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1st Build. Are there any suggestions or things to out for?? Please let me know

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November 17, 2013 2:04:50 PM

Hello. Its a been long week researching as best as I could (with a little help from friends) to build my very own pc for the first time. My initial budget was around $1000, but I clearly couldnt come close to it lol Please let me if I made the right decisions!!! Or if there is anything to look out for before/during/after assembling the pc!

Here it is:

- Intel i5 4670k 3.4GHz ($225.99 @ NCIX)
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (Sleeve Bearing) ($35.98 @ Newegg)
- Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
- G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 ($76.99 @ Newegg)
- Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" ($99.99 @ Newegg)
- Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" ($59.99 @ Newegg)
- MSI GeForce GTX 760 Twin Frz 2GB ($269.99 @ Microcenter)
- Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Mid Tower ($79.99 @ Newegg)
- Fractal Design Newton R3 600W 80+ Platinum ATX Semi-modular ($79.99 @ NCIX)
- Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS ($19.99 @ Microcenter)

TOTAL: $1240

Thanks for any help!

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November 17, 2013 2:49:59 PM

Blaise170 said:
Personally I'd get this card instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx797atdjc
And this power supply (Fractal Design PSUs aren't very good): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-tp650c


Thanks for the reply. Well its kinda late to do anything about the parts. The video card was a struggle to settle on since because as a novice-at-best to computer gaming I didnt want to hit into the 300+ range so I think MSI offered a good deal below it.

Wouldnt a platinum psu run more efficiently, and thus be on par with any other psu (gold, silver, bronze) that is of better quality?

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November 17, 2013 4:21:10 PM

A platinum PSU is simply more efficient when it comes to power. A platinum PSU with bad parts will be worse than a non-certified PSU that has good parts. Look at this list:

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
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November 17, 2013 8:44:48 PM

I see. It makes sense. I know that there is some precedent when it comes to sorting the different manufacturers in these tiers but in this list I only see one Fractal Design psu (Tier 3). That model (R2) is from 2008 (as far back as I can see anyway) so I dont know if it would be fair to base the model I have (R4) in the same tier. Thought its more likely it could be..

Well, Im a little concerned. Hopefully this psu lasts.. lol Thanks for your help, Blaise170.

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November 17, 2013 8:52:23 PM

In general, PSUs are best from Antec, Corsair, PCP&C, SeaSonic, Silverstone, and XFX. Occasionally you'll get the odd PSU that just really stands out (the Kingwin Laser has excellent components, yet in general you should never buy Kingwin PSUs). You should also keep in mind that a Tier 2 or even Tier 3 PSU is not necessarily bad - though when it comes to power supplies you quite literally get what you pay for.

As an aside, there was a tech company once that bought three unlabeled PSUs off eBay, two rated at 800W and one at 1000W. All three blew up before they reached 400W output. These were unnamed brands of course, and you shouldn't expect this at all with Fractal Design, but you can see why a PSU is so important.
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November 17, 2013 9:39:43 PM

Yeah, Ill remember to stay within the tier 1s to play it safe, and most definitely stay away from unaccredited manufacturers. I did realize that I was making a little leap of faith by choosing to buy from a manufacturer that I had little knowledge of by in terms of their reviews but from what I could find on google the stars were always high (not many votes to base strongly on but I did) when all I saw was Corsair and Seagate products with the great reviews all around. Im keeping my fingers crossed.


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November 17, 2013 9:42:22 PM

You shouldn't have to worry, good luck with the build.
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November 17, 2013 9:51:46 PM

Thanks, cant wait to start the assembling.
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