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First time build
03-07-2012, 03:20 PM,
First time build
So I'm attempting my first build (going to be mainly gaming). I've read the gaming PC tiers and this is kind of what I was thinking. Just wanted to check to make sure everything I have is compatible, semi-future proof and able to run most games on max or Ultra settings.

Here's my build:

CPU: i5-2500K (I'll more than likely set this to overclock)
Mother Board: ASRock P67 Extreme
RAM: Corsair 16GB (4 x 4GB)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Storage: Mushkin 120GB SATAII SSD
Drive: LG SATA 22x DvD Burner
Power: Seasonic 80+ 620W
Case: Silencio 550 ATX Tower
Cooling: NZXT Havik CPU Cooler
Sound: ASUS PCI 5.1 Sound Card

Thoughts? Comments? Concerns? Changes?

03-07-2012, 05:02 PM,
RE: First time build
Are you in a rush? In little less than two weeks, the Radeon HD 7850/7870 will be available and for about the same price ($250), the Radeon HD 7850 is a notch faster and consumes less power at idle and at load Wink See Anandtech's review for more details:

Best of all, as drivers for the 7xxx series mature, the performance of a Radeon HD 7xxx series card will improve quite a bit, while drivers for the 6xxx cards are already mature and performance won't improve much there.

That said, there are a few games (BF:3 and Metro:2033 for example) that need a better video card if you want to play at ultra settings. A Radeon HD 7870 (~$350) would be a better match there.

Also to consider, the 7870 has an INSANE overclocking potential, while the 7850 is more limited, due to being limited to 150W TDP (75W from the PCI-Express slot + 75W from the 6-pin PCI-E power connector).

Now, if you intend to overclock the CPU and even more if you decide to overclock the video card, I'd consider a case with more airflow. Something along the lines of a Cooler Master HAF 922/932 would be better and they aren't much more noisy, due to having large fans to rotate at reasonable speeds.

Storage wise, you might want to consider adding a hard drive, 120GB isn't that much space: After formatting it and installing Windows, you'll have about ~90GB left of free space.

The rest of your build looks good to me.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518

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