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July 19, 2012 5:05:59 PM

Ok, throwing together my first build, and I just want someone besides me to say I have all the parts I need and that they are compatible. this is what I'm getting...




ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$18.99


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
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-$15.00 Instant
$84.99
$69.99


EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130625
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$134.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-8GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231485
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$46.99


ASUS P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131826
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$124.99
$122.99


Intel Pentium G870 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G870
Item #: N82E16819116521
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$99.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$99.99


Coboc 1.5 ft. Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Cable w/ Metal Latch (Black)
Item #: N82E16812117652
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-$0.06 Sale
$2.72
$2.60
($1.30 each)


Athena Power Model Cable-AD03 4 PIN to 15PIN Power Adapter
Item #: N82E16812198010
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$3.98
($1.99 each)



COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817171052
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COOLER MASTER Elite 431 Plus RC-431P-KWN2 Black Steel Body (0.5mm SECC), ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119256
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-$23.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$159.98


So, can I order, salivate for 3 days of shipping, and start slapping this bad boy together, or am I missing something?

Thanks for your time guys.

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July 19, 2012 5:57:23 PM

I'd switch out that case and PSU - the Cooler Master HAF 912 has better ventilation, cooling, and cable management than the Elite 430 does, and for the same price the Radeon 6850 is a far superior card to the GTX 550TI. Not to mention Cooler Master has a horrendous reputation when it comes to power supplies. A Corsair CX600 will be a safer bet. You also don't need the SATA cable - your motherboard should come with at least three. For an extra $20 - it's more than worth it to upgrade to the i3-2120.

What's the budget? I could probably suggest a better system with a faster CPU.
July 19, 2012 6:10:21 PM

Looking at the parts you suggested right now. I'm trying to keep it right at 700, price of windows included.
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July 19, 2012 7:07:00 PM

Alright, the addition of hyper threading for 20 dollars is worth the extra money, and considering an extra 5 on top of that up'd me from 3.1 to 3.3GHz, I'm sold there. The problem with the psu/case thing is that's where I'm saving about 50 dollars, as it's a combo deal. Now, with the case, I see your point, but I don't mind using zip ties for cable management, and I was planning on buying some 120 mm fans and a hyper 212 anyways. The power supply is a worry, though. I might just use it for 2 or 3 months, then get something a bit more pleasant.

Now, the video cards set side-by-side look pretty comparable. Why do you feel the AMD outshines the GeForce?
July 19, 2012 7:31:15 PM

i think i will tweak this build possibly

Caviar Blue 500gb 70$
Radeon HD 6850 135$
Corsair TX 650w 90$ -10$ off promo EMCNCJC32
G.Skill 2x4gb 1333 44$
i3-2120 + asus 24x drive 133$
Asrock b75 + CM Elite 431 105$

Price: 576.92
shipping: 10.75
-10$ promo

Total without OS and extra cables that you originally planned: 577.67

just add in OS of your choosing and any extra things you might want and you are good to go. There is 35$ worth of rebates in here(20$ from psu, 15$ from gpu)

to be honest this was built in mind mostly for a single card build (as you will run 16x/4x if you crossfire, which will have lower performance vs an 8x/8x). If you dont do MIR, then the psu can probably be changed, as 650w will only be necessary if you will plan to crossfire.
July 19, 2012 7:48:43 PM

if you have a local micro center look at there combo deals and cpu..they can be cheaper then new egg.

July 19, 2012 8:15:04 PM

@dudewitbow, I just don't feel comfortable with that motherboard. It seems that either people though it was alright, or they wanted to throw it out the window and set fire to it. I'm loving the processor-dvd-rom combo you found, saved me about 15 bucks. Am switching to the Radeon, everyone seems to agree it's a better GPU for the same price. I may just have to deal with the power supply for a couple months then get a corsair.

@smorizio, I actually live within a mile of Microcenter and Fry's electronics. Was gonna check them out before I ordered, but I appreciate the advice, all the same. :-)
July 19, 2012 8:18:07 PM

zraven7 said:
@dudewitbow, I just don't feel comfortable with that motherboard. It seems that either people though it was alright, or they wanted to throw it out the window and set fire to it. I'm loving the processor-dvd-rom combo you found, saved me about 15 bucks. Am switching to the Radeon, everyone seems to agree it's a better GPU for the same price. I may just have to deal with the power supply for a couple months then get a corsair.

@smorizio, I actually live within a mile of Microcenter and Fry's electronics. Was gonna check them out before I ordered, but I appreciate the advice, all the same. :-)


feel free to change whatevers necessary, hence why i sort of left a 30~ $ gap for changes(more if you physically count rebates)

(one of the reasons why im pushing a slight change is because the coolermaster gx 650w isnt a 650w model. it failed most if not all professional hardware tests for its power)
July 19, 2012 9:25:16 PM

zraven7 said:
Looking at the parts you suggested right now. I'm trying to keep it right at 700, price of windows included.


None of the changes I suggested - except for the CPU - will alter the cost of the build at all.
July 20, 2012 2:18:25 PM

Ok, found a good deal at microcenter last night, now using an OCZ 600 watt power supply. Gonna go with the Core i3, radeon 6859, my original asus board and g skill ram and wd hard drive. That should solve the problem with the crappy cooler master power supply.
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