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Building a PC

By DDR3RAM
Apr 28, 2012
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  1. Hey everyone, I was hoping to receive a little help regarding putting a new computer together. I'm not very experienced in this task, so I'm a bit hesitant to go at it alone. Any tips, hints, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I've posted several components below (all located on newegg) that I believe would be pretty decent; please let me know if all of these pieces are indeed compatible and if so, if any are considered overpriced at all.

    ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157267

    AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961

    RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

    RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB Black/Silver 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156063

    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231456

    EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

    Again, thanks in advance for any assistance! :)
     
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Go Intel, e.g. i5-2500K. Only hardcore AMD fanboys will buy the FX-8120.

    For the mobo you can get the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, costs much less than the AM3+ one you picked.

    I wouldn't really cheap out on the PSU, I'd recommend something like the CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W instead. It costs quite a bit more but will last you a long time. A good indication of PSU quality is the manufacturer's warranty period, the Corsair is 5 years compared the Raidmax's 2 years.
     
  3. oscar1987

    oscar1987 TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    putting together the pieces of the puzzles is not that hard, the tough thing to do...at least for me it was installing the operating system. i would suggest you do your research on what you have to do to bring it to life after you put it together.
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,405   +1,591

    I'll echo what slh28 said. :)
     


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