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    Hey everyone, thanks for reading this. I'm currently looking for some new parts to finish upgrading my computer (I bought a PSU, HDD, and GFX card a while ago) and I'm not 100% sure how to do it all (which is my way of saying I'm a complete noob and have no clue what I'm doing ;D). I have around $900 to spend right now and I already have three parts for my new build. Here's what I bought before:

    PSU: BGF Tech 550 watt
    http://www.bfgtech.com/bfgr550wgxpsu.aspx

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA (32mb cache)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-337-_-Product

    GFX: Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 1gb
    http://www.bfgtech.com/bfgegts2501024e.aspx

    The PSU is a little bit low on watts so I might have to replace that. For my new parts, I'm not really sure exactly what I want. I definitely want an i7, and I picked out the 860 Lynnfield.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115214

    As for a motherboard, I'm not really sure, but my friend suggested an ASUS brand. I picked this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131482

    BUT, it seemed to have compatability issues with my RAM?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277

    Thats my main issue so far, but I'm hoping I can somehow get that RAM to work with the motherboard...

    Anyway heres the case I picked + the fans for the front:
    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042
    fans: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835200050

    and of course, good ole windows 7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116754

    Thats everything I have so far, but like I said I'm not completely sure what I'm doing... If anyone has any suggestions for me PLEASE post them :D Thank you again!!

    - US_Guardian
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    Re: first time building, need some help!

    The motherboard is overkill given your budget. Look for an asus in the $125-175 range that has a combo with the cpu you want.

    The PSU should be fine on wattage although it would not be good enough if you wanted to go SLI. Depending on what you paid, you could maybe do better if a return is easy.

    Do you need a monitor or optical drive?
    |TG-12th|mantis

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      Re: first time building, need some help!

      Hmm ok... I'll try to find a different motherboard and thanks for telling me that! Dealing with the PSU, what is SLI? and I can't return it I bought it a while ago :( As for the monitor and optical drive I don't need one but I'm thinking of buying a blu ray drive later if I have the money :D Thanks for helping!

      - US_Guardian
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      • #4
        Re: first time building, need some help!

        SLI is when you use two graphics cards in parallel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Link_Interface

        If you have no intention of doing that(which is not bad - vast majority don't) then you definitely don't need a high end board and a 550 watt PSU should do fine.
        |TG-12th|mantis

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        • #5
          Re: first time building, need some help!

          If you happen to have Microcenter near you you can save $80 plus shipping on the processor.

          http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0317378

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            Re: first time building, need some help!

            Aha! I don't think I'll be going SLI but thanks for explaining it! And unfortunately I don't have a Microcenter anywhere near me but those are some sweet savings!

            - US_Guardian
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              Re: first time building, need some help!

              And for a new motherboard do you think this is a good choice?
              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138159

              heres the link to the combo:
              http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.362270

              - US_Guardian
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              • #8
                Re: first time building, need some help!

                I'd stay away from Biostar. Stick with Asus, EVGA or Gigabyte for motherboards IMO.

                a decent option:
                http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.360551

                The one I'd probably buy if I were you:
                http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.369228
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                • #9
                  Re: first time building, need some help!

                  Hmm those both look like really nice motherboards, but the thing is, even when I use the most expensive of those two, I still have money left over! All of the $900 I have is going toward my computer so I'm just wondering if there is anything better that I can get with it... Mantis said that the mobo I was looking at was overkill BUT if I have enough money to spend isn't it worth it? or should I buy something else with the leftover? Also there are some motherboards out there that claim they have things like "blue ray audio"
                  (ex. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157184) and I'm wondering if that would be a good investment...I like fancy things that I can brag about :D Anyway thanks so much for helping me out!!

                  - US_Guardian
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                    Re: first time building, need some help!

                    Originally posted by US_Guardian View Post
                    Hmm those both look like really nice motherboards, but the thing is, even when I use the most expensive of those two, I still have money left over! All of the $900 I have is going toward my computer so I'm just wondering if there is anything better that I can get with it... Mantis said that the mobo I was looking at was overkill BUT if I have enough money to spend isn't it worth it? or should I buy something else with the leftover? Also there are some motherboards out there that claim they have things like "blue ray audio"
                    (ex. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157184) and I'm wondering if that would be a good investment...I like fancy things that I can brag about :D Anyway thanks so much for helping me out!!
                    what a problem to have.....money left over LOL! start looking at the components you are bringing from your current build to this one? what about upgrading that old memory by selling it off and using that money plus what is"left over" and going with faster memory?.....perhaps buy more of your existing memory?. Maybe bump up another notch in processors? what about after market cooling?.....good coolers are a worthy investment. maybe sell old GFX card and combine that with "left over" to buy a gtx 275? or the new energy efficient DX11 capable 5XXX series from ATI to really give this new system some years of use? just some ideas.
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                      Re: first time building, need some help!

                      Originally posted by US_Guardian View Post
                      Hmm those both look like really nice motherboards, but the thing is, even when I use the most expensive of those two, I still have money left over! All of the $900 I have is going toward my computer so I'm just wondering if there is anything better that I can get with it... Mantis said that the mobo I was looking at was overkill BUT if I have enough money to spend isn't it worth it? or should I buy something else with the leftover? Also there are some motherboards out there that claim they have things like "blue ray audio"
                      (ex. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157184) and I'm wondering if that would be a good investment...I like fancy things that I can brag about :D Anyway thanks so much for helping me out!!
                      That board won't work with the 860 they are different sockets. The I7 860 is 1156 where that board is 1366 so if you went with that board you'd have to choose a 1366 processor.

                      If you really want to spend the left over money I'd consider upgrading the case and cooling. While the 300 is a nice case it's only a mid-tower. Unless you're short on desk space and need the smaller case I would go with a full tower case just to make it easier to work in.

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                      • #12
                        Re: first time building, need some help!

                        Thank you so much for your help everyone! I asked my brother for his opinion too and he agreed with Buckets on the second motherboard. I ended up buying the i7 860, asus mobo, 8 gigs of gskill ram, and the antec 300 with 3 red LED fans. I'm VERY excited to get it and put it together haha thank you again for all of your help guys! I'm also thinking of getting into this kind of thing to make some money in the future so I'll hopefully learn a lot from building this... The parts are due to ship in a few days so I'll let you guys know how everything works out... THANK YOU!!! :D

                        - US_Guardian
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                        • #13
                          Re: first time building, need some help!

                          You could have gone with a better graphics card. The GTS250 already a bit old (it's a 8800GTX+ with a new sticker). I don't know how much you paid for your BFG GTS250, but in around the same price range, you could have had a HD5770 for just a little more and that offers better performance, less heat, and less power consumption.
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