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Thread: First Time Building

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    First Time Building

    Hello everyone, I'm looking to build my first PC and I know next to nothing on what I should be looking for when it comes to parts. I would love to see some good gaming desktop builds in the $800-$1000 range if at all possible. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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    are you going to build it yourself? do you have monitor and mouse/keyboard/speakers? Should be able to build a gaming tower for $1000 easily that would good for you. Do you have a preference on what size tower you want? mid or full?
    Win8.1/HAF X/CM 1000W/Z77X-UD5H/3770k/32g G Skill/GTX780/Vertex3 120g/WD 500 Blk/WD 1T Blk
    Win7/CM Centurion/650W/Z77X-UD3H/2500k/16g Kingston/HD6870/Vertex2 90g/WD 500 Black
    Win7/modded mid-case/725W/UP45-UD3R/Q6600/8g Kingston/HD6870/WD 1T Blk/WD 500 Blk

    doesn't keep me up nights, no siree

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    Nope, nothing. I just have a laptop and I'm looking to start from nothing. I'm open to all suggestions and have no real size limits. Just a $800-$1000 budget. $1000 would be fine. I'm not really putting in the cost of keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc. This budget is strictly for the case, cpu, ram, mb, etc. but if a good monitor or anything can be suggested, I wouldn't protest. :P
    Last edited by nashy08; 05-24-2012 at 09:42 AM.

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    Oh and yes, I'll be building it myself with some help from my friend and IT guy where I work. Sad, I'm a computer science major but I haven't learned this part of it yet haha.

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    case................http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213........$150
    cpu.................http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501.........$350
    MotherBoard..........http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546................$ 145
    PSU.....................http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021..............$11 0
    RAM..................http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233185................. .....$65
    SSD.......................http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706..........$125
    HDD......................http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533..........$120
    Video card....................
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404.............$360

    This equals $1425 at Newegg..but I gather something cheaper with good value...........now a value gaming PC

    Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM
    (GFC-02050) (sku: 45271)
    Please note that Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit only supports up to 16GB $119.98
    Hard Drives Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
    $139.98
    Processor (CPU) AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box
    $139.98
    CPU Cooling Please Use The Heatsink Included With My CPU -NOT Available With OEM Processors
    $0.98
    Motherboard ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 880G DDR3 mATX 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI Video Audio LAN Motherboard
    $91.98
    DVD Writer ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
    $24.98
    DDR3 Memory (RAM) Corsair XMS CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
    $53.03
    Video Cards GeForce GTX 560 1GB PCI-E Dual DVI Mini HDMI
    $204.96
    Computer Case Coolermaster Storm Scout Black ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT 120MM & 140MM Red LED Fan No PSU
    $89.98
    Power Supply Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan
    $69.98




    YOUR TOTAL
    in CANADIAN DOLLARS
    $935.83
    Win8.1/HAF X/CM 1000W/Z77X-UD5H/3770k/32g G Skill/GTX780/Vertex3 120g/WD 500 Blk/WD 1T Blk
    Win7/CM Centurion/650W/Z77X-UD3H/2500k/16g Kingston/HD6870/Vertex2 90g/WD 500 Black
    Win7/modded mid-case/725W/UP45-UD3R/Q6600/8g Kingston/HD6870/WD 1T Blk/WD 500 Blk

    doesn't keep me up nights, no siree

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    I can't seem to find the exact model of motherboard you've suggested. Would this work?

    ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131657R

    and also this for the RAM

    CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145315

    This is all I could find for the video card:

    EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130660

    Is this the case? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196

    and finally I couldn't find a 600W Coolmaster Extreme PSU, but would this 550W be ok? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171038

    With all this my total was only $783.91 USD.

    OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    Mother Board - ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    DVD Writer - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    RAM - CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
    Video Card - EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    PSU - COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
    Last edited by nashy08; 05-25-2012 at 12:23 AM.

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    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $17.99


    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119196
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $99.99
    $79.99


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136533
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Recover Your Data(expand for options)
    -$30.00 Instant
    $149.99
    $119.99


    Open Box: ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131657R
    Return Policy: Open Box Refund Only Return Policy
    -$38.00 Instant
    $94.99
    $56.99


    EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814130660
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $189.99


    COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817171038
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$15.00 Instant
    $64.99
    $49.99


    CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
    Item #: N82E16820145315
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $48.99


    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103727
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $119.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116986
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99

    Subtotal: $783.91

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    Or what about this motherboard?

    ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131733

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    Oh, also how about a modem? I don't know what to look for, I need something with ethernet capabilities.

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    most of all that looks good...............you have a built in ethernet connetion built into the MB these days, not too worry

    Stick with an AM3 MB and not the AM3+
    Win8.1/HAF X/CM 1000W/Z77X-UD5H/3770k/32g G Skill/GTX780/Vertex3 120g/WD 500 Blk/WD 1T Blk
    Win7/CM Centurion/650W/Z77X-UD3H/2500k/16g Kingston/HD6870/Vertex2 90g/WD 500 Black
    Win7/modded mid-case/725W/UP45-UD3R/Q6600/8g Kingston/HD6870/WD 1T Blk/WD 500 Blk

    doesn't keep me up nights, no siree

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