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June 22, 2013 10:44:31 AM

Hello everyone,

This will be my first build. I've done a good amount of research and looked on the forms for suggestions. So far, this is what i've come up with:

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($7.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($187.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1498.97

I got quite lucky on newegg combos for this build, and I hope to ship some of the components tonight. However, I would like to hear what people think of it, and if there's anything worth changing? Any final suggestions before I buy?


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June 22, 2013 10:55:30 AM

That build looks great! Price seems good and you have a well balanced overall build.
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June 22, 2013 11:45:10 AM

Thanks for the responses :D 

EzioAs -- yeah, that monitor does look better... But it does say 3D and i'm wondering if i'm paying a premium for that feature? (Which i'd probably rarely use)

Also, babernet, how much of a difference would the 840 Pro make? I planned to use the SSD mostly for a boot drive/ some applications -- which I would assume uses a lot more reading than writing to the drive... but do you think that the difference would be significant? Also, is the better built to last longer?

I also had a question about windows 7 vs 8. Personally, I like the appearance of windows 7 better, but for future compatibility, maybe I should go with windows 8? From what i've heard, Microsoft is already making a Win.8 service pack to make up for some complaints, and windows 8 also boots much more quickly? Any suggestions would be appreciated
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June 22, 2013 1:17:57 PM

As for the Samsung SSD, I'd really recommend the 840 250GB. Believe me, you will fill that 120GB in no time. In fact, for me, I'll be getting a 500GB Samsung 840 and NO HDD. My present computer, which is about five years old, has a puny 360GB HDD that isn't even full.

The 840 PRO is both faster and has a better quality memory cell which has a longer life too. However, with a large SDD you won't be writing to each cell so often. So for a Samsung, I'd recommend a big one so you won't put so much wear on it. As for the speed, I think the 120GB/s of the 120GB 840 will be noticeably slower than the PRO or larger models.
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June 22, 2013 1:19:39 PM

Oh, Windows 8. Yes it is faster, more secure, more updated etc. But has a crappy interface. This is easily solved with patches you can get from third parties. Also 8.1 is coming, which I think addresses this idiotic problem. So definitely, go Windows 8.
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June 23, 2013 7:35:49 AM

As of now, i've shipped almost everything (except the PSU).... is the one i've got here adequate, or should I look for another one...
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June 23, 2013 8:34:10 AM

Yes, the PSU you have there is good.
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June 23, 2013 9:12:40 AM

Ok, thanks, Ill go ahead and order it :D 
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