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Hey everyone,

I have decided to build my own computer, and I am looking for some feedback on the parts I have chosen. The build is:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16811119197

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16817139009

Motherboard:ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard CPU:
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16813131614

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16819115225

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16820145286

Graphics card: EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16814130550

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Optical Drive(s)
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16822136533

Monitor: ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16824236053



Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16832116754

CD/DVD Drive: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca...071410-Index-_-



This will be my first time building a PC, and am looking for any recommendations. If everything is good, can I order everything now?

PS: A few newbie questions:

Do I need to buy a sound card?
Are there any parts I missed?
How do I know if everything is compatible/will fit with each part?

If anyone can give me some answers, or give me recommendations as to whether my build is good enough or not, I would greatly appreciate it
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Hello arneezy and welcome to G2G.com.

Man, looks like a very nice and sleek gaming system you've got listed there. As far as compatibility is concerned, you did a great job. If you want to double check, you can go here to check out what hardware has been tested on the board. If they don't have a specific type of DDR3 tested that you picked out, don't worry. Motherboard manufacturers can't test every RAM module by every memory manufacturer for compatibility.

You might want to change the memory you picked out for your setup, according to Intel, Core i7 only supports up to DDR3 1066. It doesn't mean the memory won't work, but it want be at DDR3 1600 speed. Apparantly if you want to actually run at DDR3 1600 speeds, you would have to purchase DDR3 1800 or 1866 ram. Even then, you wouldn't get a guarantee that it would run at DDR3 1600 speeds.

You don't necessarily need a sound card, but if you wanted one since to enhance your gaming, music listening, and video/movie watching experience, it couldn't hurt. Just depends on your budget. I wouldn't cut back on anything else to get a sound card.

The only thing I can recommend is reading the "How to Build Your Own Computer Guide" by Troy and Artellos here at G2G.com.

Hope that helps.
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Hello arneezy and welcome to G2G.com.

Man, looks like a very nice and sleek gaming system you've got listed there. As far as compatibility is concerned, you did a great job. If you want to double check, you can go here to check out what hardware has been tested on the board. If they don't have a specific type of DDR3 tested that you picked out, don't worry. Motherboard manufacturers can't test every RAM module by every memory manufacturer for compatibility.

You might want to change the memory you picked out for your setup, according to Intel, Core i7 only supports up to DDR3 1066. It doesn't mean the memory won't work, but it want be at DDR3 1600 speed. Apparantly if you want to actually run at DDR3 1600 speeds, you would have to purchase DDR3 1800 or 1866 ram. Even then, you wouldn't get a guarantee that it would run at DDR3 1600 speeds.

You don't necessarily need a sound card, but if you wanted one since to enhance your gaming, music listening, and video/movie watching experience, it couldn't hurt. Just depends on your budget. I wouldn't cut back on anything else to get a sound card.

The only thing I can recommend is reading the "How to Build Your Own Computer Guide" by Troy and Artellos here at G2G.com.

Hope that helps.


Alright cool. I checked out the compatibility and it was good. And for the memory, would you recommend just buying a DDR3 1066 memory sticks?

I'll see if I have extra money for a sound card and I will check out that computer guide.

Thanks a lot for your help!
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I just thought I'd throw the idea out there of getting a sound card since it looks like you are building a top of the line system. If you have some extra dollars in budget, you could spend the money you would for a sound card for a better sound system for your computer or headset. The other option is to get a Blu-Ray Combo Drive or even a Blu-Ray Burner. The only kicker here is you would have to buy some 3rd party software to be able to play or burn Blu-Ray discs because Windows 7 doesn't include Blu-Ray play back capabilities at this time; so that would be an additional $30 to $60 over the purchase of the Blu-Ray player.

As far as sticking with the RAM you've got picked out or going with DDR3 1066 instead, that is really up to you. I just wanted to let you know about the quirk with the actual speeds on the RAM involving the Intel Core i7 cpus. How much of a performance increase would you see over the money you spend on going with DDR3 1600 or even DDR3 1866 over the DDR3 1066 is a question you should consider.

Here is Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Triple Channel Kit for $146 at Newegg,, or you could go with Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) for $165 at Newegg.

However, if you want to get closer to true DDR3 1600 speed on that platform and it will fit in your budget, you could go with CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB)DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Triple Channel Kit for $279 at Newegg. For $100 more, this is what I would get in place of a sound card, but only if your board you've got picked out supports it.

Hope that helps. Almost forgot, don't forget to check with Fry's on prices. I've found Fry's very competative with Newegg, and plus, Fry's is handy if there is a location near you too.
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Hi.

After spending $$$$S on this system, make sure it is protected with a surge protector.

Does your case or motherboard come with a system speaker or lights so that if you do have problems, you will be able to get the codes from the bios at boot up?
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I just thought I'd throw the idea out there of getting a sound card since it looks like you are building a top of the line system. If you have some extra dollars in budget, you could spend the money you would for a sound card for a better sound system for your computer or headset. The other option is to get a Blu-Ray Combo Drive or even a Blu-Ray Burner. The only kicker here is you would have to buy some 3rd party software to be able to play or burn Blu-Ray discs because Windows 7 doesn't include Blu-Ray play back capabilities at this time; so that would be an additional $30 to $60 over the purchase of the Blu-Ray player.

As far as sticking with the RAM you've got picked out or going with DDR3 1066 instead, that is really up to you. I just wanted to let you know about the quirk with the actual speeds on the RAM involving the Intel Core i7 cpus. How much of a performance increase would you see over the money you spend on going with DDR3 1600 or even DDR3 1866 over the DDR3 1066 is a question you should consider.

Here is Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Triple Channel Kit for $146 at Newegg,, or you could go with Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) for $165 at Newegg.

However, if you want to get closer to true DDR3 1600 speed on that platform and it will fit in your budget, you could go with CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB)DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Triple Channel Kit for $279 at Newegg. For $100 more, this is what I would get in place of a sound card, but only if your board you've got picked out supports it.

Hope that helps. Almost forgot, don't forget to check with Fry's on prices. I've found Fry's very competative with Newegg, and plus, Fry's is handy if there is a location near you too.


For the speakers, if I buy a 5.1 speaker system, does that mean I have to buy a 5.1 channel sound card? I am not too familiar with speaker systems.

For the blu-ray, I have a blu-ray player already so I think i'll pass on adding one in my PC.

For the memory, I guess I'll just keep the memory then. Thanks for bringing up the point though!

Thanks for the advice also, its helping me make my decisions a lot easier!
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Hi.

After spending $$$$S on this system, make sure it is protected with a surge protector.

Does your case or motherboard come with a system speaker or lights so that if you do have problems, you will be able to get the codes from the bios at boot up?


I will definitely get a surge protector.

Umm I have no idea? I am still new to this building process so I am not sure about these "codes" or even the start-up process after assembling everything together :)
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Hi.

Every time you start the computer the bios functions first.

A main function of the BIOS is to give instructions for the power-on self test (POST). This self test ensures that the computer has all of the necessary parts and functionality needed to successfully start itself, such as use of memory, a keyboard and other parts. If errors are detected during the test, the BIOS instructs the computer to give a code that reveals the problem. Error codes are typically a series of beeps heard shortly after startup. One short beep indicates everything is OK and the OS is loaded. Other combination of beeps signal a problem. Your motherboard manual will list the combination of beeps and what they mean.

Don't forget to read this before you start your build.
http://www.geekstogo...er-t208831.html

Edited by iammykyl, 20 July 2010 - 04:59 PM.

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Hi.

Every time you start the computer the bios functions first.

A main function of the BIOS is to give instructions for the power-on self test (POST). This self test ensures that the computer has all of the necessary parts and functionality needed to successfully start itself, such as use of memory, a keyboard and other parts. If errors are detected during the test, the BIOS instructs the computer to give a code that reveals the problem. Error codes are typically a series of beeps heard shortly after startup. One short beep indicates everything is OK and the OS is loaded. Other combination of beeps signal a problem. Your motherboard manual will list the combination of beeps and what they mean.

Don't forget to read this before you start your build.
<a href="http://www.geekstogo...r-t208831.html" target="_blank">http://www.geekstogo...208831.html</a>


Ah I see. Thanks for explaining that! I will definitely read that guide. Thanks!
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