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First-time builder, tight-budget, need judgment

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November 9, 2012 9:36:50 PM

So basically, I need a new computer and thought I might as well build one. I need to know if this build will work or not and maybe some tips on how I can improve it. I have done my research but I thought I might as well take it to the "pros" before I go ahead and actually order the parts.

I plan on buying this week and am on a budget of $800~$900. I have a monitor and other peripherals. I also have my old Windows 7 Installation disc and was wondering if I could use that and just get another activation code? My priorities are gaming first, and internet surfing second. I am a beginner at this so any constructive criticism would be helpful. The build is as follows:

Video Card: EVGA GTX 670]http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B007Z3HZIA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB]
CPU: Intel i5 2500k ]http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB]
Motherboard: ASUS P8H67-M ]http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B004Q7LGZG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB]
Hard-drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB ]http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005T3GRNW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB]
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit ]http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB]
Case: ]http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197] Also need some suggestions on the case.
Power Supply: I am not sure on this, but I can either get a 500w or a 550w. I'm not sure if it would be better to invest in something more (which right now, I cannot do) 500w ]http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4465483] 550w ]http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B001Q3LWL6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB] If you guys know any other quality Power Supplies that would be better for the price range ($40-$60) be sure to inform me.
November 9, 2012 9:46:30 PM

There's no point in getting the i5 2500k if you're not going to overclock. Get a cheaper i5, that will save you some money.

Don't get the first power supply, it's Cooler Master, and they don't make very high quality power supplies. Go for this: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&...

It's Seasonic manufactured, and Seasonic makes the best power supplies.

Cases are mostly personal preference, just try and make sure your case has good airflow, as in ventilation, and a bottom mounted power supply, with a filter for the bottom mounted power supply.
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November 9, 2012 9:46:35 PM

Good build, Curious as to why your going with Sandy instead of Ivy bridge? Also you'll want to add an aftermarket cooler since your going to be using a K series chip.

Evo 212 is a great/cheap cooler.
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November 9, 2012 9:57:07 PM

sonicers said:
There's no point in getting the i5 2500k if you're not going to overclock. Get a cheaper i5, that will save you some money.

Don't get the first power supply, it's Cooler Master, and they don't make very high quality power supplies. Go for this: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&...

It's Seasonic manufactured, and Seasonic makes the best power supplies.

Cases are mostly personal preference, just try and make sure your case has good airflow, as in ventilation, and a bottom mounted power supply, with a filter for the bottom mounted power supply.


So I should just get the i5 3450? How does this look? ]http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506]
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