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Hello again. So I have a processor and a case so I figure it is time to start building and I need advice. I'll link my proposed build below and state up front that I don't plan to SLI or overclock yet because I don't know how but if the parts can support it that is a plus. I haven't built a PC in 10+ years so if anyone sees conflicts or has alternate suggestions I welcome the feedback.

I selected the ARES ram because it was low profile, the Seasonic PSU because I hear good things about them, the MOBO because it isn't overly expensive and supports SLI and PCI-E 3.0 and can overclock later if I want, the WD Black as a single drive but if a SSD and slow storage drive (like a WD green or a Seagate that is always on sale) would be better I'll go that route. Lastly, if someone could suggest a good air cooler because I don't my CPU will come with a heatsink. Thanks in advance guys!
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  1. the most popular cpu cooler is the coolermaster hyper 212 evo its a good cpu cooler for stock settings and moderate overclocking other than that the build looks great!
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    That's a good, solid configuration. Lots of room to upgrade too! The i5 comes with a boxed cooler that's good for stock, but you'll need a good air cooler for overclocking. Seasonic PSU's are some of the best out there, by the way and the ASRock motherboard has all the features a higher-end board does so you'll be good to go for overclocking later. Yes, the Hyper 212 is a good cooler, cheap and flexible for overclock up to 4.5 GHz.

    As far as your storage configuration...An SSD with a mechanical hard drive will be faster (lots) than a standard hard drive by itself. You load the operating system on the SSD (boot drive) and use the mechanical drive for storage (your applications, games, documents, movies, music, etc.). Windows boots from the SSD like normal, and you save files to the hard drive. I kid you not, with the SSD Windows will boot in under 12 seconds. You don't need a big SSD for that, 60-80 GB is fine. You can find those in that size for about $60-80.
  3. Thanks for the responses guys.

    Newegg had a sale this morning on CORSAIR HX Series HX750 for $109 so I grabbed that one. Hopefully it is as good as the Seasonic, or near enough.

    Also had a sale on the EVGA Superclocked 760 for the backplate/dual bios version at $259 (and a $20 rebate) so that's on its way.

    Processor arrived this morning and it has the stock cooler so I'm using that (since I won't overclock yet) and that means I can use taller RAM so I'm watching for a sale on it, but right now the ARES is $74 for 2/4GB so it might win.

    Opted to save money now and use a WD Blue drive and I'll add an SSD later.

    That just leaves me needing to decide on the motherboard. The ASRock Fatality is a nice price and seems to have everything I could want but there are so many to pick from...
  4. Good deals. The CX series from Corsair are really great PSU's, I think in the same class as Seasonic, but cheaper. The Ares ram is good. Check Team Vulcan's 8 GB kit too. There are some really great RAM kits for that price range. You might want to check Amazon for RAM sales too. The stock Intel cooler is actually pretty good, nice a quiet, even under a mild load. Under a hard load, 100% (disable PWM) it is noisy, but not obnoxious. The i5 is a 77 W part, so it doesn't need a high-power cooling solution at stock clocks anyways. The WD Blue is a good, solid drive for a great price. As far as the board, I like to say the sky's the limit depending on how much you want to spend. I am partial to ASRock, Gigabyte, and MSI boards.
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