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May 26, 2012 4:08:35 AM

Ok, this is my first build and I am not completely positive on what I'm doing. I don't want to spend more than 800 dollars. I would look to be able to play some games, but I'm not a hardcore gamer. I would love to play Diablo 3. I am currently trying to make sure everything is compatible and that I've haven't made any stupid decisions in picking parts. I am hoping to buy my parts within a week and I am hoping to get them all off Newegg.

Here is what I am working with:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Thanks in advance!

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May 26, 2012 4:14:56 AM

I forgot to mention I already have a LITE-ON iHAS124 drive laying around.
May 26, 2012 5:32:57 AM

You can do a lot better with your current budget of $800. [Btw, you forgot to include a Power Supply in your list]
Firstly, you'll want to stay away from AMD's new lineup of bulldozer CPU [Sure, it has 8 physical cores but in practice, the i5 2500k performs better 90% of the time]

Changes;
-Changed your AMD themed CPU/mobo to Intel's i5 2500k - much better performance and offers the option of overclocking in the future if required/desired [this is optional]

-Added Aftermarket cooler for CPU; keeping your CPU cooler will extend it's hardware lifetime and better for your hardware in general [It's also quieter than the stock cooler]

-Changed your 128GB Crucial SSD to a 500GB WD Blue HD [Not sure if you have a available HD lying around? and a 128GB SSD isn't a good idea for your main internal storage device; since a standard windows i7 install alone will take up 25-30GB, Diablo 3 is another 9GB, leaving behind [90GB] too little storage space for comfort] Your better off getting a 64GB Crucial SSD and use it as your boot drive [i.e your OS, 1-2 of your favorite games and some apps such as Skype, MSN, Mumble, internet browser, etc etc]
Everything else; other games, movies, music, my little pony wallpapers!?!?!?[j/k ;P], etc can go on your Hard Drive.
***Note: Don't forget to include a 64GB Crucial SSD if you want it for your boot drive. [This is optional since SSDs aren't mandatory]

-Changed 16GB Ram kit [Latency 9] to 8GB Ram Kit [Latency 7] [16GB of ram is overkill; since 8GB is more than enough for gaming and everyday use. On a side note; from reviews and benchmarks, it's been shown that Ram at 1600Mhz w/ Latency 7 is the sweet spot]

-Changed from the 550ti to a 6870 - offfers much better performance for the same price! Benchmark comparison below!

6870 vs 550ti
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=541

As you can clearly see, the 6870 butchers the 550ti down to size.


Antec 300 Illusion Case [$69.99 + free shipping]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB [$74.99 + free shipping]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 6870 1GB [$169.99 + free shipping + $30 rebate]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GBx2[8GB] Latency 7-7-7-21 Kit [$49.99 + Free Shipping]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 [$119.99 - $10 instant = $109.99 + $4.99 shipping = $144.98]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i5-2500K [$219.99 + $10 free newegg promotional gift card + free shipping]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler [$35 - $5 Instant = $29.99 + $10 rebate + free shipping]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 650W Enthusiast Series [$89.99 + $10 Rebate + free shipping]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes to a total of $814.92 before taxes and before rabate. This price drops down to $754 after $50 of rebate and a $10 gift card [Before taxes].
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