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June 15, 2012 6:39:26 PM

Hi there,

First post here, "Hi!" :hello: , and first PC build. I will be using the computer for mainly gaming and a little bit of HD video/photo editing. I will likely be using Adobe Premiere and Photoshop and playing games like SC2, D3, and future FPSs.

Could you look over my build, make sure everything is compatible, and make some recommendations on some possible improvements I could make to either price or performance? I think it's going to be a pretty strong system, but if you see any major "bottle-necking" components could you make some alternate recommendations?

I should also mention that I will be getting into overclocking and that's why I went with the i5-3570K. I have some more research to do on that which is why I haven't bothered with a 3rd party cooling fan... yet. Will the Motherboard be capable of overclocking? How about the GPU I have selected so far? I've read good things about it.

Also, should I bother with the SSD? There are lots of mixed reviews I've seen so far and just wanted some clarification on how big a benefit the boot times are for people.

I really appreciate any time and effort you put in to reading over all of this, thanks! :D 

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1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$139.99
-$30.00 Instant
$109.99


1 Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Item #: N82E16819116504
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$234.99


1 ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157293
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$189.99
-$10.00 Instant
$179.99


1 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231314
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$55.99
-$5.00 Instant
$50.99


1 OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227726
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$199.99
-$95.00 Instant
$104.99
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


1 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-01-20G)
Item #: N82E16814102984
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$269.99


1 COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$69.99


1 SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817151095
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$123.99
-$20.00 Instant
$103.99


1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$20.99


1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$119.99


I wanted to post a public wishlist, but it doesn't seem to be working ATM. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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June 15, 2012 6:55:24 PM

your build looks great. and yes you absolutely want SSD. also if you purchase your windows 7 oem now does your build qualify for the $15 Microsoft upgrade to Windows 8?

https://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/
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June 22, 2012 6:33:19 PM

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