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July 2, 2012 4:11:06 PM

I've been reading a ton of posts on these forums to put together a spec list for my first-time build for a primary gaming PC. The knowledge I've already received on here has been tremendously helpful already, so thank you!

My parts list is finally complete, and I'm pretty sure my brain can't handle any more research. I'm hoping the community here can help me out by taking a look at my parts for any compatibility issues, necessary upgrades, thoughts & general advice.

All parts listed below are from Newegg, and I'd like to order everything from them.
I've gotten the total cost for everything AFTER rebates down to $1016
(I already have a copy of Win 7 64 bit and a 1680x1050 Samsung monitor)

Anyway, here's the list:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heat Sink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft Desktop 400 5MH-00001 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you in advance!
July 2, 2012 4:12:35 PM

You won't need 16GB RAM for a gaming system but otherwise everything else looks good to me.
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July 2, 2012 4:17:35 PM

Thanks for the advice. I forgot to mention I'll also be doing some mild audio recording. I figured since ram is cheap right now I may as well future proof with 16.
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July 2, 2012 4:18:54 PM

That board is rated up to 32GB so you should be good.
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July 2, 2012 5:23:57 PM

The only suggestion I would make is to see if you have a Microcenter nearby. www.microcenter.com
You can get the processor for $189.99 and that motherboard for $99.99 when you buy them together.
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July 2, 2012 6:43:05 PM

Wow! That's a steal. There is one not too far from me. Is that in in-store promotion only?
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July 2, 2012 7:11:23 PM

Yes. Micro Center only sells processors in their stores.
You can pre-order and pay online and pick up at the store too.

If you are going to Micro Center check out their ad...
http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/11af08e2#/11af08e2/...
They typically have sale items at better prices than Newegg. Newegg usually wins on regular priced items.
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July 12, 2012 3:01:01 PM

Best answer selected by jsjoe3030.
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