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[First Build] Need advice on $700 gaming rig

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June 10, 2012 1:16:40 AM

I already have the rig figured out in terms of componets, but, with this being my first build I wanted to make sure that all the part were going to be compatable. After 3 checks, I am 99% sure, but a third-party opinion would be greatly welcome. Thank you.

Parts:

MoBo: ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Processor

GPU: EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 560 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card

PSU: OCZ Technology ZS 750 Watt ATX Power Supply

SSD: Patriot 2.5" SATA III 6Gb/s Pyro Solid State Drive with SandForce 2281 Controller

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit

DVD Drive: LG 22x DVD+-RW Super Multi Dual Layer Burner

Case: Thermaltake Commander Mid Tower ATX Computer Case

Case Fans:
Enermax T.B. Silence 120mm Twister Bearing Case Fan (x1)
Enermax T.B. Silence 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (x3)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler

Parts from old system:

External sound card (Creative Labs SoundBlaster, ran through Pulse Audio)

Operating System:

Linux Ubuntu 11.10, or latest stable release

Cooling System details:

Airflow: 95.11 cfm
System pressure: Negative pressure by 10.89 cfm
CPU Cooler: 21.2 to 76.8 cfm airflow, 4 direct contact heat pipes.

System Usage:

Gaming (Steam via Wine), 3D Modeling (Blender), Game Design (Unity3D), Image Manipulation (GIMP), surfing the web, college work.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI: No

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid-June

Country: USA


Additional Comments: SSD as the only hard drive is temporary, until HDD prices lower, then I plan to add a 1TB hard drive at least. Ubuntu OS choice is not changing. Windows may be better for gaming, but I have had too many problems with it to make me want to use it in this build.
June 10, 2012 5:04:38 AM

Avoid that power supply . The small red voltage switch on the back is a sure sign its inefficient junk . Only use 80 + bronze [ or better] rated units

Your processor should be matched with 1.5 volt memory , not the 1.65 volt sticks you have selected . They void the processor warranty if you use them
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