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April 22, 2012 10:17:07 PM


Hello, i want to build a computer for gaming, school, and every day use. This is what i have so far but i'm not sure if everything is compatible to eachother and if they will fit in the case i chose. Any advice or opinions would be helpful!!! thank you


HD - Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002

Processor - Intel core i5 2500k

Optical Drive - Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software


Ram memory - G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz 240-Pin PC3-12800 Desktop Memory F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

PS - Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-650TXV2

Motherboard - Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H


Graphics card - Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11200-00-20G

Case - NZXT M59 Classic Series ATX Mid Tower interior chassis M59-001BK (Black)


Monitor - ASUS ML228H 22-Inch Ultra-Slim Widescreen LED Monitor


I would also like to know if the components will come with all the necessary wiring etc..
April 22, 2012 10:26:14 PM

You shouldn't have anything to worry about with wiring, usually the components come with what you need :) 

As for compatibility, you should be fine as well, but are you building your rig now? Or in a week or two? If you're building/buying parts at a later date, I suggest you wait until Ivy Bridge comes out, as they're right around the corner.
April 22, 2012 10:28:06 PM

Should be fine, but you also need a CPU heatsink (I recommend the Corsair H80) since the stock Intel is mediocre at best. You will need SATA cables (may be included with motherboard). Also make sure that you have a surge protector.
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April 22, 2012 10:37:22 PM

do i absolutely need a cpu heatsink?
April 22, 2012 10:41:16 PM

If you get the boxed version that comes with one then no. If you are not careful and get the OEM version that has nothing but the CPU, then yes. Likewise if you plan to overclock.
April 22, 2012 11:19:32 PM

Hi :) 

Dont forget the £100 ish for an Operating system...

All the best Brett :) 
April 23, 2012 1:54:53 AM

can i reuse an operating system that came with my laptop?
April 23, 2012 2:03:37 AM

If I'm not mistaken, those OEM operating systems usually have some bloatware and driver's for the laptop (my Dell desktop WinXP CD was like that). Not sure about recent ones, but your best bet would be to get a new OS.
April 23, 2012 2:17:37 AM

Anymore advice on components? Are the parts, case, and monitor a good choice for gaming/school work/movie watching etc..

Thank you, this website is very helpful
April 23, 2012 2:22:29 AM

The parts are fine, the case is fine (I took a look at it and I'm really digging the design). The monitor should be fine as well :)  But it personally wouldn't be for me as I prefer monitors that stand quite tall off the desk :lol: 
April 23, 2012 2:26:58 AM

Thanks for the input, i appreciate it.
April 23, 2012 2:34:21 AM

You're welcome and best of luck :D 
April 23, 2012 2:51:27 AM

NewBuilder12 said:
can i reuse an operating system that came with my laptop?


assuming windows of any type, Generally speaking, no. If your laptop actually came with a disk with the OS, which is likely the OEM specific restore disk, it will not reinstall without finding the OEM information in teh Bios.

If they did give you the full install disk, which would work, the product key would let you install but would recognize that the key was used before when you connect to the internet to validate, and lock your system down as a key which was used before, unless your system specifications are quite close between the laptop and the new system.

Then the hassle to call MS where they tell you you must purchase a new key for retail value.. yeah, new OS or if your feeling keen, you might do some Ubuntu or some other free linux build. Difficult to play mainstream games, but works on any browser based stuff.

So as stated earlier, probably want to just get the fresh OS, purchase an OEM disk (with key)(or key with disk), it costs less than retail, the only difference is it doesn't come in a fancy box.
April 23, 2012 2:56:37 AM

NewBuilder12 said:
Anymore advice on components? Are the parts, case, and monitor a good choice for gaming/school work/movie watching etc..

Thank you, this website is very helpful


I assume that you already have a keyboard and mouse? Also, you might want to make sure that your monitor comes with a DVI cable, if not you need one of those as well.
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