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December 16, 2011 3:07:06 PM

Hello everyone, new here, looking for advice for my first time build, hopefully occurring after the holidays.

What I want is an awesome computer for less than $2000, main uses will be webdesign, gaming, image editing, web browsing, pretty much everything. This is the list I have came up with...

Case: NZXT Apollo Black - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Board: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k (most likely going to overclock it) - $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 - $349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600 - $82.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: WD Velociraptor 10,000rpm 300GB - $224.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BD Reader: LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 - $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VS248H-P - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Logitech G110 USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Speakers: Logitech LS21 7 Watts 2.1 Stereo Speaker System - $25.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Everything Comes to a total of $1867.86. Anything you think I should add or change from what I mentioned? Does this sound like a good setup? Thanks for any help! :sol: 
December 16, 2011 4:05:44 PM

the Velociraptor hard drive is pointless.
It will be spanked by even a bad SSD

Get a good 120 gig SSD for windows and programs and a conventional hard drive for data storage

The cooling looks inadequate in the case . Get a HAF instead
December 16, 2011 5:08:50 PM

I like the modular PSU. The case is definitely a beautiful one, I am building a mod for my wife with this, but understand that cable management is limited. Not such a problem for a modular power supply, but still be aware of this case's limitations. It is a few years old now, and most newer cases have better cable management and more forward thinking features in that price range.

BTW, you are gonna love the Death Adder and G110, I got both for my wife and she adores them.

The speakers are woefully inadequate for my tastes.
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December 16, 2011 5:19:28 PM

I agree with Outlander_04 ^

The velociraptor was a good drive in it's day, but a SSD is about 50x faster in random i/o, and that is what the os does mostly.

Considering the high hard drive prices of today, I would suggest a 80-120gb ssd for the os and a few games. When hard drive prices come down to normal, get a 1tb drive for storage and overflow.
Intel has a nice rebate on their 80gb drive which will cost $80 after rebate and promo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

FWIW I use 85gb of a 120gb ssd which has the os, 8 games and 4gb of photos.

For good cooling, a case needs two 120mm intake fans or equivalent. The case you linked is inadequate.
I suggest an Antec 100/200/300 case which will do better, and probably cost less:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your other parts look good and appropriate.

As a suggestion, take the time now to download and read the motherboard and case manuals.
December 16, 2011 7:13:20 PM

Thanks for the help, I switched the velociraptor for a 180GB SSD.

What do you guys think about the NZXT Phantom 410 case?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the speakers are just to hold me over for a few weeks until I can afford better ones lol.

Any other advice for me?
December 16, 2011 8:39:16 PM

TylerL520 said:
Thanks for the help, I switched the velociraptor for a 180GB SSD.

What do you guys think about the NZXT Phantom 410 case?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the speakers are just to hold me over for a few weeks until I can afford better ones lol.

Any other advice for me?


The Phantom 410 is an excellent enclosure for $100. Here's a review:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5157/nzxt-phantom-410-the...

I think you'll be very satsified.
December 18, 2011 11:51:55 AM

Anybody have any opinions of which SSD I should go with out of those two?
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