First build - Is it compatible and/or any suggestions

By USAirways08
Oct 24, 2010
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  1. My name is Vic and this is going to be my first build. I have been doing a bit of research for the last few days and have come up with this build. the price of this build not including the monitor is about $980. If anyone has any tips or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

    Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as Possible

    Budget Range: Around $1000

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies

    Parts Not Required: OS, mouse, keyboard, hopefully monitor

    CPU - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

    Motherboard - BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Graphics - SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

    Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

    Hard drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

    CD/DVD Drive - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 - OEM

    Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Possible Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,426   +142

  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    If it was me I'd go with a Gigabyte motherboard as well.

    The Arctic Freezer Pro Rev2 comes with Arctic Silver MX2 thermal paste pre-applied - It's more than adequate in my personal opinion, and I use the same cooler with its pre-applied paste on my OC'd Q8300 to good effect. :)

    Is the PSU enough to power the 6870 adequately though guys? I'm not sure, but it's definitely worth double checking as 550w might be pushing it.
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,426   +142

    It should be good even with a 5870...
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I say you wait a few weeks to make your purchases. I bet you'll save a little money.
  6. screensaver969

    screensaver969 TS Rookie

    I second supersmashbrada. Good things come to those who wait.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,426   +142

    I wouldn't bet on more than $50 total...prices are already pretty low.
  8. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    You should listen to this guy he is damm right, Biostar.. = S#tti board WHILE Gigabite LOTS qualyti, that mobo is my next but for AM# platform.
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,426   +142

    Biostar motherboards are fine, they're just low end. I believe the gigabyte will serve you're needs better.
    IMO for basically any performance build, I probably wouldn't get a biostar.
  10. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    mmm 50 bucks. Ok fine then Mr. Bill Gates.
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,426   +142

    Heh, well, I just meant that it's a good time to buy.
    It really is though right?
    The build he's got now is a really good for the price IMO.
  12. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    It is a good 1k usd setup. intel and amd price war is going to go nuts in the next few months. I'm loving the 6xxx series release. I to recently upgraded and saved 130 dollars over decided to buy last week oppose to 3 weeks ago.

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