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December 16, 2012 5:02:33 PM

I'm building my first computer and need some help picking out a few parts. Here is my build so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Ivy Bridge

RAM (16GB): G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series 430W ATX12V

^ All of this is pretty much decided upon. I don't think I need help with that.
However, I do still need a case and an optical drive. There's a million choices when it comes to cases and I can't decide on one so I'd appreciate someone just picking something for me that would pair well with my other parts--preferably one priced around $50 - $60. And then a recommendation for a good optical drive, I would appreciate, as well.

Thanks! :) 

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December 16, 2012 7:46:56 PM

bolverk said:
I'm building my first computer and need some help picking out a few parts. Here is my build so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Ivy Bridge

RAM (16GB): G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series 430W ATX12V

^ All of this is pretty much decided upon. I don't think I need help with that.
However, I do still need a case and an optical drive. There's a million choices when it comes to cases and I can't decide on one so I'd appreciate someone just picking something for me that would pair well with my other parts--preferably one priced around $50 - $60. And then a recommendation for a good optical drive, I would appreciate, as well.

Thanks! :) 


What is the intended use for this pc?
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December 16, 2012 9:16:55 PM

I don't play many games or anything but I do a lot of video/photo-editing. Also, I'll be a computer science major next semester so I presume I'll be doing a lot of programming on it as well.
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December 16, 2012 11:37:02 PM

The CX430 will not handle a 3770K. Before anyone criticized me, I've used these power supplies on Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge builds and I've seen them fail left and right. Get the Seasonic 430W instead, it's a much stronger and better built power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd also consider adding a low end GPU to that build in case - it will help improve graphics performance over the built in video. Get one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd also suggest getting a 128GB SSD instead, something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For case this would be a good suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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