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April 18, 2012 12:05:09 AM

I've been doing some research into building a new computer with the indispensable help of this esteemed forum. I think I've got the right idea, but I'm a first-time builder and I might have messed up/forgotten something. I would greatly appreciate any corrections/feedback/comments.

Emphasis is on gaming.

There's a Micro Center nearby where I'll be making just about all of my purchases, unless Newegg has a really killer deal or something.

Case: Cooler Master HAF912
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 ATX Intel
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

*I'm not very knowledgeable about motherboards. This one looks like it has everything I need at a good price. Thoughts?

PSU: Re-using my old one. It's a SeaSonic, 650W. Can fetch the link if needed.

*It has, however, seen pretty constant use since late 2008. Should I replace to be on the safe side?

CPU: i5 2500K
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

GPU: !UPDATED! EVGA GeForce GTX 560 ti
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

*I won't be running anything at resolutions higher than 1920x1080, and I can live without really high AA/AF/extras like DoF, motion blur, etc. This card's benchmarks seemed about right, can anyone confirm?

Monitor: Acer S231HL bid 23" LED Backlight Widescreen LCD
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Hard Drive: !UPDATE!
120GB SSD
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

500GB Seagate Barracuda
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Speakers, mouse/keyboard: Already taken care of.

My budget is $1000-$1200. So far, the listed components come to roughly $1100. I'm not intending to overclock just yet (it'll be an achievement if the thing boots successfully). Any thoughts?

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April 18, 2012 12:16:56 AM

Sounds like disc space isn't an issue. I'd use your current hard drive as a data drive and take a look at SSDs in the $100 range. There's some 90GB models that may suit you.
There isn't much to do, you run the windows setup and choose the SSD as the OS drive. Use quick format, never do a full format on an SSD.
April 18, 2012 12:40:31 AM

I would say go just a bit bigger - 120GB so you can keep a few more things on the ssd along with a HDD. If GTX560 is about what you want - try for at least GTX560Ti or GTX570. Another way to go would be HD7850/70.
-Bruce
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April 18, 2012 12:41:27 AM

I should probably add that my current HD is fried (I'm actually using my brother's computer right now). Thanks for the pointers about setting them up, though.
April 18, 2012 1:54:21 AM

Update: Edited original post with new choices. I'm also still interested in whether a 4 year-old PSU is still good, or liable to conk out in the near future.
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