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Author:   Kingofwar_56
Date:   Nov 14, 12 at 5:26pm (PST)
Subject:   My very first build
I'm looking to build my first pc. I'm not too knowledgeable on building one, I pretty much know the basics and not much more. I have installed graphics cards, ram, hard drives, and a dvd drive or two before.

I pretty much want this pc to be able to play most games on normal to high with a good fps. I'm not looking to be playing on ultra or super high thou. I also do some video rendering and photo editing nothing too major or often. I just want an overall good computer for everything and something to last for several years.

This is what I have so far:

CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan ($39.99)

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ($219.99)

FAN: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ ($29.99)

HDD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop ($49.99)

MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL ($39.99)

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($124.99)

POWERSUPPLY: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch ($39.99)

VIDEO: HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ($124.99)

Total: $669.92

I really have no experience on picking these parts, I kinda just went through newegg and picked whatever. I do want to get an SSD thou. I currently have 2 1TB drives that I have stuff stored on which I want to hook up to this new build, and I was just planning on using the SSD for the OS. Speaking of the OS I do have a copy of Win7 here already that I can use.

I was shooting for the $500-$700 range but my budget is flexible. After reading what I put so far I'm also looking at having dual monitors but I'm not sure what size and what not to choose for that yet.

I'm just looking for some experienced users to help me pick some better parts or give me a few tips for building the pc.

Author:   Crusad3r
Date:   Nov 15, 12 at 12:56pm (PST)
Subject:   My very first build
Any particular reason why you want an aftermarket fan?

Besides that, I don't see any problems at all.

When you're building your PC, make sure you read the manual that came with your motherboard very very thoroughly before and during your building process. Seriously. Even experienced builders should still read the manual, since certain pins can be in different places on different mobos. I blew out a PSU on my first build because I didn't read the manual very clearly.

Author:   duneworld
Date:   Nov 15, 12 at 1:40pm (PST)
Subject:   My very first build
I agree that most of those choices are just fine. The one part I would strongly object to is the PSU.
Raidmax are not a good brand when it comes to PSUs and that one in particular is a low end one, which means it is likely to be pretty bad indeed.

For $5 more this should be much better:
Green Series RG530-S12 530W

Review for the 630W version:
The 530W unit uses the same design, so they should have similar performance/quality.

Author:   Kingofwar_56
Date:   Nov 15, 12 at 3:55pm (PST)
Subject:   My very first build
The only reason I picked an aftermarket cooler was maybe for overclocking in the future but now that I think about it I don't really see a point in getting an aftermarket one.

And thanks duneworld I was worried that the PSU wasn't good enough since it wasn't a popular brand. Someone else told me to look for a different one.

I'm thinking I might wanna upgrade my graphics card thou. Any recommendations on which one I should go for?

Author:   Crusad3r
Date:   Nov 16, 12 at 12:31am (PST)
Subject:   re: My very first build
I'd recommend the GTX 650 actually. A very good entry level GPU with a very competitive price.

Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Nov 16, 12 at 2:22am (PST)
Subject:   re: My very first build
$681.92 - $10 MIR - $15 off CPU promo code:

DVD $16.99

Case $59.99

GPU $149.99

PSU $64.99

RAM $29.99

Mobo $79.99

CPU $214.99

SSD $64.99

cheap dvd burner, cheap high airflow case, GTX 650, 450 watt gold efficiency PSU, 8 gigs of 1600mhz RAM, supporting mobo, the non K version of the 3570 (i doubt you will overclock), and a cheaper SSD with better performance (btw, why do you list your chosen SSD as 50 bucks, when its more on the link? there a deal im unaware of?)

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