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August 6, 2012 9:26:46 PM

I might be buying parts for a new build sometime in the future. This is the first PC I've built since an A+ Certification class from high school, but I feel I've retained enough knowledge of the process. So far these are the parts I'm considering:

Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129182

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1463-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664

ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audio Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132013

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BLT2KIT2G3D1337DT1TX0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148487

BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138357

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

Total w/ shipping and before rebates: $752.31. With rebates I'll be looking at shaving off $70.

Some things I'm hoping to get out of the system:

-Blu-Ray playback - I have a stack of Blu-Rays with no other way of playing them, and I don't want them to go to waste.

-The ability to play (hopefully) any modern game at medium, if not high settings. Resolution will be 1280x1024.

-Audio that can make good use of my Sennheiser HD558's. I've been getting pretty good sound out of my Gateway laptop that cost $400 1-2 years ago, but I'm hoping I can get more for a decent price.

-Decent or acceptable video editing capabilities, as I'll be taking a class on it this fall.

Whether this is as cheap as it could get for my wants and needs or there are cutbacks I'm not seeing, any input would be appreciated.
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2012 9:42:57 PM

I'd save up more money and get better parts.

The i3-2100 is a hell of a chip for a dual core, but even so, I'd say go for an i5, especially if you want to get into video editing stuff, also some games do see a notable performance increase from quad core CPUs. Also the GTX 560 is, meh. You could do better.

That Biostar mobo isn't bad, but that money your paying for the extrnal sound card could be put into a higher quality mobo, which incidentally will have 7.1 surround support.

Like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 6, 2012 9:53:38 PM

The PC you configured is really really good.But there are some little adjustments you could do to make it a bit better.

First switch the motherboard to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
here's a comparison of the two.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

You should also upgrade the CPU to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's a little bit faster.

This RAM kit is also a bit faster
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And you should switch the HDD to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital HDD's are much more reliable than Seagate ones (from my expiriance) and you also get a two year warranty
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August 6, 2012 10:16:26 PM

Kamen_BG said:
The PC you configured is really really good.But there are some little adjustments you could do to make it a bit better.

First switch the motherboard to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
here's a comparison of the two.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

You should also upgrade the CPU to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's a little bit faster.

This RAM kit is also a bit faster
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And you should switch the HDD to this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital HDD's are much more reliable than Seagate ones (from my expiriance) and you also get a two year warranty

Thanks for the suggestions. One question, if I put the sound card directly under the video card, would having them that close cause too much heat build-up, or would the case fans take care of that?
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August 7, 2012 4:31:28 PM

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