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June 1, 2012 10:52:57 PM

It's my first time building a PC and I've got some real helpful information so far. Will mainly be using this as a gaming computer, probably mostly Guild Wars 2.

I just got home from picking up my CPU and motherboard from the microcenter. Now I'm getting ready to order my other parts, and just wanted some reassurance before I placed the order. Just want to make sure everything is compatible and I won't need anything else in particular.

Anything you think I'll need that I don't have listed here, and if you guys have any tips/tricks/comments on common mistakes I might end up making my first time. Any kind of information is helpful, and I don't mind criticism or recommendations.

Intel i5 3570k Ivy Bridge CPU - $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO ATX Intel Motherboard - $169.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HIS IceQ Radeon HD 7850 Video Card - $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 2.5" 128 GB STA III MLC Internal SSD - $123.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8 GB RAM - $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200 RPM Internal HDD - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home OS - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG DVD Burner - $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Gaming Series 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS High Performance Power Supply - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor - $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 1, 2012 11:13:51 PM

You also need a after market cooler if you plan on overclocking this is the cheapest good one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ It would probably also be a good idea to get some cheap but nice case fans later down the road too. A couple of these would probably do the trick (They also come with red or blue or green LEDs):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i also really like this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but your pick is fine and a great case as well ;) 
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June 1, 2012 11:29:41 PM

I didn't add an aftermarket cooler because I wasn't plan on overclocking. That was also one of the reasons I went with the Ivy Bridge over the Sandy. I'm not too sure how to do it anyway, do you recommend me get the cooler anyway? Yea and eventually I want to add some case fans also.

And I'm going to go with that Seasonic Power supply and that case. I only went with that case because it looked like it had good air flow, but I do like that blue-lit case. And before I place this order, do I need any accessory cables or thermal grease?
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June 1, 2012 11:50:00 PM

looks pretty awesome but because you said you were going for a gaming unit, I personally believe that this should be done with a smaller form factor overall, like microATX or mini ITX, however you may spend more than you want if you go the mini ITX route.

i was going to list other possibilities but you said you already have your motherboard. there are better options but for the price you tried to achive, you already did a damn good job
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June 2, 2012 12:00:10 AM

fantasticfrank said:
I didn't add an aftermarket cooler because I wasn't plan on overclocking. That was also one of the reasons I went with the Ivy Bridge over the Sandy. I'm not too sure how to do it anyway, do you recommend me get the cooler anyway? Yea and eventually I want to add some case fans also.

And I'm going to go with that Seasonic Power supply and that case. I only went with that case because it looked like it had good air flow, but I do like that blue-lit case. And before I place this order, do I need any accessory cables or thermal grease?
Good picks and no you don't need the cooler if your not overclocking but i would get it anyway just because ivy gets hot but other than that your good to go ;) 
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June 12, 2012 12:10:05 AM

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