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June 20, 2011 6:00:56 PM

I'm a first time builder so I'm a little jittery about selecting these parts and assembling the thing together. It's purpose is for gaming. I'm building this from scratch, so I won't be recycling anything. I'll use Windows 7. I don't have it selected yet because I'll see if the campus bookstore has it for a cheap price. If anyone has any commentary, I'd appreciate it. I'd like to order this week. Perhaps even today or tomorrow.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Should the temps be sufficiently cool? Am I missing any components? I know I'll need an HD cable for the monitor and a powersurge protector, but I probably have those lying around somewhere. What about those ties for cable management? Do they typically come bundled in components or do they need to be purchased individually?

Any assistance you can offer me is appreciated.

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June 20, 2011 6:13:39 PM

alright, looks good. A few things though.
-Motherboard is a bit expensive. Look at the Z68x offerings from Gigabyte
-Don't get a USB adapter, unless you plan on using it for a laptop or something. A pci-e x1 would look better IMO.
-I have that keyboard and mouse, but I don't like the mouse. Might find a generic keyboard and spend a little more on a nice mouse, like an MX518.

Those are my thoughts, hope they help!
June 20, 2011 6:17:28 PM

Why do you need another USB hub? You have 6 USB 2,0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports on the mobo. Why are you getting a wireless adapter for the computer? The LAN connection is faster. Drop these components unless you need the extra USB or have a problem connecting to the modem adapter directly.

Cooling should be OK but it will depend if you are going to overclock. If you plan to overclock then you will need an aftermarket CPU cooler.

You can use ordinary twist ties for cable management. Plastic zip ties and velcro ties are alternative choices.

The choices seem to be solid.
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June 20, 2011 6:25:07 PM

Thanks.

I need the hub because I thought my case only has two external adaptors and dealing with a hub would be cheaper/easier than installing more USB drives.

I need the WIFI adaptor because this particular computer will be placed in my room and recieve the signal from the family computer. There's simply no way to reasonably run the wire to the modem.

And no, I won't be overclocking.
June 20, 2011 7:00:52 PM

Well actually there are many, many more USB ports on the back. 8 I believe. But did you go over my suggestions Comrade (:D )?
June 20, 2011 7:31:57 PM

striker410 said:
Well actually there are many, many more USB ports on the back. 8 I believe. But did you go over my suggestions Comrade (:D )?


Yeah, I realized that. I have this conversation going on a couple forums to maximize my feedback. Someone pointed that out. I felt like a dolt for overlooking that. So I'll definitely be dropping the hub.

As for the mobo, I like it because it comes in a package deal with the CPU and a copy of Operation Flashpoint: Red River.

As far as the KB+M goes, I dunno. I think I just want something decent and convenient for now, and if I want something a bit fancier I could pick it up later. I don't see that particular mouse listen on Newegg, also.
June 21, 2011 1:29:22 AM

I've modified it a bit.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=16611265

Newegg doesn't display combos in wishlists but I also have these items up:

Intel i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

ASUS P8Z68-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131729

Operation Flashpoint: Red River
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16800999280

Now I also was originally looking at a combo with my PSU that included this SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

but I had to replace it with the Hitachi HDD because that Samsung HDD appears to be sold out. They're both identically priced although I'll get a combo discount with the Samsung. Both have somewhat mixed reviews. Any advice?

As far as the PSU goes, I think I'd like to go with Corsair but the lower wattage Corsair I looked at has the same price without that potential PSU/HDD combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-004-_-Product

Granted, they have one or two more lower wattage PSUs for a slightly cheaper price, but I though the two I've discussed here look the most appropriate for gaming. I could be wrong however. Feel free to correct me.

Thanks!
June 21, 2011 2:40:12 AM

I also realized that the power strips I have lying around the house are too old and junky to use on a big investment like this.

This looks decent and is one of the highest rated strips on Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812120802

I don't really know what to look for in a strip other than surge protection. Would I just be better off getting a strip in a brick and mortar store? Or perhaps there is something better on Newegg?
June 21, 2011 2:44:44 AM

MoscowComrade said:
I also realized that the power strips I have lying around the house are too old and junky to use on a big investment like this.

This looks decent and is one of the highest rated strips on Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812120802

I don't really know what to look for in a strip other than surge protection. Would I just be better off getting a strip in a brick and mortar store? Or perhaps there is something better on Newegg?

Link is broken.
June 21, 2011 3:02:30 AM

How close is your computer to an outlet? The cable for that is 15 ft long...
June 21, 2011 3:20:24 AM

Jmassault said:
How close is your computer to an outlet? The cable for that is 15 ft long...


My computer will be close to the outlet. I figure I can just coil and tie up excess cable.
June 21, 2011 4:56:01 AM

Okay, here's Mark III:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=16617085

Hopefully I'm pretty close to finished on selecting these components, but any suggestions are welcome since I'm close to entering the point-of-no-return soon. I believe all I need is an OS (Windows 7 64 Home Premium Full version - not OEM or Upgrade right?) And I may knock my HDD down to SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB if it returns soon.

Any help is appreciated.
June 21, 2011 5:15:38 AM

Can't see the wishlist. But you want OEM windows.
June 21, 2011 6:25:55 AM

striker410 said:
Can't see the wishlist. But you want OEM windows.


Huh. I've copied this exact link to other forums and it worked there.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

As for OEM, I'm seeing conflicting information. Some Newegg reviewers claim that it's really simple and you just pop the disc in, other claim the DVD is not bootable and you must have a second operational computer or go through various convoluted steps. OEM seems kind of restrictive, too.
June 21, 2011 2:30:25 PM

OEM simply means you can only install on one computer, and no support from microsoft. But let's face it, microsoft has the worst support ever anyway :p 

Plenty of people go OEM. I went OEM. It's cheaper, and not a big deal. But that's me.

Also on your build I would swap that network card for a PCI one.

And the HDD should be a Samsung Spinpoint F3. No 2 ways about it.
June 21, 2011 3:52:09 PM

Some people are recommending I get an aftermarket cooler. What do you guys think about that?
June 22, 2011 3:08:12 AM

Yup, you'll want one for Overclocking. The Hyper 212+ is $30 from amazon, can get you to 4.5GHz easily.
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