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April 23, 2012 7:02:33 AM

Howdy everyone. I am someone who has never built their own computer, but am looking to do so. I haven't really paid much attention to computer components since 2003 so needless to say I essentially know nothing about which products are good ones nowadays.

After doing a very small amount of research, I randomly went to Newegg and threw together a tentative list of parts for a build that I would like to do. I'd be using this rig primarily for gaming and a bit for photography processing in photoshop. I'm looking for some critique as to if what I'm looking at is decent or is a steaming pile of junk.

Here goes nothing....this is my list so far:

CPU: Intel i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $220
Motherboard: ASROCK Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s - $122
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $54
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB PCI Express 3.0 x16 - $260
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6Gb/s - $140
Case: Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $50
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold Series 800W 80 Plus Gold Certified - $160

Total Cost: $1,006...not including a DVD drive of some sort. I'll be reusing other components such as the monitor, keyboard, etc etc.

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April 23, 2012 7:35:40 AM

be sure before you finalize your purchase, its good to check up some of the combo deals to cut out some of the price. for instance, cpus usually have combo deals with motherboards. gpus have combo deals with either ram or motherboards. cases have combos with power supplies. power supplies can combo with ram. in the end, you can cut prices and get better equipment for the same price.

for instance:

you can pay 4$ more, have the same psu and get a case that is worth 30 dollars more on average
April 24, 2012 2:19:00 AM

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June 24, 2015 12:39:50 PM

Looks ok, but you haven't listed a cpu cooler.If you don't have a cooler with thermal paste you will kill your cpu.
TIP: You can get a desent cooler like this one: and overclock your cpu a bit to like 3.5 or 3.7 GHz to further improve performance, but be very careful.But if you decide to overclock it even further say 4 GHz you'll need a water cooler.The Cooler Master i100 is very good.Just make sure they'll fit in your case.
TIP: You can also get an SSD.Now SSDs are expensive but they are much,much faster than hdds.You can get a 512 GB and not break the bank.This one is good: