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Is the parts list besides the crap hard drive any recommendations for decent priced hard drives? And would everything else be compatible? First time building and don't wanna waste money and have it not work..
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  1. Broken link. How much money can you spend?
  2. NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case


    TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


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


    ASUS ENGTX550 Ti/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    CORSAIR CX600M 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


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


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


    ZALMAN CNPS5X Performa 92mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Powerful Cooling Performance CPU Cooler


    ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
  3. the toshiba drive you have isnt crap, thats a fairly decent drive as far as specs go, what is your budget? what games are you planning to play? a 550 may be slightly under what you would want for the forthcoming games such as Bioshock Infinite and obviously Crysis 3, if those games are of interest to you at the higher settings of course
  4. My budget is under $1000
    I went with the 550 because the motherboard only has 2.0 pci-e (or so i thought?) so I assumed it was the better choice? And the greater cards have 3.0 though they are backwards compatible i thought i should stick with the 2.0 550.Though I have no clue what I'm talking about and yeah I'd be playing the new and upcoming games
  5. For a $1000 budget, i suggest going with intel. It dominates gaming.
  6. camohanna said:
    For a $1000 budget, i suggest going with intel. It dominates gaming.


    agreed^^ and wow 1000 dollar budget right now can get you some nice components especially if you find deals online at newegg and tigerdirect. always keep an eye out, I currently run a i7 2600 and never had any problems even when i offloaded my physx calcs to the CPU for borderlands 2
  7. I was considering going intel but then I would have to scrap my whole build.. Haha I basically build that around the case

    Any suggested builds for intel? Everything I'm seeing is quite pricey
  8. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DeEY
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DeEY/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DeEY/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.24 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $981.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 02:04 EST-0500)
  9. ^^^thats a good build...the HAF case is ghreat
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