First build, can someone double check parts and or suggestions?

By axelfoxx ยท 11 replies
Aug 29, 2011
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  1. This is my first build i have looked into it, I'm pretty sure i matched parts to each other fairly well i just want to be sure. I don't really have an established budget somewhere in the 500 to 600$ish range. I already have a monitor, usb mouse, and keyboard.

    The one thing i have not selected is a psu i don't trust myself to calculate watts and iv heard on top of calculating you must double it if you want the capacitors to last and not age as much?..

    As far as storage goes i'm probably going to get the fastest 7200 rpm 1tb hdd i can find

    and soon but not at first get a cd-dvd rw combo drive and bluray-r or rw drive



    Graphics card: (cause it has the 20$ mail in rebate and crossfire)



    I will be running Windows 7 64 bit on it..
    it will be used mostly for gaming and editing videos with Sony Vegas and adobe after effects

    I'm also only starting with 8gb of mem will probably upgrade later when bored or more money comes in.

    (I'm just not really sure on the psu and how to add all the parts in and make sure its not going to age on me, more than likely i will be upgrading this as newer and better come out until eventually i just need a new mobo and processor)
  2. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 569   +25

    for those parts above a 650w power supply will be ample but i would firstly advice more then one stick of memory so it will be faster, if you buy 2 (or 4 or 8 ect) sticks of memory it will run in dual mode and if you buy 3 (or 6) it will run in tripple channel
    Your graphics card isn't crossfire, it only says crossfire ready so when you buy a second one it will work in crossfire.

    I would advice looking at intel socket 1155 instead of amd
  3. axelfoxx

    axelfoxx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i know im getting two 4gb mem sticks to total 8 gb

    and as for the crossfire thats if later down the line i want to go back and add one for upgrade capabilities

    really specwise id love to stick with the amd intel's nice but overpriced
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    If you can at least stretch your budget a little more I'd get an AM3+ board for future compatibility with AMD Bulldozer CPU range. That way you can get more out of the other components for longer ;)
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

  6. axelfoxx

    axelfoxx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok but still should i get a 600-700w psu? and thanks ill probally up to an am3 but probably keep the 965 quad

    also would 600-700 still be good if i uped to two 6850's?
  7. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    I would get the GS800 Corsair PSU. It isn't that expensive and it will serve well for crossfiring to 6850s, maybe even three way crossfire. If you are willing to spend a bit more then I would get the 6870, although I don't think there will be a big difference.
  8. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Keeping a 600/700 Watt PSU would be a good idea.

    If you're sticking with the quad, go for the Phenom II X4 955 BE instead as it's cheaper.
  9. axelfoxx

    axelfoxx TS Rookie Topic Starter

  10. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 569   +25

    for crossfire i would atleast have a 850w
  11. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    That would depend on the cards being CFed. For the 6850 in CF a decent 650W unit is fine. Read this for a detailed understanding:

    @ axelfoxx - I suggest you look at these PSUs instead. They're coming in quite cheap with a mail in rebate:
  12. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 569   +25

    Yes ritwik7 i do understand he might not utilize all of the power but its good to have more then you need so when he might upgrade to more powerful chips in the future the power supply will be enough

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