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First Time Build Advice on Choices and Tips

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January 21, 2012 8:57:22 PM

Ok So it's my first build. Want to use primarily for WoW, maybe SWTOR, SCII and Diablo 3, with the possibility of other games in the future. Would also like upgradeability, and would Love to get a SSD to install OS and WoW on instead of HDD.

Questions are as follows.
Is all of this compatible?

Where can I shave off $100.00 or so? Would really like to get this to $750 including OS without losing upgradeability or stats. I'm really set on the Intel CPU, and won't be overclocking. I really love that Motherboard too, but if something is comparable, I would consider it. Will probably be connecting this to my 32" HDTV, so HDMI out is neccessary on GPU, and I'd like to play games on mid-high settings at least.

Are there other things that I'm going to need to purchase that I haven't thought of? Extra fans or tools or whatnot?

Is it worth it to yank my HDD from my old rig and buy a SSD instead?

CPU- i5 2400 $190

MoBo- MSI p67a-GD65 (B3) $169.99

GPU- Sapphire Flex 1000328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1gb gddr5 Video Card- $130

PSU- Cooler Master Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600w ATX 12v V2.3 Sli Xfire Ready 124.99 Combo for PSU & RAM

Memory- G.Skill RipJaws X series 8gb 240 pin ddr3 1333

HDD- Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s bare drive 69.99

CASE- Rosewill Challender Black ATX Mid Tower 54.99

Optical- SAMSUNG Black Sata DVD-Rom 13.99

WINDOWS 7 Home Premium 64 OEM $100


Grand Total 858.90 + 21.00 shipping



Thanks for all your help guys. Better pricing on other websites etc is completely welcome. I plan on making the purchases for this build as soon as this week or at the latest Feb 1st.

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January 21, 2012 9:26:02 PM

Should I decide to Xfire in the future, will this MoBo and PSU you recommended support that? and forgive my ignorance, but what does Modular mean in regards to Power Supply?
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January 21, 2012 9:32:49 PM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$179.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
$49.99
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...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - $69.99
optical - $13.99
CPU - $190
Windows - $100

The total for this build is $825.93 and while it is only $30 cheaper it is a much better build with a much better video card , better ram and a motherboard that is compatible to the MSI. If you want to add a SSD then it will cost a bit more but I think it will be worth it.

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$149.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $119.99 and free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can put your OS on it and WOW and have some room for updates and upgrades without worrying about space. The 64 gb would be tight for space and it would fill up more quickly and you would have to be always paying attention to space.
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January 21, 2012 9:37:01 PM

If you want to Crossfire then you would have to go with this power supply;

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$99.99 and a $15 rebate makes it $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 21, 2012 9:39:15 PM

A modular PSU means that the cables are plugin type and you only have to plug in what you are going to use and leave the ones that you don't use in the box to be used later if you need them.
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January 21, 2012 10:31:43 PM

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
59.99

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$179.99

SAMSUNG Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model TS-H353C - OEM
$13.99

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...
$189.99

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$149.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
$124.98

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$216.98

Pulling my 2 320gb HDD for storage of files etc from my old rig to save a buck.

Total: 940.90 + 15.56 Shipping
Minus $90.00 in mail-in rebates
Grand Total $866.46

Whatta ya think?
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January 22, 2012 12:10:28 AM

Because this is your first build, look at the following threads while you are waiting for your parts.
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...

And I recommend breadboarding a new build:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262730-31-breadboardi...

It doesn't take long, and it lets you test your parts before you install them in the case.
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January 22, 2012 12:26:20 AM

I think it looks good and I see you changed a few parts so I think that it is now a really good looking build. If you are going with Crossfire later on you will have to upgrade the psu or get a larger one now , but that would be your choice as to whether or not you intend to do Crossfire. The 6870 will be a good video card for a good while and only if you want more performance would you get another.
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January 22, 2012 2:19:16 PM

Alright guys. Thanks for all the help. Components ordered at 1am last night. Haven't been excited like this since I was a kid. I'll post of I have any questions otherwise thanks a ton!!!
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January 22, 2012 2:22:38 PM

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January 22, 2012 8:43:23 PM

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