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May 9, 2013 1:46:02 PM

This is my first time PC build, so I want to do it right. My budget is around 700$. I am looking to overclock GPU probably. What can be up/downgraded? Thanks, Here's my build:

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CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.47 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($175.38 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN3800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.11 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $709.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-09 16:42 EDT-0400)

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May 9, 2013 2:03:17 PM

Your build looks pretty well balanced. There are a couple of changes I'd make, but they're almost in the range of niggles.
I'm not a fan of MSI motherboards, although issues some of them have like weak VRMs won't apply on a board that won't be overclocked. Still, I'd look for an Asus or ASRock board myself. They both have offerings that are $5 cheaper without playing any rebate games.
Second, the Corsair CX series is made by CWT (not Seasonic), using some inferior Samxon capacitors that are known for early failure. It's not a bad PSU, but there are better. Despite the little voltage switch (usually a giveaway to an older, obsolete design; not in this case), the Antec VP-450 is a better choice for $45: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 9, 2013 2:27:35 PM

Onus said:
Your build looks pretty well balanced. There are a couple of changes I'd make, but they're almost in the range of niggles.
I'm not a fan of MSI motherboards, although issues some of them have like weak VRMs won't apply on a board that won't be overclocked. Still, I'd look for an Asus or ASRock board myself. They both have offerings that are $5 cheaper without playing any rebate games.
Second, the Corsair CX series is made by CWT (not Seasonic), using some inferior Samxon capacitors that are known for early failure. It's not a bad PSU, but there are better. Despite the little voltage switch (usually a giveaway to an older, obsolete design; not in this case), the Antec VP-450 is a better choice for $45: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks a bunch, I didn't know that about the PSU. Also, I think I'll get this ASRock board instead: http://
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May 9, 2013 2:54:30 PM

I got that one for a build, and reviewed it on 1/13 and 2/6 of this year. I gave it four eggs, with dings for documentation and fan control issues, but nothing major. The build was for my father, and he has been quite happy with it.
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