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May 9, 2012 3:44:06 PM

I am planning on building my first computer. I am attempting to build a unit that will handle game playing (Diablo 3) as well and general computing task (home/business) and staying in the $700-$800 range. I have listed the components that I plan to use below and would greatly appreciate any feedback or comments/recommendations. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply.

MSI H67MS-E33 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard.

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11202-00-20G ).

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL.

Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive.

Rosewill RNX-N150PCe (RNWD-11011) IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCIe 2.0 Wireless Adapter Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA/WPA2 (AES, ...

ASUS DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM.

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May 9, 2012 4:46:35 PM
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Why not go with a newer tech motherboard that will allow you some future upgrading that is a touch cheaper.

ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 79.99

You can downgrade your RAM to 1333 speeds and not truly notice a difference for gaming.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - 41.99

I would not recommend a 5900rpm green drive as a primary drive. I would look into something like these.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - 79.99
Seagate Barracuda 750GB - 79.99
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB - 79.99

take that extra money from the motherboard, ram, and HDD and put it towards this.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 - 149.99 (before 10.00 MIR)
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May 23, 2012 2:33:07 PM

Thanks, I took many of your recommendations, the build is now complete, the computer is up and running and I am very pleased with the experience and the results.



Pezcore27 said:
Why not go with a newer tech motherboard that will allow you some future upgrading that is a touch cheaper.

ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 79.99

You can downgrade your RAM to 1333 speeds and not truly notice a difference for gaming.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - 41.99

I would not recommend a 5900rpm green drive as a primary drive. I would look into something like these.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - 79.99
Seagate Barracuda 750GB - 79.99
Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB - 79.99

take that extra money from the motherboard, ram, and HDD and put it towards this.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 - 149.99 (before 10.00 MIR)

May 23, 2012 4:13:53 PM

krcleo said:
Thanks, I took many of your recommendations, the build is now complete, the computer is up and running and I am very pleased with the experience and the results.

Glad to have helped. :hello: 
May 30, 2012 2:02:18 AM

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