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Advice on first build.

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January 7, 2013 4:00:23 PM

I pretty much have all the parts picked out for my first build. I just wanted to get a stamp of approval before I go out and start buying parts.

Is everything compatible? Is there anything that I missed? Does everything look good?

Here is my build:click here
along with this wireless adapter

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January 7, 2013 4:06:09 PM

Howdy do!
Firstly I would replace the hard drive with a black edition, green edition is a power saver and they are a little slower
you have picked an outdated video card that is generation old, we're on 7xxx series now...soon to be 8xxx series...for $20 more from your 6850 you can pick up 7850 which will give you a nice performance improvement in gaming
for operating system get OEM version as its $100 instead of $170 64 bit version of course

January 7, 2013 4:08:34 PM

This looks like a great build for a year and a half ago.

Switch to an i5 3xxx

Switch to an hd7850

Get a much cheaper MOBO. If you do not plan to overclock, get a b75 board for $75 or less.

Get a 7200rpm HDD not a 5900RPM one.
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January 7, 2013 4:26:46 PM

sharkbyte5150 said:
Get the i5-3550 if you don't plan to overclock, and I'd go for the cheapest Z77 mobo from MSI or Gigabyte you can find, and definitely the HD7850 over 6850.

Here's a combo on NewEgg for mobo and i5 for less than the cost of the mobo and CPU you selected..

No need for a z77 board if you don't plan to have a k-series CPU. Its a waste of money. Get an h77 or b75 board with the same features for much less money.
January 7, 2013 4:32:48 PM

Sorry, I'm a forward thinker in case eventually someday he wanted to upgrade CPU and try OC'ing, but I agree for right now H77 is fine.

However, that combo deal I found is stil cheaper than what OP selected and both CPU/mobo are better.

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January 7, 2013 4:34:55 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($28.22 @ Amazon)
Other: ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps ($26.99)
Total: $947.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 13:37 EST-0500)
January 7, 2013 4:44:12 PM

cball's list is much stronger, but I would stay with the Corsair RAM vs. Mushin, just a better track record and more well-known compatibility
January 7, 2013 5:33:42 PM

Ok , turns out my build wasn't as great as I thought it was :( 
(oh well you live and you learn!).

Does this build look better? It's basically cball1311's build minus the case, ram, and the wireless adapter (trendnet is my router's brand so I know the two will be compatible)
January 7, 2013 5:55:32 PM

That's a solid build. Very nice ... 3 items to consider:

1. SSD ? I bought one and reused an old HDD for mass storage. I love mine.
2. AMD is releasing the 88xx in the next month or two. This will drive the price down on all previous GPUs.
3. Microcenter CPU & Mobo combos can't be beat. Period. Only catch - gotta go to store to pick them up. If you live by one you could save approx $50.

Good Luck !
January 7, 2013 6:45:30 PM

Best answer selected by comps4us.
January 7, 2013 6:46:23 PM

Don't be discouraged, your build was fine but for the money a few key components were much better in Cball's list and your new list is very good.

Regarding SSD's, their benefits don't really relate to gaming the way most people would expect. Maybe slightly better load times but no boost in FPS.