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Advice on my first $1100 build components

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May 26, 2012 7:15:49 AM

Case: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33258 ($89.99)

CPU: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39148 ($209.99)

Motherboard: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39038 ($99.99)

Memory: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33234 ($49.99)

Hard Drive: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35603 ($119.99)

Optical Drive: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX37363 ($21.99)

Video Card: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX31958 ($239.99)

Sound Card: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX10326 (34.99)

PSU: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX34735 ($69.99)

The total is around $900-1000 (Not including Windows 7 OS -_-)

I wonder if this build is good for cooling also, and does it produce a lot of heat? Or is it just ok?

So this is basically my build, I would like some advice and suggestions please and thank you. And would you help me check if all the parts fit each other? Like the CPU with Mobo with ram with gpu.. and if the case supports it as well.
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May 26, 2012 7:43:15 AM

Builds looking pretty good.
-if you want to OC you need to get the i5 3550K
-I would get a z77 board for the Ivy Bridge
-both are good GPU's. I think the Gigabyte has better cooling if you did OC. but it's a toss up since you don't want to OC.
-no need for sound card unless you have amazing sound system
-I would bump up to a 600W to be safe, or if you want to SLI in the future I would go to 750W
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May 26, 2012 5:30:53 PM

So it's a good build for a non OC gaming budget system?
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May 26, 2012 6:10:33 PM

Deemah said:
So it's a good build for a non OC gaming budget system?


I agree with Hopz. Even for a non-OC gaming I would upgrade the PSU to about 600-650W to ensure you don't blow any capacitors and fry stuff considering the GPU and PSU you are aiming for. Other than that just follow Hopz advice (minus the PSU if you aren't OCing) and you should have an awesome build.
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May 26, 2012 9:43:28 PM

Ok I've made some changes, I've decided to change the graphics card to a the GTX 560 TI FPB. This would benefit me by almost 200$ and i don't think i need a high end card. Changed PSU into 620w

And, should i still change the PSU? Or the motherboard from H77 to Z77? If so, why, if im not planning to overclocking anything.
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May 26, 2012 10:48:01 PM

No need to change to Z77 from h77.
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May 27, 2012 6:35:55 AM

Ok thanks, how are the brands of my components? Kingston etc...
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May 27, 2012 6:44:21 AM

Yes, all the brands look good.
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May 27, 2012 7:40:59 AM

Is it ok if i burn the windows 7 OS into a dvd then use it on my custom built pc? Will it work? will the serial # for the original OS still work on the burnt one?
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May 27, 2012 7:43:14 AM

Deemah said:
Ok I've made some changes, I've decided to change the graphics card to a the GTX 560 TI FPB. This would benefit me by almost 200$ and i don't think i need a high end card. Changed PSU into 620w

And, should i still change the PSU? Or the motherboard from H77 to Z77? If so, why, if im not planning to overclocking anything.

You have an unlocked cpu and a board that doesn't over clock. Also you don't want that old school high voltage 1.65v Kingston RAM. You want 1.5v RAM. Also skip the sound card until you hear the onboard sound first. Chances are you won't purchase one.

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33234 $49.99
GSKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 4GB)

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39039 $79.99
GA-B75M-D3H w/ DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39148 $209.99
Core™ i5-3450 Processor, 3.10GHz w/ 6MB Cache

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX34735 $69.99 - $49.99 After Rebate
OCZ ZS Series 550W Performance Power Supply

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX31958 $239.99 - $219.99 After Rebate
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI

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May 27, 2012 8:23:58 PM

Ima keep the H77 mobo, and ill change the rest from ur advices, ty.
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May 28, 2012 1:24:15 AM

Best answer selected by DeemAh.
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