Feedback on FIRST time build

Hi,

I currently had one of my friends help me pick out some new parts for my first time build. I am a pretty big gamer and was wondering what your advice is on the parts found.

My build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405

RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231318

Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

Case: Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129041

GPU: MSI N260GTX Twin Frozr OC GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127464&cm_re=GTX_260-_-14-127-464-_-Product

PSU: Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371009&cm_re=antec_quattro-_-17-371-009-_-Product


NOW.... The PSU and the GPU will not change! I am buying them from a friend for 200$ collectively which is a steal.

But on to the questions...


1. Will that PSU and GPU fit that case? From reviews I've seen apparantly it isn't even a Mini Tower - It is closer to a mid tower. What can I expect?

2. If anyone has that HD or has seen reviews on that HD, does it have a high failure rate? I've heard Western Digital is on the downfall..

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Mini case vs. a Mid case?

If anyone has any feedback on ANY items or has seen a better deal on similar or better products PLEASE let me known. All of your help is very much appreciated.

ALL opinions welcome,

Thanks.

EDIT:

Even if you think the build is GOOD then just a quick reply saying so IS VERY HELPFUL!!!
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  1. I would get a mid tower at least for the extra room and airflow. If you want to save space then get a mini tower.

    I'm not totally sure in the length of a gtx 260 so I can't tell you if it will fit, but chances are it will and it might be a tight fit.

    Western Digital is a fine brand. Their drives right now are not as fast as their competition, so people haven't been recommending them lately, so either get a samsung f3 or barracuda 7200.12.

    Otherwise everything looks good.
  2. Are mid towers in general better for cooling? My friend said less space needs to be cooled so therefore less energy used and the more you can OC. I kinda saw it as, the more cramped it is, the hotter things get.

    And really with the Barracuda? I've heard bad things about that Seagate drive lately, even worse than the WD :X

    Apparantly it has a high failure rate.

    And that the Samsung F3's are currently unavailable on Newegg. It's the drive I was hoping for though.
  3. get a samsung F3 HDD, also id DEFINITELY make sure to get a 8x8x SLI capable motherboard (e.g. Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 Motherboard), this way instead of ditching the old GPU to upgrade you can just buy another 260 and have the same/better performance. (Mobo you chose supported 16x4x which is useless for SLI)

    Apart from that things look good, not to sure on the case but im pretty sure you wont be able to fit a decent heatsink into that thing. NZXT has some decent cases for the sub100 - $200 mark.

    A mid tower has greater airflow, and also naturally can fit more in it then a mini.
  4. you have nice friends.
    i concur with the others. bigger case and faster HD, but otherwise not bad. if you go WD, get the black series. marginally more expensive but faster. i own 3 640gig blacks, and even 4 old 80gig IDE blacks :D never had to RMA any of them running 24/7. nor any of my seagate drives.
  5. The Antec Mini p180 will be able to fit a decent heatsink like that CM Hyper 212+ you picked out.

    Here are some reviews if you don't believe me when I say it can fit a good heatsink ;)

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article810-page1.html

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=222&Itemid=61

    the p180 mini should have decent cooling too. It has a massive 200mm top exhaust fan which is pretty amazing considering this is suppose to be a mini case. Has standard rear 120mm fan and you can add 2 optional front 120mm fans too. And if you are worried about fitting a long graphics card you could always remove the middle hard drive cage.

    But also consider what other people say because you can't "fit" as much into a mini case if limited expansion is a concern for you.
  6. Everything is OK, but my main question is - why such a high wattage PSU? Do you really need 850w? If you are planning on using dual-GPUs in the future, you'll definitely want a board that can support it (as suggested - 2 x8 PCIE slots at least).

    If it were me, I would check a smaller PSU unless you really thing you'll need something that large.
  7. huron said:
    Everything is OK, but my main question is - why such a high wattage PSU? Do you really need 850w? If you are planning on using dual-GPUs in the future, you'll definitely want a board that can support it (as suggested - 2 x8 PCIE slots at least).

    If it were me, I would check a smaller PSU unless you really thing you'll need something that large.


    He's giving me the PSU for 70$, I think it's worth it for something worth $150-200.


    To everyone else,

    Thank you for all your advice I really appreciate it,

    To put an end to my questions... If I were not thinking of going dual GPU as I am only getting that PSU because it is cheap + powerful, would it still be worth it to go with the Mini or the Mid that is if I don't plan on dual SLI
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