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Building My First PC

#1Ultima546Posted 10/28/2013 3:16:47 PM
So I recently decided that I would bite the bullet and build my first pc.

I don't expect to start off high-end, because I'm on a bit of a budget, but I'm also willing to wait on the construction and assemble it over time (plus I can save on parts in the coming months with upcoming holiday sales).

Today I canceled my PS4 pre-order (in a somewhat unrelated move; mostly because there aren't really games on it that I'm interested in at launch, and also would rather put that money towards a pc) and went to the store and bought:

* Corsair Vengeance 16gb DDR3
* Corsair Hydro Series H55
* Radeon HD 7750 (2gb DDR3)

All for about $360. (Was that too much? It seems a bit high)

I'm also planning on getting an Intel I-5 3350P (Quad-core, 3.1 ghz).

Beyond that, all I know is that I'll need an LGA 1155 mobo and I probably will just settle for an HDD for now. I have an old case I can gut and use, but I'll probably buy a new one.

Does anyone have any advice or things that I should know?
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#2Rigby_RaccoonPosted 10/28/2013 3:21:17 PM
so much excessive ram then you skimp on the video car that much? I bet you got single channel RAM too -_-
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#3Ultima546(Topic Creator)Posted 10/28/2013 3:23:47 PM
Rigby_Raccoon posted...
so much excessive ram then you skimp on the video car that much? I bet you got single channel RAM too -_-


Dual-channel RAM, and it actually WAS the most expensive thing I bought. :/

So I am considering going back and returning the gpu for something a little beefier.
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#4VIP86Posted 10/28/2013 3:27:53 PM
Get 2x4gb RAM. You also don't have an unlocked processor, so looks like you won't be overclocking. If you aren't overclocking, no need for a closed loop cooler, as the stock cooler will be fine. Use all that money saved up and get you a 7950 or 7970. They are constantly on sale, because the newer R9 cards are out.
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#5Rigby_RaccoonPosted 10/28/2013 3:30:42 PM
At most just get 8GB of RAM, that's seriously more than enough for you, 16GB is purely a waste of money. Take that and the GPU back and get a better GPU, what you've got right now will just leave you disappointed.
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#6Ultima546(Topic Creator)Posted 10/28/2013 3:32:01 PM
VIP86 posted...
Get 2x4gb RAM. You also don't have an unlocked processor, so looks like you won't be overclocking. If you aren't overclocking, no need for a closed loop cooler, as the stock cooler will be fine. Use all that money saved up and get you a 7950 or 7970. They are constantly on sale, because the newer R9 cards are out.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't I need to get a P-type I-core if I want to use a separate gpu?
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#7NicodimusPosted 10/28/2013 3:34:44 PM
Rigby_Raccoon posted...
At most just get 8GB of RAM, that's seriously more than enough for you, 16GB is purely a waste of money.


Completely depends on what you're doing.

I'm very happy with my 16GB. It allows me to render HD videos about 30% faster than with 8GB, and that is totally worth $65 to me over the course of a few years.
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#8DragnfyrPosted 10/28/2013 3:36:42 PM
Ultima546 posted...
VIP86 posted...
Get 2x4gb RAM. You also don't have an unlocked processor, so looks like you won't be overclocking. If you aren't overclocking, no need for a closed loop cooler, as the stock cooler will be fine. Use all that money saved up and get you a 7950 or 7970. They are constantly on sale, because the newer R9 cards are out.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't I need to get a P-type I-core if I want to use a separate gpu?


No. You can use a discrete GPU with any Core i CPU. Just because the CPU comes with integrated graphics doesn't mean you can't use a discrete graphics card instead.
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#9Ultima546(Topic Creator)Posted 10/28/2013 3:41:39 PM
Dragnfyr posted...
Ultima546 posted...
VIP86 posted...
Get 2x4gb RAM. You also don't have an unlocked processor, so looks like you won't be overclocking. If you aren't overclocking, no need for a closed loop cooler, as the stock cooler will be fine. Use all that money saved up and get you a 7950 or 7970. They are constantly on sale, because the newer R9 cards are out.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't I need to get a P-type I-core if I want to use a separate gpu?


No. You can use a discrete GPU with any Core i CPU. Just because the CPU comes with integrated graphics doesn't mean you can't use a discrete graphics card instead.


That's good to know. I don't know if it will actually change my choice of cpu, though.
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#10VIP86Posted 10/28/2013 3:44:07 PM
Ultima546 posted...
Dragnfyr posted...
Ultima546 posted...
VIP86 posted...
Get 2x4gb RAM. You also don't have an unlocked processor, so looks like you won't be overclocking. If you aren't overclocking, no need for a closed loop cooler, as the stock cooler will be fine. Use all that money saved up and get you a 7950 or 7970. They are constantly on sale, because the newer R9 cards are out.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't I need to get a P-type I-core if I want to use a separate gpu?


No. You can use a discrete GPU with any Core i CPU. Just because the CPU comes with integrated graphics doesn't mean you can't use a discrete graphics card instead.


That's good to know. I don't know if it will actually change my choice of cpu, though.


What's your budget? Alot of people are willing to layout a build for you.
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