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What do you think of my PC build so far? (First Time)

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November 22, 2012 1:56:11 AM

Hey guys, I'm currently building a gaming desktop for myself as my laptop is getting tired of handling all of it.

Please let me know if I'm missing anything or can improve on anything with my budget!

As of now,

~Processor~
Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...

PRICE: $169.99


~Motherboard~
GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/product/387556/GA-Z77X-UD3H_...

PRICE: $149.99


~Graphics Card-
02G-P4-3660-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card

http://www.microcenter.com/product/397952/02G-P4-3660-K...

PRICE:$309.99 - 289.99 after rebate

-Hard Drive-
Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive

http://www.microcenter.com/product/399210/Barracuda_ST1...

PRICE: $79.99

-Power Supply-
ModXStream Pro 600W Modular ATX Power Supply

http://www.microcenter.com/product/301547/ModXStream_Pr...

PRICE: $69.99

-RAM-
Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL10 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 8GB Memory Modules)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/383618/Vengeance_Ser...(PC3-12800)_CL10_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_8GB_Memory_Modules)
PRICE: $79.99

-Case-
Crafted Series Phantom 410 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case - Black

http://www.microcenter.com/product/381663/Crafted_Serie...

Price: $99.99


TOTAL : $960

BUDGET: ~$1500

I'm also adding Windows 7 Ultimate and probably a gaming keyboard/mouse also.
I am extremely interested in SSD, but I am a complete noobie at building a desktop so any help would be appreciated! First time for me! Thanks.

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November 22, 2012 3:23:39 AM

Any additions appreciated - will consider
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November 22, 2012 3:45:42 AM

thats a good build. get a samsung 830 128gb ssd.
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November 22, 2012 4:48:34 AM

thank you! also looking for cooling solutions for my PC, LMK. I have no idea what liquid cooling is so if anyone can explain to me how it works ill be very grateful!
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November 22, 2012 5:06:55 AM

I would save up a little bit and get a 670 and a samsung / intel / OCZ ssd, myself.

As for cooling, a Hyper 212 EVO is more than enough for anything but extreme overclocking. Don't bother with liquid cooling unless you do a custom loop - but that's expensive. Things like the H60 are worthless and could ruin your entire computer.
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November 22, 2012 2:39:54 PM

^ thank you, will look into a hyper 212 evo
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November 22, 2012 8:34:08 PM

anyone else ? still looking for opinions! tyvm
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November 27, 2012 11:56:58 PM

Hey phenom, just wanted to let you know that this is a great build. I am currently building my first pc and I've been researching for months now. I have a $650 budget because I am 14 and all of the money I am spending is my own. My 650 dollar build will run most games on high and all on medium. I build like yours will run all games on high and all on ultra with a tiny bit of fps drop. This build is incredible, and with the leftover money I would buy an 80 or 128 gb ssd. SSDs are more expensive but are new technology so they can load the data on it a lot quicker. Your 1tb is more than enough storage, but with an ssd you can install your operating system and your most demanding games on it so they load even quicker! Also, don't buy a very expensive keyboard and mouse. Spend around 100 dollars on a razer keyboard and 70 on a mouse and the rest of the money on a nice monitor and windows 7 (Ben Q is a great brand if affordable for you). Overall, this is an incredible rig and will last for quite a while. If you have any leftover money, save it for a new upgrade in the future or extra fans (cooling your system is critical). Concerning liquid cooling, I am not very knowledgeable and would only get it installed by a pro because if an accident happens 1500 dollars might go down the drain. Installation for any parts I am not very knowledgable about either I only know the stats and hardware very well so ya....... Good Luck :) 

SSDs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...



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