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Need help building my PC

By Robdenis2
Jun 28, 2009
  1. Hey, I was saving up some money for a while now, and decided to spend some on a new PC. I built my previous one YEARS ago with my brother, and have never built a PC solely. I do a lot of gaming, web design, and movie editing, so I wanted some help building my machine. I'll accept any and all input and suggestions on what I should improve/change and the overall fluidity of my build.

    Video Card- XFX GeForce GTX 275
    RAM- 4GB(2 x 2GB) Corsair 240pin DDR2 SDRAM 1066
    Case- Antec Nine Hundred
    PSU- Antec True-Power 550W
    CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 940
    MOBO- ASUS M3N-HT
     
  2. Robdenis2

    Robdenis2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I also have an email at which can contact me. Thanks
     
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

    Everything sounds good, what is your budget and what size monitor are you going to use.
     
  4. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    I would recommend at least a 20" monitor w/ any GTX series nvidia card. Also, make sure the 275 is going to physically fit in the 900... since it's a Mid Tower chassis.

    As a side note, building a modern PC isn't a difficult task. The process is pretty straightforward, though there are a few things to keep in mind with installing components in practical order. It's a day project tops and if you run into a problem, just post it up!
     
  5. Robdenis2

    Robdenis2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok sweet. My budget is no more than $1000.00.
    Any suggestions with nicely priced monitor?
    Also, how will it keep up against high graphic demanding games like Crysis?
     
  6. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    1k is more than enough to build a decent system; you should be able to run the most demanding games with most of the newer hardware. I love my 23" Acer LCD; the price has come down significantly since I bought it. If you want to check it out it's the X233H. It's great for games, video, and multitasking with plenty of desktop space. There is a 22" and 24" version as well if you want a different size. Just one option, there are TONS of monitors available on the market.
     
  7. Robdenis2

    Robdenis2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright thanks a lot.
    This PC is sounding better and better.
    My AMD processor is fine for OCing, right? I don't need to go intel?
    And if I do OC, do I need to replace the standard heat sink that comes with the CPU?
     
  8. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

    You wont get much overclocking from that cpu, you'd have to go over to intel for that kind of setup.
     
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,906   +90

  10. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

    3.5 is sufficient for anything you want to do.
     
  11. ender

    ender TS Rookie Posts: 99

    If you've still got a bit of spare cash after including the monitor I'd think about getting some RAM with tight timings (example 1, example 2). Should give gaming a bit of an extra boost without a major price increase. Not a big deal though, your system looks just dandy as is.
     
     
  12. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,276   +153

    As a side note, my bfg gtx 275 manual reccomends a 575 watt minimum power supply.

    Though it probably speculates for an i7 extreme.
     
  13. Robdenis2

    Robdenis2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Should I just go for the intel i7? Where will my dollar go further?
     
  14. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

    I7 is the best performer, but in most cases it will bring your build to above 1 k,
     
  15. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    antec 900 will fit a gtx 275 for sure
     
  16. Robdenis2

    Robdenis2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i think ill stick with the Phenom II x4 940. I've read good reviews on it and it is significantly cheaper.
    My only concern now is my power supply.
    You guys think it's enough, even though it's recommended for the gtx 275 to have 575w and I'm only using 550w?
     
  17. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

  18. Robdenis2

    Robdenis2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it says compatible with intel i7 and I'm running an AMD set-up because I've heard good reviews on the CPU I want to use. Will it be compatible?
     
  19. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    Of course. The i7 compatible is just to make i7 buyers happy about buying their psu. The PSU will run fine with all platforms. i have one from the same line with my athlon setup. It's a great buy.
     
  20. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

    It is in fact a good psu.
     
  21. Robdenis2

    Robdenis2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I took your advice and am sticking with the corsair 650w. I've read a lot of good reviews on it.
    But, if I take the combo that comes with my Antec 900, I get the Antec True-Power 650w and save $25.
    Is it worth passing the bargain lol?
     
  22. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    Are you saying you your build is $25 less if you get the antec 650w? If so, then do that. If i am reading it wrong, sorry.
     
  23. Robdenis2

    Robdenis2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no, you're reading it right =)
    now, i didn't look at heat sinks.
    my CPU comes with one, so do i need to get a separate one if im only gonna overclock a little bit?
     
  24. KG363

    KG363 TS Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    No. You can overclock a good bit on the Phenom II stock cooling. You only need to get a new one if you go above say 3.5 or so. I'm no expert, though. You might be able to go further.
     
  25. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

    Go with the combo deal, sounds even better.
     
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