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August 25, 2012 6:21:05 PM

I am a first time builder and I have picked out all the parts I want on Newegg and wanted to get some feedback.
I want a build a gaming rig primarily for minecraft, but I want to be able to upgrade in the future.


ZALMAN Z9 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811235026
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$49.99


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


GIGABYTE GV-N550WF2-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125409
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$129.99


OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341017
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$69.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M2A1600C9B
Item #: N82E16820233173
$28.99


GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128538
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$99.99


Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
Item #: N82E16819115077
$124.99

In the future I plan to add 4more gb of RAM.
I also plan to upgrade the CPU. When I do this I will add a cpu cooler and either get a better graphics card or add another 550 TI in SLI.

I have mouse/keyboard/monitor/another HDD with windows already installed.

$584.03 is the total with shipping for all of these items
$509.03 after $75 in MIR

Please let me know what you think. Should I switch out any components? Should I wait until a certain time to buy when newegg has better deals? Should I buy some things from Amazon?
All feedback is appreciated!
August 25, 2012 6:38:04 PM

For starters the Cooler Master HAF 912 is a far better case than the Zalman Z9, the Radeon 6850 is a better GPU than the 550TI is, and with the i3-2120 you're better off pairing it with an H77 than a Z68 - you only need Z68 if you're going to overclock.
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August 26, 2012 2:05:08 AM

I would agree that a CM HAF case would be better than a Z9, but the Z9 is cheaper and I like the way it looks.
Is there a need to upgrade the video card from a 550 TI? The Radeon 6850 may be better, but it is also more costly. I'm looking for a cheap system to get me started that I can upgrade down the road. From what I have read, the 550ti will be a good enough match for the i3-2120.
I know an H version mobo is all I need for the i3, but the Z68 I found is only $80 and would five me the option to upgrade to say an i5 2500K and over-clock in the future if I dare.
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August 26, 2012 6:29:31 AM

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I would agree that a CM HAF case would be better than a Z9, but the Z9 is cheaper and I like the way it looks.


The HAF 912 is the same price as the Zalman and it's far better in terms of air flow.

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Is there a need to upgrade the video card from a 550 TI? The Radeon 6850 may be better, but it is also more costly.


Not even slightly. The Sapphire card is $149.99 - like $15 more than the GTX 550TI. See here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the rebate it comes out to $134.99

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I know an H version mobo is all I need for the i3, but the Z68 I found is only $80 and would five me the option to upgrade to say an i5 2500K and over-clock in the future if I dare.


Well if you're going to upgrade that's one thing. But it makes no sense to purchase the same CPU twice. I've done that - it's better to buy one part once and be done with it.
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August 26, 2012 9:42:56 PM

Thanks for the help g-unit
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August 26, 2012 9:43:03 PM

Best answer selected by wb06soccer9.
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