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My first homebuilt desktop: HELP

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July 25, 2012 9:51:26 PM

Hey guys! I'm 16 years old and just delving into the world of computers. I've done a bit of research and this is what I've come up with. PLEASE tell me if there are compatibility issues. Maybe you guys can help me save a little money too (I'm on a teen-aged budget) if there are any better deals. I'm looking to cut down about $100 (to $1000). Any other good places to buy in the US? I would prefer Intel processors and compatible parts and other components from New Egg. What else am I missing? What are your thoughts on this being a gaming PC? I have a commercial copy of windows 7 and a monitor/keyboard/mouse at my disposal.
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XFX FX-795A-TNFC Radeon HD 7950 Core Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 25, 2012 9:56:39 PM

Please fill out the sticky. It can be found in the forum "How to ask for build advice." Also, can you please list out the names of the items beside your link. That way it would be easier for us to help you. Thanks.
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July 25, 2012 10:24:41 PM

Did both to the best of my ability. Don't know what some of the other stuff is, like crossfire.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 25, 2012 10:39:46 PM

Get the Asrock z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3. There is no point in getting the z77 chipset MoBo if you're not getting IB. save $20.

You only need DDR3 1600 RAM. Anything more and the performance gains is next to none. Try the G-Skill Ares or Ripjaws series DDR 3 1600 1.5V. Save $10.

Get the Corsair 500R. It has great cooling and cable management. It also looks nice but that is subjective. Save $60.

xFire/SLI means you will be (or plan to) running two graphics card concurrently for that extra muscle. If you plan on doing this in the future, keep your PSU. If not, then get a 550W PSU. Either the tx55o or xfx Core Edition 550W. Save about $20.

From here on out, you have a few choices.
1) Get a gtx 670 for the extra $50
2) Get a small SSD as a boot drive. Something like the Mushkin Chronos 60 Gb for $80
3) Just keep the savings

If strictly for gaming, I would suggest choice # 1. You will get a lot of performance with that build. Choice # 2 can be a future upgrade and is very easy to do. Choice # 3 if you really need to save the money.

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July 25, 2012 10:45:05 PM

Thank you. I will definitely go check those out.
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