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Hello everyone,
I decided to spoil myself and try to build a computer with some birthday money I received. I wanted to get more qualified and experienced opinions or insights on the parts I have picked out.

Edit: Looking to use this computer for gaming for a year or two. I don't need all settings on max, but would like to be able to run games smoothly at least on medium.

Bundle Case + PSU:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 Computer Case

PSU:COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600
$135.98 - Bundle savings $15
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Bundle Processor + GPU

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K

GPU: MSI560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC
$446.98 - Bundle savings $18
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Motherboard - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3
$154.99

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
$49.99

DVD Drive - ASUS 24X DVD Burner
$19.99

Hard Drive - 1 TB HITACHI Deskstar 7K
$69.99

Monitor - Acer S201HLbd Black 20"
$99.99

For a cooling system I was hoping to find something in the price range of the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
$25.88

Parts are $1003.79, shipping is $5.99, mail-in-rebates -$50.00.

Making the total $959.78

Thanks for any advice you are willing to give.
Edited by angrry - 10/24/11 at 8:14pm
post #2 of 10
Welcome to OCN! Looks like a great build. Are you going to be overclocking?
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you! After I am able to put the whole thing together I may look into overclocking, I don't have any experience with it, but I am interested in doing so. Plus it looks like there is a plethora of great resources on this site.
post #4 of 10
With what you have put together you will certainly be able to max your games or play them at high settings across the board. The only suggestion I would make is about the hard drive. Get one with a 64MB cache for the improved performance in games (loading, streaming) if at all possible. Other than that, for your first build you have selected a winner.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks AL3ZAY,
I was unaware about the performance difference of cache size (and unaware of cache sizes all together)

I replaced HDD with a smaller 750GB Western Digital Caviar Green

and the monitor with eMachine E202HVBMD since this monitor will be temporary, and the speakers are a feature I like.

Overall $10 price increase - to $970
Edited by angrry - 10/25/11 at 5:41am
post #6 of 10
Great build. Most users will recommend a F3 for a HDD it is both fast and reliable.
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I was looking at the F3, but saw it was out of stock at newegg, and amazon only had cheaper used. I'm sure eventually I will be purchasing another hard drive, and I'm used to backing up my data. (Silly Dell laptop hard drive dies every 6 months - a year, luckily the Clear Care warranty is so good that I've dealt with it.)
post #8 of 10
You can also get the GSkill Sniper Ram to save $2

And you can get a Samsung DVD Drive to save about $7 (no shipping).

Also, since you cant get an F3 then the HDD you have is fine. I would not pay for one with a 64MB cache, a 32MB cache is fine. A 64MB cache will not give you any noticeable difference, just a bigger hole in your wallet. The F3 will out perform a WD Caviar Black and it only has a 32MB Cache.

Only thing I might add to your build would be a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD. That thing will make you system boot instantly. I love my SSD and I highly recommend one.
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post #9 of 10
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Thanks everyone for your advice, I ordered all my parts and they should be here by Thursday.

Ironman, as much as I would have loved to have been able to afford an SSD in addition to the HDD it just wasn't in the budget. I have an 11 month old, and a fiancee that loves to take pictures, so even though I back them up every month there is usually ~100GBs of pictures on my computer or external hard drive when I start burning them on dvds. I'm that a SSD is not that far down the road for me, I expect it to be the next part I will get.
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Thanks everyone for your advice, I ordered all my parts and they should be here by Thursday.

Ironman, as much as I would have loved to have been able to afford an SSD in addition to the HDD it just wasn't in the budget. I have an 11 month old, and a fiancee that loves to take pictures, so even though I back them up every month there is usually ~100GBs of pictures on my computer or external hard drive when I start burning them on dvds. I'm that a SSD is not that far down the road for me, I expect it to be the next part I will get.
haha ok, have fun with the build!
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