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Old February 27, 2013, 05:06 PM
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Hello everyone, I am in the process of building a new computer. I would greatly appreciate any opinions.

I will be using my new computer for playing games such as, GW2, SWTOR, and possibly Everquest 2. I will also use it to stream movies.

My budget is $1300.00 to $1400.00.

I will be buying my parts from New Egg.

I really have no manufacture preference.

I am thinking of overclocking.

I am going to use a 1080p 23" monitor, and also stream movies on my 60" plasma at 1080p.

I am in the process of buying parts at the moment.

Parts I have already bought.

BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
Intel i5 3750k CPU
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
2x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10
Rosewill REDBONE U3 Black SECC Steel USB 3.0, eSATA, 3x 120mm

Parts I am considering. I will buy them next week.

SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI
Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA
ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V

Thank you.
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Old February 27, 2013, 09:53 PM
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If you can, return the motherboard.. I'm sure it'll probably last ok but your at bargain basement levels of quality with biostar, if they are in the same league as they used to be (correct me if I'm wrong here guys, not used or seen them in an age)

Other than that the only thing I would change is the HDD's..
No point in the Raptor.. get a SSD, it will leave the raptor for dust.
I don't like using something that the manufacturer has no faith in.. and thats exactly what Seagate are saying with their 1 year warranty.. Go WD Blue.
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Old February 27, 2013, 10:21 PM
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I have used a T-Series Biostar board, not in a personal system but a rebuild for a friend, and it's been plenty stable with no issues, though that is admittedly only one anecdotal data point. Couldn't find a whole lot of reviews of that particular one, but most of the issues I did see related to somewhat poor locating of cable connections. Beyond that, not sure. It seems to be a serviceable Z77 board for it's price range, but nothing special.
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Old February 28, 2013, 12:48 AM
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get an SSD instead of the 500Gb WD raptor & probably a better monitor with a VA or IPS type of panel.
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Old February 28, 2013, 01:18 AM
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Yeah 2Tb HDD (Toshiba 7200rpm is my personal preference), and a SSD. Ditch the WD HDD. Its almost a crime against nature to not use a SSD in such a high end system these days. There are few other parts that will have such an enormous performance impact.

I'm personally a fan of throwing in a cheap (ie: $20-$30) TV tuner card as well...(ie: Hauppauge HVR-1250 off of eBay). For PVR'ing stuff if need be.
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Old February 28, 2013, 09:33 AM
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Thanks for the fast reply. I have decided to go with a 120 gig samsung ssd, and a 2t wd. I am currently looking at monitors.

Thanks again.
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Old February 28, 2013, 10:19 AM
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If you have the budget, up the SSD to 240GB. 120GB fills up pretty quick once you start putting a few games on there, and it's a pain in the ass to shuffle games in your steam library from your HDD to you SSD as you go through phases of playing them.

HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Zalman FX70; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI GTX960; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 4TB WD Red, 2x 2TB WD Green; Corsair RM650I; Corsair Carbide 600C;
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Old February 28, 2013, 12:58 PM
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How about ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-256GM-C 2.5" 256GB SATA III?
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