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January 25, 2013 10:08:03 PM

My First PC Build
Total - $1550.34 (w/ discounts and promotions) (without tax, shipping, etc.)

Hardware
CPU - Intel Core i7-2700k Quad-Core Processor 3.5GHz 8MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80623I72700K ($291.99 Amazon.com)
CPU COOLER - CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance CPU Cooler ($64.99)
MOTHERBOARD - Asus P8z77-V LGA 1155 Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($179.99 Amazon.com)
MEMORY (RAM) - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM ($64.99 Newegg.com)
VIDEO CARD - Sapphire 100352-2L Radeon HD7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($299.99 Newegg.com)
POWER SUPPLY (PSU) - CORSAIR CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V/EPS12V SLI READY CROSSFIRE READY 80PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($84.99 Newegg.com)
STORAGE - Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5” 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($148.99 Newegg.com)
CASE CHASSIS - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX mid Tower Computer Case ($116.48 Amazon.com)
CD / DVD Burners & Media - Blu-Ray Drives - Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA internal Blu-Ray Drive (BC-121ST) ($56.23 Amazon.com)
SURGE PROTECTOR (UPS) - APC BE450G Back-UPS ES 8-Outlet 450VA 120V Uninterrupted Power Supply ($50.99 Amazon.com)
MONITOR - ViewSonic VX2253mh-LED Black 22” Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design w/ Speakers ($139.99 Newegg.com)
KEYBOARD - Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard ($39.99 Newegg.com)
FAN SPLITTER - StarTech Model TX3SPLITTER 6” TX3 Fan Power Splitter Cable F-M ($5.74 Newegg.com)
SDD/HDD MOUNT - Rosewill RDRD-11003 2.5” SSD/HDD Mounting Kit for 3.5” Drive Bay w/60mm Fan ($4.99 Newegg.com)
Mouse - Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse (Free)



Software
Operating System (OS) - Windows 7

Windows Experience Index gives it a 7.6
Processor - 7.6
RAM - 7.6
Graphics - 7.9
Gaming graphics - 7.9
Primary hard disk - 7.9


Side note
I am using this computer for gaming. (League of Legends)
I know i over paid for this PC (Such as getting a on-board video Motherboard).
I Already have it built and running League of Legend.
I think am going to get some Hard drives later on. Maybe a Western Digital Caviar Black Hard drive.

Problems that Popped up while building this PC.
-[Solved](STUPID HUMAN ERROR BY ME)PSU fan did not spin when plugged into MB even though lights on the MB lite up, PSU pass the paper clip test . (Click Power Button on chassis (NOOB!!! {REMEMBER TO CLICK THE POWER BUTTON})
-[Unsolved]Surge Protector unit has this problem where its REALLY hard to plug in any plugs. (going to contact them again, when i did contact them i was not with my product so I could no continue, but their services were great.
-[Solved]One big/little problem. (Game problem)
--I recently built this PC and I am using it to play League Of Legends (atm)
and I have been having a problem in-game since 16 Jan 2013.
Game play isn't really affected, its just REALLY annoying.
While I am playing in game there will be some stuff that pops up for less then a second and then disappears, I do not know what it is but its really annoying. (It does not alt+tab me, its kind of weird, i do not know how, to explain the problem.
[edit start]I thought I updated my videos driver but I guess I did not. Updated my drivers and now LoL is working fine.
[edit end]
Questions
Am I missing anything to my build?
Any suggestions on what hdd i should get? I have a SSD for my boot system. SSD's are expensive so just 1 should do. =)

This is my first post.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING YOUR TIME READING THIS. =)
Any suggestions or comments are appreciated.

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January 26, 2013 12:26:41 AM

You should have gotten a 3rd Gen I5 and 8 GB of memory instead of 16. While we are at it, why did you get the SSD? Then you should have taken your savings, and invested in a second video card so you could do X-fire. But, I guess you already know that. You can pick up a decent 2 TB hard drive for around $100.
On a side note, the ONLY time I spent $1500 for a computer was 10 years ago when I was a Freshman in college and wanted a laptop. (Yes a budget laptop cost that much back then.) Why do people spend so much on a computer and get all the wrong parts? Yes an I7 is nice for video editing, but for the majority of us we will never, ever, ever use it to its full potential.
January 26, 2013 8:41:23 AM

I have learned some stuff about PC's and the main thing i have learned when buying a PC or building one is you must find out is the budget, but I couldnt think of one so I just built one w. part of the money I saved up while working. I dont spend much. I work full time and go to school part time, I do not pay for bills except for the gas for the car and phone at the moment.
I agree with you about me getting the 3rd gen i5 and 8gb ram. I got the SSD to boot my system but I like to just randomly do stuff, so there is a possibility of me going into video. Not hard core editing but like nooby stuff. I have read around and i have figured out that SSD surpass HDD in every way,it seems, EXCEPT for cost per GB. I was going to invest in duo video cards and X-Fire but i didnt know how to do it and i didnt want to really learn to do it, but I will Definitely look in to X-Fire (0% experience w. X-Fire). I got a friend who is would sell me some 2TB WD Caviar Green HDD for a good price so thats what im going to buy for storage, but i want to get atleast one Black, Velociraptor, or a mid sized SSD.
I am a Freshman in College now lol.
I have a Samsung np-rv520-w01
works well for what little work I do on it. I play League of Legends on this (lowest graphics) and it works just fine.
I like this laptop but i wanted to build a Desktop for games and I built it hoping it would push me to do something better then games.
In my opinion I agree most would never get close to its full potential, but I think I would maybe go a little further later on.

I think a good PC for what i currently do would be around the 400-600(more or less) i honestly do not know why i bought such an expensive PC. I also do not know what i want to do with my life.

THANK YOU for your opinion, it showed me how much i need to learn. Thank you

dragonlord12832 said:
You should have gotten a 3rd Gen I5 and 8 GB of memory instead of 16. While we are at it, why did you get the SSD? Then you should have taken your savings, and invested in a second video card so you could do X-fire. But, I guess you already know that. You can pick up a decent 2 TB hard drive for around $100.
On a side note, the ONLY time I spent $1500 for a computer was 10 years ago when I was a Freshman in college and wanted a laptop. (Yes a budget laptop cost that much back then.) Why do people spend so much on a computer and get all the wrong parts? Yes an I7 is nice for video editing, but for the majority of us we will never, ever, ever use it to its full potential.