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First build need some reassurance

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November 20, 2012 5:04:37 AM

So this will be my very first build. I've been meaning to do this for a while just never got around to it. So here I go.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
PSU: SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W PSU ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $688.17



I plan on ordering a GPU after the holidays. Probably a GTX 670 or maybe even a Radeon 7970.

Had a friend help me with picking parts out and hes one of those "I know everything" kind of people so I didn't want to spend $700 and be disappointed in myself without checking into it. :lol: 

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November 20, 2012 5:30:48 AM

Pretty good rig, dont see anything wrong with it.
If you can afford it, upgrade the SSD to a performance unit (the Agility is mid-range, more budget oriented), go for the Samsung 830 or OCZ Vertex 4. Though if you have to drop to 64GB to achieve this then stick with the Agility.
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November 20, 2012 5:58:21 AM

Should I hold off on the 500gb until after the holidays then because I already have a hard drive in my current computer. It's a "Seagate ST3640623AS ATA Device (640GB)" Figured it was worth an upgrade since this computer is a few years old and I bought it prebuilt.
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November 20, 2012 6:09:19 AM

If you already have a drive that suits your needs then use that. The performance of the HDD isnt really a factor now that everything important is on the SSD, just use it as a storage drive for your music, files and games (games receive no benefit to SSD's, so put em on the HDD).
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November 20, 2012 6:25:24 AM

Cool then that's what I'll do thanks.
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November 20, 2012 6:45:03 AM

manofchalk said:
(games receive no benefit to SSD's, so put em on the HDD)


That's really not true. Yes, they gain no benefit when it comes to framerates, but they gain a HUGE framerate when it comes to loading times. They start instantly, zoning is instant, ect...

OP, if you have games you play a lot that take a long time to start up, or (like MMOs) have frequent loading screens in-game, an SSD will make those go away.
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