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May 19, 2012 4:59:58 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: June 1-10

Budget Range: $1000 - 1100 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, gaming, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, and microcenter (cpu)

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: None other than Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes slightly (4.0-4.2 GHz)

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 and 1920x1200 (duals)

Additional Comments: would like it to be quiet.

COMPONENTS:

Intel i5-3570K - $190
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 - $90
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

MSI Twin Frozr HD 7850 - $260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fractal Define R3 - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic M12II 620 bronze - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD Caviar Green 1TB 7200, 64MB - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus DvD burner - $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TP-Link Wireless Adapter - $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Undecided Parts:
SSD

Samsung 830 128GB - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 120Gb - $103
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 128 GB - $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Memory

G. skill ripjaw series 8GB (2x4) - $47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Low Profile Corsair - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I would like input on all areas of this build of course, but my main concerns are the memory and ssd.
First, which of these solid states are the most reliable or is there much of a difference between them?
Second, is low profile ram necessary for my build? and what are the pros and cons of low profile ram?
Anything else here that I should be aware of or that should be upgraded?

Also, i was wanting the msi twin frozr, but it seems to be out of stock everywhere. is there another brand that makes a 7850 thats just as good an available?

Thank you in advance for all of your help. this website and the forums especially have been very helpful for me while trying to determine which components to use in my first build.

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May 19, 2012 6:27:40 AM

Low make it easier to fit an after market cpu heat sink. Whatever SSD you decide on make sure you go to the manufactures site to see if there is a firmware update.


Thanks for the explanation. I will be sure to do that with the ssd, do you recommend any one over the others?
May 19, 2012 6:41:17 AM

For the SSD, I'm betting on the SanDisk Extreme - toggle NAND, sandforce controller.

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

They're the only ssd manufacturer I know of that makes their own flash memory. They've been making enterprise ssd's for longer than intel, even though they've only started making consumer level ssd's recently.
I expect them to be highly reliable; between the toggle nand and sandforce controller they're fast as hell, and their newegg reviews are the best I've seen for an ssd.
May 19, 2012 7:11:26 AM

quilciri said:
For the SSD, I'm betting on the SanDisk Extreme - toggle NAND, sandforce controller.

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

They're the only ssd manufacturer I know of that makes their own flash memory. They've been making enterprise ssd's for longer than intel, even though they've only started making consumer level ssd's recently.
I expect them to be highly reliable; between the toggle nand and sandforce controller they're fast as hell, and their newegg reviews are the best I've seen for an ssd.

Yeah, Idk what the deal is with Sandforce. I have had a Sandforce drive for a long time and have had zero problems.
May 19, 2012 1:47:46 PM

Here ya go buddy...

I've heard that the muskin SSD is really good if you do the bios updates, and it's one of the cheapest.

As everyone else said the low profile rams helps with the fitting of the heat sink, but it's practically the same cost as normal ram, so no harm done if you have a little extra room.

Here are some of the temps for the case.
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/fractal_design_def...
May 19, 2012 4:44:58 PM

Ya hopz i know the case may be a little warmer, but I think I will throw in an extra fan maybe 2 from the get go to deal with that. it did get great reviews and looks classy.

I think I am going to go with the corsair low profile ram just to make sure it fits under the cooler.

Still does anyone else have any input on the ssd brand or graphics card brand for the 7850?
May 21, 2012 7:15:55 AM

I'm curious about the SSD as well. Whats the main difference with brands? Basically the Crucial M4, Mushkin, and the Samsung?
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