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    My first build attempt. Are the parts compatible?

    I've never built a computer, I've never done anything of the sort. I don't even know what kind of video card/PCU I need for the things I want to do with the computer. (Play wow on ultra, 60 fps while recording 1920x1080.).

    This isn't my final build, I just want to see if I have the general idea of how parts are compatible with eachother.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131773
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227706
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136769
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171055
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121425

    Now, I know I don't need a quad core for WoW, though I don't know why other than hearing that WoW isn't written for anything over dual core. I have a feeling that video card is overkill for WoW as well. But I do plan on playing Diablo III, and I'm assuming those won't be "overkill" for that once it comes out.

    I'm REALLY lost on what I "need" for a power supply. What should I be looking at that determines what I need in a power supply.

    For the SSD, I first looked up the size I wanted, looked for the highest ratings with a high number of ratings, and then chose a brand that I've heard of.

    The mobo (I'm assuming that's short for motherboard.) I chose because I hear nothing but good things about Asus, the PCU socket is LGA 1155, and it has the ports that I want. I wanted more USB ports for various reasons, but the only other version was a micro-ATX, and I'm not sure what that means. I assume micro-ATX means it's smaller, and if it's smaller, I assume it's sacraficing something, whether it be durability, endurance, or performance. So I decided against it.

    I hear RAM doesn't matter too much, but splitting the desired amount into 2 or 3 sticks will make it go faster, and keep the ram sticks cooler?

    I chose the tower because of the fans, look, high ratings, and acceptable price.

    I'd love to hear any comments and suggestions, because I feel like I have no clue what I'm doing. I don't know what makes one PCU better than another other than, "Hey, that one has a higher number, or more cores, therefore it must be "better."" And the same goes for video cards.

    Thanks for looking.

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    Drop to the haf 922... it's plenty big for anything you'd possibly need, and a solid case. Getting an oversized full tower case won't really help you, and can be an inconvenience.
    Ocz has had a lot of problems with their ssd's, more than any other manufacturer... I'd recommend going for a corsair force GT or crucial m4. More emphasis on the crucial m4 because it has pretty much the best read speeds of any ssd, which is what counts for a gamer.
    You do not need 1200w... 650w is more than enough for any cpu + graphics card combination with heavy overclocks... and since you can't sli/crossfire on that motherboard I assume you won't be running multiple graphics cards in the near future.
    You need an aftermarket heatsink for overclocking... the coolermaster hyper212+, corsair a70, thermaltake frio, and noctua nh-d14 are all good coolers at their price points.
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    2 Things i noticed

    1 HAF 932 is a monster sized case like the 922 is huge anything bigger is just a walk in closet of pc parts

    2 1200w PSU and really nothing anywhere near 1200w of usage. OverOverOverOverkill. 650w-850w will cover your needs and future plans 1200w is for crazy quad sli setups with liquid cooling for the liquid coolers

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    That power supply is WAY WAY WAY overkill for your system... I would suggest something along the lines of http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151088 would do you well, though you could even spend less and get a better gpu. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=650%20txv2 would be an even cheaper (though not modular) alternative.

    Not a bad choice on the GPU, but as I said, you can get something better with the money you would be saving on the PSU. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...352&CatId=3669 would be a lovely choice. (sorry that its not newegg, for some reason the card isn't on newegg.)

    Otherwise, not bad for a wow machine, and I am sure D3 will be fine on it.
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    Yeah as people have already mentioned, pick a different case because that one could fit two computers in it (You probably don't even need a case fan since you only have one card and it wont run that hot anyway). Assuming you aren't planning on overclocking the card of course.

    That card is rated at 500 W and that PSU is 1200W, so you could probably save a bit of money there too. Also, if you are trying to save money there is no game in existence that actually NEEDS 8gb of ram, so you could always grab 2x2gb sticks instead (though RAM is cheap as hell nowadays for some reason so it isn't a big deal).

    Is there any particular reason why you are getting a solid state HDD as well as the normal one? Could strike that off for 200 save on your build. It has no noticeable impact on game speed or anything.

    One last thing, if your main motivation for picking that mobo is USB ports you could always just get one of those usb hub things for extra slots and grab a cheaper mobo.
    If you decide to pick another one, make sure it (and the cpu) is 1155 pin too, you will get a faster cpu for cheaper at 1155 pin because sandybridge rules.
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    Taking most of the recommendations into account and your needs this is what i would suggest.


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    I new I was overkilling the powersupply. Just kinda picked it at random from a list of modular power supplies.

    Didn't really realize how big the tower was. Thanks for pointing that out. Though the most recommended one is... meh... But I will be pay attention to the size of the tower during my search from now on. XD

    Thanks for the SSD suggestions. I've had experience playing with a SSD with the OS and WoW installed on it and it definitely makes a noticable difference.

    Is there a reason, Notarget, that you suggested the ASRock mobo and the MSI GPU? The GPUs appear the same to my novice eyes, and are even priced nearly the same. And I'm just assuming that the ASRock was suggested because it's cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taekvideo View Post
    I'd recommend going for a corsair force GT or crucial m4. More emphasis on the crucial m4 because it has pretty much the best read speeds of any ssd, which is what counts for a gamer.
    The Crucial M4, appears to have slower read speeds than the OCZ. Unless I'm looking at the wrong thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavidus View Post
    Is there a reason, Notarget, that you suggested the ASRock mobo and the MSI GPU? The GPUs appear the same to my novice eyes, and are even priced nearly the same. And I'm just assuming that the ASRock was suggested because it's cheaper.
    I don't know what your original card was, but msi's Twin Frozr's are hard to beat. The cooling system on them is truly phenomenal. If you're getting a card that has an msi Twin Frozr one, I definitely recommend going for msi's card.
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    What Rakudjo said about the GPU. as for the MB, it's just hard to beat the price and reviews/recommendations and saving money is never bad, is it?

    The Crucial M4, appears to have slower read speeds than the OCZ. Unless I'm looking at the wrong thing.
    You're not looking at the wrong thing but OCZ isn't exactly known to be the most reliable drive (Crucial is) and I promise that you wont notice a difference with the speeds in every day use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavidus View Post
    I new I was overkilling the powersupply. Just kinda picked it at random from a list of modular power supplies.

    Didn't really realize how big the tower was. Thanks for pointing that out. Though the most recommended one is... meh... But I will be pay attention to the size of the tower during my search from now on. XD

    Thanks for the SSD suggestions. I've had experience playing with a SSD with the OS and WoW installed on it and it definitely makes a noticable difference.

    Is there a reason, Notarget, that you suggested the ASRock mobo and the MSI GPU? The GPUs appear the same to my novice eyes, and are even priced nearly the same. And I'm just assuming that the ASRock was suggested because it's cheaper.

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    The Crucial M4, appears to have slower read speeds than the OCZ. Unless I'm looking at the wrong thing.
    If you're comparing the manufacturer advertised specs...
    If you want to see a real benchmark check this out: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/425?vs=350
    The m4 excels in read speeds in general (the vertex 3 is clearly better at writing larger files... but how often do you install games compared to playing them? xD).. and especially at reading numerous scattered small files, which is the most important feature of an ssd for daily use... especially for gamers.
    And besides... given the number of people on this forum who have had to return not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5+ ocz drives before getting one that didn't fail... I'd take crucial over them anyday.
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    In addition to everything said above...

    Quote Originally Posted by Pavidus View Post
    Now, I know I don't need a quad core for WoW, though I don't know why other than hearing that WoW isn't written for anything over dual core.
    WoW uses as many cores you have, up to about 70 or so, but more than three will not make any difference. The big reason why you'd want quad core instead of dual is that video capture is pretty heavy on CPU as well. On a quad core typical workload would be 2.5 cores for WoW, 0.5 cores for operating system and 1 core for video capture.

    Speaking of video capture, you will want faster HDD, something like Samsung Spinpoint F3 or WD Caviar Black instead of the Caviar Blue. Just to reduce the risk of having bottleneck there.
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