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Old July 13, 2010, 05:51 AM
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Hello everyone!

I've recently been looking into building my own PC because I figured if I was planning on spending around 2000, might as well make my own right?

Anyways, this would be my first attempt at doing this and I'm looking to run some upcoming games and looking to have something that will last me a couple years. Specific games I'm looking to run would be Final Fantasy XIV, Star Craft II, Left 4 Dead 2 (and 1), Borderlands, Team fortress 2, maybe battlefield/call of duty, and possibly Crysis 2 if that's at all possible. but not a must because ill just resort to ps3 if i need to (For Crysis, that is).

I'm just wondering how great this build would end up being, if there are any improvements I can make, or if there is anything unnecessary in the build that I don't really need. Any tips/assistance is greatly appreciated.

some of these parts I may pick up at a local Tiger Direct if i can to save on shipping costs.

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Thank you very much for your time.
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Old July 13, 2010, 08:40 AM
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It's better to post your list here than a link. That being said, your list is mostly fine. A few points:
1. Your 850W PSU is overkill, but if you plan on adding another GPU at a later date, keep it. Otherwise a 650w is plenty.
2. The DVD drive you have listed is an IDE drive, not a SATA one. Change that out.
3. Also, you don't have a SSD or HD listed.
4. No reason for Windows Professional for a home system, Premium will do fine and save you $70.
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I recommend this RAM instead of the Corsair: Newegg.ca - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI
Much cheaper and has superior specs.

I also recommend this heatsink: Newegg.ca - Thermalright U120eXtrem1366RT R-C 120mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
Or you could buy a good 120mm fan or two and this heatsink: Newegg.ca - ZALMAN CNPS10X FLEX CPU Cooler
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Old July 13, 2010, 08:57 AM
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Sorry about that, ill keep in mind to list hardware in the future.

Also, thanks for catching my hdd miss, i meant to have a 750gb caviar black hdd there, I did manage to fix up some of my selections like you had suggested. I'm not 100% confident about the mobo though. not sure if it will have enough spacing or not, also I'm not sure if I could possibly pick better RAM?
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Old July 13, 2010, 09:00 AM
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Oh, thanks for the RAM suggestion. must have posted it while I was typing. I switched over to that. also considering the heat sink as well. thanks very much.
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G.Skill makes good, inexpensive ram. It's what I run in my systems. Yes, you can find something with better timings, but you won't notice the difference in day to day use, only in benchmarks.
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I recommend this drive rather than the 750GB or even the 1TB Caviar Black: Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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Old July 13, 2010, 09:09 AM
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Thanks!
1TB for nearly the same price seems pretty great to me.
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Old July 13, 2010, 09:40 AM
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I would recommend 2 changes to your wishlist...

I would change the sapphire 5870 to an XFX 5870, as XFX provides a double lifetime warranty.

Next I would change the power supply from the corsair tx series to the hx series for easier cable management due to hx series been modular over the non-modular tx series. You only need to use the cables for the stuff you got and not have any left over making the inside look messy, like a pre-built hp/acer/dell system!
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Old July 13, 2010, 10:17 AM
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Thank You!
Switched over to the XFX 5870 and also changed to an HX 750 watt corsair.

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