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February 5, 2013 1:07:28 AM

I would appreciate some experienced builders to help me with this. Here's what I am planning to get:

1) APEVIA X-QBOII X-QBOII-NW-BK/500 Black SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

2) AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

3) Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop Hard Drive STCA3000101

4) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GXM

5) ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

6) Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

7) ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

The case [1)] has a power source and fan included, but no 80mm fans nor a side air duct. I plan on gaming on this computer, and I'm wondering if this will cool things enough or if I may need more fans.

I have an LCD television that I plan on using as a monitor through a USB cable. I'm currently using a laptop with an HDMI connected into the television. I'm wondering if there are any problems with using a USB cable (since I don't currently own one to test with my laptop).

I feel like I may be over-paying for some of these things that may not be necessary, but I'm not experienced to know any better. Some input on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also curious about the SSD vs. the hard drive. It seems like I just need one or the other, but again, no experience, blah blah. I read that the SSD may be more efficient than the hard drive, which is why I'm curious about it.

Windows 8 will be my OS.

This will be the first computer I'll make instead of buying brand. I would greatly appreciate some advice, thank you.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 5, 2013 1:21:36 AM

Many problems here.

You have a microSTX case an and ATX motherboard
NEVER use the PSU that comes with a case. Get one from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic
spend less on the CPU and motherboard and spend more on the GPU. You will be looking at medium settings with a 7770 tops.
You cannot use a USB for video connection to a monitor
Too much RAM. Get 8gb max. Games only use 4gb max. get 1600mhz.
The HDD you listed is SLOW. Get a 7200rpm drive.
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February 5, 2013 1:57:51 AM

1) Okay - so a little more research has revealed to me that it's the motherboard that supplies the HDMI slot. So will this will allow me to connect the computer to the television without problems with the case? If so this would be my choice:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

2) It seems like I should choose a new case w/o the power supply unit then, I will go a bit bigger with that. Also since my motherboard is ATX I should have an ATX case. So how about:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) With the power supply:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) Less expensive CPU in turn for a better GPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5) GPU idea:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6) Less Ram 2x4:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7) New HDD - 7,200 rpm, does this mean I do not need a SSD?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 5, 2013 2:00:23 AM

What is your budget? I will build you something.

Also, the video comes from the GPU not the motherboard.
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February 5, 2013 2:09:30 AM

Well it's a varying budget. I don't want anything less than $650.00 because I feel like I would have to upgrade everything too often. The max would be approximately $1000.00.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 5, 2013 2:18:28 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1004.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 23:18 EST-0500)

Very solid Rig.
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February 5, 2013 2:37:02 AM

This looks incredible... I'm looking at the benchmarks and the stats are solid, and at a great price. And it has the HDMI port so I don't have to spend money on a new monitor. Well, I'm going to start ordering so I can build this beast. Thanks so much!
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 5, 2013 2:38:54 AM

Anytime man! Always glad to be able to help! Shoot me a PM if you need anything else.

Also, Do you plan to overclock?
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February 5, 2013 2:40:57 AM

Eventually when I have a little bit more time and money.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 5, 2013 2:42:38 AM

Alright. Sounds good. You can always add a coolermaster Hyper 212 evo CPU cooler. Its around $30 and one of the best air coolers. Don't worry about it if you don't plan to overclock anytime soon though.
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February 5, 2013 3:47:01 AM

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