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Need help building a comp - Total Noob

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September 29, 2012 12:47:01 AM

So far... before I start buy parts I want to know whether or not I can still upgrade the computer or change it out for better parts and whether or not everything is compatible or not.
Here is my build:

Processor: Intel i5 3570K Quad Core - $229.99

Casing: Guardian Black Steel - $69.99 [Link: http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Black-Steel-Chassis-921R...]
Is the casing big enough? Is it good enough? It looks cool.

Video Card: ATI Diamond Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $229.99

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $69.99

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $140

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $59.99 (Note: Is this powerful enough?)

Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X Internal DVDRW Drive - SATA, 1.5MB Buffer, 22x DVD+/-R, 8x DVD+/-RW, 16x DVD+R DL, 12x DVD-R DL, OEM, Black - $17.99

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) - $27.99

HDD: Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003 - $120

SSD: Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2 - $100

Cost: $1050 (not including tax or shipping or rebates.)
Are there stuff that I should change? Stuff that are cheaper for more bangs for buck? I might just remove SSD and save myself extra $100. Do I need a CPU Cooler? etc. etc.
Thanks for the help guys!
Also, is this easy to setup once you get all your parts? I've never built a computer before and I'm a complete noob.

- EDIT - Switching ATI 7850 for ATI HIS 7870 (Reason: Cheaper)
- EDIT 2 - Taking out the SSD (Reason: Cheaper)

Edit: Any other recommendation of motherboard I should get? I normally see motherboard like $100 and would like to save myself $50 if I can.
September 29, 2012 12:51:30 AM

looks decent. I'd drop the Momentus hybrid drive for a regular 1tb storage drive, just because its more space for less money ($70-80 instesd of $120) the rest of it is a very solid build
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September 29, 2012 1:08:43 AM

Thanks!
But is there a cheaper motherboard that I can use? I'm looking at Newegg and most motherboards are $100. I'm a newb and have no idea what's the difference between each motherboard. Care to clarify?
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September 29, 2012 1:25:12 AM

Low Profile RAM for the Cooler Master 212. Try the G.Skill Ares
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September 29, 2012 1:55:13 AM

Edited some stuff.
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September 29, 2012 3:00:24 AM

the mb when you go cheap they cut out standard features or the boards become thin and cheap. your better off spending the extra 30-50 on a good name brand mb. the other part is the power caps and reg a motherboard uses. a lot of cheap mb dont have heat sink for the power input of the mb..heat...bad can cause locks up.
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September 29, 2012 3:32:39 AM

Chiuy said:
Thanks!
But is there a cheaper motherboard that I can use? I'm looking at Newegg and most motherboards are $100. I'm a newb and have no idea what's the difference between each motherboard. Care to clarify?


There are plenty of cheaper motherboards. You'll want either Z77 or Z75 to be able to overclock your CPU.

Here's a list of Z75/Z77 motherboards at Newegg It can be sorted by lowest price so you'll see the cheapest.

The differences come down to the features provided. More memory/expansion slots, more SATA ports, better power regulation circuits, does it support SLI/CF, etc.

The Extreme 4 may be more motherboard than you actually need, but one advantage it has is that it's very popular. If you have any problems with it you should have an easier time finding someone who can help you than if you had bought a less popular board.

If you're just looking for a basic motherboard the ASRock Z77 Pro4 would be good enough.
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September 30, 2012 3:17:27 AM

Thanks!
I've decided to go with a MSI brand, I heard it's reliable.
Is this good enough? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also... I'm missing an internal wi-fi card, which one should I get? I prefer a cheap one but good. My Internet only goes up to 25mbps max.
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September 30, 2012 5:41:13 AM

that board should be fine, except that it wont do crossfire (the second PCIe x16 slot is an X4 rather than X8 or X16 slot. I won't d SLI at all, and crossfire, while possible, is almost not worth it. As long as you don't plan a second Video card, that board will be fine.

Personally, I prefer to run my desktop off ethernet. less trouble with neighbors wi-fi causing issues, or other RF interference. And wires will be faster.

that said, if you still want wi-fi, either of these will work:

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

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


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