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June 29, 2012 1:32:58 PM

this is my first computer build, feel free to comment, in particular i'm looking for things i may have missed, parts that may be incompatible, or bottlenecks.
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CPU: i5-3450
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Mobo: ASRock H77M
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

DVD Burner: re-using one from the old PC

HDD: re-using old 1TB (no idea on make/model as i didn't build that computer)

SSD: Intel 60GB series 330
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Memory: G Skill Sniper - 1600MHz DDR3 Dual Channel (2x 4GB) 1.25v
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

PSU: Corsair TX-550M (550W Modular)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case: Silverstone TJ08-e
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

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i will not be overclocking the cpu, so im hoping the stock cpu cooler will be enough.
i also plan to run windows 7 64-bit.
build comes to about $925 from that website. i'm in australia, and it was the cheapest site i could find.

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June 29, 2012 1:56:08 PM

i didn't mean to post in this section, re-posted in 'new builds'.

i'm not sure how to delete this thread, so just ignore it.
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June 29, 2012 1:58:04 PM

You don't have a DVD drive, but I assume you are re-using an old one?

As for the CPU/GPU combination, it looks good. 7850 is a very good base to build on, and the CPU will perform quite well despite being locked.

The only concern is that H77 chipset does not allow for CrossFire, which limits future expansibility. If you don't plan on ever CrossFiring, then it's fine, but it means when 7850 isn't enough anymore you'd have to replace the whole card.
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June 29, 2012 2:02:37 PM

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You don't have a DVD drive, but I assume you are re-using an old one?


i knew i forgot something xD

yes i will be using one from the old PC.

and no, i don't plan on crossfiring.
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June 29, 2012 2:09:57 PM

That's good, can't install Windows 7 without a DVD drive ;) 

A 7850 should be enough to play all current mainstream games at high-ultra settings, and will be usable for at least 2 years down the road. It can also be overclocked like a champ. I don't know what games you play however - if you could mention some it would be nice.
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June 29, 2012 2:16:26 PM

starcraft 2, eve online, halo:ce, minecraft.

of course i want the ability to play all (most) games that come out in the next few years because i don't know what will grab my attention. :) 
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June 29, 2012 2:47:07 PM

None of those are really demanding games aside from Minecraft and StarCraft II. Your CPU/GPU combination should work well for all of those.
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