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June 11, 2012 2:13:11 AM

ASUS P8H77-V LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32-bit - OEM

LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

This is my last check on this build! i'm thinking about buying. it seems like a solid computer. anyone have anymore suggestions? please it would be greatly appreciated! :D 

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June 11, 2012 5:58:32 PM

The HAF 912 is a much more popular case for like $2 more.

Everything else looks fine, I particularly like all the XFX and Crucial that I see on there.

Most people around here would tell you to get a Z77 and 3570k combo, but what you have will be the same if you don't intend to do any OCing.

However, one thing I would absolutely not do is get the copy of the OS you are getting. It sucks, really hard.

For starters, I would get the 64 bit version unless you absolutely need to run 16 bit programs (as in ones that worked on Windows 95/98).

You won't be able to use more than 4 GBs of RAM if you have a 32 bit version of Windows. So either drop to 2x 2GBs or up your OS to 64 bit. I would suggest the 64 bit + 8 GBs of RAM option myself.

Also, the OEM license really sucks. You should get a retail upgrade CD instead. It costs pretty much the same and has a way better licensing scheme. It is ridiculous how much better the retail upgrade CDs are compared to the OEM copies.

Also, unless you intend to sell this computer, the OEM license wouldn't be legal. You can check the license yourself.

The retail upgrade wouldn't be legal unless you qualified it either, but its more likely to be legal and its a whole lot better regardless if it is legal or not.

It may be a little more difficult to find copies of since everybody and their mother likes to sell illegal OEM copies to people, but they are out there if you put forth some effort. I think I got mine at a website called Blue Mountain or something like that.

If it says System Builder somewhere on it, its the wrong one. If it says Anytime Upgrade it is also the wrong one.

I think this might be the right one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The upgrade CD has the ability to install from scratch, so you don't have to have a prior install to use it.

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June 11, 2012 6:06:13 PM

So get the windows 7 you said and just go with 64 bit? And you're sure the one you said is the right one?
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June 11, 2012 6:14:55 PM

I am not sure, you might have to do a little bit of work to verify that.

I do know that it is more what you want than what you said is, though.

I am pretty sure that the one I listed comes with both a 32 bit disk and a 64 bit disk and the key works with the first one you try but you can't switch later. I am not 100% sure, though.
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June 12, 2012 12:48:21 AM

what about the OEM on the blu-ray reader?
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June 12, 2012 1:20:17 AM

That doesn't make a difference, it just means you won't get any drivers with it.
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