Discussion {{'2010-01-20T07:37:25-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}

What do you think of this build?

Hello, this is my first attempt at building my own system.  I have done some online research, and here is the build I have come up with.  I'm wanting to build a good gaming pc and I'm toying with using Linux.  What do you think?  And do you see a way to make it cheaper?  Thanks in advance ......

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Written on {{'2010-01-21T06:36:35-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Sweet Deal!!  Thank you so much for the advice!  Now i just need my income taxes to come back so I can purchase this thing!

Written on {{'2010-01-20T20:05:27-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Go with this OCZ PSU instead. It's on sale for the same price as that Rosewill.
Written on {{'2010-01-20T19:51:39-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Ok, so I think this is the final build...I've added a 500 watt Rosewill PSU and the XFX Radeon 4850, does anyone see any reason why this shouldn't work out?  Again, thank you for all of your feedback!

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1

Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2SB 500W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817182076
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$20.00 Instant
$59.99
$39.99
1

Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811133058
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$20.00 Instant
$82.99
$62.99
1

XFX Radeon HD 4850 HD-485X-ZDFC Video Card
Item #:N82E16814150351
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant
$129.99
$119.99
1

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231193
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

$104.99
1

Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

$199.99
1

ASUS P7P55D ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131404
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$149.99
1

Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136098
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$47.99
Grand Total: $725.93
Written on {{'2010-01-20T12:58:28-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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I'm still worried about your PSU.  A few things you never want to skimp in a build are the PSU and motherboard.

 

Typically the more reliable PSU manufacturers are Seasonic, Antec, PC Power and Cooling, Fortron, Enermax, OCZ, and Corsair.  I believe OCZ or Corsair might be rebranded Seasonics or some other brand since they're relatively new to the PSU business.  I'd find a cheap one from one of those manufacturers.  Thermaltake isn't bad, but they aren't good either.  They're kindof towards the middle of the pack.  Maybe slightly below average IMHO.  There should be plenty from the above manufacturers that won't break your budget.

 

For your setup, I wouldn't recommend anything greater than 500W.  Unless you're doing very high-end gaming with two or more graphics cards, it's doubtful your system will use even 300W.  Something in the 400-500W power range should be fine.

 

I would second leroythered's suggestion about the graphics card as well.

Written on {{'2010-01-20T12:11:13-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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I would consider replacing the video card with the Radeon 4850, it's a real steal right now:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048%20106792627%201067940677&name=Radeon%20HD%204850

Even if you went with the 512mb version from Sapphire it will still outperform that 9800GT most of the time.  And at $99, you can't beat it.

Written on {{'2010-01-20T11:14:52-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Here is the updated build...

Any foreseeable problems with it?

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1

Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811133058
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$20.00 Instant
$82.99
$62.99
1

SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/ BEBE
Item #:N82E16827151193
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$24.99
1

PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GT VCG98GTEE1XEB Video Card
Item #:N82E16814133304
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$109.99
1

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817153052
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$15.00 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$69.99
$54.99
1

Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

$199.99
1

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231193
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

$104.99
1

ASUS P7P55D ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131404
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$149.99
1

Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136098
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$47.99
Grand Total: $755.92


 

Written on {{'2010-01-20T09:29:37-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Thank you for your reply.  I exchanged the original case for the same one minus the PUS and have added the following PSU:

 

Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817153023
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$12.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-153-023
$41.99
$36.99

What would you suggest nVidia-wise?
Written on {{'2010-01-20T09:03:21-08:00' | moment:'fromNow'}}
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Well, two things I see off the bat. The PSU that's coming with that case is going to be shite. It'll most likely be a Tier 5; if you stick with it, don't be surprised if it burns out after a year or so.

Secondly, what do you mean by a "good gaming PC?" Do you mean you want it to be able to play a wide variety of games and/or at high graphics elvels? I ask because the 9500 GT you've chosen is a bit out of date, meaning at least you won't be able to play most modern games at high settings, and at most you won't be able to play some games (Crysis comes to mind, but I managed fine on an 8600GT for a while). But if you're only a moderate gamer and don't want to play anything super intense, that card could work okay. I'd still suggest something faster (ATI 4770 comes to mind), but that means more money.

For a modern gaming rig, it's hard to keep costs down when you're building from nothing. AMD will reduce your costs a bit, as would going with Intel LGA775, but I wouldn't recommend that as 775 is going away soon. NE usually has some pretty badass sales if you're willing to bend a little on your components, and you can get some good deals with combos, but keep in mind that combos won't necessarily include compatible parts.

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