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Old 01-15-2012, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Quick build check for a first-timer?

Experienced with electronics but never built a computer before...main uses will be a lot of data analysis+spreadsheets, a good amount of AutoCAD rendering, other various multitasking, and gaming. Wanted an SSD so threw that in there to keep my OS on, but had to get a 1TB HDD due to the amount of media I have. Any suggestions for cutting costs would be appreciated, but aren't essential; I mostly want to make sure I haven't overlooked any compatibility issues and this will be good for my needs. Also, are there any cables/connectors/other essentials I should be getting that won't be included with the various parts? Thanks in advance!


MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OCZ Agility Series OCZSSD2-1AGT30G 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CD/DVD drive
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)

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I would recommend a minimum of a 60GB SSD for your OS.

Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

And those Corsair Vengeance memory modules with the tall heatspreaders can cause an interference problem with a lot of aftermarket heatsinks.

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

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My 2 cents:

1) Antec makes a great case, but they are over-priced for what you get.
Rosewill Challenger or NZXT Source 210 Elite will give you USB 3.0, painted interior, and cable routing holes, for less than the Antec.

2) i5 2500K + Asus P8P67 Pro (3.1) Combo, same features as the MSI P67-GD65 but saves you $15 up front.

3) Corsair HX750 or Silverstone Strider 750, $10 cheaper than the Seasonic X650 plus rebates, 100 more watts to handle a 2nd GPU in the future.
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