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November 20, 2012 11:40:05 PM

I am building my first computer. I want it to be upgradable and eventually turn it into a gaming machine.
Here are the components I am thinking about using. Any feedback or glaring issues would be appreciated.


Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

ASUS P8B75-V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM

Thanks for your time

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November 21, 2012 12:21:41 AM

Well, the first thing that comes to mind is...when do you plan to build it? you might think about waiting until Haswell comes out if you want a more upgradeable PC. But that's kind of another topic. Anyway, let's have a look at your build...

I like the HDD, a little small for most people but if you don't use much space it's no biggie. I have a 500GB drive in my rig and i'm just fine.

Here's a thought on the RAM...I would get one 4GB stick now, so that way you'll have room for another 4GB stick in the future. A current gaming PC, in general, can rarely utilize more than 8GB of RAM, but it's good to have.

The motherboard is fine...however, IMO, you can get a better one for the same amount of money. what makes you interested in this particular one?

The CPU/mobo combo is not bad if you don't plan to overclock in the future.

That's a decent PSU, idk, it's hard to find something better at that price point for that amount of watts. Whether or not you need that much power depends on what GPU(s) you plan to put in your build. let me know and i might be able to give you some suggestions if you like.

Case is top notch.

Windows 8...godspeed my friend lol.
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November 21, 2012 12:25:53 AM

Do you have a budget? Tell us so we can make computer build suggestions?
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November 21, 2012 12:26:12 AM

budget?
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November 21, 2012 3:46:08 PM


Thanks for the feedback.

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The motherboard is fine...however, IMO, you can get a better one for the same amount of money. what makes you interested in this particular one?


I foud one that is cheap but has USB 3.0, at least one PCI 3.0, and can handle the i5 processor. Motherboards are a little foreign to me beyond expandbility and processor connection. If you could recommend a model I would appreciate it.

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The CPU/mobo combo is not bad if you don't plan to overclock in the future.


No intention of overclocking. I would only change the cooling unit to make it quieter, if necessary.

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That's a decent PSU, idk, it's hard to find something better at that price point for that amount of watts. Whether or not you need that much power depends on what GPU(s) you plan to put in your build. let me know and i might be able to give you some suggestions if you like.


The GPU and case are a combo for like $40.00 off, so i figured go for it.

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Windows 8...godspeed my friend lol.


Would you recommend Vista or Windows 7? I can always upgrade later, but I am not sold on Windows 8 anyway. MY current computer runs XP, so I have been out of the OS converstation for some time.

Also, whats Haswell? I am new to building my own computer and am still learning a lot of the considerations. Thanks
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November 21, 2012 3:47:56 PM

I would get 7
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November 21, 2012 3:49:41 PM

ipwn3r456 said:
Do you have a budget? Tell us so we can make computer build suggestions?


I am trying to keep this thing around $550 to $600 with OS. I can wait on the Graphics Card (new baby on the way) but want the computer to be upgradable into the foreseeable future for my other kids and mid level gaming (SC2, Orange Box, etc. NOT Crysis). Thanks for your time.
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November 21, 2012 4:21:11 PM

I am considering this first board to replacethe second. There is a significant price savings, but the reviews are a lot worse despite some better features such as more SATA 6 connections. The only difference other than that are the north bridge: Intel Z68 on the MSI versus the Intel B75 on the ASUS. Thanks for any advice.

MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P8B75-V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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November 21, 2012 5:45:24 PM

For your intended usage, I would suggest getting a basic mobo that is reliable, and this one seems to fit the bill...

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

better chipset (even though it's not necessary for you) and good features for cheaper price.

BTW, "Haswell" is the name of the next generation of Intel CPUs, kind of like Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge. Haswell will use a totally new socket, LGA 1150.
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November 21, 2012 11:00:46 PM

GrimlockZ said:
I am trying to keep this thing around $550 to $600 with OS. I can wait on the Graphics Card (new baby on the way) but want the computer to be upgradable into the foreseeable future for my other kids and mid level gaming (SC2, Orange Box, etc. NOT Crysis). Thanks for your time.


Since you said you will be able to wait for a graphics card, do you want something like this?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oHzi
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oHzi/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oHzi/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $566.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 19:59 EST-0500)

Umm, the price said $596... i don't know how it saids $566 posted in here...

This does not include a graphics card, and if you plan to overclock in the future, you will need to buy a better CPU cooler.
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