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Newbie Building his first Build (Specs)

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September 27, 2012 5:23:50 PM

Hi :lol: 

I've used the same terrible computer for the last sixish years, used it to play games and other uses.

I spent last Summer working and finally have enough money to build one. Being sixteen, it literally took the entire Summer to earn $1100, and I'm ready to spend it all on a custom PC.

I have a list of parts, but before I bought, I wanted to ask a few pros about how my specs are, so can anyone here check my specs and tell me if they're fine?

I want to be able to play any up to date game, Minecraft, Skyrim, BB3, CSS, Gmod, and others.

I also want to use it for family uses, like saving pictures, videos, Word documents, etc.

So here's my list, what do you think?

cpu - i5 3570k $215 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu cooler - cm hyper 212 evo $31 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo - asrock z77 extreme4 $128 http://www.amazon.com/LGA1155-CrossFireX-Motherboard-Z7...

memory - corsair vengeance 8gb low profile $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd - wd blue 500gb $63 http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-W50AAKX&c=C...

gpu - msi 660 $237 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*** or maybe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... only $10 more ***

case - zalman z11 plus $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu - antec 520w $47 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

optical drive - lg $17 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

monitor - asus vh232h 23" $154 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

os - windows 7 $90 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Q0PT3I/?tag=pcpapi-20

total is $1072ish
September 27, 2012 5:39:05 PM

You picked some nice parts. I have the Hyper 212+ CPU cooler and it's great. Pick the EVGA over MSI for your video card.

Only two things I would change:
1. SSD. If you can can squeeze out another 80-100 bucks for a 120GB boot drive, it's totally worth it.
2. PSU. Antec is OK, but since you're building a nice rig, you might want to look at Seasonic. They are some of the best out there, but you're going to spend about twice as much as the Antec.
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September 27, 2012 5:51:42 PM

I'd stick with a cheaper buy still good PSU like the one you and I listed to save money and put it into the GPU. Same thing with SSD although they're nice it's more beneficial to have a better GPU. Also you can always add a SSD in the future but you'd have to do a fresh install of windows so that the OS is one the faster SSD and not the slower HDD.
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