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[First Build] Please Critique - Any Mistakes?

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August 13, 2010 4:25:20 AM

Hello,

I'm looking to build a fast machine that will be good for some gaming (SC2), but also just generally capable (I like to multitask, and I dislike waiting). I want this to last awhile. I've read that overclocking is easier these days, so I may try that out once I have the machine together.

My thoughts on this build is to later add in a second 5770, along with another 4 GB of ram, and possibly a second hard drive for RAID 1.

For reference, I intend to get a 23-24" LCD monitor, either at 1900 x 1080, or x 1200 if I can find one.

Here are the parts, including links to Micro Center (which is conveniently located near my parents):

CPU: i5-760
Motherboard: GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 P55 ATX
Graphics Card: Radeon HD 5770 CuCore 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics Card
Memory: 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) Gold Low Voltage CL8 Memory Kit
Case: Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU: TX 650 Watt ATX Power Supply
Hard Drive: Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Optical Drive: AD-7260S 24X SATA Internal DVD Burner - OEM

Total Cost: $843 - $75 in rebates = $769 + Windows 7 + Monitor

I'm still unsure about cooling. Will I want to buy some additional fans, or will the case + processor come with enough, at least to start with?

Re Windows 7: Should I get the "system builder" version, or the regular home premium version?

Anyone see anything that isn't compatible, or something they think is a mistake? I'm open to advice, and I really appreciate everyone's help. Thanks!

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August 13, 2010 4:39:54 AM

You dont want to get everything from microcenter, they have a good deal on the CPU, but not on a bunch of the other things. You can save quite a bit if you get some online and only a couple things at microcenter.

Save $20 with the GPU from newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grab the 650TX combo'd with the 1TB samsung f3 which is much faster than that old 7200.9 series seagate drive and you can save quite a bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

You can save $10 on the motherboard before rebate and then combo it with windows on newegg to save a bit more, i dont recommend paying for anything more than home premium, i got professional free from school but havent seen any difference between it and home premium on my mothers machine
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The case will come with enough fans to keep your temps reasonably low, but if you want to start OCing i suggest getting a couple more fans for it and a good heatsink for the CPU.
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