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May 6, 2012 12:59:28 AM

Yo. I am building my first computer and could use some help. Here is what I have so far.

Case NZXT Phantom Red Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Motherboard AsRock Z77 Extreme4 Socket 1155

CPU Core i3 i3-2130 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

RAM DDR3 1600 4x4GB Kingston

Graphic Card MSI Video GeForce GTX430 1024MB DDR3 PCI-e/Express

Power Supply Ultra 750-Watt Power Supply

Cooling Thermaltake BigWater 760 Plus Liquid Cooling Kit

I am wondering if I left anything out and if I could reduce cost at no loss in performance? I am going with the i3-2130, because this MOBO can accept i7. So, I figured I could manage fine with the i3 for now and evenutually upgrade to the i7. As you could imagine I am some what nervous about the installation. Any pointers, or even what could be possibly considered trivial, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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May 6, 2012 1:42:30 AM

1. GTX430... are you gonna be gaming? coz thats gonna be junk at pretty much any resolution :p 

liquid cooling, i3's cant be overclocked much, dont bother with it till you get the i7, and the stock cooler has pre applied thermal paste so it'll be easier too
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May 6, 2012 10:00:17 AM

Ultra 750W PSU? I wouldn't go with some unknown PSU. You can fry your entire system if it fails. Choose one from a reliable brand (i.e. Seasonic, Corsair).
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May 6, 2012 1:08:37 PM

rsbrock20 said:
Yo. I am building my first computer and could use some help. Here is what I have so far.

Case NZXT Phantom Red Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Motherboard AsRock Z77 Extreme4 Socket 1155

CPU Core i3 i3-2130 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

RAM DDR3 1600 4x4GB Kingston

Graphic Card MSI Video GeForce GTX430 1024MB DDR3 PCI-e/Express

Power Supply Ultra 750-Watt Power Supply

Cooling Thermaltake BigWater 760 Plus Liquid Cooling Kit

I am wondering if I left anything out and if I could reduce cost at no loss in performance? I am going with the i3-2130, because this MOBO can accept i7. So, I figured I could manage fine with the i3 for now and evenutually upgrade to the i7. As you could imagine I am some what nervous about the installation. Any pointers, or even what could be possibly considered trivial, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


I would reduce your spending on the case. It looks like that case is $125 on Newegg if I'm looking at the right one. You can still get a solid case while saving yourself $30+.

You could try:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $80

I would also recommend going with just 8gb of memory to save yourself about $40.

Your PSU seems to be about $70 online, for the same price you can get:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 600W, plenty for a single video card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 620W, also a great brand. Also modular

The i3-2120 is a solid gaming CPU, and will last you a bit with a good gpu.

ASRock is a solid brand, but I personally prefer Gigabyte boards. You may want to look into those z77 boards as well.

Now for most cases, especially if you're not doing extreme OCing, you won't need a liquid cooling kit. I use a hyper 212 cooler, and my fans still blow out cold air with my 2500k OC'd to 4ghz.

If you switched to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $30 and went with one of the cases above with good airflow, you'd save yourself another $100 on cooling.

Now, your video card is really what makes the games run, and yours is on the low-end. 430s seem to cost about $75 right now. With the savings I listed, you'd save $100, $40, and $30, totaling $170. Add $75 to that gives you now $245 to play with.

You seem to be missing a harddrive. For $80 you can buy a 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You're also missing a CD drive. Pick any up from Neweg for around $15-20

Now you have $140 to spend on a better GPU for the same price as your build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $145, can't vouch for the brand, but it's a 550ti with 2gb ddr5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $160 MSI 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $140 solid brand 550 ti 1gb ddr5.
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