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First time computer build and would like any advice

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October 7, 2011 2:02:03 AM

OK this is my first time asking for advice, I've read the forums, I've trawled the net etc and I've come up with what I think is a pretty good system build. Now you guys can pull it apart and show me where I'm going wrong.

Here in WA Perth we dont' have the same options as US counterparts but it's not too bad.

Supplier: www.netplus.com.au (based in Perth)

System>
mainboard: Asus P8Z68-V-LX Z68 LGA1155 (intend to add 2nd card in a year or so, crossfire)
Ram: 8Gb DDR3 1333 Kingston Memory generic ram
Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked (might overclock if the mood takes me)
CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 CPU 33 (and I'll need this if I do OC)
120Gb OCZ Vertex Plus + SSD (I want to boot quickly and have whatever my main game is on SSD)
2Tb WD Caviar Green WD20EARX (will put in a couple of drives, 4TBs all up, you can never have enough)
ATI AMD HD6970 2Gb (it's enough for 1080p gaming without breaking the bank)
Antec Nine Hundred TWO (I need something to put all the parts in, I'm not bothered by flashing lights)
LG BH10LS30 Blu RAY Writer ( of course you put a Blu Ray burner in)
Asus VE278Q ( and finally the monitor, I want big. I'll run dual displays with another 20inch for surfing)

What do you guys think? Give it to me straight. I'm happy to take any advice.

Thanks for any comments.
October 7, 2011 2:59:05 AM

Very nice build! I really do like it.

However, I would change the MB. Not sure what's available, but an Asrock Z68 Gen3 would be the epitome of price/performance in my mind.

If they have the Hyper 212+ cooler, take it. Outperforms the TX3 for $5 USD more.

You might look into getting a Crucial M4 128GB drive. Not as fast, but much more stable.

And finally, the case. I would opt for one with better cable management, as the 902's management is laughable. HAF 922 is an similarily priced option.

What about PSU? I would go 750w, or 850w if you wanna run dual cards in the future.

Cheers!
October 7, 2011 3:03:36 AM

Thanks man I apologise for 2 similar posts. It was a mistake. Will read both until I figure out how to delete one.
October 7, 2011 3:41:45 AM

OK given the limitations at Netplus and the advice so far this is my new rig:


Asrock Z68-Extreme 3 LGA1155

MS Windows 7 Home Premium

8Gb DDR3 1600Mhz G.Skill 2X4Gb

120Gb OCZ Vertex Plus + SSD

2Tb WD Caviar Green WD20EARX X2

ATI AMD HD6970 2Gb

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Gaming

Antec High Current Pro 850W

LG BH10LS30 Blu RAY Writer

CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 CPU 33

Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked

Asus VE278Q

comes to AU$2215 for anyone interested.
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