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First Homebuild - any suggestions?

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November 16, 2012 3:45:41 AM

Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $39.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO Continuous Direct Contact 120mm $34.99

IN WIN BUC Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 12V $79.99

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s $69.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-bit

CORSAIR 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply $57.99 ($20 MIR)

ASUS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $139.99 ($15 MIR)

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W $219.99

Pioneer Blu-ray Burner SATA BDR-2208 $79.99

All in all it's ~$800.

My primary uses will be playing video games (diablo III, starcraft II, assassin's creed III - because I get it free with the video card, and whatever else I feel like), watching blu-ray's, some video editing, and eventually some engineering modeling. I'm restricted to this budget, so I can't go with the i7 just yet. I'm worried about the motherboard and case. I could go with a 650W Corsair but I'm not sure I'll need it. Any Suggestions or glaring mistakes that I made?

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November 16, 2012 8:27:11 AM

check the RAM you are buying is rated for 1.5 volts or less

the radeon 7850 is better at 1080p resolution and is about the same price . Get one of those instead
November 16, 2012 10:17:16 AM

Your ram is fine, you HDD (Hard Drive) Is not so much, it is more expensive for a not so great performance boost and a definite drop in storage, go w/ a 500gb wd blue or green, those are better (and cheaper) anyways. You do not need a blu-ray burner just blu ray reading drive, saves you 20$ right there. If you DO NOT PLAN ON OVERCLOCKING do not get the i5 3570k get the i5 3570 saves you some money andy you the same performance. The case is fine w/the mobo to answer your question. The only thing in this build i would really change is the 650, it isn't that great compared to the rest of the series, i would recommend the 7850, it plays all of those games listed @ max settings and performs better than the 650 @ higher resolutions. The PSU is perfectly fine for your build and even w/the 7850 it will be fine.
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November 16, 2012 10:24:54 AM

Looks like a good build. The 7850 is a very good value, you should take a look at one of those too.
November 18, 2012 1:22:19 AM

Thanks Outlander, I did get the 7850 instead.
November 18, 2012 1:25:23 AM

I don't think I'll be overclocking, so I took your advice and bought the 3570. I also went to just the blu ray reading drive. And wow, I'm glad you told me about the 500gb wd green. Thanks everyone!
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