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December 30, 2011 6:41:53 PM

Hi i'm building my first computer i know a fair ammount and i would like to know what you think of my choice of components, I am pretty sure about the processor, the power supply, the case, and the dvd rom. The hard drive is small i know, but i understand that right now they are very expensive and i plan on upgrading in the future. The mobo and the video card are where i get a little confused. so if you have any other suggestions, im open to any thoughts. the computer will be used mostly as a web browser, and media device, with occasional gaming, starcraft looks pretty fun, and some shooter games would be good too. Over kill is better so i dont have to limit video quality.

RAIDMAX Hurricane ATX-248WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100328VXL Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9Q-16GBRL

Seagate Barracuda ST3250312AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AL/RSBS LightScribe Support

The one other item is i plan on putting a blu ray writer in eventually, thanks for looking.

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December 30, 2011 7:20:10 PM

You can go with just 8GB RAM. The extra 8GB doesn't really buy you anything.
December 30, 2011 7:27:52 PM

Ok thanks for the input that will save me a few bucks.
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December 30, 2011 7:28:16 PM

you don't need a p67 mb with an i3, an h67 would be enough. you can probably save yourself $20 or more.

also spend your money on a better gpu instead of the overkill 16 gb of ram.

you'd probably be better off with more than 250 gb on your harddrive even if its more expensive but I guess it works for now.

I would suggest a 6870 for a gpu and 4-8 gb of ram. generally with a $700 build for gaming you'd want as much as you can squeeze out to get a gpu as you can.
December 30, 2011 7:48:53 PM

I agree. A 6870 w/1GB ram is the sweet spot for moderate gaming and general computer use.
December 30, 2011 8:11:13 PM

Do not get raidmax, please. They are very low quality, spend 10 bucks more for a haf 912 or antec 300.
December 30, 2011 8:12:08 PM

if possible get an asrock z68 extreme gen 3 board.
January 6, 2012 2:29:34 AM

Best answer selected by justintaylor99.
January 6, 2012 2:53:37 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey