Is this a good build??

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epinky2295
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I recently started my first computer build and I am wondering if this is a good setup.

Motherboard: EVGA nForce 730a
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz (Retail so it has a heatsink)
Graphics: BFG GeForce GTS 250 OC
Power Supply: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-D-B 750W
RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

This is only a preliminary build, the HDD I got for cheap. I might think of doing a RAID 0 configuration in the future, and when I get the money, I might upgrade my mobo and go into 2-way SLi.

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There are the usual questions:

1. What is your budget?

2. What will be your main uses for this rig?

3. what games will you playing, and what what resolution?

Ditch the psu, get a Corsair power supply. You may not need a 750 watt psu.

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OK, I am going to be using it for gaming. The monitor I currently have goes to 1280x1024, but I am planning on getting a better one. I have seen the CPU I am getting and the GPU run Crysis, so I am going to try that. My friend gave me the PSU I have (he didn't need the extra power). I might sell it and get a better one, I know for sure I am not going to need 750 watts (my board doesn't support SLi). I might get an OCZ one because Corsair can be very expensive.

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I wouldn't bother with sli, Unless you will be using a multi monitoe setup, or are gaming @ very high res. If you buy a monitor that is 1920 x 1280, you will not need it. Keep your eyes opened for sales on for Corsair pus's. Newegg will often have them on sale.

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1. Rosewill is a shakey brand-go for antec/ocz/corsair PSU if you can.

2. Do not but a gts 250 pre-overclocked i.e OC SC SSC etc.-it is just a $ waste. It takes literally 10 seconds to OC it yourself. 250 is great budget card (have it myself) but beware if you upgrade to 1920x1080+ you will have to turn settings down especially with crysis. Also quite frankly Crysis is poorly desighned and only fun for 15-25 hours so look for some other games that you might like to put the new system to the test.

3.Get OCZ ram+save money. Corsair is wayyyy overpriced frequently and OCZ has good warranties so I always go OCZ. Also 2 gigs with 7 pro+running a game will bottleneck you. I advise 4 gigs for optimum performance.

4. If you can save a bit more $ it might be wise to change to an i5+1156 config. That would be much more "futureproof" plus better for games and you would be able to use ddr3 ram which is now actually cheaper than ddr2 frequently on the egg.

5.Finally raid 0 is BAD IDEA very frequently. It offers very little performance gain but is twice as likely to fail erasing all data from your HDD.I recommend either not doing raid or raid 2+. And always back up your hdd frequently.
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@undeadkingpr... I am not going to switch to Intel if my board works, I am happy with AMD. And the PSU was given to me by my friend. And the only GPU I could find that was in my price range was factory overclocked.

@mimart7... I was super close to having a corsair PSU before the new year, but I didn't react. I will continue searching tho. I still might go with OCZ tho.

If it helps any, I am thinking of OCing my CPU to 3.2ghz. It's not a black edition CPU so I can't do anything with the multiplier. I know I will need a better cooler. Any good CPU coolers (NOT WATERCOOLING) that would work well with keeping the CPU cool at faster speeds?

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For a gaming rig you are better off not upgrading the referernce cooler and putting any $ you can into the graphics card instead. Is a factorying OC'd card really cheaper than the stock? where do you live?

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lul @ someone trying to represent Intel. Give AMD a chance.

For the CPU cooler, I'd go with this one. It supports almost every sockets and it's an nice addition to your build because of the price.

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Good choice for the cooler. Nice price and great bang for the buck.

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@undeadkingpr The factory OC card was only $130 from TigerDirect. I went with it because I could only find it overclocked.

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Tiger Direct-YUCK! lol-never had a good experience to date w. them
Go check out the egg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Description=gts%20250%201gb&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=False&Order=PRICE
I assume you want the 1gb model

@ratchet-incase you haven't noticed my avatar pic is a 920 for a reason-Intel has AMD beat hands down on the mid-upper market with the i5's-i7's-at this point the only real squabling is under $150 dollar mark i.e AMD tri-cores priced the same as intel Duals. Why I said if epinky could save some $ to upgrade to an i5 it would be much better but if not an AMD tri core would be just fine.

Oh and if you are going to spend $45 dollars on a DK cooler than don't. For that much $ you could up to an i5 which wips any AMD tri core or below w. it's reference cooler still attached.

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Well everyone else has the right to have their own prefrences or ideas. You know, if I got my other ideas, I'd go with the PII CPUs because of the value that you would get for the near high-end processor that matches the 920 with higher factory clocks.

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@undeadkingpr TigerDirect ain't that bad... Newegg is my preferred choice for anything... For some reason, it didn't show the 1gb cards at a good price. I might return the one I have (didn't open it yet) to get the XFX card for 146 bucks.

Intel does have an advantage over AMD, but Intel is more expensive.

Intel i7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115213&cm_re=intel_i7-_-19-115-213-_-Product

AMD Phenom II X4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103696&cm_re=amd_phenom_ii_x4_945-_-19-103-696-_-Product

I am not going to upgrade my board just so I can switch to an Intel CPU.

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True, unfortunately intel is a bit pricey but I have bought 5 920s for 200 apiece from my local microcenter

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I would've opted for a 785G chipset motherboard. You should really consider switching to a different power supply because Rosewill PSUs just won't cut it in terms of performance, reliability and longevity. 550W is more than enough for your rig.

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I have finished my preliminary build

Motherboard: EVGA nForce 730a
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz (Retail)
Graphics: BFG GeForce GTS 250 OC
Power Supply: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-D-B 750W
RAM: OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

The only thing that changed was the RAM, I went with OCZ because you get more bang for the buck.

Everything runs great. I might run benchmarks of Crysis, GTAIV, Far Cry 2, and Resident Evil 5 and post them to YT.

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Post pics or it never happened :)