First Time Builder Final Check

Im ready to order parts ASAP for my first gaming build, but i just want to make sure everything is compatible before I order. Here is a list of all the parts I have picked out. I do not plan on overclocking or doing crossfire anytime soon with this build.

CPU-Core i5 3450 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Processor [...] id=0388579

Graphics Card-SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition) [...] 6814102987

RAM-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B [...] 6820145345

PSU-CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply [...] 6817139028

Hard Drive-Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive [...] 6822136769

Motherboard-GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard [...] 6813128555

Case-NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case [...] 6811146075

Optical Drive-ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM [...] 6827135204

Monitor-Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 [...] 6824236117

OS-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM [...] 6832116986

Keyboard-Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard [...] 6823109191

Mouse-RAZER Abyssus Mirror Special Edition Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired 3500 dpi Mouse [...] 6826153061

Thanks in advance
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  1. If you do have a kb or mouse atm, I'd hold on with upgrading it. You can use the $ saved on upgrading the HDD to 1TB.
  2. Highly suggest getting an SSD if you have the money to spare. Get a 90-120GB version which will be plenty for the OS, Apps and a few games. Use the 500GB drive as storage.

    Here is a nice Guide on using an SSD with Windows 7.
  3. @azeem- I do not currently have a kb or mouse currently. And because it is mainly a gaming rig, I chose the kb and mouse that I did.

    @amkronos- At the moment I don't have the extra money to purchase a SSD, but that is definitely something I will buy in the future.

    But in terms of the parts I have picked out, will everything be compatible when I put it together?
  4. Yeah.
  5. I dunno what price that 6950 is at but a 7850 performs the same, uses less power take up less heat and there is no micro stuttering issues from what I hear with the newer gen cards.

  6. I would agree with going for the 7850 if the price isn't substantially more.

    Newegg seems to be dead atm, but a gaming keyboard isn't really neccessary (I personally like generic 10$ keyboards as they are always the same shape), the only reason to get one is for macro keys which can be a hassle to setup and are not easy to reach (usually they are off to the side, not easy to reach from wasd).

    I would personally downgrade the keyboard and put the money towards switching from the 6950->7850, or set it aside for the SSD fund :)

    As others have said, an SSD is very nice to have once your budget allows, don't feel like you need to get a gigantic one, 120GB is plenty to store a five or six games and the OS. (Steam mover is great for managing what games or on your SSD) I personally use a 60GB drive, and really for me it is plenty of room after a little tweaking, I have room for about 4 games, along with the OS, open office, firefox, and drivers.
  7. I think I will stay with the 6950 because AMD is offering free game coupons with the purchase and the performance and the price are both the same.
    Has anyone heard if Newegg is still dead or what is going on?
  8. What do you mean dead?
  9. Im not exactly sure. I think there were. Problems with purchasing products and Im not sure if its fixed
  10. Yeah, I think its fixed, lots of links didn't work either. It was odd :)
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