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First Time Build ($1k Budget)

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April 6, 2012 4:33:34 PM

Hey there.
It's going to be my first time building my own computer and I want to know some of your opinions.
I've read quite a lot about what stuff is good and what is not, so I'm not THAT clueless.

Approximate Purchase Date: 3 Weeks from now.
Budget Range: $1000-$1100 (Before Rebate, Shipping, Tax)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Internet Surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX, Newegg

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU. GPU Brand doesn't matter.

Overclocking: Yes in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I've already picked out parts, and I just want to have some feedback on it.

i5 2500k http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... ($225+$10 Gift Card)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... ($30)
Asrock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... ($150)
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... ($45)
Mushkin Chronos 120GB SATA3 SSD http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... ($125)
XFX Radeon 7850 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... ($255)
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Case http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... ($90)
Antec High Current Gamer 750w PSU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... ($90)

Total: $1000 (Subtracted $10 for the Gift Card)

Thoughts?

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April 6, 2012 4:44:50 PM

gary1 said:
Use the savings from shipping on the case when you buy this. To buy that PSU.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Also, what about a storage drive?


Yeah I try not to include SSDs on sub $1K builds and instead try to get a 500 - 1TB drive unless the OP already has one. I always put the money in the GPU - it's better to get the best GPU you can get for the money as it can often make or break the performance of a build.
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April 6, 2012 5:00:58 PM

For 1000 $ my recommendation

intel i5 2500k
cm hyper 212 evo
asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
corsair vengence 2x4 gb 1600mhz ddr3
sapphire hd 7870 ghz edition
Crucial m4 64gb
wd carvier blue 500gb hdd
asus 24x dvd writer
corsair carbide 300r or cm haf 912
Pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver
April 6, 2012 7:31:36 PM

Oh yeah, I did forget to mention that I will be re-using my previous HDDs (2x 250gb)

A few questions:
1.) Since my HDDs are SATA2s, will they slow down my system significantly?
2.) Is a 120gb SSD too much? Any suggestions for an alternative?
3.) I plan to keep this system for at least 4 years, and maybe upgrade a few components each year. Will this be good enough?

Update:
i5 2500k http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6819115072 ($225+$10 Gift Card)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6835103099 ($30)
Asrock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6813157271 ($140)
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6820233144 ($45)
Mushkin Chronos 120GB SATA3 SSD http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6820226236 ($125)
XFX Radeon 7850 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6814150608 ($255)
Cooler Master HAF 922 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... ($90)
Corsair Enthusiast 750W http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... ($110)
ASUS DVD Writer 24x http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... ($21)

Total: $1040

Anything else I should revise before ordering?
April 6, 2012 7:49:17 PM

For ssd go with crucial m4 128gb. they might be costly but are worth it.

Sandforce ssd are horrible and you will always have problem .

The ssd you need to considered.

Crucial m4 , samsung 830 and intel 520 ssd
April 6, 2012 7:50:43 PM

Other than that every thing is ok and you are ready to pull the triger.

Good luck for your build
April 6, 2012 7:57:33 PM

serialkiller said:
For ssd go with crucial m4 128gb. they might be costly but are worth it.

Sandforce ssd are horrible and you will always have problem .

The ssd you need to considered.

Crucial m4 , samsung 830 and intel 520 ssd


Is the Mushkin a Sandforce-based drive? I thought it was Micron-based but I definitely agree that the M4 is a far superior choice - I'd buy another one in half a second if I could.
April 6, 2012 9:00:50 PM

So far I am using the Mushkin Chronos SSD and no issues.
April 6, 2012 9:31:37 PM

I am pretty sure Mushkin Chronos is a Sandforce based drive.
April 6, 2012 9:46:18 PM

azeem40 said:
I am pretty sure Mushkin Chronos is a Sandforce based drive.


Yeah some work better than others but the ones I mentioned people seem to be having the most issues with. My Intel 320 is Sandforce-based and I still have some issues with it even though the firmware on it is current.
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