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New Build - ~$1500 budget

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May 1, 2012 6:46:34 PM

Hello,

I'm putting the finishing touches on a new build, with my budget being around $1500. Here is what I've chosen (a few of the items I've already bought). I'm using this computer for both gaming and general purpose stuff (i.e. Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Quark, etc.). I don't plan on overclocking at the moment but I'd like to give it a shot later on. I'm also not planning on doing any CrossFire with my graphics card right now but possibly in the future. Any last minute thoughts on the items I have yet to purchase would be great!


Already bought:


CPU:
i5-3570K (already bought - $210)

SSD:
Sandisk Extreme 256gb (already bought $210)

*NOTE: I also bought a Samsung 830 256gb for $270 and am trying to decide which one to keep!

Power Supply:
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply (already bought - $35 after rebate)

CD/DVD:
(already bought - ~$15)


Still need to buy:


Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $129

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
SAPPHIRE 11199-03-20G Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB - $359

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
MSI Z77A-GD65 - $169
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK - $129

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB - $47

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Windows 7 64 bit - $100

Total is ~$1400. I'd like to be closer to the $1400 mark instead of the $1500 mark if possible, but if the bang for your buck ratio is big enough I'd think about upgrading a piece or two. Let me know what you all think!

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May 1, 2012 6:54:32 PM

Looks good to me. I'd recommend a Crucial M4 SSD over the two you have.
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May 1, 2012 6:58:43 PM

Thanks. I've already bought two SSDs and have to return one, so I'm probably gonna stick with one of those. But I've heard good things about the M4 as well.
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May 1, 2012 7:03:59 PM

Why not return both and get the Crucial? You're already returning one, it's the same amount of effort to return the second ;) 
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May 1, 2012 7:07:34 PM

I've heard great things about the Samsung and Sandisk and I got a great deal on them, so I think I want to stick to one of those (I'm leaning towards the Sandisk right now - I got a great deal on that one and it looks pretty solid). Like I said though, I've heard multiple people say they love all three of these drives, so I don't think I'm going wrong with any of them.
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May 1, 2012 7:08:28 PM

What about a CPU cooler? i would do a simply air push pull system. I have the thermaltake FRIO which is great, but better on a budget is the Hyper EVO 212. half the price.

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May 1, 2012 7:10:13 PM

Ah yes, thanks for reminding me about that. I've looked into the Hyper EVO 212 but I'm worried that it's such a big cooler that it will butt up against the RAM slots in my motherboard! Also are they pretty easy to install? I've never installed anything but the stock cooler before.
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