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October 9, 2011 11:43:47 PM

This is a GAMING computer, but i will also do browsing / Work / Listen to Music/Video's etc/ Multitasking pc

What do you think?

Case: Antec Lanboy air Yellow Black / Yellow ATX Mid Tower Computer Modular Case

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Cooling System; Cooler Master Hyper 212+

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Processor; Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

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Mobo; ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Changing too; The Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68
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Reason; Cheaper, has 2 3.0 PCI express slots, everything else is basically the same. Save 70$!
old link
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Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

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Im going to be using my OLD pc's powersupply: XION Power Real 1000W ATX Power Supply

My current GPU; ATI Radeon 6850 HD

Dvd/CD Player; 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

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I have a Harddrive in my current Computer already; But its not exactly a hard purchase to make if i want a new 1.

Windows 7 32 Bit. Changed.

Changed too; Reason being, it doesnt limit the memory to 4g.
Windows 7 64 bit

Thanks for any help i get, appreciated.




So that is my build; do i need 2 know anything about harddrives in specific?
When i first load up my rigg, do i need 2 set up any "sata" "Raid" or anything configurations to make it run ?
It will be my first build, any basic info or "do's and don'ts" would be appreciated..
My harddrive (Im not even sure what it is) its just a standard 2 terrabyte sata harddrive.
I have a "HP" recovery disc, that i popped in the new harddrive, and everything got set up basically for me based on previous settings of my old harddrive.. So i really don't know what i'd be doing without a recovery disc.

Is there anything in specific i have 2 know for when i buy those components put em all together, and follow instructions and hook it all up; for when it comes to my harddrive?

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October 10, 2011 2:49:16 AM

This guide will help you: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

Don't worry about RAID

SATA is a standard for data transmission and most new devices are SATA (IDE or PATA is the old slower standard). With SATA, there are no 'jumpers' to set.

There are also some nice YouTube videos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CStOC0hET8

It is nice to 'bread-board' the system outside the case, and then test it before you put it inside the case.

Watch a few of these videos in order to get the general idea.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=iv&annotation_id=a...
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls&feature=rela...
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=relm...
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October 10, 2011 7:39:54 PM

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October 10, 2011 7:40:02 PM

Thanks a lot
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October 10, 2011 9:18:25 PM

I watched most of these videos, but man they are so detailed for like completely clueless pc users..

From the question at hand.

The simple answer is; You don't have 2 do anything but plug in windows 7 64 bit into your cd/dvd writer, and install it to a cleanly wiped drive..
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October 10, 2011 10:28:54 PM

kudohlol said:
I watched most of these videos, but man they are so detailed for like completely clueless pc users..

From the question at hand.

The simple answer is; You don't have 2 do anything but plug in windows 7 64 bit into your cd/dvd writer, and install it to a cleanly wiped drive..

Yes, that's pretty much it! The ideal time to buy components is on Black Friday, November 25, 2011!

One thing to remember is not to do any computer assembly when you are tired. Most errors happen when people are tired. And wear an anti-static wrist band. If not, it is too easy to zap something with static electricity; especially in winter.

And one very important thing to do regularly is backups! Win 7 has a nice backup utility. Another nice free one is Easeus To Do Backup. http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Todo-Backup-Free/3000-2...
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October 10, 2011 11:11:25 PM

I asked someone else, if it was important to use an anti static wristband or if one comes with the computer parts im ordering.

He said it does not, and that its not important; then in video 2 (the assembly) the guy just said to regularly touch your metal case, to transfer any static building up to the case.. as well as to build on a wood surface (preferably)

Mhmhm 25'th of november eh.. thats a few weeks after my birthday, do you think i'll save a considerable amount on my parts during that week? (Im canadian, but i can order from newegg (seeing as its the cheapest site to order from)
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October 11, 2011 1:25:50 AM

kudohlol said:
I asked someone else, if it was important to use an anti static wristband or if one comes with the computer parts im ordering.

He said it does not, and that its not important; then in video 2 (the assembly) the guy just said to regularly touch your metal case, to transfer any static building up to the case.. as well as to build on a wood surface (preferably)

Mhmhm 25'th of november eh.. thats a few weeks after my birthday, do you think i'll save a considerable amount on my parts during that week? (Im canadian, but i can order from newegg (seeing as its the cheapest site to order from)

The guy in the video is experienced! Others need an anti-static wrist band; for a few dollars, it is cheap insurance. That's how I look at it. I made my own by using 2 alligator clips attached to a 6' length of 14 Ga stranded wire.

Happy Birthday in advance!

Expect to save 15% to 20% everywhere on Black Friday! On some items quantities are limited.
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October 11, 2011 1:53:25 AM

15% to 20% even on major computer components?

I'll be ordering online; so typically you get the DEAL regardless of "Quantity" or at least if i order in the wee morning hours ( which im usually awake for anyway) i'll get the reduced prices, anyway.

I just didnt think that major computer components would even drop in price, from my understanding, anything that is "wanted" usually doesnt budge on black friday, and everything that rarely sells, drops in major prices to empty up their inventory.

I'll buy a anti static band just in case, but i don't think it is a big issue.
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October 11, 2011 2:04:27 AM

The savings are real; on real choice items!

I bought my Cooler master HAF 932 for $100 from CompUSA 2 years ago. Last year I bought WD 1 TB Caviar Black HDDs for $60 a piece from Best Buy. eSATA External enclosures from Newegg. These are highly sought after items. I will buy some more WD as well as Seagate drives next month on Black Friday.

Wherever possible I will order online for home delivery via UPS because of the mad rush at the stores.
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October 11, 2011 2:09:00 AM

Argh im already gonna be dying to wait till my Birthday, let alone till the 25'th lol!
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October 11, 2011 2:09:36 AM

It will save me some $$$$$$$$$$$ must resist temptation... with the savings, i can splurge and buy maybe a 27 inch monitor lol.
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October 11, 2011 2:10:06 AM

Oh god, see the pattern here.. save money to spend more money! fml im so human.
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October 11, 2011 2:11:41 AM

Yes, yes yes! 25th. of November; next month, not this month! :) 
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October 11, 2011 2:17:39 AM

Yes i know, my birthday is Nov 8th! i was saving money to buy my computer around then to give myself a birthday gift.. Now i must wait till the 25'th

Perhaps you can answer this question since you seem to be pretty nice and are replying to the pointless questions i have asked you aside from the important ones;

From my build, what is the benefit of having a Flash Drive? vs Mechanical?
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October 11, 2011 2:38:21 AM

kudohlol said:
Yes i know, my birthday is Nov 8th! i was saving money to buy my computer around then to give myself a birthday gift.. Now i must wait till the 25'th

Perhaps you can answer this question since you seem to be pretty nice and are replying to the pointless questions i have asked you aside from the important ones;

From my build, what is the benefit of having a Flash Drive? vs Mechanical?

SSDs will load the OS and programs much faster than a HDD. SSDs are still quite expensive.

For a new build, start out with a regular HDD. My suggestion is to have a 250 GB HDD for the OS and all your programs. Have a 1 TB HDD for your data files (Word, Music, Videos, photos). And have an external 1.5 TB HDD for frequent backups. Backups are extremely important.

Here are some suggestions:

OS and programs - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Data - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

External drive for backups:
Enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Assemble the HDD in the enclosure. Easy to do.

Checkout all the drives on Newegg and read the feedback. I avoid the green drives.
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