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First Time Builder, Need Some Experienced Advice.

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August 15, 2013 12:13:02 AM

I have been very interested and intrigued by computers for several years now, bought an older gaming rig and tinkered with it, but never have I built my own. So I'm going for it. My budget is around 1500 US dollars and I mainly play RTS games along with some RPGS (LoL, Fallout, Skyrim) I have absolutely ZERO knowledge in overclocking therefor I built a non-OC system (for now) and I need you guys to look it over and give me a few tips and pointers from your experience.

This is just a very rough idea as I whipped it up in around 1 afternoon, so if you have suggestions I'm all ears!

Processor: Intel Core i5 4670 http://tinyurl.com/k2rgyqk 219.99
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H87 http://tinyurl.com/obvjloe 104.99
RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16 GB http://tinyurl.com/d8jt7ph 144.99
Graphics Card: Radeon HD 7970 http://tinyurl.com/btsng7v 354.99
Hard Drive: WD 1TB 7200 rpm http://tinyurl.com/738mm6t 69.99
SSD: Samsung 120GB SATA 3 http://tinyurl.com/8dqsq4c 99.99
Case: Antec 900 Mid ATX (USB 3.0) http://tinyurl.com/236jga 99.99
Power Supply: 750 watts, page won't load for some odd reason... 119.99
DVD Burner: Asus 24X DVD Burner http://tinyurl.com/yj5avvg 18.99

Total Cost: 1233.91

Please tell me what you would/wouldn't do differently and suggestions are always helpful! Thanks for taking the time to look this over :p 

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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
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August 15, 2013 12:32:39 AM

Overall it's a pretty good build.

First thing I would do is downgrade to 8gb RAM. 16gb is beneficial if you do heavy graphical and video editing. You will never peak over 8gb memory usage just playing games.

750W psu indicates that you will be putting in a second graphics card in crossfire later on. If this is not your plan, then you can downgrade to 500W.
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August 15, 2013 1:06:51 AM

Chairman Ray said:
Overall it's a pretty good build.

First thing I would do is downgrade to 8gb RAM. 16gb is beneficial if you do heavy graphical and video editing. You will never peak over 8gb memory usage just playing games.

750W psu indicates that you will be putting in a second graphics card in crossfire later on. If this is not your plan, then you can downgrade to 500W.


Ah good to know about the RAM, thx man!

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