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Please critique my first build!

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November 23, 2011 5:03:03 PM

This is all brand new to me, so I'm trying to be extra careful. Gonna order the parts this weekend. Before I do, does everything look solid? The main things I'm trying to achieve are reliability & future-proofing on a sub-$750 budget.

Not ordering a new video card; I'll be recycling an old one that I bought in mid-2010 (an EVGA 512 9800GTX+) and upgrade that in a year or two. I also have a second HD that I'll use for data - the SSD will be my OS (Win7) and programs only. Figure 64 GB will be enough for that as I'm only using about 35 now on a similar setup.

Will also be ordering an anti-static wristband. Any other accessories (e.g. tools/extra fans/adapters/sparkly LEDs) or anything else I should make sure to have on hand before I start building? Thanks!

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($168.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.95 @ Mac Connection)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.26 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $732.63
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2011-11-23 14:00 EST-0500)

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November 23, 2011 5:06:34 PM

You'll only have 64GBs. That'll more than likely be a problem. Other than that, it seems solid.
November 23, 2011 5:08:56 PM

RichterFry said:
You'll only have 64GBs. That'll more than likely be a problem. Other than that, it seems solid.

That will be just for the OS. I already have a 640GB HD for data (as well as another 750GB external drive for backup). Edited the description to reflect that.
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November 23, 2011 5:30:01 PM

Looks good to me, I wouldn't change anything.
November 23, 2011 8:02:04 PM

Thanks for the response! I'm pretty set on the Corsair 400R case. How do I go about properly sealing up the holes? I'm also not sure I understand completely - less holes will allow for better cooling? I'd think that more venting would make it cooler.

I don't plan on doing any overclocking to start off, but may decide to later. If and when I do, I'll look into a better cooler. So as long as I don't overclock, I gather the cooler that comes with the non-OEM i5k should be fine?
November 23, 2011 8:29:45 PM

Also, I see the 400R has a bottom vent. It's going to go on a carpet. In order to minimize dust, should I put it on a PVC mat instead?
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November 23, 2011 8:33:43 PM

Yes, it would be best on a flat surface.
November 23, 2011 8:48:27 PM

Well, the carpet itself is pretty flat. I.e. short-haired, as opposed to shag. And the vents on the 400R have dust filters, which is nice. I'm just wondering whether putting it on a plastic mat instead of directly on the carpet would further decrease the dust intake.