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    First time building. Feed back appreciated.

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.98)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital RE4 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.99)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99)
    Power Supply: Raidmax 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99)
    Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($129.98)
    Total: $1336.87


    I am wondering what other people think about this build, if some part is not worth the price, or there is a better part that could be substituted instead. I would like to keep the budget as it is around 1400 dollars.

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    You can swap the CPU to an i5-3570k to save $100. Unless you livestream or video edit, an i7 is not needed (gaming doesn't support hyper threading).

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    I hope I'm not the only one to notice the total is 1337

    OT: I've built 7 machines and when choosing a power supply I mostly go off intuition. You MAY need something. Bigger with that beefy graphics card. Even a 600w or 650w might do the trick. I know there are wattage calculators out there to help you out.

    I would recommend an SSD if you can squeeze it in. It cut my boot time in half and is much better than any platter drive. The only other comments I would have are for brand, which is subjective. Only one time I did NOT get an Antec power supply, and that's the only one that I've had to replace. I love ASUS for mobos, either XFX or eVGA for graphics card. Also with such a massive system, consider a larger monitor or possibly dual screens. Of course that depends on your desk setup.

    Overall for your first system, it seems like it would work just fine. Good luck with the assembly! That CPU lever gets me nervous EVERY TIME! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrberus View Post
    OT: I've built 7 machines and when choosing a power supply I mostly go off intuition. You MAY need something. Bigger with that beefy graphics card. Even a 600w or 650w might do the trick. I know there are wattage calculators out there to help you out.
    Watch out guys, we have an Ebay vendor around.



    May I ask, why would you put a 600 / 650W PSU to a system that barely needs 400, fully overclocked? If I knew you had a valid point (such as the lack of connectors), a 550 could be recommended, but going for a 600/650 is just nonsense.

    Antec PSUs are reliable, yes, but also very expensive. If you want a good PSU with stable voltage, go for the Seasonic M520W

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151093

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    Change your SSD into a 128 Gb (Samsung 830) or 120 Gb (Crucial m4) - you won't get to install more than 1 game (+OS) if you take a 64 Gb version.

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    Don't ever get XFX / eVGA GPU, their aftermarket cooling solutions are far behind Asus' DC2, MSi's TF & Gigabyte's WF3x.
    guchi ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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