First System Build


Apr 29, 2009
This is my first system build, and I just wanted to make sure everything was compatible and good parts before I decided to order. If you see anything that needs changed please let me know. Thanks :D

I guess I should say I am looking for a computer to game on, and on a budget.

Also my budget is around $1000, plus I still need a new monitor :p

Antec 300 Case
AMD Phenom II X4 940
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB
LG DVD/CD Burner
Microsoft Vista 64 bit Home Premium

For a total of $879.87
(Motherboard and Processor are a combo deal. Hard Drive and Operating System are a combo deal)

Then I was unsure of what kind of monitor to get :( My friend has this monitor and says he loves it, but I am just not sure if i really want to spend $300 on a monitor.

Thanks for any help!


Feb 9, 2009
1) that PSU is overkill, 600w is all you need if it's OCZ, 550w if corsair or silverstone.

2) drop the mobo/HDD combo deal and get the HDD on it's own and D/L Win7.

3) that monitor isn't going to be great, it's 16:9, and damn it's pricey, I've got it's 28" big brother and converting £ to $ it would've only cost $40 more, and has a 16:10 resolution, which is what you want in a monitor.

try a 22" 1920x1200 monitor, they're pretty cheap now and if you want a bigger screen, 24's are only a bit more

Let me know if this psu can handle that vid card.... $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Brand OCZ
Model OCZ550FTY
Series Fatal1ty
Type ATX12V / EPS12V
Maximum Power 550W
Fans 120mm fan
PFC Active
Main Connector 20+4Pin
+12V Rails 2
PCI-E Connectors 1 x 6Pin, 1 x 6+2Pin
CrossFire Ready
SLI Ready
Modular Yes
Efficiency 82% Typical
Over Voltage Protection Yes
Input Voltage 100 - 240 V
Input Frequency Range 50/60 Hz
Input Current 10A
Output +3.3V@25A,+5V@25A,+12V1@25A,+12V2@25A,-12V@0.3A, +5VSB@2.5A
MTBF >100,000 Hours
Connectors 1 x Main connector (20+4Pin)
1 x 12V(P4)
1 x 12V(8Pin)
4 x Peripheral
6 x SATA
2 x Floppy
2 x PCI-E
Features OCZ PowerWhisper Technology


Apr 25, 2009

If should be enough for a single card system. It won't be enough if you're going for 4870 CF in the future, though.

The PSU has only 450W at +12V rail, which means that you will have a little over 390W to use for the whole system. There's a review in Toms on how to calculate the system power usage, and I think a single 4870 by itself use up around 170W from the +12V, the CPU use up an additional 95-120W (if I remember correctly the power consumption for PhII 940 is around 94 under load).

EDIT: Got the spec number wrong.
Since u did mention being on a budget:
$792.92 after free shipping and MIR

Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22"
$149.99 Free shipping

$942.91 total expenses :p


Apr 29, 2009
Thanks Dragonfang, I am in college, so i will check about what you were saying.

I am looking at this monitor because it is pretty and the price on it isn't too bad.

I picked the 700 watt PSU because I was maybe thinking about going crossfire in the future, but now I am not sure. Those 4890 cards you guys showed me look pretty good, and I think would be fine with one of those for a while.

Also, that motherboard batchuka kind of worries me because it is only $75 :??: I mean all the reviews and stuff are ok on it, I was just wondering if it was made well or not. Any insight on that would be great :D

Thanks for all of the replies guys.


Apr 29, 2009

How does that build look. It is a little over the initial budget I wanted to stay under, but I think it will be good.


Apr 29, 2009
I held off on ordering a computer a couple weeks ago because I had a few expenses pop up, but now I think I have some money, and am looking to buy again very soon.

I think that I would like to do some OC'ing that is why I am getting the cpu cooler, and I think I will get another 4890 in a couple months once i get some more paychecks that is why i am getting the 750 watt corsair.

Here is what I am thinking of getting, plus I have some promo codes and such that will lower the prices of a few of the items. Just wanting to run this by some people on here before i pull the trigger. Thanks.