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First Personal Build - Need Advice on Components

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May 25, 2012 5:52:26 PM

Hi all, I'd like to buy a new desktop and I've chosen to build it myself this time. I mostly am looking for a gaming desktop that will be future proof for the next 4-5 years. Below is my info and what I've compiled as a shopping list. Any advice, even calling me an idiot for my selections, will be much appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks

Budget Range: 1200-1500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing, gaming, school/work

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon and newegg but open to others (just don't have experience)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I would prefer an Intel CPU, a 22"+ monitor

Overclocking: Maybe (in the future)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (in the future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I have selected the below components as a preliminary build. I do not have much experience and this is my first personal build. So I understand if my selections are ridiculous, but I would appreciate the input of anyone who can take a look and let me know of better alternatives as well as if I am getting my money's worth. All the prices are from Amazon as I have a large amount of credit there, but I am willing to shop anywhere for the best deal/option.

Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-650TXV2 $80.99

Acer GD235HZbid Widescreen 23.6" 3D LCD Display $299.99

Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) $17.99

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1) $59.99

Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX $47.99

Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 DVI/DVI/HDMI/DP SLI Ready Graphics Card, 67NPH6DV5ZJX Graphics Cards 67NPH6DV5ZJX $409.99

Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K $237.89

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.73

Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive $109.99

ASUS Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1155 Motherboard P8Z77-V $184.99

Total = $1484.54


May 25, 2012 6:07:05 PM

With lots of complaints on the net about heat issues with Ivy Bridge, I think your better off with a water cooler? H80 perhaps. Maybe scout for a cheaper Monitor to sqeeze in a water cooler. Or you could get a water cooler in the future when you are actually doing overclocking.


There's also something to consider on Cases. DUSTS! Specially for so called 'future proof' builts cuz you will be using it for couple of years. You don't want Dusts to clog up and damage your systems. Get a little more expensive/better case with dusts filter on all intakes? Just my suggestion.

I'm a little bit concerned about dusts so I bought NZXT H2 (not the best for cooling)


One again, in order to sqeeze in these suggested things, you maybe want to drop Monitor's price... (do u need 3D?, your probably paying a high premium for the 3D feature) if you need 3D then

you should be spending 100 dollar more for a 3D vision glasses to fully utalize Nvidia's 3D (not 100% sure).

or you could wait for a 660Ti so that you can leave money for Water cooler + Better Case.

By the way, why didn't you have SSD in your build? (just wondering. I didn't bother with SSDs too)
May 25, 2012 6:16:05 PM

Great post, Maxert. Thanks for the feedback. You're absolutely right about the monitor - I do not need 3D so there will be savings there to make other improvements. Do you have a recommendation for a monitor?

As for SSD, they are still a little pricey so I figured I can add one later down the road.
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May 25, 2012 7:25:07 PM

Here's a build suggestion of almost the same components but includes an SSD within that budget. Feel free to drop it :

SSD & Motherboard: $244- Crucial M4 128GB & Asrock Z77 Extreme4

CPU & RAM: $285- i5-3570K & Corsair Vengeance 8GB

PSU & Case: $152- Corsair Enthusiast TX650 & Corsair Carbide 300R(Will easily handle another 670 in future)
Peak power consumption of SLI GTX 670 - link1 , link2

HDD & Optical Drive: $102- WD Cavier Blue 1TB & Samsung

CPU Cooler : $33- CM Hyper 212 EVO(Will take care of overclocking needs)

GPU: $410- MSI GTX 670

Monitor: $205- Asus 24" LED Backlit FullHD(For gaming needs)

Total(Excluding Rebates): 1432 USD

Rebates: 20 USD



May 25, 2012 8:14:40 PM

Z_4, your build is great, but I think the HAF 912 is a fine case. It is not that hard to open your case every other year to clean it. That said, great build.
May 25, 2012 9:16:52 PM

Z_4 and adgjlsfhk - thanks so much for your input, that build does look to cover what I'm looking for. Dumb question though - is bluetooth or wireless included in this component?
May 25, 2012 11:30:18 PM

I don't need bluetooth, you are right. I use bluetooth with my notebook so I had it on the brain. I meant wireless.

Another dumb question - how important is the brand on the mobo and the gpu? Is Asrock quality for the mobo and MSI for the GPU? Or should I be looking at others?
May 25, 2012 11:37:29 PM

Brand of MOBO is important, but the GPU brand isn't so important. Generally, ASRock and Sapphire/MSI for MOBO/GPU respectively is good.
May 26, 2012 2:36:06 AM

Those are both great brands.
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