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April 3, 2013 6:36:49 PM

Hi guys I am about to build my second pc. I was wondering if everything is compatible and some recommendations on the parts.
Thanks in advance



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Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i33220) | $120.98 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gah77...) | $104.99 @ Amazon
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m1a1...) | $57.99 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $59.99 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42660k...) | $199.99 @ Amazon
**Case** | [Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc120ak...) | $41.99 @ Amazon
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430) | $39.99 @ Amazon
**Optical Drive** | [Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1...) | $19.96 @ Amazon
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $91.17 @ Amazon
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $737.05
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 21:35 EDT-0400 |

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April 3, 2013 8:20:49 PM

What will be your primary use for the PC? If gaming, I would highly recommend getting an i5 (quad-core vs the dual-core i3). If you will be using this as an HTPC or whatever, then I think the GTX 660 is super overkill. Other than that, all the parts appear to be compatible! :) 
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April 3, 2013 8:27:00 PM

Thanks for answering, I will use the PC for gaming, but an i5 processor is too expensive. My budget was around $750 so i chose and i3 processor.
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April 3, 2013 8:47:52 PM

I see, well in that case I present two options:
Obtain a copy of Windows in a "questionable manner"
or
Just wait and upgrade later! :D 

Oh, and major warning. Expect your HDD to either be DoA or crap out within a month. Newegg, Amazon, etc. are selling all of their HDDs for cheap because they're trying to get rid of their "bad stock." If you read reviews on any major site, you'll notice about a third of the reviews since January are "DoA [insert company name] sucks!" So I would avoid putting any sensitive or irreplaceable data on your hard drive that isn't backed up elsewhere! :) 

Edit: I would also recommend having 8GB of RAM as 2x4GB sticks. It's just a bit faster.
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April 4, 2013 6:26:57 AM

Ok sounds good, thanks for the heads up about my hdd. When are they going to be selling their better stock. I plan on buying my build in summer os i guess I will wait. Thanks though you were very helpful.
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April 4, 2013 6:04:05 PM

Little Beast said:
Ok sounds good, thanks for the heads up about my hdd. When are they going to be selling their better stock. I plan on buying my build in summer os i guess I will wait. Thanks though you were very helpful.


As the less informed consumer continues to buy all the "dud stock," the date when we can buy decent drives should draw nearer. I have no idea when, but I would hope before 2014 starts, at the very least.
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April 4, 2013 6:57:39 PM

Will my cpu bottleneck my gpu? If it does can you give me any suggestions. Also thanks for the warning about the hdd's I hope so to, anyways thanks for all your help.
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April 4, 2013 7:06:16 PM

Little Beast said:
Will my cpu bottleneck my gpu? If it does can you give me any suggestions. Also thanks for the warning about the hdd's I hope so to, anyways thanks for all your help.


i3 with a 660? Well here is a thread you might be interested in reading. SO basically if you're gonna do 1080P gaming or higher, then you might get some bottlenecking, but not too much. In my sig you can see I have an i5-3450 + GTX 660, I can run most games on near max to absolute max with 60FPS+. But that's with a quad core, and most games run better with 4 cores. 2 cores aren't meant for gaming really. So I guess until you can pull some money together for a better CPU you might have to deal with a bit of bottlenecking. I imagine it shouldn't be TOO bad, but I haven't been able to find any real-world performance tests done with i3s + GTX 660+ cards.
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April 4, 2013 7:42:38 PM

Ok I guess I will ne spending a little more money on an i5. Thank you sir you have been very helpful. One more question, about the HDD's, can you give me any recommendations on a better one taht is not Doa. I am willing to spend more money for a better processor and Hdd.
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April 4, 2013 8:07:27 PM

Little Beast said:
Ok I guess I will ne spending a little more money on an i5. Thank you sir you have been very helpful. One more question, about the HDD's, can you give me any recommendations on a better one taht is not Doa. I am willing to spend more money for a better processor and Hdd.


No problem. They're (HDDs) all pretty crappy right now. You have a couple of options:

1) Buy multiple cheaper HDDs and put your data and all of them. You don't need RAID, just to back them up periodically. Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect, etc. are all selling HDDs pretty cheap right now because they assume it's going to break on you anyways. I would avoid WD Blacks especially, they have the worst rep right now.

2) SSDs. This is an incredibly expensive option right now for decent sized SSDs. While SSDs are usually more prone to breaking, they seem to be more reliable than current HDDs :p  (which is pretty sad). If you buy SSDs with more space than you need, you can use the extra space as overhead which is great (will make SSD last longer).

3) Cloud storage. Heck, I'm only about to be 17 in like 2 weeks and I was afraid of cloud storage. Typical argument: My data is where someone else can get it! :(  That's pretty scary if you ask me; however, there are multiple services that encrypt your data WHILE it's being uploaded to their storage, so they could not access it even if they wanted to. Granted, this makes uploading and downloading a little slower (must be encrypted and decrypted constantly), but it provides safty for your data. If you're not too worried about security, Google Drive has cheap prices. If you need 100GB or more, Dropbox has decent options too. Dropbox and Drive are great becase you can access your files through your iPhone, Android device, Mac, Windows, and Linux (Dropbox only).
-----Cloud Storage Recommendations-----
SpiderOak: SpiderOak is an encrypted cloud storage service.
Dropbox: Dropbox only provides plans for 100GB and up paid plans (you get 2GB free and can earn up to 16GB by inviting friends to the service, 500MB per friend). A lot of us who use Dropbox are trying to get them to offer smaller storage options (20GB, 50GB, etc.).
Google Drive: Google Drive is probably the cheapest option. Their user interface is not as nice as Dropbox's, but is still usable. I will have to switch from Dropbox to Drive if Dropbox does not start offering lower storage capacity options.
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Basically, I would avoid having only one copy of any data that cannot be replaced. Cloud storage is probably your best bet currently. If you use Steam, they store your games in their cloud, so you don't need to back those up (games are your largest files now-a-days). I was shocked when I saw I game I owned was 6GB, then I learned that's "small" by today's standards. I went get into how we don't bother making files small anymore, but you get the point. ;) 
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