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1st time building a computer - advice appreciated


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warmipod

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Hey all,

I'm currently trying to build a new gaming computer. I have not ever built my own before and would love some input on my hardware purchases. I could spend a bit more money if needed. I just want to get the most value for my buck. Nothing crazy expensive but stick rock awesome. Please let me know if something doesn't work well together or if there is something way better. Also, I'm hoping to do duel monitors. Thanks!

Here is a link to the site I built it on if you are willing to go there. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bl1K
Otherwise check below.



CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory
Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Hard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 1.25GB Video Card

Case
Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply
Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply

Optical Drive
Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer

Monitor
Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor
Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor

Keyboard
Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard

Fans
And throw in like 3 Scythe USA SY1225SL12LM-P Fans

Thanks so much for your help!!!!

-Andy

Edited by warmipod, 03 July 2012 - 07:01 PM.

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phillpower2

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:welcome: warmipod

Not a bad list of parts but if I may suggest a couple of alternatives;

SSD http://us.ncix.com/p...gy&promoid=1223
PSU http://www.amazon.co.../?tag=pcpapi-20 (550W does not give you any headroom)
Video card/s http://www.newegg.co...ID=3962334&SID= or http://www.newegg.co...ID=3962334&SID=

I would also consider a case that has USB 3.0 http://us.ncix.com/p...ec&promoid=1223
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Thanks man. I will take a look at these! You are right about the power supply. I'll def go with a bigger one.
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I have not ever built my own before


Invaluable advice here for you
http://www.geekstogo...r-own-computer/
prepared by two of our staff members Troy and Artellos

with another presentation here
http://www.pcpro.co....uilding-your-pc
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Thanks man. I will take a look at these! You are right about the power supply. I'll def go with a bigger one.


You are welcome :thumbsup:
I note that there is no operating system such as Windows 7 64-bit on your list, what will you be using.

Thanks for posting the build links Macboatmaster :thumbsup:
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There is one additional point that I have now noticed - on your case specs that is the coolermaster
PSU is bottom mounted - may cause air flow acrros the case to be less than perfect
Check, carefully if necessary consulting with Corsair, where you are likely to get a quicker response than from Coolermaster

Perhaps another reason to go with the recommend from my good colleague phillpower2 for the case
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Awesome. Yeah, I'm going to go with Windows 7 64-bit. I still have the CD for my other computer that I think I can transfer over.

Thank you all for your help. I just ordered all the parts yesterday to take advantage of the 4th of July Sales. You guys helped a lot. I upgraded the powersupply and changed out the case and a few other things. Now it will be a blast to build in a few days. That guide looks pretty helpful. :D

Thanks!

Andy
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Good luck.
Come back as and when you need
Please, as this is your first build take your time, read the manual carefully check each step twice

Someone recently asked for advice and it appears they blew two motherboards by connecting incorrectly.

It is not a difficult job, but you can make a mistake - and it could be an expensive mistake

Ensure when you connect the main power supply the 24 pin from the PSU to the board you support the edge of the board.

I personally place the CPU and the cooler on the board before putting the board in the case.

My good colleague phillpower2 is not online at the moment, but I know he will send you his best wishes for a successful build.

We do not close topics on Geeeks to Go, so you may come back to this one for anything connected with the build
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Sweet. Thanks a lot man. You guys are really friendly and full of great advice! I love Geeks to Go! :D
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Ditto to what Mac has said in his reply #8 :thumbsup:
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