DIY Computer Helpz or Please make sure I don't blow myself up
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May 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm #22695
Hey guys, this is a weird topic buuuut… I’m building a new computer for editing, annnd this is the first time I’ve done this. I’ve had it done for me but this is my first foray into the world of PC building. So if any of you have the know how I’d be honored if you made sure this build wouldn’t blow up or if I’m making any bonehead choices.
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1
ASUS Rampage III Gene
Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W
3x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
1x EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
1x Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5″ 120GB SATA III
1x Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Internal 1 TB Hard Drive
2x ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Thanks in advance guys. My budget is around 1400. I don’t have to buy a monitor thankfully but I’m gonna need around 150 or so for speakers and keyboard/mouse etc. So yeah.May 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm #22696BertoElConParticipant
If you have the spare cash you might get one of your DVD burners with a Blu-Ray reader. Also you might look into the 700w power supply, 500w might be a bit short with that much on it.
Otherwise everything looks like it should work.
Nobody is normal, a normal person is just someone you don't know very well.May 20, 2012 at 12:03 am #22702May 20, 2012 at 4:28 am #22713HexualityParticipant
Stating the obvious, but a static strap can be invaluable. That, and be careful with capacitors. Exposed ones can come of real easy, and completely ruin components.
But yeah, other than the power supply, looks solid. Good luck, and have fun.
Not that Hex. Yet.May 20, 2012 at 8:30 am #22718KeyWestReactorMember
The bigger the SSD the better. That 120GB you listed is sold out (at least from Newegg) anyway — you should probably bite the bullet and go ahead for the 240GB ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233268 )….May 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm #22721GundamkingBlocked
You really shouldn’t need anything bigger than a 120gb ssd. I usually just get an ssd for programs and OS’s. Also, do you have thermal compound and an OS? One other thing I would mention is sometimes amazon actually has better deals than newegg. So check each part there for a better deal.May 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm #22724KeyWestReactorMember
Unless you are planning obsolescence (ie, figure you’ll build anew in a couple of years), bigger will last you longer. Before you know it you’ll wish you could fit more onto that SSD….May 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm #22729FinakechiParticipant
I would definitely go for a larger PSU, 500w is really pushing it. I would try for 750-800 if you can.
AS far as SSDs I am using the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147134. And I can vouch for its quality.
I would go for a new gen CPU too. At the same price you can get the i7-2600k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
You would need to pick out a different mobo to go along with the 1155 socket though.May 21, 2012 at 9:37 am #22779May 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm #22807FinakechiParticipant
Not had much experience with ASrock so i can’t vouch for their quality.
I usually recomend MSI or ASUS. Try for a Z68 chipset if you can. Make sure you avoid micro ATX boards as you are just limiting expansion in the future. Unless you are specifically building a smaller systemMay 22, 2012 at 7:59 am #22831AlanimParticipant
Tips for shopping on newegg, try and combo whatever you can, their combo system is pretty annoying but it pays off when you use it.
Also, try and buy your memory in “sets” it’s normally cheaper and you won’t run into getting 2 different sticks that won’t work together(I’ve only heard about it)
Also, newegg has a pretty good video series that gives you a step by step on how to build a computer. Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
Not sure if you “need” the extra sized case, but it all depends on what you want, and it’ll likely be easier to build in.
*edit2* Generally most of the parts you suggest are here, you did pretty good.
Motherboard+Hard drive Combo – http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.943809
Case+Memory Combo – http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.933725
Power Supply+DVD/CD Burner Combo – http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.921495
SSD – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
Heatsink – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
CPU – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
GPU – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664
TIM/Thermal Paste – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
And not sure if you know/forgot but when you buy a after market cooler, you have to also buy TIM/Thermal paste (be very careful not to get this on the motherboard, shouldn’t be too hard, TIM is SUPER easy to apply. )
Also, Upgraded the GPU to a 560, 30 dollars more, with a nice performance increase.
If anyone has any suggestions/etc. to improve that I think he’d appreciate it.
*edit* Also, I personally enjoy Asrock’s build quality.May 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm #22852JonnaParticipant
@Musical_Jinn, if you’re using it primarily for video editing, I would recommend a Z68 board over the P67 you picked out, especially with a Sandy Bridge processor. This is the one I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&RandomID=526331849113210720120522143340
It’s been a great board so far. No issues yet!
The one that @Alanim linked to in the combo deal is probably an even better choice. It’s a Z77, which is an upgrade to the Z68s, but it only uses its full potential when paired with an Ivy Bridge processor. However, it is cheaper than mine, so why not! It would be especially good to have if you felt like upgrading to Ivy Bridge later on.
As for the GPU, the GTX 560 Ti is probably the best bang for your buck, as far as the current available choices go.
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