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Hello everyone, I plan to build my first computer and here are the parts I've chosen. Please leave any feedback or suggestions on things to change. Since this is my first build, I'm not really worrying about OC'ing or SLI yet. I hope this machine will be able to play most current games on higher settings and be able to handle upcoming games (BF3, Skyrim, etc.)

Monitor:
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers $199.99

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $224.99 (note: I realize the 2600k is intended for OC'ing and I stated I didn't want to do that but I wanted the option for the future.)

Motherboard:
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $159.99

GPU:
MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $354.99

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $59.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $84.99

Optical Drive:
ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM 20.99

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $134.99

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior $154.48

Total: $1,395.40

I was hoping to keep my budget around $1,400 so at least I'm at that point but I'm sure you guys have suggestions on things to change out. Thanks for any advice.
post #2 of 10
I would grab a 1TB Samsung F3, other than that looks very nice!
post #3 of 10
Everything is good

However I would ditch the 932 and get a 690 Advance II and use the money I saved on a 60GB SSD for windows and apps.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
I would grab a 1TB Samsung F3, other than that looks very nice!
Alright, I can do that.

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Everything is good

However I would ditch the 932 and get a 690 Advance II and use the money I saved on a 60GB SSD for windows and apps.
Thanks. Which case would you recommend? I chose that one because it was a full size and I thought that might make the build a little easier.
post #5 of 10
I would stick with full size, especially if you have the space and if this is your first build. It's SO much easier to get everything connected and screwed in with more space.
post #6 of 10
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Thanks. Which case would you recommend? I chose that one because it was a full size and I thought that might make the build a little easier.
Hmm your probably not going to find a decent full size case that's cheaper than the 932, so just stay with that. Although you should still invest in a SSD
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Hmm your probably not going to find a decent full size case that's cheaper than the 932, so just stay with that. Although you should still invest in a SSD
Yeh, I think I can swing for a SSD. I've got my eye on the OCZ brand right now.

What about extra cooling? Will I be ok since I don't plan to OC any?
post #8 of 10
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Yeh, I think I can swing for a SSD. I've got my eye on the OCZ brand right now.

What about extra cooling? Will I be ok since I don't plan to OC any?
Hyper 212+ is an excellent budget cooler, otherwise, if you don't mind spending a bit more get a Silver Arrow.

EDIT: I thought you said you planned to OC, my bad ignore what I said...it's late here
Edited by hirolla888 - 5/26/11 at 7:53am
post #9 of 10
Stock cooler is just fine at stock. It wouldn't be bundled with it if it didn't work for it at stock. And some Intel coolers can be used to OC a little bit. Most Intel coolers these days do have a copper base, unlike some of the old 775 coolers that were full aluminum.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 2.4GHz G0 GIGABYTE P35-DS3L NVIDIA GTX 260 4GB DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
640GB Seagate 7200.11 Generic DVD/CD Drive Arctic Cooling Windows 7 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer 22" H233H Wireless Logitech Corsair TX750 Attached to a wall via screws 
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Intel Q6600 2.4GHz G0 GIGABYTE P35-DS3L NVIDIA GTX 260 4GB DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
640GB Seagate 7200.11 Generic DVD/CD Drive Arctic Cooling Windows 7 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer 22" H233H Wireless Logitech Corsair TX750 Attached to a wall via screws 
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post #10 of 10

Never been a very big fan of Asrock boards, so I much would rather suggest this combo with the CPU:
Core i5 2500K + GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3

I second the change to a Samsung F3 1TB drive.

8GB Corsair Vengeance on Memorial Day sale ($75 after code)

Power supply is a bit overkill for SLI GTX 570 and the PSU you linked is the older version of the 850TX. A Quality 750W PSU would still have room to spare even if you got another GTX 570 down the road. I think this unit would be more worthwhile and it's modular:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-010-_-Product

XFX also makes great PSUs as well, although they do look fugly IMO.

I find the NZXT Phantom a great alternative Full Tower case.

Should you decide to overclock later on, make sure you get a better cooler. The

is cheap and does the job very well.
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Core i5 2500K @ 4.6GHz 1.34v Asus P8P67 B3 2GB XFX Radeon 6950 (Shaders Unlocked 880/1375) 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Samsung F3, 2TB WD Green Asus DRW-1814BLT Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Westinghouse LVM-37W3 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Samsung F3, 2TB WD Green Asus DRW-1814BLT Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Westinghouse LVM-37W3 
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Saitek Eclipse Corsair HX650W Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01 Logitech G5 
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