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My Complete First Desktop PC Build - Thoughts and Help?

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    My Complete First Desktop PC Build - Thoughts and Help?

    Although I have yet to choose the last couple of parts for my desktop PC, I thought of posting what I hve now along with the price when applicable. Be great if you could give some opinions on it, whether it may be a better part or something I could use for the couple of stuff I haven't chosen yet. If you have any better ideas for anything else I should use, also let me know.

    I wanted my first desktop computer to be modern and powerful while making as little noise as possible and remaining at a cool temperature at all times (less than 50 degrees).

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    System Memory

    * - 16GB's of DDR3 RAM

    Storage

    -Seagate ST2000DM001 2TB 7200RPM 3.5" HDD - $99

    Operating System

    * - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

    Motherboard

    - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Mobo - $130

    Mouse

    - Razor Blue DeathAdder Optical 6400 DPI - $50

    Keyboard

    - Microsoft Sidewinder X4 - $50

    CPU

    - Intel Core i5-3350P - $170

    Graphics Card

    AMD Radeon HD 7870 - $200

    Optical Drive

    Found one from an Internet search (CD/DVD/Bluray) - $30

    Fans

    Noctua NF-F12 140mm fan - $30

    Computer Case

    - Antec P280 - $140

    Power Supply

    - Thermaltake TPG-750M Grand 750W 80+ Gold Active Power Supply - $130

    TOTAL COST THUS FAR - $1030

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    * means that I already own that item/part and is not going to change.

    ?? means that I haven't chosen that item/part yet.
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    Add another HDD for data redundancy and you've got a good start.

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    Go for the complete overkill and get yourself a better graphics. HD7900 series will do.




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    If you have the cash, I would go for an SSD as well and use that as your boot drive, with your 2TB drive for storing data. Other than that, get a good CPU (a high i5 will do fine for gaming), a good aftermarket heatsink for your CPU and a case with enough room and with a good cooling system.

    I'm not too familiar with AMD based graphics cards so I can't comment on what you've chosen. But I'm getting an NVIDIA GTX 760 OC for my PC soon.

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    I'm pretty sure that the 7870 will do fine, so there would be no need to spend $100's more just so games run at a slightly better quality. Does anyone know any good brands for computer cases?





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    Antec or Silverstone are my go-to's for cases.

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    Well I found a good Intel CPU just now - Intel Core i5-3350P - which is valued at around $170. If anyone has a better option let me know.





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    Really? You need to make two threads to build a PC?

    Whatever.

    You bought a shit hard-drive. Green drives power down to conserve energy, meaning data access is slowed dramatically. Since you're running your OS off it, you're doubly screwed. Even if you don't want an SSD, at least grab a smaller, faster HDD for your OS. Seagate Barracudas or Western Digital VelociRaptors are good.

    Really, though, SSDs are so cheap you might as well grab one.
    Something like:
    Corsair Force Series LS 60GB SSD [CSSD-F60GBLS] - $109.00 - Scorptec Computers
    SATAIII, Read up to 560MB/s, Write up to 535MB/s.

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    I changed my storage from a 2TB Western Digital HDD to a Seagate 2TB HDD (clocked to the same RPM - 7200) after reading from benchmarks that Seagate was much faster. I don't intend to buy a small SSD for "faster booting and load times in a couple of installed software" as that costs a lot and I intend to leave my desktop PC on standby when I'm not using it.

    Still need to choose the MOBO and the case...





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    Nice first build there

    Decent amount of good memory.

    The seagate hdd is a decent size but personally i would go for a western digital hdd and a few separate hdd's for your own personal data.

    Would of went for an i7 processor but an i5 is perfectly fine. Everything else i would definitely have in a new build.

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    Found my ASUS Mobo just now:

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $130





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    Found the remaining parts (Case and power supply). What do you think of my build?





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    I assume all your components are compatible?

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    Yes, I double-checked whether the CPU was compatible with the Mobo, the HDD size etc.





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    Can you post a picture of your new build?

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    I would post a picture but I haven't got any of the components displayed on the OP apart from the OS disc and the stick of RAM. I'm buying the $1000 worth of components soon (currently on holidays but will be back in a few days so I can buy the parts then). I will take and post a picture of it once I've built my PC though.





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    Looking good so far. I'll be looking forward to the pics.
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    Some people need the computer to be dead silent and milli seconds fast, no lag blah blah! Look's like you have a decent computer there. Myself i haven't put a ssd drive in due that when i build the computer ssd was quit new and wery expensive. Work's fine without, but the prices are more relaxed now and i would recommend a ssd drive. You will enjoy your new computer i'm sure.






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    Well it looks like I won't be buying the parts until January, so the pics will have to wait. These are the parts I'm going to buy - there won't be any more looking for better prices or parts. I'm also going to buy the parts as the same price as displayed in the OP to retain the PC costing $1000.

    PS: I think it's time to give this thread a bit of a rest.





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    By the time January rolls around, all those parts will be obsolete.

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