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Putting together my first build - Suggestions please!

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July 11, 2012 5:41:44 AM

Hi! I'm building my first PC and am trying to figure out if this is the way to go or not. I've had a few conversations with friends and professionals who've done this, but I thought maybe I'll just ask the faceless millions here.

I'm looking for tweaks on anything, better brands or ideas based on what I've got. If there's a way to save money, I'd appreciate that as well. I've still yet to decide on cooling and a case, so any suggestions there would be good. Right now, I'm leaning more towards fans than a liquid cooling system.

I have read some other answers, but my main concern is that all the parts I have work together.

Ok, here's what I've got so far. Be nice, I'm definitely not experienced at this whatsoever. I'm doing my best to educate myself, though and all help is very appreciated.

Budget: below 2k. Preferably around 1500-1700, which is about where it will be.

Purchase date: Less than a month, hopefully

Usage: Gaming, some work and video related stuff.

Don't care about SLI. Not sure whether I'm going to overclock or not.

My current compy is 5 years old running a Duo. It's time for a change.



CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

HDD: Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/240G 240GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce SF-2281 Controller

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL10 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 8GB Memory Modules)

BD: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM (Will I be able to use this if it's OEM?)

Video: ZOTAC ZT-50203-10M GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PS: KINGWIN LZP-750 750W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91, and SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Case: ?

Cooling: Preferably fans, but I'm not sure what to do here.

OS: Windows 7 Pro

Am I missing anything? I'm considering doing one of those 8-in-1s as well, since I've got all kinds of SD and Sony Mini cards I would like to use through the compy.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Am I wasting money or time?

Thanks so much for any and all consideration!

-a.
July 11, 2012 5:58:00 AM

Drop down to 128GB. After that amount, SSDs start to get too expensive per GB. Get the Crucial M4. Now, upgrade to the GTX 670. That PSU is overhyped and there are better quality (not to say its quality is bad) PSUs for A LOT cheaper. Get the TX750 V2 for $110. "Some work and video related stuff" does not warrant 16GB of RAM or an i7. Get the i5-3570k and 8GB of RAM.
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July 11, 2012 6:24:27 AM

Cool. Thanks.

I can get the 240 GB SSD for $230. While that's not quite the 1.10 ratio for the 128 Crucial model, it is still 1.04, which is negligible, but I'll definitely consider it.

PSU sounds good. My only concern is if I'm getting too large of a unit, especially since most 670s seem to need less wattage, especially if I'm not doing SLI.

Processor is a good point. I want cool stuff but do I really need it? Probably not. The 3570k would be much cheaper if I swing it right. Do I need that much RAM? Definitely not. But I wouldn't mind having it.

Thanks for the advice!
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