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January 11, 2012 4:06:29 AM

This is my first time building a desktop and whilst [I think] I have a decent understanding of it all, I'd really appreciate some feedback on my choices. This computer will be used excessively for gaming, will be left on for long amounts of time, and will be used on a daily basis for programming/debugging.

I'm open to suggestions on any components, but try not to suggest anything more expensive (unless it's really worth it) than that listed, for my budget is somewhat limited.

Thanks in advance for any help! ^_^


CPU:
Intel Xeon E3-1230

Motherboard:
ASRock Z68M USB3 Motherboard

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Case

RAM:
Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

Video Card:
Gigabyte Radeon HD6770 1GB Silent Cell

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003

SSD:
Intel 320 Series 80GB SSD

Power Supply:
Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply

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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 5:37:52 AM

You need to be a little more explict about your budget.

What is the primary purpose? If gaming, get an i5-2500K and a P67 or, preferably, a Z68 motherboard.

Case: if you really want an Antec 900 case, get the 900 II. For under $100, it is hard to beat the CoolerMaster 690 II.

If your budget is pretty tight, dump the SSD and get a better hard drive.

Stick with proven power supply manufacturers - Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, XFX.

For first-time builders, I recommend looking at these threads:

Build it yourself:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step...

And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 8:15:02 AM

A couple of questions we need answers to:

Primary use = Gaming
Budget = ??
Buying components from = ?? (preferred websites)??

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January 11, 2012 8:19:09 AM

Budget is roughly $1200 but that also needs to include a monitor.

Preferably buying items from http://www.pccasegear.com/index
since i can actually go and pick up from their warehouse directly.

I looked for different parts thanks to your advice jsc, and have edited accordingly, somewhat set on the SSD though.

My biggest worry is if that video card will be sufficient.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 9:22:20 AM

$1200 should be able to fit in:

i5-2500k $235
Z68 motherboard (ASRock Extreme3 Gen3) $135
8GB 1600MHz RAM (1.5v) (Corsair Vengeance) $55
GTX 560Ti or ATI 6950 (or slightly lower 6870) (ASUS 560Ti SC) $260
500w PSU (SilverStone Strider) $65
Intel 320 SSD $155
SeaGate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM $109

Total: $1014 without case/optical drive/monitor

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 9:36:13 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332605-31-2012-1000-p...

I5 2500k + Corsair Gaming Series 600w PSU ($289.98) ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Corsair H60 Hydro Series CPU Cooler ($64.74)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ATX Motherboard ($111.99) ($7.56 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 256 bit ($329.99) ($30 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot Signature 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($35.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 6GB/s HDD ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Future Gaming ATX Mid Tower ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-147-...
ASUS x24 DVD Burner ($18.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $996.66 ($7.56 shipping) ($40 rebate)

I wouldn't buy a big HDD right now because prices are inflated.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 9:50:04 AM

Lose the SSD for $150. It won't help gaming at all.

That PSU is overkill. A 550W XFX is $70, saving $45.

If you want a server CPU, that's OK by me, but an i5 2500 is the same socket for $30 less.

There's $225 you can put where it will do the most good---graphics card, monitor and speaker system.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 9:54:39 AM

samuelspark said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332605-31-2012-1000-p...

I5 2500k + Corsair Gaming Series 600w PSU ($289.98) ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Corsair H60 Hydro Series CPU Cooler ($64.74)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ATX Motherboard ($111.99) ($7.56 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 256 bit ($329.99) ($30 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot Signature 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($35.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 6GB/s HDD ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Future Gaming ATX Mid Tower ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-147-...
ASUS x24 DVD Burner ($18.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $996.66 ($7.56 shipping) ($40 rebate)

I wouldn't buy a big HDD right now because prices are inflated.


Nice build. Personally I would scrap the H60 cooler for a 212+ though and spend the money saved on a better case :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 9:56:43 AM

Petrofsky said:

That PSU is overkill. A 550W XFX


Based on the component suggestions so far, it seems a 6970 can fit into budget. This card is recommended a 600w PSU.
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January 11, 2012 10:10:32 AM

Trancend axe ram low cost lifetime warenty,buy at trancend.com directly, aoc 22" e2239Fwt $310 hd multitouch 5ms, see how much cache in your processor its important than other
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January 11, 2012 10:34:20 AM

Adrian, OP is from Australia. Maybe you should have linked to his preferred suppliers website...
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 10:50:17 AM

DelroyMonjo said:
Adrian, OP is from Australia. Maybe you should have linked to his preferred suppliers website...


Link is broken.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 10:54:32 AM

samuelspark said:
Link is broken.


It just now worked for me.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 11:01:25 AM

http error 404
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January 11, 2012 11:18:42 AM

err my bad
http://www.pccasegear.com
should work fine..

thanks so far for all the advice, gonna need to mull it all over.

If i had Visual studios on an SSD, how much impact would it have on compiling times?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2012 2:00:30 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
Adrian, OP is from Australia. Maybe you should have linked to his preferred suppliers website...


Yes, the link is broken but all prices for components I suggested were taken from PC CASE GEAR. I just didn't include links. Prices and components are accurate though.
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January 11, 2012 5:18:21 PM

An SSD should be recommended for all builds, it just embellishes the experience on a computer. Although it won't help much if at all for compiling time, since that is bogged down by the CPU; but it could help depending on your exact environment.
For your build I agree with samuelspar, all except the case I rather go for an Antec 300.
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January 14, 2012 3:13:33 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Overclocked
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD: Intel 320 Series 80GB SSD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Monitor: Samsung S22A300B 21.5in Widescreen LED Monitor
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...


This is what my final build is looking like, did i miss anything?
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January 14, 2012 5:18:45 AM

An optical drive if you are still into the CD/DVD trend :p 
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January 14, 2012 12:20:33 PM

well i know how to install an OS from my usb so i'm not sure if i need one o-o
if i do, i have an old desktop that i can pull apart and steal the optical drive from ^_^
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January 23, 2012 11:08:43 PM

Best answer selected by twixie.
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January 23, 2012 11:29:23 PM

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