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December 9, 2012 12:00:26 PM

First time builder here. First off, I'm not going to buy any of the parts for my system for another month or so, until I have the money. I'm in Ireland, and this is going to cost about €750 (~$970).

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Ivybridge Ready Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7850 AMD Graphics Card - 1GB
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Black with Orange
Power Supply: Powercool PSUPC550AUBAM 550W Modular Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

I'd just like any feedback you guys might have. Would it be worth my while going for the 2GB 7850? Would it give me a noticeable performance increase?

Thanks in advance,
Frank.

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December 9, 2012 12:05:25 PM

You want at lease 2GB of VRAM. The hard drive you picked out I'm not sure of but I would go with Western Digital hard drives. There is no need for an aftermarket cpu fan if you plan on staying stock for now. I'd put the money from the cpu fan in the PSU and get a corsair psu.
December 9, 2012 1:10:11 PM

Thanks it actually WOULD make a lot more sense for me to forget about the aftermarket cooler for a while, until I plan on overclocking. And I'll go for the 2GB GPU too. I assume I should be okay then with
GPU: XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7850 AMD Graphics Card - 2GB
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX550M Modular, 80 PLUS Bronze, 85% Eff', SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATA III 6 Gbps Internal 3.5 inch Hard Drive
Is everything else in the build okay? Thanks for the reply!
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December 9, 2012 1:18:16 PM

I'd go with your changes except the green drive. A HDD is already the slowest part of the computer and the green drive will just make it slower.

And get low profile ram so it won't block your cooler when you finally get one.
December 9, 2012 1:18:27 PM

Yes. The PSU you just listed powered my last build with an OCed i5k and OCed MSI 7870 just fine. You prob won't tell the difference but maybe try to get the WD caviar blue with 32MB of cache. Its suppose to be a little faster.
December 9, 2012 1:22:19 PM

emm ehy 2 gb you have to pic 2 gb if you want to paly games a tlike 1920x1080 or more there is no need 2 gb if less if 2 gb then more than 1920x1820 why that hdd is bad its good!
December 9, 2012 1:22:42 PM

hitachi is great hdd maker and quality
and i recomment 700W power supply because on months of using PSU it drops power slowly and in result that 550W can fry your system and if you gona OC or run Crossfire you need more
December 9, 2012 1:25:51 PM

I'd say WD just because none of my HDD from them have failed and some are close to ten years old. Not hating on hitachi just giving advise on personal experience.
December 9, 2012 1:27:39 PM

yes i like WD but its the same at hitachi no difference yes WD has quality hitachi too hitachi eaven cheaper soo and CAVIAR GREEN IS *** IF YOU GONA PUT OS IN IT! Get any hitachi or if WD then caviar black or atleast blue if oyu put OS on it
December 9, 2012 2:16:17 PM

So going with a WD HDD, what improvement would I see with black over blue? Just a speed difference, or what?I was thinking of getting an SSD for the OS a bit down the line, like.
December 9, 2012 2:17:25 PM

definetly SSD for OS but if storage then caviar black would be good cuz its faster but caviar blue should do fine for storage!
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