First Build - Need Help

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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  1. 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
  2. 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).
  3. 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=N82E16811133189 - $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107 - $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021 - $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011 - $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=N82E16817139028 - 600W, plenty for a single video card.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095 - 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=N82E16835103065 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=N82E16822152181

    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=N82E16814162079 - $145, can't vouch for the brand, but it's a 550ti with 2gb ddr5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127576 - $160 MSI 6850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121434 - $140 solid brand 550 ti 1gb ddr5.
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