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January 26, 2013 4:21:01 AM


I have just spec'd out parts for the computer I plan on building. I've used computers for a long time, but this will be my first time building one so I was hoping I could get some feedback/advice for the parts listed below. It will be my family's primary home computer and we will be using it for everything - web browsing, email, word processing, photo and video editing, watching movies, web chat, and maybe the occasional game playing (used to love playing games). I also work from home sometimes so will be doing some database programming on it. Pretty much everything.

So here is my list of parts. I know I am getting a CPU without overclocking capabilities but getting a MoBo capable of overclocking. My thought here is to get a board that gives me the flexibility to upgrade if I want to get a new chip to overclock. Also, once I get it up and running with the parts listed, I plan on getting a video card and an additional hard drive (non SSD) to store files.

CPU: Intel Core i5 3470
MoBo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Optical Drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-650-M 650W ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Case: Rosewill LINE GLOW ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,Dual USB 3.0,come with Four Fans,Support up to 7 Fans

In pricing out the parts on NewEgg, everything came out to about $813.94. Sound good? Also, do I need a separate CPU cooler?

Thanks everyone. Looking forward to getting some feedback.

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January 26, 2013 4:36:31 AM

just make sure the RAM is 1.5 volts or less and you are good to go

The 650 watt psu is probably overkill unless you are spending $350+ on a graphics card . A 500 watt unit is going to power a current generation graphics card that games really well
January 26, 2013 4:46:01 AM

Thanks for the quick reply! Just checked and the RAM is 1.5 volts. So guess I am good there.

NewEgg has a bundle right now for the case, power supply, and Mobo I listed for $278.97 + some rebates. That's why I went with that case and power supply. I was thinking of getting a high-end video card, so good to hear this setup would work for that.

Thanks again.
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January 30, 2013 3:55:40 PM

So I got all my parts and now I am ready to build! Just wanted to see if you had any pointers for me before getting started. Anything I should do in a particular order? The only thing I really haven't done before is install a CPU to the motherboard. Anything tricky with that? Thanks again for all the help!
January 30, 2013 4:36:07 PM

I just watched some videos of "How to build a PC" before my first build. Newegg has a three part series that isn't bad, there are some other good ones too.

Its also a good idea to actually read the mobo manual, of all the parts that's the one you'll most likely refer too later.