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Need Help Building First Computer. (Have some hardware picked out.)

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September 1, 2012 6:02:27 AM

Thank you for reading this and possibly helping me out. I am currently in the market for a new computer and a majority of my friends told me to build a computer, and because I am not knowledgeable of building computers, to ask a question here at toms hardware. I don't have much of a budget thanks to my university draining away all of my money. My goal is to have a computer that I can play games such as minecraft and perhaps starcraft 2 on without problems. The only other use would to browse the internet and write papers. Here is what I have so far:

1) MOTHERBOARD : BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138341


2) PROCESSOR : Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115233


3) RAM : Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TXD38192M1600HC9DC-D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313080


4) CASE : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153


5) POWER SUPPLY : OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018


6) HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767


7)DVD DRIVE : ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

.............. I know I am missing things. I hope that i can get feedback to my choices and perhaps some suggestions to improve while keeping price low. If its not too much trouble, I would like to know what all i need to put this together as well. Thank you for your time..... If possible, I'd like the price to be between 500-800$.
September 5, 2012 1:57:09 AM

LOOK IN THE HOMEBUILT SECTION!!!!!!!
March 14, 2013 1:54:53 PM

Intel i5 3570K requires a LGA 1155 socket mobo and not AM3+. And here is what i would suggest, I assume your budget would be $1000

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $931.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-14 16:52 EDT-0400)

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