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February 25, 2012 9:41:13 PM

Hey guys, I'm about ready to purchase the parts for my first build. It's a gaming computer that I want to last for a few years with the possibility to upgrade in the future when I need to. So far I have:

i5 2500k:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

EVGA GeForce GTX 570: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004L9LT24/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MYFODI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Corsair 8 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058J1Q7O/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Haf 912: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CT56R6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R1/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

ASUS VS247H-P 23.6-Inch LCD Monitor: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDS0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_9?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Windows 7: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Asus 24xDVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Any opinions or anything that would be better? I plan on ordering the parts tomorrow for this build if all looks good. Thanks for the help.

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February 25, 2012 10:16:08 PM

As a suggestion, you will get more responses if you name the product along with the links.

It is a very good list.

My only suggestion is to consider a SSD instead of a hard drive, at least until the crazy hard drive prices come back to earth.
You should be able to find a 60gb ssd in the same price range. It will be large enough to hold the os and several games.
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February 25, 2012 10:24:40 PM

Thanks for the advice, I updated my first post with the product names in them. I've been thinking about getting an SSD to go with the setup. Would it be a wise choice performance wise? What SSD is recommended for reliability?
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February 25, 2012 10:28:38 PM

Ryan0_0 said:
Thanks for the advice, I updated my first post with the product names in them. I've been thinking about getting an SSD to go with the setup. Would it be a wise choice performance wise? What SSD is recommended for reliability?


Crucial M4 easily: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Although I would look at upgrading your case - the HAF 912 is good but on a mid - high end build I'd suggest something like the Arc MIDI or Corsair Carbide 400R.

Carbide 400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Arc MIDI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd also watch the Asus DVD burner - I had one nearly explode on me. Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 25, 2012 10:34:30 PM

Ryan0_0 said:
Thanks for the advice, I updated my first post with the product names in them. I've been thinking about getting an SSD to go with the setup. Would it be a wise choice performance wise? What SSD is recommended for reliability?


Any ssd will be 50x faster than a 15k hard drive in random i/o. That is what the os does mostly.
Your pc will feel much quicker. In sequentila i/o, it will be 2-3x faster.

From a reliability point of view, I would buy intel 320, 510, or 520. Or, if intel is too much of a price premium, look at Samsung 830.
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February 26, 2012 12:16:29 AM

Thanks for the information guys. I think i'll get a Samsung 830 64GB SSD along with the regular HDD. Also is the Haf 912 really not a good choice for my build? I just didn't want to spend too much on the case but if it's worth it to upgrade I would.

After looking at some cases if it was worth upgrading the case I'd probably go with the Haf 922: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224 would this be good enough for my build?
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February 26, 2012 12:41:28 AM

Ryan0_0 said:
Thanks for the information guys. I think i'll get a Samsung 830 64GB SSD along with the regular HDD. Also is the Haf 912 really not a good choice for my build? I just didn't want to spend too much on the case but if it's worth it to upgrade I would.

After looking at some cases if it was worth upgrading the case I'd probably go with the Haf 922: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224 would this be good enough for my build?


The HAF 912 is an excellent choice for the price - it's the same one I use.

But if you're going to upgrade the case, I'd suggest taking a look at a couple of my favorites - the ones I linked to earlier.
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February 26, 2012 12:45:02 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The HAF 912 is an excellent choice for the price - it's the same one I use.

But if you're going to upgrade the case, I'd suggest taking a look at a couple of my favorites - the ones I linked to earlier.


I did look at the ones you linked, I like the Carbide 400 does it provide better airflow then the HAF 912?
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February 26, 2012 12:48:59 AM

Ryan0_0 said:
Thanks for the information guys. I think i'll get a Samsung 830 64GB SSD along with the regular HDD. Also is the Haf 912 really not a good choice for my build? I just didn't want to spend too much on the case but if it's worth it to upgrade I would.

After looking at some cases if it was worth upgrading the case I'd probably go with the Haf 922: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224 would this be good enough for my build?



Cases are a personal thing.
If there is a case that you really lust after, go ahead and buy it.
...Even if it busts your budget.
You will be looking at it for a long time.
Any case that holds your parts and has two 120mm intake or exhaust fans will give you adequate cooling.

From a functional point of view, look at the Antec 200, it is inexpensive, has good airflow, and washable intake air filters:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are not planning on sli(and I don't recommend you do so)
Why not get a smaller, cheaper, M-ATX motherboard. and put it in a great small case.
Look at the Silverstone TJ08-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has superb cooling, it is quiet, and it fits any cooler or graphics card.

And a m-atx motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 26, 2012 4:30:35 AM

Ryan0_0 said:
I did look at the ones you linked, I like the Carbide 400 does it provide better airflow then the HAF 912?


The airflow is about the same - where the Carbide excels is with its' cable management system - one of the easiest and best to work with in the market.

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And a m-atx motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157252


Ugh... why mATX? The limited expansion options are not good in the long run, IMO.
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February 26, 2012 1:46:39 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The airflow is about the same - where the Carbide excels is with its' cable management system - one of the easiest and best to work with in the market.

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And a m-atx motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157252


Ugh... why mATX? The limited expansion options are not good in the long run, IMO.


What are the likely needs for expansion?

Motherboards of today already include decent sound, lan, and all the usb and sata ports we usually need.
While cf/sli is awkward on a M-ATX motherboard it is possible.
Regardless, the most likely need for expansion is in the graphics area.
If your needs in the next year or so, exceed a 7970, GTX590, 6990, 7990, or whatever kepler brings, then fine.
Otherwise, there will be even stronger single cards available further out.

And, if you stick with a single great graphics card, you still have 2 expansion slots available.

Just my opinion.
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February 26, 2012 1:51:56 PM

Looks good to me.
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February 26, 2012 5:33:45 PM

geofelt said:
What are the likely needs for expansion?

Motherboards of today already include decent sound, lan, and all the usb and sata ports we usually need.
While cf/sli is awkward on a M-ATX motherboard it is possible.
Regardless, the most likely need for expansion is in the graphics area.
If your needs in the next year or so, exceed a 7970, GTX590, 6990, 7990, or whatever kepler brings, then fine.
Otherwise, there will be even stronger single cards available further out.

And, if you stick with a single great graphics card, you still have 2 expansion slots available.

Just my opinion.


I always try to plan my systems around what future needs will bring, in addition to current needs. I never suggest mATX builds unless the OP wants to get creative.

The problem with mATX is the limited expansion options and limited number of PCI slots SATA and USB ports. If you have dual graphics cards on an mATX build you can't use anything else - if you require a PCI-E wifi adapater or use, say a modem with a custom interface, you can't do that. The thing is you never want to buy the same part twice and I know from experience how much that sucks.
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