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Old February 22, 2013, 02:17 PM
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Default Suggestions Needed for my First Design...

Please let me know if this setup will work, or if there is anything I should be aware of before buying, thanks...

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.64 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1185.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 17:12 EST-0500)
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Old February 22, 2013, 03:00 PM
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All parts should work just fine. You may want to go to DDR3-1600 memory, but other than that it looks good.
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Old February 22, 2013, 03:32 PM
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All looks good, as suggested go for 1600Mhz ram..

Drop the network card and bump up to a 250~GB SSD
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Old March 2, 2013, 12:09 PM
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If it were me id get 1600Mhz ram and drop the NIC, id also just go for a 1TB Seagate drive instead of the RE3
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Old March 2, 2013, 12:21 PM
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If I were to make a single suggestion based on what I'd do myself it would be to spend a bit more (or adjust the other pieces of the build) to up the SSD to a 240 version. 240 SSDs can be found these days for $200 when on sale and there's no reason why a person shouldn't be able to fit everything other than media storage into 200G worth of space.

Having all of your active programs (including games) being run completely off of the SSD will make a huge difference.
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Old March 2, 2013, 10:06 PM
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1) Faster RAM, DDR3 1600
2) Change enterprise HD to home HD, Seagate Barracuda or WD caviar Blue.
3) FYI, unless you need two network lines, the Asrock Extreme4 already has one.
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