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My First Time Build Spec

November 22, 2012 9:02:10 PM

Hi all,

I am planning my first new build and would appreciate any opinions/comments. I have done a LOT of reading and trying to educate myself and feel I have managed to plan a balanced (hopefully) build.....but it never hurts to ask!!

Usage: Gaming (Crysis mainly), General surfing etc, Little (occasional) graphics rendering & 3D modelling.

Budget: Trying to keep it below £1000.

Location: UK

Purchase Date: Looking to start buying parts as soon as.

Key Points:
- Must be RAID 1 (I lost a drive once >> too painful to go through again)
- The wife says it must be quiet, as the current one whines a fair bit..!
- Would like to be set up for O'Cing in future, don't think I'm ready yet.

Parts not buying:
- Monitor
- Keyboard & Mouse
- Speakers

- SSD (not because I have one, I read some bad things can happen with RAID 1 arrays)

So on to the good bit!

My Proposed Build:

Case - Fractal Design - Define R4
Mobo - Z77 Gigabyte UD3H
CPU - Intel i5-3570K
Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
GPU - MSI GeForce GTX 660 TwinFrozr III
RAM - Corsair Vengance 8GB(2x4) - DDR3 (1600mhz)
HDD1 - WD Black 1TB - WD1002FAEX
HDD2 - WD Black 1TB - WD1002FAEX
OPTD - Sony AD-5280S-0B
PSU - Seasonic x650W
OS - Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

Any help or comments or things I have missed welcome.


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