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Hi guys, I'm just looking for a little (lot of?) help with the parts I picked out. The main things I'll be using my computer for is heavy gaming, animation programs and rendering. I eventually want to be able to set up three identical monitors with this computer/ graphics card and I think I picked the right one with eyefinity. I really just want to make sure that I need everything I'm getting (I probably need more too) and that all the pieces will work together.

CPU & Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.989962

Heatsink/ Fan
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835103099

Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150517

Sound Card (not sure if I even need this, how can I tell?)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16829270006

RAM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231606

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148844

Case (will this fit everything?)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817152035

CD/DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106276

CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204

This all comes out to about $1000 which I find to be a great deal (unless I'm missing something huge)

Will I need to buy usb ports and will this overheat with the fans I've selected?
Do I need to get an ethernet port? It looks like the motherboard has onboard lan.
I've never done this before so any help/ recommendations are greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance,

-Tim
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:welcome: SauceMagnet

I have added some guidance (not criticism) to your list of parts;


Hi guys, I'm just looking for a little (lot of?) help with the parts I picked out. The main things I'll be using my computer for is heavy gaming, animation programs and rendering. I eventually want to be able to set up three identical monitors with this computer/ graphics card and I think I picked the right one with eyefinity. I really just want to make sure that I need everything I'm getting (I probably need more too) and that all the pieces will work together.

CPU & Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.989962
For your intended use I would go for an intel i7 CPU for the Hyper Threading technology, some further information available @ http://www.techradar...s-today-1046063

Heatsink/ Fan
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835103099
You do not need this as your CPU comes with a heatsink (HS) and cooling fan, also are you aware that by using anything other than the HS and cooling fan supplied with your CPU you will invalidate your warranty, AMD are clear on this;

This Limited Warranty shall be null and void if the AMD microprocessor which is the subject of this Limited Warranty is used with any heatsink/fan other than the one provided herewith.


Full article http://support.amd.c...earLimited.aspx
Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150517

A good video card but you can get better for the same price http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814125423 and benchmarks http://www.videocard...h_end_gpus.html

Sound Card (not sure if I even need this, how can I tell?)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16829270006
Most MBs today have very good onboard 7.1 audio chips and in most cases you would have to pay a crazy amount of cash on an add on sound card to better them.

RAM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231606
For the best and most stable performance you should where possible purchase a CPU and Ram that have been tested and approved by the motherboard manufacturer, this is referred to as the QVL ( qualified vendors list ) understand though that there are too many products released for them all to be tested so other hardware will be compatible but not proven to be.

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148844
3TB of data is an awful lot of data to lose should the drive fail + you will need an additional HDD to back up the data to, consider having 2 smaller capacity HDDs and an SSD for your OS** and other important software as this will speed up your boot times.

Case (will this fit everything?)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066
Yes but consider a bigger case for additional HDDs and the better cooling (circulation of air) as it will get extremely hot when rendering etc.

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817152035
You should never choose a PSU until all other hardware has been decided on and then confirmed as being available - then use a PSU calculator such as the example @ http://images10.newe...tage-Calculator as this will help ensure that you will have enough clean and stable power and keep in mind that an 80% output efficiency rating is a must.

CD/DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106276

CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204
Can I ask why you have two optical drives.

This all comes out to about $1000 which I find to be a great deal (unless I'm missing something huge)
We have a budget and know the intended use so we can put you an alternative list of parts together for you to consider.

Will I need to buy usb ports and will this overheat with the fans I've selected?
Do I need to get an ethernet port? It looks like the motherboard has onboard lan.
I've never done this before so any help/ recommendations are greatly appreciated!
We can address these if we put you a list of parts together.
Thanks in advance,

-Tim


** You have not list an operating system such as Windows 7 64-bit which will cost a minimum of $99.99 unless on offer, what will you be using.
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Thanks for the suggestions!
I tried taking as much of your advice as I could while keeping the price down.

(pcpartpicker is great)

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($144.98 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $1240.52

Where can I find a QVL list to check my ram with? And if I order the following will I need anything else to get my computer up and running? (Not including keyboard mouse and monitor)
Do you know if the SSD will fit inside the case?

Thanks again,
Tim
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And just wondering- this build will support three monitors natively right?
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You are welcome :thumbsup:

I would not recommend that brand of PSU :no: some information @ http://forum.pcmech....ide-inside.html and http://www.10stripe....d/psu/brand.php

For the MB QVL see memory device support tab http://www.asus.com/...lus/M5A99X_EVO/

Do you want me to put an alternative list together and see if I can get the cost down.
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If you could that would be great!
Thanks!!
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A little less expensive and better after claiming mail in rebates http://pcpartpicker.com/p/d4pj
Adds around $40 if you swap the CPU to this 8 core http://us.ncix.com/p...manufacture=AMD
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Thanks! Could you recommend an alternative PSU? I'm not too sure which to pick with the information given
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Thanks! Could you recommend an alternative PSU? I'm not too sure which to pick with the information given

Please refer to my pcpartpicker list.

The 650W model is powerful enough but the 750W is a better price + you cannot have too much power available should you need it for adding another HDD or two :D
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Ah, didn't see that! Thanks a bundle
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No worries :thumbsup:
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