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#1 EpsilonZX
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Hello,

I have spent the past few days looking up parts for my first build and I came up with this:

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) x 2

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA

EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.Skill RipJaw Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3

APEX Case

Hanns-G 20" HDMI Widescreen LCD monitor
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254049because GS linking sucks)

Total: ~$1500

>Could anyone give me some input about these parts and any comments/recommendations for it or if I forgot something

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#2 jedikevin2
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Wait on video cards. With the new AMD cards coming sometime this month, more price wars could kick off on older model AMD and nvidia cards. Those gtx 460's look pretty overpriced so I say definitely wait. Also, you might wanna look into small raid hd's and stay with one gtx 460 and get another later.
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#3 EpsilonZX
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ah I didn't know that, so yeah hopefully by the beginning of November (or Thanksgiving by the latest) the gtx 460 will be cheaper. Personally I rather get a cheaper HDD at first and then upgrade later because that is the least of my concerns when it comes to the computer and although it'd be cheaper to get only one gtx, I'd rather get two because I have the money now and I'd rather not worry about it later. Besides I might not have the money later due to things popping up (which has happened a lot recently). Thanks jedikevin2. Also can I assume that this build will actually work and everything is compatible with everything else?
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#4 bluemustang16
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On top of a new series of graphics cards coming out black friday will be rolling around soon too. Hoping for some price drops on the 5k series cards as well as some nice black friday/cybor monday deals myself :)

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#5 EpsilonZX
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Alright quick question, what size monitor should I get the 20" 720p above or spend $50 more and get a 24" 1080p monitor? The desk that I'm going to be using it on is roughly 47"
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#6 gmaster456
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I personally wouldn't have less that 22 inches. The 24 inch would be best for gaming and productivity
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#7 EpsilonZX
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thanks for the input, I've decided on the 24" monitor, it's a step up from my 17" laptop screen, but I'm sure I'll get used to it
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#8 gmaster456
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thanks for the input, I've decided on the 24" monitor, it's a step up from my 17" laptop screen, but I'm sure I'll get used to itEpsilonZX
Just a warning Once you get used to your 24inch using your 17inch laptop will be painful ;)
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#9 whitey_rolls
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Just make sure you don't cheap out on the power supply, especially if you want to SLI/Crossfire your GPU's.

Sorry I just looked at your case/PSU after writing that lol. You have a pretty cheap case and a PSU that won't cut it at all. Take it from me as a person who has built computers and take it from the others on here who will agree with this you will definitely need more than 300 watts of power for that rig. And in regards to the case don't cheap out too much. Get yourself a decent $80 - $100 enthusiasts case which will provide better air flow and an easier working environment for your build.

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#10 ionusX
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nzxt gamma can be had for the same price as your case.. is much bettah!

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#11 hitman6actual
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Hello,

I have spent the past few days looking up parts for my first build and I came up with this:

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) x 2

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA

EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.Skill RipJaw Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3

APEX Case

Hanns-G 20" HDMI Widescreen LCD monitor
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254049because GS linking sucks)

Total: ~$1500

>Could anyone give me some input about these parts and any comments/recommendations for it or if I forgot something

EpsilonZX

Add a 700W (or more) SLI ready PSU to that build. The 300w stock one (that comes with your case) won't power one GTX460, much less two of them and your CPU.

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#12 EpsilonZX
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Yeah I figured that the power supply was a bit weak when it came to powering it and after doing a bit of looking I've stumbled upon this:

Case:Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W

Are these good enough (and compatible with the rest of the parts)?

Also I would like to thank everyone for being so helpful with this.

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#13 ionusX
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they are...

as an owner of an antec 900 i can draw a few conclusions about your case based on personal experience with mine.. as the two have a lot in common.

its a great case but here are a few to also consider:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

rosewill challenger: same price, this pint sized brawler is very builder friendly and uses thumbscrews. it also has an optional attachment for SSD's which is a significant plus. this one comes from high recommends from me. its a greta little case i recommend to anyone and everyone.. if i can fit it into a build, ill do it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

cooler master HAF 912: for 5 bucks mroe you get a great case from CM. the haf series comes with huge accolades and i daresay will be one of the more common case lines in the market out there. shes a can do, will do case that is great for airflow and space.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133180

thermaltake V6 : this one has won alot of awards for being a stylish and cool running case. it has alot of features of the antec 300.. without the extra weight of being an all metal case.. call it a light antec 300. shes an amazing case and having seen one myself would be a fine substitue or replacement for my aging antec 900. for 5 bucks more

finally for a psu recommendation:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

antec earthwatts 650 watt psu, active pfc, 80+ cert, shes the little psu that can at a much cheaper price.. i wouldnt touch that corsair unless you want the VERY best psu possible.. id ignore that corsair unless you really want to go all out on the psu..

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#14 partytimekegs
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Why buy that processor when the I7950 is 299 at newegg?

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#15 partytimekegs
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Also, I wouldn't buy the 300. Go ahead with the Antec 900 or 1200.

I bought the 900 but now wish I had gone ahead with the 1200 considering I'm used to enormous desktops. (Old P4EE Area-51 owner.)

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#16 EpsilonZX
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Thanks for the case ideas, I actually ended up deciding on the

Cooler Master HAF 912

simply because I don't like having the LEDs on my Desktop

and I went with the Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W PSU over the one I chose because it's cheaper and I'm pretty sure it doesn't have to be that overkill

and to the one who mentioned the i7 950, I went with that over the one I decided on. Still don't know how I missed that one.

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#17 EpsilonZX
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Hey quick questions, can anyone recommend me a good Fermi, preferably 1GB the one I chose is a bit expensive, and should I buy two or just get one and wait for a price decrease before buying a second one. Finally, should I build this now or wait a month or two, and if I wait, should I pick up the parts that are on sale now and get the rest later?
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#18 jedikevin2
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If not in a hurry, always pick parts up slowly on sale. Its what I do. I again would jsut say wait the 2-3 weeks on any video card. NEW AMD cards should shake up prices for everything a bit. I expect 1gb 460's to be about 180-200, 768mb 460's to drop to 150-170 once AMD releases the new cards. It will all depend though how those 2 new cards are priced.
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#19 Roggirek
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That Earthwatts PSU can does not have enough 6 pin GPU power plugs for SLi'd GTX 460s. Also, if you are planning on having more than one of ANY upper fermi card, you should get a beefy (750w+) PSU.
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#20 EpsilonZX
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Alright that's what I figured on doing instead of getting them all at once when they might not be on sale.

So here is what I think will be the final list of parts for the build

Inteli7 950

Cooler Master HAF 912

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi)x2

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA

EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.Skill RipJaw Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W

LITEON Black 18x DVD-Drive/ 48x CD-ROM

ASUS 23.4" HDMI Full1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor(already purchased)

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#21 gmaster456
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Alright that's what I figured on doing instead of getting them all at once when they might not be on sale.

So here is what I think will be the final list of parts for the build

Inteli7 950

Cooler Master HAF 912

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi)x2

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA

EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.Skill RipJaw Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W

LITEON Black 18x DVD-Drive/ 48x CD-ROM

ASUS 23.4" HDMI Full1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor(already purchased)

EpsilonZX
That is a very nice build. Enjoy
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#22 EpsilonZX
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Thanks to all of you who helped me with this, for I would never have gotten this thing to work without your advice.
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#23 Roggirek
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Enjoy the build! Make sure you save some money for some games. My friend spent his bottom dollar on a rig, and I helped him put it together. Afterwards, he sat there watching his desktop, while I played TF2 on my laptop =D
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#24 partytimekegs
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You are going to need some decent cooling for the 950.

I would overclock it a little bit if I were you. (Unless you have some kind of warranty.)

Get a Corsair H70 push/pull with GOOD 120mm fans that are 25mm thick. (Not 38mm thick)

Or get a decent heatsink in push/pull. (I run a 3.0ghz q6600 OC which was 2.4 stock. My temps with my Megahalem and UltraKaze 3000's never go above 49c. Never.. seriously. Ambient room temp is always 72F. I mean.. even at 100% load for a few hours it still never gets high. :DDD)

If I had to choose again though.. I would get the H70 cause the Megahalem is a PAIN to get on right and working well.

All the damn stress was ridiculous. I mean, I'm not new to building computers.. but that setup was just so awkward. (Well.. I've never fooled around with large heatsinks before until now.)

Also, the EVGA 470GTX isn't a bad idea. Definitely worthy of thought considering you can just SLI it and get better performance than a 480GTX without breaking the bank all at once.

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#25 partytimekegs
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Seriously though.. trust me when I say this.. even if you have no intentions of OCing please don't use that intel heatsink.

Its straight garbage.

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#26 EpsilonZX
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I forgot about the heatsink...so you're telling me that that the heatsink that comes with the i7 is awful? Is it really that bad.

P.S. I don't know much about heatsinks, haven't messed with them much so I don't really know what's a good one to get.

I have no intentions of OCing this thing because I want this thing to last as long as possible and I don't want to mess around and screw it up and I prefer the 460GTX, it's cheaper and I'm already probably over my budget for this.

P.S.S. Does anyone know what combo my motherboard is a part of, because it refuses to tell me and let me add it to my cart.