Suggestions for my first build


Feb 11, 2010

I am planning to build my first comp. After initial search these are the two builds that i came up with (tiger direct and new egg builds). Both use AMD 965 BE and does not include monitors, keyboards mouse and speakers and players.
Newegg build
Cpu Fan : ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler with Worlds first PWM Fan Speed Controller
Case : Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Hard Drive : Western Digital RE3 WD5002ABYS-01B1B0 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
MoBo : ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
Graphics : SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
Power : Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE
MEMORY : CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
price : $1,324.86
Tiger direct build
Cpu fan : C13-2528 :: Corsair CWCH50-1 Hydro H50 CPU Liquid Cooler - 120mm
Case : C283-1223 :: Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case - 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 200mm Fans, 1 120mm Fan
Hard Drive : TSD-500AALS :: Western Digital WD5001AALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G (1.8 lbs)
MOBO : A455-2903 :: Asus M4A79XTD EVO AMD 790X Socket AM3 Motherboard
Graphics : A271-5850 :: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI (3.3 lbs)
Power : ULT-LSP750 :: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime
Memory : C13-2048 :: Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - Tri Channel, 1600MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048MB)
CPU : A79-0955 :: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor - 3.20GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan
OS : M17-7302 :: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM
price : $1,251.87
I am trying to find if there are any problems with these builds. Also should I be adding anything more( or removing or replacing). I am open to any suggestions or recommendations. Also I plan to connect it to 1080p TV. Is there a problem or should I switch back to my monitor



Dec 1, 2009
If you want an Ultra PSU, get X3 or X-Pro. And no, they're not cheap. The Ultra one on your list is not as good.

Or get this if you're shopping at TD:

Samsung F3 is sold out again. So WD would be the 2nd choice.

You don't need a 3rd party cpu cooler unless you overclock.

Either build will be good. The newegg one will be unnoticeably faster cuz of the extra 200mhz cpu clock speed. No, both cpus are not the same.
I disagee with p55 on the WD being the second choice. The Seagate 7200.12 500 GB is the next best choice to the F3.

Another problem is that you choose triple channel RAM (3x2 GB). You need dual channle (2x2 GB). Also, Corsair's sticks are over priced. They're really expensive, but don't give you a whole lot. Especially the Dominators. Switch to the G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 (Newegg's price: $115). These are likely to be faster, and definitely cheaper.

You might be able to bump up the GPU to an HD 5870 with that change. If not, it's definitely worth switching to a slightly cheaper CPU (the 955 or X3 705e) to afford it (assuming this is only for gaming).
You don't if you're not buying an aftermarket CPU cooler. Which you don't need if you're not overclocking.

Switch the RAM for these Ripjaws. They're faster and only slightly more expensive.

I'd switch the case back to the HAF 922. It's cheaper ($90 after rebate on Newegg), bigger and slightly cooler. The Antec 900 is still a good case though.

Other than that, it looks good.

Similar threads