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Please review my build. Do I need anything else?

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December 28, 2011 4:35:34 PM

Good day. I'd like to request a review of my new budget gaming build. I will be purchasing the parts in a week or so,
and I want to make sure I have everything I need for a smooth start. I want to be able to run games like Skyrim & FFXIV well at stock settings, be able to handle overclocking if I feel the need to, and be capable of handling a better graphics card later on (Such as GTX 560ti), or perhaps SLI with my current chosen card.

[Case] COOLER MASTER Haf 922 (I Already Own This)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Motherboard] ASUS M5A99X EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[CPU] AMD Phenom II X4 960T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Graphics Card] EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[RAM] 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Cooler] COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[PSU] CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


So my main concerns are:

(1) Do I need any more cooling / extra fans?
Or are the fans that come with my case enough?

(2) Is the 750watt PSU enough for what I have chosen as well as a future Graphics Card upgrade?
Or is it not enough or perhaps overkill?

(3) Is there anything you would add or change about this build?
I have chosen the main components. Though there might be something I have overlooked.
I don't know if there are any miscellaneous parts I may have not thought of adding.

(4) Unrelated question: I will be using a 100GB HDD I already own.
I would like to buy a larger one, though I'm already nearing my budget of $500-$600.
So I'll have to wait until some other time. Perhaps sooner if prices drop.
Any idea if prices will go down any time soon?


Thanks in advance for any assistance!

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December 28, 2011 5:08:19 PM

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(1) Do I need any more cooling / extra fans?
Or are the fans that come with my case enough?


No - not initially. The fans that come with your case should be plenty to start with. I'd suggest reading this article about air cooling: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...

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(2) Is the 750watt PSU enough for what I have chosen as well as a future Graphics Card upgrade?
Or is it not enough or perhaps overkill?


750 will be plenty.

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(3) Is there anything you would add or change about this build?
I have chosen the main components. Though there might be something I have overlooked.
I don't know if there are any miscellaneous parts I may have not thought of adding.


Not really - looks pretty solid as is. I have that same case and PSU and they're both great. I have that same video card and while it's not the best - it runs fine in SLI but it will do for a while until the 6XX series is out. If you want one suggestion you could drop the PSU down to the Corsair CX600 (which is a great inexpensive solution), and then invest the difference in getting the 560TI.

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(4) Unrelated question: I will be using a 100GB HDD I already own.
I would like to buy a larger one, though I'm already nearing my budget of $500-$600.
So I'll have to wait until some other time. Perhaps sooner if prices drop.
Any idea if prices will go down any time soon?


No clue as to when they'll go back down. I know WD is doing everything in their power to get the factories in Thailand back online but from the looks of things the idiots who run Seagate don't seem to care about it at the moment. You can definitely wait until prices drop but it probably won't be until the summer that you'll really notice a difference in prices.
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