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January 4, 2012 3:40:28 PM

This is my first build and I would love some advice for people that know what they’re doing.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this month.
Budget Range: ~1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, work
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com
Country: US
Parts Preferences: Intel processor
Overclocking: Maybe

My build:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68M-D2H LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looking forward to seeing your advice.

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January 4, 2012 4:37:25 PM

I would agree with your selections except for the psu and the SSD. I think that you would be better off with another brand then the OCZ , Antec , Seasonic or Corsair would be good choices. The SSD I would go with the Corsair Force GT 120gb.

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$179.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $149.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The speeds are faster and the final price is less then the Agility. The rebate process with Corsair is great and fast , I purchased two SSD's with rebates and both were recieved about two weeks after they recieved them , which for rebates is very fast.

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
$89.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here are a few psu's to look at and consider. I would stay away from the OCZ if you can.
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January 4, 2012 4:51:29 PM

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I would agree with your selections except for the psu and the SSD. I think that you would be better off with another brand then the OCZ , Antec , Seasonic or Corsair would be good choices. The SSD I would go with the Corsair Force GT 120gb.


I agree about the SSD but I'm not a fan of the Corsair Force Series either. I almost got the Agility 3 but I've read lots and lots of complaints about the drive (and it's not just mere nit-picking either). The Force series suffers from bad Sandforce drivers. I've heard that the firmware has been cleaned up a bit, but the Crucial M4 has been one of the best on the market for some time right now. I've heard good things about the Mushkin Chronos series as well.

I also agree about the PSU choices. Antec and Corsair would be the best for the money - most Antecs are made by Seasonic anyways, but the Seasonic - branded ones can be quite a bit more expensive.

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MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127608


Not a fan of the Twin Frozr - the EVGA 560 would be a much better bet.

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COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119197


Good choice on the case - I have the HAF 912 and it's been really good so far. If you want to look at a couple of other options for the same money I'd recommend the Fractal Design Arc MIDI, and the Corsair Carbide 400R.
January 4, 2012 5:53:54 PM

At above, the EVO is $5 more but more powerful at cooling.
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