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NEWB :o First Time Build Compatibility and Other ?'s

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June 19, 2012 5:45:02 AM

Okay. This is my first computer build. I am a quick learner, so any help will be appreciated!

First, I want to know if all my parts are compatible. I'm pretty damn sure they are, but this being my first build, I don't want to take any chances.

These are the parts I have selected:

Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $116.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core $179.99

GPU:SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 11201-00-20G) $134.99

Ram: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $52.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AARX 750GB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $95.00

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $89.99

$669.95 (BEFORE Tax and Shipping) All Parts priced from NEWEGG

I want to use this for Media and Gaming. I am not a HARDCORE gamer, but I would like to be able to game comfortably.
Are these parts okay? Am I paying too much for stuff I don't need? I don't want to pay much more than I already am, but I would definitely take recommendations on switching out parts.
Should I overclock? get an aftermarket fan or thermal paste?

Also, I have found two cases for the same price. One mid tower and one full tower. Should I go for the full tower just because? Do I need it?

ZALMAN Z11 Plus HF1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2

Both are $89.99 Bringing the total to: $759.94 (BEFORE Tax and Shipping)

Are they okay cases?

And finally, I have an external HP DVD1040 Drive, and was wondering if i could just use this before later purchasing an optical drive. Or, could i somehow, use that in the computer?

Thank you for taking your time to read this. I look forward to your responses.
June 19, 2012 5:54:16 AM

RRAM should be 1.5 volt or less . Some HyperX blu is , some isnt

A green hard drive saves less power than the standby light on the front of the case uses but slows down boot and loading times a lot . I would use a conventional drive to avoid this issue

Your build needs a 430 watt psu
which means you can save on the psu
Either buy a corsair CX 430 $24 after rebate

or buy this excellent quality unit
PC power and cooling 500 watt
and save $20 which could be used to upgrade your cpu

You should be able to google for reviews of your cases
I would spend less and get a HAF 912 or Antec 300 two and use that money to increase system performance
June 20, 2012 3:52:26 AM

Thanks for your response

So if i go with these, should i be okay?

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
(It's a little cheaper, at $46.99)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
(It's a little more expensive at $119.99, but it seems good.)

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze
(I was thinking of going for this one, i had no idea i was going to buy an unnecessary power supply. So thanks for that)

As for my other questions:

Should I overclock? get an aftermarket fan or thermal paste? And about my Optical Drive.

Once again, thank you for taking your time to help me.
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June 20, 2012 11:50:40 PM

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