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March 1, 2012 3:57:22 AM

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX. This was a hard decision the seagate 1tb was 40$ cheaper.

Intel Core i5-2500K Processor. I was pretty set on this processor

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler. Almost bought the evo but even at 4.5ghz my cpu never gets hotter than 58c in prime95

Sapphire 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card. This was the only one available at the time. I overclocked it to 925/1375 it idles at 35c and never hits higher than 78c even in furmark. played crysis 2 for 2 hours yesterday hit 65c. My computer room stays between 72-78F

XFX PRO Series 850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 850 Watt PSU ATX 850 Energy Star Certified Power Supply. This was the hardest component to decide on for me.

Cooler Master Computer Case RC-692-KKN2. I wanted an all black decent size case for less than 70$

Corsair Vengeance 4 GB PC3-12800 1600mHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM. I figured this would be easy to upgrade later so I picked the cheapest 2x2gb i could find

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3. cheapest gen3 motherboard with good user reviews.

Well what I would like to know is if anyone on this forums would have gone a different way on any of the components. I would also like to know what you think overall about my first build. my budget was 1500$ I spent about 1300$. I had no issues putting it all together cable management was only ok... the power supply has pretty short cables btw it would not have worked for a full tower. My old desktop was a gateway lol.

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March 1, 2012 4:01:11 AM

I would not use a Caviar Black for my primary HD right now due to the shortages, WD is charging ridiculous premiums for them. I'd scale that back to a Seagate 1TB 7200 for <$70 less.

The CM 690II is a decent choice, I would have picked the HAF 912 instead.

I would not get 4GB with today's games - you want 8GB minimum, no more, no less. 8GB is the sweet spot for RAM.

Otherwise everything else looks good.
March 1, 2012 4:12:36 AM

Thanks for the reply I will probably upgrade the ram within 2 weeks to 8gb. When I bought the 1tb wd it was only 138$ and the seagate was 106$. I also really liked the 912 but the 690II has longer VGA clearance when HD cage is not removed. I was originally thinking 7970 but their prices got out of control very quickly I figured a 7950 for 449 was a better bet. When Nvidia releases their new cards I hope amd lowers the prices so I can pick up a second 7950.
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March 1, 2012 5:59:20 AM

^wise choice ;) 
March 1, 2012 5:14:11 PM

Rufio1983 said:
Thanks for the reply I will probably upgrade the ram within 2 weeks to 8gb. When I bought the 1tb wd it was only 138$ and the seagate was 106$. I also really liked the 912 but the 690II has longer VGA clearance when HD cage is not removed. I was originally thinking 7970 but their prices got out of control very quickly I figured a 7950 for 449 was a better bet. When Nvidia releases their new cards I hope amd lowers the prices so I can pick up a second 7950.


I want a 7950 for sure but I'm definitely waiting until AMD lowers the prices. Plus for some reason Sapphire's cards keep disappearing on Newegg so I will probably have to hunt for them.
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