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December 4, 2012 7:45:32 PM

:hello:  Hello Tom's Hardware forum members. I'm looking to build a gaming computer on a $800-$850 price range . I wish to purchase these parts from newegg if possible. Please see below for a list of parts within, and if possible please make sure I haven't messed up :ouch:  . Thank you for looking this over, and I hope you might be able to improve my build :D  .
Case-COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($60)

Power Supply-CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply($70)

Motherboard-GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard($125)

Cpu-Intel Core i5-3330 Ivy Bridge 3.0GHz (3.2GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53330($190)

Ram-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL(x2) ($42)

Video card-ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($155)

Hard drive-Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($85)

optical drive-ASUS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS ($25)

Fans-COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case cooler (x2) ($18) COOLER MASTER R4-MFJR-07FK-R1 200mm MegaFlow 200 Silent Fan (x1) ($22)


Wifi-Card-IOGEAR GWU625 Compact Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates ($25)


Thanks for your time, I literally cant wait until the build. :D 

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December 4, 2012 8:07:25 PM

Looks pretty quality to me, good to see someone put together a rig for their purposes instead of their pride (although I am likely guilty of that lol). I don't hear great things about the green/blue WD lines, I think the samsung Spinpoint is a pretty good base drive, most would recommend the WD Black as a "top of the line" desktop HDD (for its price point and such). The video card is the only other thing I am not sure on, hopefully someone else can chime on on that, but your PSU is good, MOBO looks good, CPU is good, RAM is good, and I don't think you can go wrong with that case. I think your Wifi is an external USB solution just an FYI (which is probably fine, you probably don't have tons of PCI to spare).
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December 4, 2012 8:26:45 PM

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2012 8:57:27 PM

Unfortunately, that Corsair V2 Builder was made by CWT, not Seasonic, and uses some inferior Samxon capacitors known to experience early failure. It tests well when new, but may not hold up. This information comes from a HardwareSecrets thread, then proceeds to the badcaps.org forums.
If gaming at 1920x1080 is your focus, you would benefit from a stronger graphics card, like a HD7850 or HD7870. If your resolution is 1440x900 or lower, you might be happy with the HD7770.
Check out Rosewill's gaming cases, such as the LINE, BLACKHAWK, or R5. They come with more fans than the CM, so you won't need to buy more.
I also prefer the WD Black drives, as they're the only ones to retain a five year warranty since the floods. They're also fast. Samsung has cut the Spinpoint's warranty down to a miserable one year, so I will no longer buy them.
Since you're getting a locked CPU, you can save money on the mobo by getting a H77 board. If you're planning on a CPU upgrade at some point to an unlocked chip like the i5-3570K, then start with an i3 now. Either of those changes would likely let you improve your graphics card without spending more.
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