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post #1 of 8
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Hi everyone, this is my first time visiting the site so I hope this isn't in the wrong place biggrin.gif

My laptop is slowly dying so I decided that i'm going to build a pc. I've chosen all the parts and just need some advice on the build, as it's my first build i'm not sure if i'm missing anything or if I've made any mistakes.

The main thing I was kinda worried about was the ram. Currently my laptop has 8gb and I havent had many problems. I've always got skype open and chrome, sometimes have music playing as well. Would 8gb be enough to do all those and play games?

The build:
Intel Core i5 3570k
ASRock B75 Pro3-M Motherboard
Powercolor Radeon HD7970 3GB OC
Corsair Force Series GS 128GB SSD
Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1600C9R 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
FSP Aurum Series 750W Modular Power Supply
Western Digital WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX
HP DVD1070i 20X SATA Multiformat DVD Writer

I would appreciate any advice.
post #2 of 8
Hi Zenziba, first off welcome to ocn, you'll love it here. smile.gif

From taking a quick look at your screenshot, what I will definitely replace are the motherboard and the SSD.

You can get the Z77 motherboard instead by adding 20 bucks or less and $165 for corsair ssd is too much, you can get the new Samsung SSD 120GB EVO for $110.

I'll check the other items, but those 2 are the first I noticed. smile.gif

And about your RAM, 8GB is fine.
Julian
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post #3 of 8
Yes change the motherboard to a 100-120 dollar z77, gigabyte or asrock.

Drop the ram to 2x4gb.

And take a smaller PSU. Something around 500watt will do.
post #4 of 8
Ok so yeah, if I was going to build this, I'll get the ff instead:
1. Z77 motherboard
2. Samsung Pro EVO 120GB SSD
3. I will keep the PSU at 750w but will probably replace it with either Seasonic or Corsair -- you may add or change other devices (gpu, hdd, ssd, etc.) so its better that you have a PSU with decent wattage
4. Since you have the RAM at 16GB, meaning you don't have a problem with the price, I will keep that too -- more memory wouldn't hurt

The other items I think are OK, but you may want to check out other cases too -- there are a lot of cases that offer the same or even better specs and are cheaper.

That's it, hope this helps. Good luck. smile.gif
Julian
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EK Supremacy CSQ EK FC GeForce Titan CSQ EK RAM Monarch CSQ BenQ XL2420T 
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Corsair AX750 CaseLabs ST-10 
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post #5 of 8
RAM will be fine. I render Full HD Videos on 8GB and it's perfectly okay so don't worry about that.
post #6 of 8
Hi, and welcome to OCN! I agree with ZnJ, apart from the motherboard, ssd, ram and psu, it looks like a fairly solid system. I would not recommend that case, not the highest quality. Check out some of the other options. Corsair and Fractal Design both make high quality, reasonably inexpensive cases. Worth checking them out.
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Seagate Barracuda 2TB Samsung SH-224BB Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Coolermaster Quickfire Pro Cherry Blue Mechanic... Antec HCG 520W Modular Power Supply Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl 
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post #7 of 8
Main thing I see is that you can get a much smaller PSU since the parts you've listed don't draw much power. Something in the 400 watt range would be nice such as a Rosewill Capstone 450/450m or a XFX Core Edition 450. See this thread for more options: http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for the replies biggrin.gif
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