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First time building, need opinion.

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May 17, 2011 5:25:07 AM

Since I will be working alot this summer, I decided to use some of that money to build a desktop. Not only do I feel like I would need this (only have 13 in Macbook), it also seems like something fun to do. Since it was my first time doing this, I just decided to use some of the parts from tom's 1k build in March, which is also around my budget.

Link Depot 6 ft. HDMI TO HDMI A/V Cable Model HDMI-2-HDMI - OEM
Item #: N82E16812189053
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$14.99
$4.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$21.99

COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ...
Item #: N82E16811119240
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$89.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7502AAEX 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136794
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$69.99

ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824236112
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.99
$199.99

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814102873
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-$5.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$119.99
$114.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
Item #: N82E16817139005
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-$30.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$119.99
$89.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
Item #: N82E16820231276
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$54.99

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157229
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$159.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
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$224.99

Patriot X-Porter 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF2GUSB
Item #: N82E16820241103
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-$5.99 Saving
$5.99
$0.00

COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835103072
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$21.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
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$39.99

Subtotal: $1,093.88


Everything here is from Newegg. I plan to use this for some CAD work and probably play a few games. Any opinion on what I should get/change from the list above would be helpful.

Thanks!

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May 17, 2011 5:37:35 AM

^ Nice build, some suggestions -
1. Graphics card, IMO for 1080p, HD 6850 or above would be a better option,... You can easily save some money with a different mobo/ CASE and get a better graphic card,...

2. HDD - Samsung F3 1TB would be a better option, more for the money and also SATA 6GB/s for mechanical drives is just a marketing gimmick,...
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May 17, 2011 6:02:18 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Nice build, some suggestions -
1. Graphics card, IMO for 1080p, HD 6850 or above would be a better option,... You can easily save some money with a different mobo/ CASE and get a better graphic card,...

2. HDD - Samsung F3 1TB would be a better option, more for the money and also SATA 6GB/s for mechanical drives is just a marketing gimmick,...

1. I will take the 6850 into consideration and will probably end up getting it. Are you suggesting me to change the mobo because it is not a good option, or is it to accommodate the increase of price for the new graphics card? If the mobo is good enough, I don't mind keeping it and spending more to ditch the 5770 for the 6850. Which mobo would you recommend if I were to change? Choosing a mobo is probably the hardest for me because I don't really know what to look for besides having the right socket to fit the i5.

2. I'll look more into this and will probably buy it also.

Thanks!
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May 17, 2011 7:25:49 AM

gkay09 said:
^ That board is an enthusiast board and if you are into just casual overclocking and regular stuffs, then I doubt it would be of good value,...
Check this one, has good features for the price -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You said the one I chose was too much for casual stuff, but the one you gave me is even more expensive. I don't get it.
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May 17, 2011 5:00:46 PM

you don't need the extra fan, the HDMI cable nor the heatsink and fan. money saved right there.
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