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How Does My 1st Build Look for ~$700 Budget

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April 29, 2012 6:24:31 PM

Well Im getting down to the nitty-gritty of completing this build. This is my first foray into pc building and Im looking for a decent gaming rig mainly for Star Wars Old Republic and Diablo 3 (Maybe some Skyrim and BF3 too). This is what Ive got so far: (sorry no links, my MacBook is horrible when multi-browsing)

PC: Intel i5 3750k Ivy Bridge

MoBo: AsRock Z77 Pro4

GPU: Sapphire Radeon 7850

Memory: Corsair XSM3 8GB

PSU: OCZ Modxstream 600W

HDD: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Green 7200RPM/32MB cache

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912

Optical Drive: LG 22x DVD/CD Writer/Burner

OS: Windows 7 Premium

After weeks of tediously shopping deals I managed to snag all of these components for about $720 so Im fairly happy considering its Ivy Bridge and Z77 based with a decent GPU so it will hopefully last :wahoo: 

My question going forward is what sort of peripherals should I look into for cooling and anything else I need if I plan on doing some moderate OC'ing with the GPU and probably CPU as well? It looks like the HAF 912 only comes with one fan but supports I believe 4 or 5 more, whats a good recommendation for getting the most out of cooling with this case? Do I need 4-5 fans or just a few in certain places?

Also, will I need to purchase any extra cables/wires of some kind or will everything Ive purchased cover the basis of getting the machine up and running?

Just waiting on my PSU and HDD to get here, hopefully early this week I can start getting this running :) 

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April 29, 2012 7:42:54 PM

just get a few cooler master fans, the hyper 212 for the cpu fan, and 3 or 4 cooler master R4-S4S-10AK-GP (they are on newegg)
April 29, 2012 9:00:40 PM

^ Unnecessary. Plus the Hyper 212+'s stock fan is better than the ones you suggested.

Overall build looks solid. Would suggest switching to this case instead. Same price, one USB 3.0 header than the HAF 912 doesn't have. More stock fans included. Pretty nice looking too.
http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-SOURCE-CA-SO220-01-S...

Looks good though overall.
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