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1st Build, Hoping someone will look this over and see how it looks

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January 1, 2012 3:39:12 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 600 (not including tv tuner)

System Usage: Mainly gonna be used as media center, DVR, with some light video editing (like moving old camcorder tapes to dvd) or making dvd backups. Also trying to make this a build that can be expanded to make it a semi-decent gaming pc later on.

Preferred Website for Parts: newegg and tigerdirect

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Most bang for the buck!

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Don't even know what this is, so maybe

Monitor Resolution: Best we can get with HDMI

Additional Comments: Being a media PC, I do need this as quiet as possible (but we listen to movies loud so we may can drown out some of that noise). Gonna add a tv tuner also, just off the top of my head, a hauppauge dual tv tuner card (but haven't done all the research on that yet). Choose the mid-tower to be sure I have plenty of room for my 1st build.

Things for sure I want on this system

1)USB 3.0 (2 on back of motherboard will probably be fine but I wouldn't mind having onboard 3.0's just in case I may want to add ports to the front later on)

2)HDMI out

3)TV Tuner card

4)Blu Ray Burner/Player

5)And hopefully the ability to later add GPU

6)z68 motherboard for overclocking option



This is what I came up with

Case (39.99) COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU (39.99) CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD (104.99) Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO (114.99) MSI Z68A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory (34.99) PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I have already bought these 2 below

CPU (202.99) Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BR/DVD (69.99) LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Total - 607.93 (without tv tuner I will add later)

Building on a budget, so trying to get the most out of every dollar. Used this site and Google, I have researched as much as my limited knowledge will allow and this is what I came up with. If anyone could look this over and critique or give some recommendations on something that needs to be changed, I'd really appreciate it so much.

Being my first build I am extremely nervous about my parts selections and if they will even work together :)  , but I'm totally jacked about this build. Can't wait to get started!

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January 1, 2012 4:10:54 AM

Everything looks good. The only thing I'd like to add is that I don't see an aftermarket HSF on your list. In order to get the most out of your 2500k you'll really need to upgrade the stock intel unit as it's not designed for overclocking.

Something along the lines of the CM 212+ $29.04 is a good starting point.
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January 1, 2012 4:39:33 AM

Ridiculously powerful processor for an HTPC setup :D 
You'll certainly be able to go big later on if you choose to. Any card that won't go over 500W will work; that's anything but a 580.
Might as well go 212 EVO. It's $5 more and significantly better.
Good choices overall.
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January 9, 2012 5:01:36 AM

Thanks so much for the input and suggestions. This is an update. All parts are bought and on the way. A couple of things changed (because of price or available options).
The motherboard, memory and Hdd changed, everything else stayed the same. Also added a the Evo 212 cpu cooler.

And praying all of this still works together

Case (39.99) COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU (39.99) CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU (202.99) Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BR/DVD (69.99) LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These 3 below were changed

HDD (102.95) Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO (129.99) GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory (44.99) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 9, 2012 9:20:49 PM

Looks good. This'll make a nice gaming build later, too.
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