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September 8, 2011 11:20:35 PM

Hey everyone! I've been a lurker for quite some time, but I thought I'd join so I can gain some valuable knowledge from you wise folks! :-)

I've previously only owned prebuilt computers so I am a complete noob when it comes to building computers, but I really would like to become more educated and I plan on building one this year, as my laptop is a complete dinosaur now..

I'm a casual gamer, usually play games like, Team Fortress or Left 4 Dead, and browse the internet, download music. I do use photoshop and other design related software if that makes any difference.


My budget would be the 600-800 range, and I would like it to last me a few years if possible. I'd really just like it to be able to smoothly play video games, and simple multi tasking and such without any issues.

This is what I have gathered so far by doing research and observing other peoples' builds. I would prefer to get everything from newegg if possible.

Any suggestions? Is everything compatible so far? Anything I should swap out? Any advice on a case?

Thanks in advance for your help!

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119068
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$54.99
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136770
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant
$44.99
$39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814161348
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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$159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Item #: N82E16820231394
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$25.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASRock H67M (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$99.99
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371016
-$15.00 Instant
$79.99
$64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 8, 2011 11:34:54 PM

everything looks good, but I suggest getting a cpu cooler = hyper 212 +
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September 9, 2011 12:32:22 AM

tomskent said:
everything looks good, but I suggest getting a cpu cooler = hyper 212 +


Thanks for your quick response! Anything you else can recommend? :) 
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September 9, 2011 5:38:24 AM

I'd also say get a bigger hard drive.

*snap*

That's how quick 320GB will fill up.

Here's one that's 500GB for the same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You might also go to a 1TB like this for an extra $20:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some people say you shouldn't use a 1TB drive as your primary for gaming, but whatever. I've never found it to be very noticeable at all as long as you get a quality 7200rpm model like the Caviar Black or Samsung Spinpoint.
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September 9, 2011 6:07:12 AM

you left out what resolution you will be playing at, as this is the single most important factor when picking a gpu. i would think though, that your 6850 choice will be just fine up to 1680x1050 for the most part?
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