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Yet another new rig thread

By Valdr
May 26, 2008
  1. Many thanks to members who helped me earlier with a cheap build rig. I now have more money to spend and would like others to help with my build. This will be my first build. I have replaced parts but never built a pc from scratch. the parts I am considering are:

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121338
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036
    CPU cooling: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16835186134
    Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227297
    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121247
    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171023
    HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136012
    Case: http://www.xoxide.com/cooler-master-centurion5.html

    Total: $1585.91

    Looking for comments/suggestions/criticisms/parts that would be better. Thanks in advance guys.
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    With the motherboard you've chosen two of the SATA connectors will be covered and unusable by the graphics card.
     
  3. Valdr

    Valdr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    I forgot to mention my main uses for this computer:
    Everyday use for:
    Gaming (WoW, rise of nations, COD4,...)
    HD Video editing (secondary use)

    bearing that in mind would it be more logical to look at a different GPU or a different mobo to fix that issue?
     
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    I would look for another motherboard which has a better arrangement. Many high end graphics cards take up two slot spaces and would have the same problem so it's better to choose another mobo.
     
  5. Valdr

    Valdr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Does this video card physically plug into both slots in the motherboard? or is it able to run on a motherboard with 1 slot?
     
  6. Valdr

    Valdr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    The graphics card only plugs into one slot although its physical size will take up the equivalent of two slots. So you can use a mother board with only one PCI -E slot if you wanted.

    The Gigabyte motherboard you linked to should work fine with DDR3 1600 RAM.
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    You should go for DDR3 1333MHz RAM or downclock your faster RAM to that frequency, so it matches your CPU's FSB and gives you the best performance available.
    The video card is alright, although I'd recommend this variant. It's cheaper and comes slightly OC'd for a bonus.
    I'd recommend getting a Seagate Barracude ES.2 over that Raptor, since the former has much higher sustained transfer speeds than the Raptor, the latter having the advantage in access speeds.
    I'd recommend this PSU over the one you've chosen, since I can't find any documentation about the CoolerMaster PSU's +12V amperage rating. The Corsair costs exactly the same without the rebate and also comes with free shipping and has a single +12V rail providing 52A, enough for almost anything you throw in your system.
    Lastly, get a case with good ventilation, since things are bound to get hot in the one you have chosen. I recommend the Antec Nine Hundred as a good choice.
     
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