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First Time Build - Gaming Rig/HTPC 1500-2000$

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June 20, 2012 1:41:45 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next couple months. No real rush

Budget Range: 1500-2000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Internet/Music - Hoping to run it off my TV

Parts Not Required: I'm wanting to set the system up to run off my TV so I dont need a monitor, but will need everything else

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, wanting to run off 70" Sharp TV

Additional Comments: Alright so what I'm trying to set up is my computer in one room, hooked to my TV in the room beside through an HDMI cable in the ceiling. Going to need a long HDMI cable and a wireless keyboard/mouse with about a range of 10-20 ft but that can pass through an interior wall.

Not overly certain about any piece of the gear but especially not the motherboard or the graphics. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Case: Corsair Obsidian 550D -

MotherBoard: MSI 77A-G45 LGA 1155 -

Graphics Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 570 -

Power Supply: CORSAIR Pro Series HX750 -

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core -

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) -

Hard Drive: Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) -

Optical Drive: LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray -

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Wireless Adapter: Again not sure about this - Rosewill RNX-N250PC2 (RNWD-12001) IEEE 802.11b/g/n, PCI, Wireless-N Adapter (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Data Rates -

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball

Is there anything I'm missing? This will be my first build and any advice would be appreciated. Still need a good wireless mouse/keyboard that will work through a wall. Not building on a budget but I'm not a serious enough user to need anything too over the top.

Thanks and please let me know what you think

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June 20, 2012 2:08:27 AM

Thats a real nice build. Everything looks good. I just built a gaming rig for my wife with that same cpu/mobo. The bios is a little weird when you first see it. Only question is you dont have a second HDD like a 1TB WD or seagate for storage. Good luck and nice build
June 20, 2012 2:13:33 AM

here is a better suited build for you. you dont need 16gb of ram and i7. i5s will suit you better

your tv resolution is most likely 1080p. the gtx 670 will max out any game for it.

i tried to optimize the build for silence. if you dont really need it, get a cheaper case like a corsair carbide 300r
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June 20, 2012 2:57:56 AM

Thanks for the replies.

I was thinking I'd add another hard drive later as needed.

That really is a nice build. I've been considering the i5 or the i7. I was thinking the i7 just because I've had CPUs bottleneck my computers in the past. Is there something wrong with the ram I choose. I just wanted to get 16gigs and be done with it for the foreseeable future. I also choose the GTX 570 because D3 is really the only game I want to play right now and I figured I could add a second in SLI later if I needed more power. Is that a bad way to go about it?
June 20, 2012 5:55:47 AM

The best way is to sell the card in the future and buy a better single GPU at 1080p.