$1500+/- USD Computer Build Help

By KyBrewer
Oct 27, 2009
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  1. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Also, I have a tracking number from ZZF, though it hasn't showed up in fedex's system yet. So if somebody needs a 5870, try ZZF.
  2. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Update. Items underlined have been ordered.

    PROCESSOR: AMD Phenom II X4 955

    MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    VIDEO CARD(S): HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 5800 Series 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card
    ZZF - 409.99

    HARD DRIVE: WD Caviar Black, 1TB.

    MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM

    POWER SUPPLY: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    BestBuy - 108.99

    CASE: Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Professional

    DISK DRIVE: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner

    MONITOR: No less than 22"
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    Its not necessary at all.
  4. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Thanks HK!

    Does anyone have any experience with the P183 case?

    I think things should fit, but I don't want to overlook. I can get a larger case if needed. I just prefer the simplicity of it more than the flashier cases.

    I plan on getting the 64 bit windows if that wasn't obvious already. I should label it as such in my parts list I guess.

    Also, I think I could possibly have a little money left to spend. Is there a specific 'upgrade' that someone would recommend or should I just put it toward a better monitor?
  5. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    So the video card has shipped, and is in fedex's system. Should be here on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. I will take a final look at parts and update on where I am on costs. Then if there is anything left, I can consider minor changes.

    Thanks to everyone for their help so far!
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Look forward to seeing how it works out. If you have any money left over get yourself a good 22"-24" monitor. make sure you do a lot of research. I like Samsung.
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The CPU cooler is not necessary if you're not planning to OC that gem of a processor. :)
  8. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    My wife is a student, and we just got Windows 7 Professional 64-bit for $40!

    :D
  9. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    The OCZ Vendetta 2 is 'deactivated' on newegg. I could probably find it elsewhere, but am looking at other options. Yay or nay, if I wanted a cooler?

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

    Yes, I am now considering overclocking.

    Also, the Ripjaw HK talked about is no longer $80 :( So I'm thinking about getting the 3x2 for 6GB instead @$139.00.

    UPDATED:

    PROCESSOR: AMD Phenom II X4 955

    MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    VIDEO CARD(S): HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 5800 Series 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card
    ZZF - 409.99

    HARD DRIVE: WD Caviar Black, 1TB.

    MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM

    POWER SUPPLY: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    BestBuy - 108.99

    CASE: Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit
    Microsoft Store (via Student Pricing) - 40.00

    DISK DRIVE: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner

    MONITOR: No less than 22"

    Total so far: 558.98
  10. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    UPDATED:

    PROCESSOR: AMD Phenom II X4 955
    MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Newegg - 265.98 Combo, CPU & MOBO

    VIDEO CARD(S): HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 5800 Series 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card
    ZZF - 409.99

    MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM
    Newegg - 139.99

    POWER SUPPLY: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    BestBuy - 108.99

    CASE: Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    HARD DRIVE: WD Caviar Black, 1TB.
    Newegg - 209.98 Combo

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit
    Microsoft Store (via Student Pricing) - 40.00

    DISK DRIVE: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner
    Newegg - 29.99

    VARIOUS: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Newegg - 6.99

    SHIPPING
    12.53

    Total was $1264.87. $1258.42 after newegg's fuzzy math? Another $35.00 in mail in rebates if I remember to send them in.
  11. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Don't get a 6GB kit. I don't think the AMDs have a triple channel memory controller. If you don't get the OCZ Vendetta 2 look for the Xigmatek HDT S1283.
     
  12. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Hmm ok thanks for the tip. I may get 8GB then. Hafta look through what is available on newegg.
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    Thats a lot, I think that would waste more money than a marginally more expensive 2x2, but meh.
  14. fairytale00

    fairytale00 Banned Posts: 65

    Thanks, i have build my pc, and this helps me a lot.
  15. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    It's like Christmas! (It should be as this is pretty much my Christmas present). The Case, MOBO, CPU, Harddrive, and CPU cooler all arrived today. I had the power supply in hand. Watching the progress of my other shipments, and hopefully by Friday, I'll be fully functional.
    Thanks to everyone for their help!
  16. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Let us know when you get it together. By the way, did you get your video card from ZZF?
  17. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,382   +205

    In one of my PCs i also have an AMD Phenom II X4 955 although I used an Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro instead of the newer version you ordered. You'll be glad you ordered the aftermarket cooler because the stock cooler was quite noisy. The fan is much smaller than the one Arctic Cooling uses.
  18. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Tracking says it is on the truck for delivery right now!
  19. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

  20. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Are you looking for a gaming mouse / keyboard?
  21. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Maybe. I don't know really know if I can stomach spending $100+ on a mouse and keyboard right now. So probably nothing too fancy.
  22. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,382   +205

    I don't game online but I just use a basic PS/2 keyboard and mouse to game. You can get fancy ones but you don't absolutely need them.
  23. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    So I slapped it together last night, and started it up. No problems, except Windows hasn't arrived yet. It's supposed to get here today, via UPS. I really hope a signature isn't required, because no one will be home, in which case I will probably hafta wait till Monday to pick it up :(

    I was forced to abandon the 2 3.5" bays in the center of the case and put the harddrive in the bottom chamber with the power supply because of the video card length, but other than that, it went pretty smoothly. Probably should get a case fan for that bottom chamber now, but the stock fans on the top and rear are pulling air through that bottom chamber currently, so I'm not terribly worried yet.

    The other minor issue I had is the CPU cooler. It is slightly touching the first RAM stick. I don't think it is a big deal because it is still seated and obviously the comptuer started up, but probably not ideal. Overall the case was great and pretty easy to work with. So for anyone looking, the P183 will fit a 5870 graphics card, with a little sacrifice. For that matter, a second one would fit also. Removing the center 3.5" bays is probably better for airflow around that behemoth anyway.
  24. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Using the new computer now, everything seems to be in order. Played a little World in Conflict last night with no issues. Need to get some better games now :D
  25. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    just bend the fins on the cpu cooler up slightly till they are not making contact with your ram module. will not hurt anything or effect performance.
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