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(New Build) First time builder looking for feed back.

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February 25, 2013 4:05:53 AM

I have a corsair gs700 700w PSU still in the box that i will be using. I have monitor keyboard and mouse.
Basically I'm looking to get some feed back on my build. This is my first time building and the more people i talk to the more knowledge i will get and hopefully that will translate into a better pc. I'm shore a lot of you guys build PC's as a hobby and im just getting my feet wet. But there is no better time then the present and i wanna jump in head first.
[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FP8l) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FP8l/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FP8l/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i73770k) | $229.99 @ Microcenter
**CPU Cooler** | [Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc12...) | $59.99 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77...) | $144.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1...) | $52.98 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $97.59 @ Outlet PC
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $94.99 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr797...) | $399.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [NZXT Phantom 630 (White) ATX Full Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph630w1) | $179.99 @ Amazon
**Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-sh22...) | $17.98 @ Outlet PC
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700404) | $89.98 @ Outlet PC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1368.47
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 00:42 EST-0500 |

My budget was $1400- met
The uses will be gaming streaming and editing and uploading those replays to youtube.
I want a system that will last me well for a few years.
I want a system i can be proud of as it will be my first personally build computer.

I would like to know: What OS would you suggest?
DO you think the overall build is good?
Do you think i got my money's worth?
Are there ways i can improve this build?
What are some tips that you can give me to make the actual building process easier?

Ty
February 25, 2013 4:26:32 AM

get the i5 3570k instead of the i7. Games do not use the i7's hyper threads. Otherwise, solid build.
February 25, 2013 4:33:58 AM

plasmaj12345 said:
get the i5 3570k instead of the i7. Games do not use the i7's hyper threads. Otherwise, solid build.

Except that he can get the i7 for the same price as the i5. I see no reason to not get the i7 in this case.

Go to Microcenter and get that bad boy for $230! Note: I believe it is an in-store only deal.
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February 25, 2013 4:51:01 AM

tigerg said:
Except that he can get the i7 for the same price as the i5. I see no reason to not get the i7 in this case.

Go to Microcenter and get that bad boy for $230! Note: I believe it is an in-store only deal.


Unless you're doing some heavy duty video editing the extra threads on the i7 will be wasted.

Quote:

I would like to know: What OS would you suggest?
DO you think the overall build is good?
Do you think i got my money's worth?
Are there ways i can improve this build?
What are some tips that you can give me to make the actual building process easier?


1. Windows 7. Windows 8 has a few redeeming qualities but Metro is horrendous.

2. For the most part yes.

3. I'd say so.

4. Get the Samsung 840 Pro or the OCZ Vector for your SSD. Get the 7970 GHz edition - it's a $20 difference.

5. Build on a clean surface - there is zero need to waste money on things like static wrist straps. Connect your case wires before screwing down your motherboard. Other than that everything else hooks into place.
February 25, 2013 5:00:38 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Unless you're doing some heavy duty video editing the extra threads on the i7 will be wasted.

Uh.... did you not see the price? If the i7 is the SAME PRICE as the i5, why not?? The hyperthreading is FREE! :) 
February 25, 2013 5:03:49 AM

How does connecting the case wires first before screwing down the motherboard help you?
I suggest you learn where each basic cable go where. That way, once you get your parts instead of spending time in the instruction booklet of what goes where, you'll be spending time routing the cables in your head to find the best management for a clean build.
February 25, 2013 5:12:24 AM

Firespert said:
Some parts can be improved.

1.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-103-...
Better price/performance ratio and better reviews.

2.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Much faster for a little more money.

3.http://www.outletpc.com/uh7279-asus-drw-24b1st-dvd-rw-d...
Again with price to performance for a little bit more money.


You can't trust store reviews as an accurate way to judge products.

That SSD is not better than the Samsung 840. It's based on an aging Sandforce 2.0 controller. The OCZ Vector that I mentioned earlier is currently the fastest SSD on the market.

Asus DVD burners are a mixed bag - I had one nearly blow up and take a system out with it. I'll never buy those again.

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How does connecting the case wires first before screwing down the motherboard help you?


People like me who have big hands have a hard time connecting those tiny wires in tight spaces. :lol: 

Quote:
Uh.... did you not see the price? If the i7 is the SAME PRICE as the i5, why not?? The hyperthreading is FREE! :) 


Whatever, if you want to get the i7 I won't stop you.
February 25, 2013 5:36:08 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Whatever, if you want to get the i7 I won't stop you.

LOL, what?? I'm not the one shopping. But I fully endorse his plan to get the i7 for the same price as the i5. No doubt about that. You would too if you could get that deal. :) 
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