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My first pc build ;)...thoughts and opinions?

Last response: in Systems
January 27, 2013 4:59:28 PM

As a long time lurker of tom's I would like to step into light and present my first ever build, which I put together for my brother. After much research online, I gained enough knowledge to set out and build the best possible pc on a tight budget. The task was to build an everyday/ gaming pc for $700-750 after tax and shipping and had to include everything minus peripherals.

Combination of sources: - -


Case: Antec one black case

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H

CPU: Intel i3-2120 3.3Ghz

Ram: G-skill ripjaws 2x2gb ddr3 1333mhz blue

Power Supply: Corsair cx-500 80+

Video: Gigabyte GV-R685OC

HDD: Seagate 500gb 7200rpm

Optical: Asus dvd-rw

Operating System: Win 7 (64bit)

Total cost after taxes and shipping: $730
Rebates: $25


I have some pictures with final result after my first attempt at cable mangement....just looking for feedback, let me know what you think :hello: 

p.s. everything works flawlessly
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January 27, 2013 5:11:50 PM

Great job on successfully completing your first build. I would have suggested a few different things though.

1. the Intel 2xxx are older Sandy Bridge generation CPUs, you could have gotten a 3xxx Ivy Bridge
2. I would have increase the RAM to 8GB and made it 1600MHz
3. I would have went with the 7850 instead of the 6850.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.84 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $705.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 14:08 EST-0500)

You said that you only ordered from those distributors but NCIX is good for sales too (CA and USA).