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June 5, 2012 9:58:17 PM

Making my first computer.
Please tell me if these parts will work together.
Also let me know if I am missing any crucial parts.
All of the parts are available on TigerDirect.
I am a bit of a n00b on the computer side so please post in n00b friendly language. :p 
Thanks!

Purpose: Home use and gaming, no intense video editing, mainly want to play skyrim diablo 3 and battlefield 3 on decent settings.

Approx Date of Purchase: within the next 3 days (day of post is 6/4/2012)

Other: I would prefer having some LEDS in my case with obviously a windowed case.

Price Range: less than $1000

Preferred Site: tigerdirect.com or newegg.com

Country: US

Parts: I would prefer a ASUS Motherboard and I do like my case a lot.

Overclocking: NO

SLI/Crossfire: I don't know what that means so you guys can tell me what it is and I'll decide.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080



CASE: Thermal Take Chaser MK-1 Gaming Case

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77 ATX w/ PCI Express 3.0 and USB 3.0

CPU/Processor: Intel i5 Ivy Bridge 3450 LGA 1155

Power Supply: Ultra 650 Watt ATX 135 mm fan

RAM: Corsair 8 GB DDR3 1600MHZ PC3-12800

Graphics Card: ASUS A455-7750 HD7750-1GD5 RADEON HD 7750 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0

Hard Drive: Western Digital TSD-500AAKX 500GB HDD 7200RPM 3.5" SATA 6GBPS

Disc Drive: Sony OptiArc AD7280S-OB DVD-RW Drive 24x SATA

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June 5, 2012 10:10:06 PM

What is the current total $ for those parts? It looks like a pretty good set of choices, but the one noticeable hole is the video card. I would really try to fit a $200+ video card in there. The 7850 is a great choice, and there are often deals to make it in the sub-$250 range after rebate. It will make a huge difference on BF3 and Skyrim (won't matter for Diablo 3, which will more or less run on an abacus).

If you're close on your dollar amount, see if you can get a 550W PSU from a good brand to save a few bucks.
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June 5, 2012 10:12:10 PM

Looks decent, but you'll be much happier with the computer if you spend a bit more on the video card. The 7750 is a decent card for the low end, but you'll need more muscle to play new games on settings above medium-low.
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June 5, 2012 10:14:55 PM

Hmm, I just saw your case was about $160 ($175 with shipping): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I understand it's the look of your whole computer and you're pretty into it, but you could save $100 and have a huge upgrade in your video card with that money if you got something more like this for $45 post-rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In the end, isn't it more important what you see on your screen (99% of your eyeball time) rather than what you see when you glance down at your case (1% of your eyeball time)?
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June 5, 2012 10:16:11 PM

Other cards besides the 7850 you can consider that would be a big upgrade over the 7750: 560 Ti (has to be Ti though); 6870; 6950; GTX 480.
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June 5, 2012 10:19:56 PM

So this build would work fine as of now? I am currently looking at other graphics cards including the ones you guys gave me. Also, I will consider changing my case for money's sake.
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June 5, 2012 10:23:01 PM

Yes, there is nothing technically wrong with the build--in fact, it's a good build. I just think you won't be that happy with the gaming performance if you pick a 7750. Fortunately there's a pretty rich array of better options between $150 and $250.
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June 5, 2012 10:36:04 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($267.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $948.31
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-05 18:35 EDT-0400) The case has a side window and blue led fans that what you want right ;) 
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June 5, 2012 10:45:08 PM

^
Don't really want an SSD. Plus, I'd rather use that money to invest in a prettier case than you provided.
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June 5, 2012 11:09:01 PM

bokbchoy said:
^
Don't really want an SSD. Plus, I'd rather use that money to invest in a prettier case than you provided.
o.k.
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June 5, 2012 11:53:29 PM

o.k. so i build this for you it has the case you want and motherboard what do you think? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($175.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $900.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-05 19:58 EDT-0400)
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June 6, 2012 5:48:57 AM

Wow, that build looks amazing. I think I will splurge on that one. Thanks soooooooooooooo much for your help, time, and opinion. It really means a lot to me.
Thanks again.
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June 6, 2012 6:23:08 AM

bokbchoy said:
Wow, that build looks amazing. I think I will splurge on that one. Thanks soooooooooooooo much for your help, time, and opinion. It really means a lot to me.
Thanks again.
No problem!Your very welcome bud! :) 
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