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Old 03-01-2010, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Build. Thoughts/Suggestions?

Harddrive
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Power Supply
Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Power Supplies

Motherboard
Newegg.com - ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

CD/DVD
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners

Processor
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Graphics Card
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

RAM
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Desktop Memory

Cooler + Fan
Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
Newegg.com - Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan - Case Fans

My price range is about 800-900. I don't do too much gaming, but would like to be able to play games like Starcraft 2 and Mass effect.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be really appreciated. =]
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Everything looks good. You could probably make a few modifications to either save money or get better parts. If you look for combos you may be able to save some money. Here's one try at it:
Same case + cooler + optical + ...

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Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BN1608 - Desktop Memory

$855.9 + shipping.

There's only $50 difference i believe, but its up to you, the parts you picked are also good.

Also, have a look at this cooler, i believe its better than the freezer pro and only $5 more:

Newegg.com - XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

I also noticed you didn't include an OS, you already have one? If you do, make sure its 64bit.
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If you're going for performance get a Samsung Spinpoint F3, if you're going for reliability the Caviar Blue is fine.

Switch out the Phenom II X4 965 with a Phenom II X4 955.
Phenom II X4 955=Phenom II X4 965
The only difference is a clock difference of .2Ghz and the 955 is $20-30 cheaper.
You can overclock and make up for that without touching anything but the multiplier lol.

Take advantage of combo deals.
Get a 770 motherboard if it's cheaper than the 785G You don't need a 785 unless you want to use the integrated graphics.
Also the 780L is a good motherboard if you don't think you'll ever want 8Gb of RAM.

The PSU is good.
If I were you, I'd get a 5770 over that 4870, as that 4870 isn't even available anymore.

And I'd get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 instead of that 92mm Arctic Cooling cooler.
(And get some good thermal paste/grease such as Arctic Silver 5 or w/e)
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Also if I were you I would consider other cases. Unless you really like inverted ATX.
( I personally don't like inverted ATX, but whatever floats your boat. )
what do you mean?

the case he listed is a cm centurion 5 which is standard atx.
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what do you mean?

the case he listed is a cm centurion 5 which is standard atx.
Woops, thought he said Centurion 541 my bad.
Thanks for catching me.
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Get the phenom II X4 955 instead. It has an unlocked multiplier so its quite simple to set it at 965 speed.

Video card, i would get the 5770 or 4890 instead of the 4870. 5770 has similar performance but suports DX11, while the 4890 is the next step up in performance.

HD, see if you can get the Caviar Black instead.

If you're buying this from newegg, i suggest you look for combos to save money.

edit: how every strange! i didn't realize other people had replied (i'm one of them). I guess i only saw the op.
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