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This is my first time building a computer, so was before I go all out an buy everything I was hoping to get some feedback... here it is:


Case: Antec 900 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Mobo: ASRock H77 Pro4-M LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157301

Video Card: GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

PSU: APEVIA ATX-CB700W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148046

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506

RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231440

HDD: Western Digital AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136941


Total price comes out to be ~$800.00 after my monitor as I already have my optical drives. Also if anyone knows of a good wireless adapter please let me know.
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  1. Your first build is looking good! I am a fan of the Antec 900 so I approve of the case :P
    the rest of the parts seem to be good parts for the price range you are looking at.

    if you have a little more money you can spend I would really recommend this motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    I would sugest you get a 500W - 600W PSU from one of these companies
    Corsair, OCZ, Antec and in that order where Corsair is the best.

    Its a little more expensive but the Z77 is much more future proof than the H77.

    Other than that I think you are on your way to a good start.

    P.S. What CPU cooler are you using? Stock? Oh and if you really have the option, try getting a Z77 motherboard with the 3570K CPU cause thats the stuff you really dont want to swap later on. better get that now and upgrade your GPU or ram later.
  2. I'd ditch that entire build - Apevia makes truly awful power supplies, never go mATX on a full desktop system, and the Antec 900 has no cable management (not to mention adding or removing drives is incredibly difficult with this case). The GTX 550TI is also not that great - it won't max anything.

    This would be a much better build for $800:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair TX 650 V2 - $89.99 ($20.00 MIR)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H - $119.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450 - $199.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $46.99
    HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $109.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $876.93 - $20.00 MIR = $856.93
  3. Best answer
    Hi bdubbyah,

    Your build looks great for someone on a ~$800 budget!

    One thing I would suggest is to get a smaller power supply.

    700W is a bit of an overkill with your current setup and if you have no intentions of SLI later on (Wouldn't recommend it with 550 Ti's) then you can stand to drop your power supply down to about 600W no problem.

    I have linked one for you below from a trusted vendor that will actually come out to be a little more expensive than the Apevia you picked out, however power supplies are one part of a computer you DON'T want to fail on you and Apevia isn't exactly reknowned for their products.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096

    Seasonic is a very trusted brand and should give you stability for a long time to come!


    Happy building,

    Shinseina
  4. Ditch the mobo, if you want an asrock mobo go Z77 either extreme4 or extreme6.
  5. Sorry, did forget to mention I bought the case and the motherboard already so don't plan on changing those things. Also trying to keep it around $800 after I buy my monitor, so for the components of the computer actually need to be around $700, so can't really afford to go any higher on the price of the components.
  6. I could return the motherboard though, seems like most of you agree on getting a different motherboard.
  7. bdubbyah3 said:
    I could return the motherboard though, seems like most of you agree on getting a different motherboard.


    Yeah definitely return the motherboard if you can - mATX will severely limit your expansion options down the road.
  8. What will be the issue if I keep the current motherboard exactly? I can return it, but i will lose money due to shipping fee and restock fee plus paying more for a different motherboard will be losing a decent amount of money if I return it
  9. bdubbyah3 said:
    What will be the issue if I keep the current motherboard exactly? I can return it, but i will lose money due to shipping fee and restock fee plus paying more for a different motherboard will be losing a decent amount of money if I return it


    I had to return a motherboard a couple weeks ago - as long as you return with all the parts in tact Newegg will give you a full refund.
  10. I'm just trying to save as much money as possible so really want to know exactly what the issue is before I pay more for a new one, I am very new to this so want to have a very good reason to switch it out
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  12. It's a micro atx motherboard which will limit you on what you can and cannot do.

    Compare yours with these.

    Extreme4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    Extreme6
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295

    Those two compared to each other really don't show that much of a difference. Compared to yours though you'll notice some things are different.

    Primary example is the size.
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