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August 26, 2013 2:00:49 PM

Hello Folks,

First post on Toms hardware. I am building my first PC ever and would appreciate some help. I apologize, if this is not the right place to ask these questions.

I am not an expert at this and this would be a learning experience, I am just trying to avoid expensive mistakes. I sure would return the favor to the community, once I become good at this.

Below is my build. Specifically I am trying to make sure that parts are compatible and I am getting the best value for my money. Any suggestions to improve it are welcome. As I said earlier, I am new at this and if there is a dumb mistake in this build, please go easy on me...:) 

-Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Case- $ 179

-MSI Z87 MPOWER Max LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC-$259

-ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI- $ 235

-Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics-$340

-Seasonic 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply - X-850 SS-850KM- $169 (Amazon)

-Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive- $100

-SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)- $183

-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) -$135

All components are from Newegg except the power supply. The total is ~ 1600. Is this a good build? Can I make a better configuration with this budget?

One last thing, based upon some of the information on the internet, it seems Amazon has a better return policy and is less painful. Would you guys agree? Any suggestions on that are also appreciated.

Thank you very much and I hope someone would take the time to help me out.

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August 26, 2013 4:38:51 PM

Hi Dave,
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions. You have knocked off $ 200 and it is still an impressive build. If I understand correctly, your build has the exact same performance as the one suggested except yours is cheaper?

I Would like to ask a few follow up questions:

- Is the Intel core i5 3570K as powerful as the the newer Haswell 4770K?

- I wanted to go with the newer LGA 1150 chipset thinking it might be better in the long run as I want the computer to be future proof. At some point, I want to get into photo and video editing (not a heavy gamer, although I do play occasionally). Is there no advantage to using the latest chipset from Intel?

- I am most confused with regards to choosing the motherboard. There are so many options out there and it's hard to compare them. I would like something that I can start out with a decent graphics card and memory but update in a few years with better components.

- The graphics card is another one that's hard to choose from so many different options. Your suggestions is the one that I wanted to go with initially. I am going to take your suggestion on this one.

- I am also not sure which OS to go for. I am leaning towards Windows7 but then in the future if I want to move to a touch screen interface, I will have to update. Any suggestions?

Thank you again for your response.
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