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Old March 2, 2012, 01:46 PM
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You can also screw up by not installing motherboard standoffs. Had a couple of guys on the forum do that in the last few months. Ruined their brand new motherboards. You can also screw up the installation of your processors and bend/break some pins. There are lots of ways to screw up a computer build if you don't follow proper procedure.

I'm not trying to discourage you though. Building a PC is a LOT of fun, and very rewarding when you finally press that power button, and it posts. Just make sure you read all your manuals and follow the instructions, and you won't run into any problems.
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Old March 2, 2012, 02:40 PM
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It really isn't hard to build a pc.

An item that really hung me up on my first build was the force required to clamp down a processor. The little lever arm will start resisting from about 90 degrees, an then you have to press it down flush to the motherboard. All the while, the board bends and you hear noises as the board gets stressed in that area! I thought I was going to break something for sure.

My Hyper 212 Evo cooler had a very slight lean to it because of the bend in the mother board, but from what I read its all normal.
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Old March 2, 2012, 07:58 PM
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I still cannot decide on whether I make the leap and build the system myself. Sure, it looks like a lot of fun, but what if I screw up?

Could you please post some good links which provide a step-by-step guide to building a (gaming) PC?

Thanks!
You can get NCIX to assemble and test it for you for $41 (as a bundle). You also won't have to deal with RMAs this way. It's very much worth it even if you've built them before: you get 2-3 hours of your life back and some peace of mind. Pull it out of the box, plug it in and there you go. Since you're getting W7 from them, they'll install that too.

I like your build though: it's very similar to what I ended up with recently.

Also keep in mind that you could knock about $50 off the price by going with a HD Radeon 6950 instead (the XFX 1GB version). The performance will be the same if not better.

You can also grab a smaller PSU if you don't plan on going sli in the future.
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Old March 3, 2012, 12:10 PM
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Have you bought anything yet??

Memoryexpress has your board and cpu combo for $289 this weekend.

I'm kinda mad because MY cpu and motherboard combo is $50 cheaper than I paid for it last month!
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Old March 4, 2012, 03:53 PM
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If you don't d/l stuff like me you can just run your machine solely off the 128gb SSD. I got Win 7, BF3, SC2, D3 beta and a few minor programs on mine and I still have 46 gb free.

Personally I have no clue how these folks fill up so much space on HDD's.

On building your own PC. It's really not hard at all. I'm a total n00b and I did it with a bit of research and with the help of a couple videos. These are what helped me, particularly the newegg with the thorough instructions on bios and driver installations and whatnot.

Newegg TV: How To Build a Computer - Part 1 - Choosing Your Components - YouTube - be sure to watch pt 2 and 3.

PC Computer System Build Guide Featuring AMD Vision Black NCIX Tech Tips - YouTube

Hope this helps!

Thanks a lot. Those videos are very useful - exactly what I needed.

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Old March 4, 2012, 03:56 PM
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Have you bought anything yet??

Memoryexpress has your board and cpu combo for $289 this weekend.

I'm kinda mad because MY cpu and motherboard combo is $50 cheaper than I paid for it last month!
Yeah, that's a great price. But the combo at Memoryexpress.com includes a GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Motherboard, and not a Z68X-UD3H-B3. Is there a big difference between the two? Looks to me that the Z68A is somewhat more flimsy and less reliable.
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Old March 12, 2012, 08:25 AM
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I am getting ready to start buying components.

MemoryExpress has my chosen CPU and Mobo on sale:

Core™ i5-2500K Processor Bundle w/ Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard & Patriot Gamer 2 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Kit
Intel Core

This combo comes with a Patriot 8GB RAM kit. I would prefer Corsair or G.Skill. But what I am worrying about is that the Patriot kit is 1.65v, and from what I read 1.5v is required for a Sandy Brigge i5-2500k.

Any advice?

Thanks.
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Old March 12, 2012, 09:31 PM
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:ooooooooooooo nice build :D

Yeah....... seems like you hafta keep an eye out for those deals! For one, NCIX had the same mobo/cpu + Vengeance 8gb ram combo for $300........... that was sold out in an hour :O

Good luck building. I too would LOVE to do it myself, but am terrified of zapping/destroying my dream machine xD

:o oo......... I will pass on that info about the ram issue to my bf~ basically.. he keeps getting the BSOD and cant figure out why. His comp is randomly deciding to recognize diff. ram values as well... it COULD be the ram b/c of voltage issues, right?
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Old March 12, 2012, 09:31 PM
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Well after weeks of reading reviews and threads, I just went ahead and bought the following:

Corsair Carbide Series 400R
Intel Core i5-2500K
Asus P8Z68-V / Gen3
Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB
G.SKILL Ripjaws XSeries 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Antec Truepower New 650W Modular
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4
Asus DRW-24B1ST
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

$1000 tax and shipping included.

I look forward to putting these together!

I will buy a HDD later, probably a WD Green 1TB.

As for the GPU, like many here on this forum, I am waiting for HD 7850 and 7870 stock availability and price information to compare price/performance with older and cheaper GPUs (e.g. GTX 560 ti). The Radeon HD 7870 seems perfect but at $350+ plus taxes I am afraid that's going to be above my budget. And probably overkill anyway, although my resolution is 1920 x 1200 (24 inc). A 7850 then?
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Old March 12, 2012, 10:00 PM
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Would you say that a Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 Windforce 1GB at $160 is a good deal?
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