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Hey, everybody. For about a year now, I've been posting on OCN, waiting to get my own PC. My parents threw up roadblock after roadblock, wanting me to get a Mac, wait until college, or go with a laptop, but after I finally got a 35 on my ACT, they decided that it was time I got what I wanted. Below is my first PC. Ever. I've ordered the parts, and I'll add more posts when I receive them and build my PC.

Processor: Core i5 750 ($195)
Motherboard: EVGA P55 SLI ($170 w/ $40 MIr)
Memory: GSkill ECO Series DDR3 1600 cas 7 ($105)
Graphics Card: Asus HD5770 from Bo_Punk ($125)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB ($55)
Case: CM 690 II Basic ($70)
Power Supply: Corsair 650HX ($120 w/ $20 MIR)
Disc Drive: Lite-On CD/DVD Burner ($22)
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2211H ($260)
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium-Full ($180)
Mouse: Logitech MX518 ($37)
Keyboard: SteelSeries 7G ($135)

Cheers!

7/3/10: Case has arrived! (Pictures)
7/6/10: Most everything else arrived! (Pictures)
Edited by new001 - 7/6/10 at 6:50pm
    
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post #2 of 37
That looks like a very promising build! you chose a very good CPU and Motherboard. The only thing I would've changed would've been the case. Also, why is your Windows 7 so expensive? You should've went with an OEM version.
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I'm not a very handy person, so I didn't want to have to do any modding to make the interior of my case black. Thus, I got the already blackened 690 II Basic, because I don't feel a need for the Advanced's features.

As for the Windows 7, I'm squeamish about doing anything quasi-illegal, which is why I strayed away from the Upgrade version clean installation. Also, I will upgrade my motherboard eventually, and I would just prefer to have everything in agreement with the EULA. Thanks for the post!
    
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post #4 of 37
Its evident, from your build choice, that you have done your research in regards to all the products that you have chosen. Everything looks fantastic.

The only thing that I can even give any insight on changing would be the memory. If you can splurge on an extra $10-$20 than I would suggest giving some of G.Skill's other offerings a look.

The RipJaws in particular are going to give you a bit more overclocking headroom, allowing for tighter timings and frequencies. I believe, in my personal opinion, that they are well worth the extra cash.
post #5 of 37
Looks like a quality build... Some good parts in there i can say for sure youll be very happy with the performance if this is your first propper PC.

What will you be using it for?

P.s. look forward to some pics when its being built.
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Originally Posted by Moltar View Post
Its evident, from your build choice, that you have done your research in regards to all the products that you have chosen. Everything looks fantastic.

The only thing that I can even give any insight on changing would be the memory. If you can splurge on an extra $10-$20 than I would suggest giving some of G.Skill's other offerings a look.

The RipJaws in particular are going to give you a bit more overclocking headroom, allowing for tighter timings and frequencies. I believe, in my personal opinion, that they are well worth the extra cash.
I'm gonna go hands off on overclocking memory. For now, at least. I read somewhere that many motherboards don't go below 1.4v, so if that's the case, I'm just gonna drop the middle timing from 8 to 7, making it 7-7-7-(20 or 24). Also, I just feel better about myself, using the ECO series and all. Haha! Thanks!

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Originally Posted by jammo2k5 View Post
Looks like a quality build... Some good parts in there i can say for sure youll be very happy with the performance if this is your first propper PC.

What will you be using it for?

P.s. look forward to some pics when its being built.
I'll be using it for light gaming (MMO's and RTS's: the slower stuff. I prefer FPS on consoles) and some Photoshop work (I'm really excited to edit in RAW with my new Canon T1i). Thanks, and I'll be sure to provide pics.
    
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Intel Core i5 4570 MSI Z87-G43 MSI Radeon HD7770 GHz Edition 8GB GSkill Ares DDR3 1600 
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post #7 of 37
Thats not too dissimilar from the first PC I built, in my sig. I think going with the i5 is a pretty solid choice, and its easy to learn overclocking with and gain some experience. All in all, you'll be very happy with that once you have it up and running
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post #8 of 37
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NEWS: I switched out the 6GV2 for the 7G, which is $15 off at Amazon. I watched Hexus's spiel on the board from CeBit (three months ago), where the SteelSeries rep said 2 months... Needless to say, I was not reassured, so I bit the bullet and went up $35.
    
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Intel Core i5 4570 MSI Z87-G43 MSI Radeon HD7770 GHz Edition 8GB GSkill Ares DDR3 1600 
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post #9 of 37
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NEWS: All four of my orders (Dell, EVGA, Amazon, NewEgg) have been confirmed as shipping. Hopefully, I'll be up and running by next week!
    
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Intel Core i5 4570 MSI Z87-G43 MSI Radeon HD7770 GHz Edition 8GB GSkill Ares DDR3 1600 
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB Crucial M4 128GB Lite-On CD/DVD Burner Corsair A50 
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB Crucial M4 128GB Lite-On CD/DVD Burner Corsair A50 
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post #10 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by new001 View Post
NEWS: All four of my orders (Dell, EVGA, Amazon, NewEgg) have been confirmed as shipping. Hopefully, I'll be up and running by next week!
Very nice! Can't wait to see pics!

I just built my very first PC last month and am lovin' it!(no Mcdonald's)

Good luck!
    
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