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Building a new gaming/general-use computer - parts advice?

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October 18, 2012 9:09:43 PM

Hey, uh, I'm looking to build a new computer, and I'd like some advice. I already picked out the parts I want, but... It's always nice to have a second opinion. So, I filled out the "*How to Ask for New Build or Upgrade Advice*" form. Anyone have any tips, or recommendations for better part choices?

Approximate Purchase Date: Some time this month

Budget Range: $2000-2500 After Rebates Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web/IM, Photoshop, audio editing, video editing

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe, but don't factor it into the price of the computer

Parts to Upgrade: New build (re-using optical drives from old computer)

Do you need to buy OS: No (already purchased)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but I'm flexible. If there's a better deal available somewhere else, be it a brick and mortar store or another website, I'll go for it.

Location: San Diego, CA, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe as a future upgrade?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Here are links to my Steam games and wishlist so you have an idea of the games I play.

Steam games
Steam wishlist

As an addendum, I also want to get some other games that aren't on Steam, like Battlefield 3.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My main computer is dying. The motherboard is acting weird (sometimes it'll sit at a blank screen for ten seconds on boot before it POSTs, for example), the fan in the PSU is dying, and, embarrassingly, I accidentally tore the headphone jack out of the motherboard because I spun in my chair wearing headphones. :sweat: 

Oh and also it's like four years old. And has an AMD CPU. And even after formatting and reinstalling windows, it runs DEATHLY slow, MUCH slower than when I got it. So I think its time is basically up.

Parts list:

Feel free to make suggestions, this is just what I've come up with. I'm here for a second opinion, after all. :D 

Case:
NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU:
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Heatsink:
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

Graphics Card:
SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Hard Drives:
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064B/WW 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
2x SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
2x Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Note: the hard drive setup may seem weird, but there is a method to the madness. The 64GB SSD is for Windows. The twin 256GB SSDs are for programs and games. I will run these in a RAID 0. The motherboard I chose DOES support RAID 0 TRIM, and I WILL be running Windows 7, so this DOES work. The twin 3TB drives will be RAID 1, and will be for everything that...isn't Windows or programs. Documents, videos I'm working on, etc, etc, etc. Down the line if I ever run out of room (I doubt this but, you never know), I may expand to a RAID 10 with four 3TB drives. Yes I know the case is one internal bay short for that. I'd probably mount it in the spare 5.25 bay.

Optical Drives:
Two, a Blu-Ray burner and a DVD burner I'm pulling from two dead computers. Can't go wrong with re-using old optical drives.
October 18, 2012 9:17:15 PM

1) Get a smaller PSU. 600w is good.
2) Will you really need an H100? I suggest the Hyper 212 EVO. It will probably accomplish whatever you want it to.
3) Get a cheaper mobo. Like an ASRock Extreme 4. Good mobo. I have it, and I recommend it.
4) Get the 256GB SSD from Amazon. It's $155 there.
http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC2...
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October 18, 2012 9:18:53 PM

Also, there's a Microcenter in Tustin, CA. If it's not too far, check it out. The prices are good.
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October 18, 2012 10:45:46 PM

1. Alright. See the parts list revisions at the end of this post.

2. Alright. Again, see the parts list revisions at the end of this post. I was going to probably overclock this thing down the line, so I figured I'd go for the bigger stick, but I may as well save the $74.

3. It doesn't look like you can do RAID on the SATA 3Gb/s on that motherboard. Also, it only supports Intel RST 10.6 from the look of the drivers page on their site, which means it won't support RAID 0 TRIM. That...kinda FUBARs my plans with the hard drives. Any other suggestions for a cheaper motherboard?

4. Will-do

5. I doubt I could get my dad to drive 84 and a half miles for computer parts. :ouch: 

Revisions:

PSU:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Heatsink:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
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