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mperemsky

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I am looking to build my first computer (after a decade) and have chosen the following components. I want to keep the total build at/around $1000. I do not do a lot of intense gaming, but do some video editing. I am stuck on choosing a case, I cannot decide. I know I want a mid-tower, with good cable management, and external ports for audio/mic/usb (firewire would be nice, but not mandatory). I would also like to be able to see into the case, just b/c I have had PCs for 20 years and wanted something different.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail $240.00

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $125.00

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $140.00

OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $76.00

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM (x2) $180.00 (RAID 0)

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM (x2) $50.00


HAVE: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular

Case: ???

LIAN LI PC-60BPLUSII W Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $150.00

Originally I liked the following case, but decided against it as all reviews say the front cover blocks the fan and the cable management is poor:

Ultra eTorque ULT33180 Mid-Tower ATX Case $70.00

I have heard the antec 900 is extremely popular, but the cable management looks awful, and I do not want to get out power tools to cut holes to make management easier.

I also do prefer not get get a case where I have to open a door to access the DVD drives as I access them all the time and find the doors useless.

Anyway, hope this is not too much to ask. I look forward to the feedback. I am sticking with AMD, so please do not suggest Intel.

TIA

Mike
 

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The system looks good, I can not criticise it much.

For video editing and general work related stuff I would stick in 8 GBs, it will save you the hassle of adding more ram in the future. Make you've got a x64 operating system too.
 
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looks like a very nice system:)
 
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Okay what you need to do it get the combo deal with the cpu and a motherboard : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ubCategory=343&SortField=0&PageSize=10&page=1

You can get the deluxe 790fx version, with 85$ off combo deal or the same board you picked with $80 off! Check it out there are different boards too but look man there is good stuff! Trying to help you save :toast:
I would go with the ASUS M4A79T Deluxe because it is only $35 more than the M4A78T-E combo deal and its a really nice board man. It is even cheaper than just buying the board and CPU alone lol.

EDIT: One more thinkg don't get that shoddy OCZ RAM get this really good quality crucial RAM, it will overclock much better if you want to but it is still great ram at stock. These : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

If you aren't going to mess with anything though you might want to check these out since they are preconfigured to run at low timings even though you could take the first ones to the same specs. : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148261
 
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Thanks

Thanks for the replies guys.

I really like the look of the Lian Li case, I am going to take a closer look at those. And also look into the mobo and memm suggestions.

just an fyi, I saw this lian li mod on ebay.
 
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You better get a combo deal!
 
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Its a nice rig, i suggest going with the Lian Li, has a better rep then Ultra.
 

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Okay what you need to do it get the combo deal with the cpu and a motherboard
Yeah, I will definitely look into the combo deals when I make the purchase. My initial concern was making sure that I had picked the correct components before spending the, hardly ever seems to be there, $$$.


EDIT: One more thinkg don't get that shoddy OCZ RAM get this really good quality crucial RAM, it will overclock much better if you want to but it is still great ram at stock. These : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

If you aren't going to mess with anything though you might want to check these out since they are preconfigured to run at low timings even though you could take the first ones to the same specs. : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148261
I noticed no heat spreader on the first set. Will that become an issue when gaming?
 
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No it will not they run cool. Even overclocked they don't need heat spreaders. For alot of RAM it is just a gimmick. If you are paranoid though you could buy some heatsinks down the road but overall the crucial is a much better kit.
 
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I noticed no heat spreader on the first set. Will that become an issue when gaming?
Unless u oc the ram by a lot with insanely high voltages, then no.

As for the build seems fine. For a case, check the NZXT Tempest. Is like the 900 but bigger with easier cable management.

And yes, if u do video editing, get 8gb for your own safety.