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1st time building - need a double check.

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March 8, 2011 12:51:21 PM

Hello!
This is my first time building from scratch and I've been doing A LOT of reading over the past couple days (mostly on this site!) and I think I have a decent build set up, but I'm not 100% sure on everything and I was hoping someone on here could double check this for me.

Budget Range: About $1000, nothing definite

System Usage: Biggest concern is blazing fast internet browsing, also medium gaming, BluRay movies/music, learning/experiment (overclocking, leaning Linux), upgradable

Parts Not Required: Just building the tower at this point.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, I hear that's a good place to start.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Nothing really. Just kinda picked out what I thought would be best for my needs.

Overclocking: Yes, going to try it anyway

SLI or Crossfire: I don't think so

Monitor Resolution: nothing special, but want to connect to an HD TV in a couple months.


Parts:
CPU - Intel Core i3 2120 (maybe the i5 2500?)
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52209

Motherboard - MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7Q-16GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - APEVIA X-DREAMER3-RD Black / Red Metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Enermax PRO87+ 500 W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card - None

Hard Drive - HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2nd Hard Drive (SSD) in the future for the OS and a few programs -
OCZ Onyx OCZSSD2-1ONX32G 2.5" 32GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I guess that's it. I'm not worried about mouse, keyboard, or monitor at this time. Do want to hook up to an HD TV in the future though. I know the optical drive can't play Blu Ray movies, but those will go from my dad's computer to mine so I don't have to go get a movie when ever I want to watch it. I was wondering if I should get G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7Q-16GBXH (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) instead, if I need to to play the Blu Ray movies. Also, I will be getting a decent set of at least 5.1 channel surround sound speakers. Right now, I am mostly concerned with whether or not this set up will work. I am really not sure about the PSU. I tried using a PSU calulator, but I think I might have messed up on it. The calculator recommended a 271w unit, so I went with a 500w to be safe and leave plenty of room for upgrades, like a water cooling system in the future (possibly, when I start to overclock). Also, I don't want to buy one part that could seriously outperform the rest of my set up, or buy one lousy part that would hold it all back. I'll appreciate any feed back, tips, advice, and suggestions anyone can give me!

Thank you in advance!
Barican

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March 10, 2011 1:13:42 AM

Welcome newcomer.

Let's get started off on Sandybridge overclocking: you need a K series chip, and it runs an extra $20: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz for $229

The stock heatsink will not take you very far in your overclocking, so replace it with this: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus for $37


Do you really need 2TB of drive space? Consider this 1TB, better performing and considerable savings: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB for $64.

The SSD is too small to comfortably fit much more than your OS. Defer the expenditure until prices drop in the next year or two.

Take the extra savings and drop it into a better video card: PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 for $145 after rebate and promo code


Finally, if you want to watch bluray, then replace the DVD burner with something along these lines: LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo for $65 after rebate and promo.
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March 11, 2011 3:25:52 AM

Looks good but like eloric said get a K processor.
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March 16, 2011 10:38:26 AM

Thank you! I will be ordering everything by the end of the week. Hopefully I will have some success to report by the next weekend!
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March 16, 2011 10:38:40 AM

Best answer selected by Barican.
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