Building a new computer


Junior Member
Aug 23, 2010
1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Gaming (wow), Video encoding

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

Around $1000

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.


4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy,
WD-Fanboy, etc.

Most my build has been AMD but gonna try Intel

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

Hoping to reuse my Corsair 550w ps, And have Antec 1030 case.
Also keeping my dell 24inch wide screen and my 150Gb velicoraptor

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

Yes, but most suggestions on deals are dead or link doesn't work

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

Wanted moderate overclocking. Whatever my ps can handle

8. What resolution YOU plan on gaming with.

High, 1920x1200 if i can

9. WHEN do you plan to build it?


10. Don't ask for a build configuration critique or rating if you are thin skinned.

Not thinned skinned. Bring it on

Got this already: Core i5 760

Need memory, preferable low voltage and good value 4Gb
GPU, 460 or 470 if my ps can handle it. Not too noisy
Hd for storage, got a 150G velicoraptor.
Mb, with some oc capability but nothing extreme
Windows 7 64
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Senior member
Jun 12, 2010
Can you see a sticker on your PSU? Should say the amperage on each rail. May need a new one.

Velociraptor may end up being slower than a modern 1tb drive, probably is depending on the generation.

Probably -- G.skill 1600 speed 1.5 or 1.35 voltage rame (85-102$).
Ga-P55a-ud3/MSI-p55a-G55 (130$)
GTX 470 (270$)
Samsung f3 1tb (75$)
Windows 7 HP oem (99$)

I would probably consider an SSD with that extra cash, that or pocket it for upgrades in the future.


Junior Member
Aug 23, 2010
Well my ps was a corsair hx520 and it should be 3-4 years old, i might have to upgrade that. My velociraptor is 5 years old. If new hd is faster i go for that.


Oct 17, 2002
Probably want to get a new PS, something that is well rated with good reviews. Seasonic are known to be pretty good. Just get a 700w+ PS with good reviews.

I 2nd the notion of getting an SSD. A good SSD will have a huge impact on your performance. I'd get like a 160GB SSD and a 1TB drive for storage.


Platinum Member
Dec 3, 2006
core i5 760

whatever motherboard you want (there are a lot of good boards out there, just spend 5 minutes looking around sites like this one)

whatever DDR3 4GB kit you want (might wanna get 8GB, dunno how much of an impact that much RAM will have for video encoding but i presume a reasonable one)

your hard drive's fine, might wanna consider a 1TB drive for storage and maybe an SSD for your install, as others have said, but nothing wrong with just sticking with your velociraptor.

video card...i've read some good things about a gtx 460 sli setup, but i generally don't support sli setups...check the fs/ft forum here, not too hard to find decent to good deals on powerful modern GPUs there. other than that, check this:,2697.html

they put one of those articles out every month, so it's pretty up to date. they also have a nice hierarchy chart of any card you would want at the end of the article.

your power supply is most likely fine. corsair is a respectable brand and 550w, despite what a lot of people here will tell you, is a solid rating. a model number would help, though.

since you're looking into overclocking, you should consider an aftermarket heatsink for whatever cpu you end up getting; this will go a long way toward getting a good overclock. also make sure that whatever motherboard you get is generally received as being good for overclocking.

unless you already have a good mouse, i'd recommend you look into getting a good gaming mouse. i have a logitech g5, and it's an excellent piece of hardware. i can't speak for gaming keyboards and the like; i use a $5 usb keyboard and it's been great for the years that i've had it.

also it would be wise to invest in a good set of speakers or headphones; they can make a world of difference for gaming immersion and, in many instances, proper audio reproduction for a game can give you an edge. i have the audio technica ad700, and as is said all over the internet, they're terrific for gaming, as well as music listening (if they provide the type of sound signature that you like). i personally feel that they provide a better listening experience than my z-5500, in regards to both gaming and music listening. movies? the z-5500 sub thumps good for those action scenes.

lots to consider...


Junior Member
Aug 23, 2010
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Platinum Member
Sep 25, 2003
About to order thees unless someone advising me not to
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R $17.99
WD20EARS 2TB 64MB $99.99
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W $59.99 after mail in rebate.

Got an email from Microcenter saying my order of i5 760 was canceled due to out of stock

That hard drive is a 5200 RPM "Green" Edition. I have drives me nuts how long it takes to read. For pure storage its a great option. As a main system drive...I'd stay away.

If you're going with a single GTX 460, I wouldn't bother upgrading the PSU. If you definitely want SLI, then yeah, upgrade.


Diamond Member
Oct 7, 2005
Also if you do decide to purchase that Caviar Green, be sure you're either using Win7 or change the jumpers for older operating systems. The green drives with EARS in their product numbers use an updated data cluster format allowing for slightly more usable space and better performance, but can't be read properly by Windows prior to 7 (Or maybe Vista? I'm not certain).

If that's a problem, the green drives using an EADS product number use the older data format and are just fine.

Also it is not a very fast drive. Perfect for storage, but probably would just be frustrating for an OS/apps/games.


Elite Member
Jan 17, 2010
What they said about the Green drive.

Regarding the 760, you could see if they have any 750's in stock, as it the same thing only 133MHz slower and a few bucks cheaper.