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May 19, 2012 4:44:53 AM

Hi all.

I'm finally upgrading from my half-dead $300 laptop to, what will hopefully, be able to play things like L4D2/TF2, Sanctum, D3, Eve, and at most, Anno 2070. I also like watching HD movies and what not. Here is what I've put together so far, I'll probably be ordering in two weeks. Opinions, advice, and 'this is incompatible with that's please. :) 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8tUQ

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z68MA-G45 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill RANGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($51.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.48 @ Amazon)

Total: $872.37

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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2012 8:03:13 AM

Hi,

My advice is not to get an SSD at your price range, you'll be miserable with only 64GB.. You can get an SSD later if you want, but for now, I would stick to a traditional HDD, or spend a little more for a 120GB.

Figure, in NTFS format, its more like 59GB, and Windows7 is going to take 15GB of that, so it leaves you with no very much room for games as some games can take up 10GB for just one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Other than that, yes your choices are all compatible, I would choose a different power supply like this one:

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

That is sufficient wattage for a single video card.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2012 8:13:51 AM

if microcenters k series intel chip -50$ off mobo sale is still going on, your better off buying a mobo in store, even though your choices are limited.

@above

the Seasonic m12ii 520w modular performs better, more efficient, same price(disregarding the rebate) and is modular. the corsair cx series isnt the best series for the price in the corsair line, as its quality isn't as high as its competitors in the same range.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2012 8:23:45 AM

Check my sig.
May 20, 2012 3:36:48 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, all.

I've swapped the SeaSonic M12II 520 in inplace of the Rosewill 630W, dropped the SSD, and changed the case to a Corsair Obsidian Series 550D, bringing the total partlist to:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8wNq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8wNq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8wNq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z68MA-G45 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $638.06

:) 
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
May 20, 2012 4:09:47 AM

Pretty decent foundation, but don't forget your video card.
May 20, 2012 4:47:23 AM

Whoops! Must have accidentally removed it. It's still a MSI Radeon HD 7850.
May 20, 2012 1:41:32 PM

Zero_ said:
Check my sig.



I checked your sig ... as did the other mods ... and one of them deleted your sig privs.

Please do not spam our forums with paid affiliate links ... this will be your first and only warning.

One of the mods is a coder and chased the link back to a referrer.

If the links were to our gaming recommendations for the site, or a site advertiser then this would be acceptable.

Altenatively if you have made up your own recommended builds, as others here have done, which are great, then this would be perfect.

We want to hear what users have to say about their experiences with regards to different build combinations.

I am leaving this message here for others to heed.

:) 



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