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Old 01-14-2010, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Computer Build, suggestions/comments?

Okeydokey... Here's what I'm wanting, I want a fairly high performance gaming computer mostly used for WoW, AutoCAD, Internet and Office apps... And, here are the parts that I've chosen so far, looking for opinions/suggestions/comments... Buying the parts a piece at a time over the next couple of months, so not really on a specific budget, but can't really afford to drop a ton of cash into a computer. As of now, the parts list on Newegg.com is lookin like $1250, which is doable... Wanna stay somewhat in that range. Also, if you know of a better place to buy hardware, feel free to inform...

Motherboard: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Intel Motherboards
$184.99

Processor: Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
$279.99

RAM: Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK - Desktop Memory
$129.99
*Eventually going to buy a 2nd kit to upgrade to 8GB*

Video Card: Newegg.com - XFX HD-467X-DDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$79.99

Power Supply: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
$89.99

Hard Drive: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99

DVD Drive: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners
$30.99

Case: Newegg.com - RAIDMAX AZTEC ATX-619WB Black/ Silver 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case - Computer Cases
$79.99

Monitor: Newegg.com - ViewSonic X Series VX1940w Black&Silver 19" 2ms(GTG) Super High Resolution 1680x1050 DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 static (typ), 3000:1 dynamic (typ) - LCD Monitors
$139.99

Going to run Windows 7 Home Edition OS with this system...

As I said, any constructive criticism is appreciated This is my first build, but I want to do it right, and I want it to last!
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If you're planning on adding another GPU in future, then stick with that power supply, but if not then you can go with something lower-end, like the Corsair VX550, and save a bit of money.
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Yeah, I plan on going dual GPU and dual monitor... eventually. The dual GPU will be first... shortly after I have the system up and running hopefully. Along with another 4GB of RAM.
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I Would get a better video card, even with a future dual in mind. But that just might be me. like a 5000 series at least.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's one shot at a build:

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Newegg.com - Acer H213H bmid Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen 16:9 LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 20000:1 Built-in Speakers - LCD Monitors
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - RAIDMAX AZTEC ATX-619WB Black/ Silver 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer - CD / DVD Burners

that totals: $1209.91 + shipping - $75MIR.

And those parts are quite a bit better than the ones you had listed... but i didn't include the OS in there.. I didn't know if you already had the OS..? You didn't link to it... so yea anyways... good luck.
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I like everything on your list except for the Radeon 4670. You have all these awesome performance parts you should go for the Radeon 5870 with the computer your trying to build. You would only need one of these as well to run just about every game you can imagine. Also the card is directx 11 compatible, which is going to be really important in the near future(like this summer) you want to stay up to date with your graphics card. Yes I know Directx10 didn't have a huge impact and almost everyone skipped over it. However, Directx11 is a huge deal and has made a lot of huge improvements. Just something to keep in mind!
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yea but a 5870 costs more than $300 over a 4670 so, you know... it might have slightly went over his budget.
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yeah, the 5870 is up there in price. but the 5770 is down around $160-200 and will provide much better performance than the 4670.
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Because you've mentioned AutoCad I'm gonna have to recommend a i7 920 LGA1366 over the 860 LGA1156. 6GB of memory is better than 4GB and 12GB is better than 8GB. I would also go for a better single video card solution over a future dual cheaper card solution.

If your budget can't afford it now you should save a little longer until it can. You'll be happier
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