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Tips & advice needed for building my first PC - let's make it a good experience!

By IcyFiftyFive
Mar 10, 2011
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  1. Well after my Video Card finally quit on my 4-year old gaming laptop I decided it's time to build my first PC!

    I've already staked out most of what I want for parts and what not, but generally want advice on stuff I've done wrong. I've already gotten a few second opinions but decided here would be a great place to ask for help. After all, out of all the components I've picked there is sure to be something wrong (compatibility issues, etc...) with my decisions!

    My Decisions: UPDATED
    Mobo
    CPU
    Graphics Card
    Power Supply
    Case
    HDD
    SSD
    Monitor

    Other Stuff
    RAM
    Optical Drive
    Wireless Card

    P.s. Thanks so much for everyone's feedback and input! :)
     
  2. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Posts: 23

    The motherboard will work with your i5 2500k, says it supports (1155) so should be fine.

    For graphics card, i'm not so sure, but I know the Radeon 6950 is great. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161361&cm_re=radeon_6950-_-14-161-361-_-Product

    For your HDD, a SSD is the future haha. This one was recommended to me http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226168&cm_re=mushkin_ssd-_-20-226-168-_-Product Save you some $$$$ aswell.

    Hope this helps a tad!

    Oops sorry, that PSU should get upgraded. Corsair from what I've heard is the best option out there. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&cm_re=corsair_750w-_-17-139-021-_-Product

    750W should be fine, 520W might not be enough for the power of your graphics card.

    All this info, ive gotten from others on Techspot, so its reliable!!
     
  3. IcyFiftyFive

    IcyFiftyFive TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey thanks a bunch for your input and help!
    I thought so as well that I should be getting a stronger PSU so I consulted with a couple experts and this is what I came up with (almost completely re-did my build!)

    Mobo
    CPU
    Graphics Card
    Power Supply
    Case
    HDD
    SSD
    Monitor

    Other Stuff
    RAM
    Optical Drive
    Wireless Card
    nic Card


    One last question though, do I need a USb 2.0/3.0 card and will all this work together?
     
  4. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 616

    As for the USB-card: No, you do not need an extra USB-card. The motherboard has built-in ones, and the case supports USB natively (in other words, there are USB-slots at the front).

    Simply wire the front USB-ports to the bottom of your motherboard and you don't need any more USB-ports from and extra USB-card or so.
     
  5. IcyFiftyFive

    IcyFiftyFive TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Great to hear! Thanks for the speedy reply :)
     
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,172   +37

    That motherboard already has a LAN port. Also, G.Skill makes great RAM. Asus provides a memory compatibility list for each and every model they make. And though certainly not exhaustive I recommend you still check it out to see if your RAM is on said list.
     
  7. IcyFiftyFive

    IcyFiftyFive TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh wow that's really helpful, checked to make sure and it's on the list! :)

    Edit: Any objections before I order all the parts?
     
  8. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,110   +45

    None really.

    Are you going to be using the SSD as your local disk? Installing games on that drive or the 2TB drive?

    If you are going to put games on the SSD you picked 64GB may not be enough... but I think there are ways to install the games to the secondary drive.

    You dont really need the NIC card... and I would suggest staying away from using wireless if you are planning on gaming. Just a personal preference of mine.

    Otherwise, looks pretty good to me.
     
  9. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Addict Posts: 639   +127

    Well to start off with, I'm going to suggest replacing the PSU with this. PC Power & Cooling PSUs are rock solid in terms of reliability.
    Secondly, make sure you get yourself a nice big pack of cable ties for your cable management.
    Finally, good luck and have fun.
     
  10. IcyFiftyFive

    IcyFiftyFive TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, good call on the cable ties as well!
     


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