup2:

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 21 December 2010 - 11:38 PM

Yes, thank you very, very much. :)
I have upgraded to the RAM you suggested; two 4G sticks. I am also now going with the PSU you recommended.
But about the graphics card... Why is the AMD better than the NVIDIA I have selected? I'm not too worried about SLI or CrossFire or anything like that. I'll probably build a whole other computer before I ever want to use 2+ GPUs.


The GTX 460 is outclassed at the $200 price point it occupies. Both the Radeon 6850 and 6870 will give greater performance over the GTX 460 and they too occupy that price bracket. Since you are not going with Crossfire, you should get the best single graphics card you can afford and at that price, the GTX 460 just isn't it any more. Below are some reviews of those two Radeon's to better see the performance differences, note, those reviews were published before the new Radeon 6950 and 6970's were released.

When reading reviews, take important note of real-world tests, especially at resolutions you are gaming at since performance varies based on resolution and activated features, such as anti aliasing and anisotropic filtering.

Guru3D - Radeon HD 6850 & 6870 Review
TechSpot - AMD Radeon HD 6870 Review
Tech Powerup - HIS Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
HardOCP - AMD Radeon HD 6870 & HD 6850 Video Card Review

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