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Critique of first build - grpeacock - 12-26-2011

So, I'm planning on building my first computer probably within the next week or so. It's loosely based on a Tier 3 gaming build, and the purpose is mostly gaming. Here are the parts I've been considering:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3067296&SID=

Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3067296&SID=

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157254

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL121311&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL121311-_-EMC-121311-Index-_-ComputerCases-_-11147144-L015A

In total, after shipping, it adds up to $706.45. Price is a strong driving force here; I don't want to spend more than $750, and lower is much better.

A few questions. Firstly, is this motherboard of satisfactory quality, etc, and will it fit into a gaming build well? I'm frankly not very well versed in different motherboards. Secondly, I wondered about the hard drive. The title mentions it is a "bare drive." What is this and how would it affect the build?

Any other comments on the prospective build would be more than welcome! Thanks.


RE: Critique of first build - weirdguy - 12-28-2011

Bare drive means that it doesn't come with documentation or accessories like cables and such. You will usually get stuff to mount the drive with the case, but you may need to get a cable to go with it, depending on how the supplies work out. It's not that hard to find one if you do end up short.

Other than that, I am running an identical set up, and the only real difference is that I'm using the HAF 922 case because I managed to get enough cut rate deals to go overkill on the case (cooler master "midtower" is kind of overkill for anything, really), and that the RAM cards don't have tall heatsinks, which may or may not get in the way when you are running power cables around and stuff.

You may want to compare prices on amazon, just to make sure you're getting a good deal, including shipping. You may also indulge in some epic case comparison and shopping if you enjoy spending hours looking at pretty cases. Amazon has a lot of good pictures if you like seeing the insides of things, and user pictures are handy references.


RE: Critique of first build - bigwig001 - 12-28-2011

Just looking at the reviews of the MoBo and seeing that people gave it bad marks for the placement of the RAM slots. I believe you would be ok with just two sticks, but if you wanted to add more, you would have an issue.


RE: Critique of first build - grpeacock - 12-28-2011

(12-28-2011, 01:36 AM)weirdguy Wrote: Bare drive means that it doesn't come with documentation or accessories like cables and such. You will usually get stuff to mount the drive with the case, but you may need to get a cable to go with it, depending on how the supplies work out. It's not that hard to find one if you do end up short.

I've been looking around for non-bare drives, but I've yet to find anything with this sort of pricing. It looks like you can get a SATA cable for only a few dollars.

(12-28-2011, 01:36 AM)weirdguy Wrote: Other than that, I am running an identical set up, and the only real difference is that I'm using the HAF 922 case because I managed to get enough cut rate deals to go overkill on the case (cooler master "midtower" is kind of overkill for anything, really), and that the RAM cards don't have tall heatsinks, which may or may not get in the way when you are running power cables around and stuff.

Speaking of cases, I ran across this guy today: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=6078407&sku=G54-40840
It's a bit cheaper, and, well, a bit prettier also! Opinions on this one?

(12-28-2011, 01:36 AM)weirdguy Wrote: You may want to compare prices on amazon, just to make sure you're getting a good deal, including shipping. You may also indulge in some epic case comparison and shopping if you enjoy spending hours looking at pretty cases. Amazon has a lot of good pictures if you like seeing the insides of things, and user pictures are handy references.

Indeed. This brought to mind another question; what are people's opinions on shopping for used parts on, say, ebay? It would very likely be cheaper, but, of course, the parts aren't new.

(12-28-2011, 08:11 AM)bigwig001 Wrote: Just looking at the reviews of the MoBo and seeing that people gave it bad marks for the placement of the RAM slots. I believe you would be ok with just two sticks, but if you wanted to add more, you would have an issue.

Chances are I'll be sticking with the 2-stick 8gb for a while. Other than that, it looks ok?