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First Build: PC for gaming and Sony Vegas. Thoughts?

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January 13, 2013 2:49:19 AM

First time builder here. I'm exceeding my $1,000 budget but I'm hoping that the peripherals will at least last through another build to make up for it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M/CSM Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.81 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.23 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($188.81 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.17 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($173.86 @ DirectCanada)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($66.70 @ DirectCanada)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($78.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1157.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-12 23:45 EST-0500)

How's this all look?

There are a few parts I'm still uncertain about and would appreciate some advice on. First is the motherboard, which I picked out mainly for its price and ability to support a 4x4GB DDR3-1600 RAM configuration. Would it otherwise function well with the rest of my build?

I'm also uncertain about the HDD. The WD Caviar Blue is less expensive than the Caviar Black (and quieter I've heard), but is apparently slower. I'm unsure how fast a hard drive I require for my means, considering I'm planning on loading the OS and Vegas onto the SSD. In my situation, which of these two would be the suggested HDD?

Thanks, in advance, for any feedback.
January 13, 2013 2:53:31 AM

Get a H77 motherboard and the Seagate Barracuda is 5$ cheaper and it's pretty much the same as the caviar blue.
January 13, 2013 4:57:59 AM

I've heard several worrying stories about the 1TB 7200RPM Barracuda and want to play it safe. It was considered, though.

I found this Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 motherboard for $15 more. Is it worth it?
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January 13, 2013 5:09:59 AM

I can personally vouch for the barracuda and about 95% of those were about the 7200.09 HDD the newest one is the 7200.11 HDD which is much different. And yes that mobo is worth it, it will give you a couple of thing that the other mobo didn't have such as USB 3.0 and it's more stable with the ivy bridge CPU's.
January 13, 2013 5:18:42 AM

Hmm, well, PCPartPicker says the ASUS board does have onboard USB 3.0 headers, but I'll still go with the H77 board. Thanks for the tip. I'll also reconsider the Barracuda.

Any other recommendations?
January 13, 2013 5:49:00 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.79 @ DirectCanada)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.25 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.17 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($144.16 @ DirectCanada)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($66.70 @ DirectCanada)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($78.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $999.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 02:48 EST-0500)
January 13, 2013 5:53:19 AM

Read a bit more about the Barracuda drives. Judging from the review sites I've looked at, the 7200.11 drive seems to have spawned a great deal more horror stories than the newer 7200.12 model. I read quite a few reviews purporting the 7200.11 has issues that aren't present/were fixed in the 7200.12 drive.

The 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 seems like a decent alternative to the Caviar Blue, but I can't seem to find it on the Canadian PCPartPicker and it's also out of stock on Newegg.com. :( 
January 13, 2013 6:15:49 AM

Xlerator said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.79 @ DirectCanada)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.25 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.17 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($144.16 @ DirectCanada)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($66.70 @ DirectCanada)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($78.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $999.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 02:48 EST-0500)

Thanks for the monitor suggestion! Probably going to go with the VH236H now. I'm hoping to eventually upgrade the RAM to 4x4GB if and when needed, and the mobo you suggested only has 2 RAM slots. I'm curious, though; what's the reason for suggesting a PSU with a higher wattage and different case? Although it's pricey and basically an optional luxury, I'm pretty keen on the idea of starting off with an SSD. Sorry, wallet.
January 13, 2013 7:25:46 AM

Updated:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.99 @ Computer Valley)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($188.81 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.17 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($144.16 @ DirectCanada)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($66.70 @ DirectCanada)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($78.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1107.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 04:22 EST-0500)

Swapped out the SSD for a less expensive 120GB. Found a $60 G500, too.
January 13, 2013 6:12:42 PM

Pretty close to being ready to order this. Any objections?
January 14, 2013 8:07:03 PM

Updated:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.99 @ Computer Valley)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.02 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($188.81 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($70.01 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.17 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($144.16 @ DirectCanada)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($66.70 @ DirectCanada)
Other: Logitech G500 Laser Gaming Mouse ($58.85)
Other: Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap ($4.99)
Total: $1112.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 17:06 EST-0500)

I'm planning on ordering this today or tomorrow.
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