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First System Build need advice on parts etc


Viowithcrailtap

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Hi guys, I'm looking at making the switch over from console to pc gaming and I'm currently saving to build my first tower.

I've picked some parts already under recommendation from other forums etc.

Asus GTX 660 GPU, Asus P8Z77 V LX motherboard, i5 3550 CPU, 8gb 1600 MHz. Corsair Vengeance (2x4gb)

Are these parts ok for a gaming tower? I'm not gonna be overclocking anytime soon. I'm mainly looking at playing BF3 (not on ultra mega settings) and skyrim etc.

Also can anyone recommend a PSU and case? I seem to be turning into a Corsair fan boy so I think it's time for experienced opinions. And would it be worth me buying a small SSD along with a HDD?

Go easy on me. My last bit of tech was a DV6299 laptop that burned out just from a bit of WoW. Just a bit off the topic, are laptops really bad for gaming?

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Chronos the 2nd

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"Would I be better off buying an OC Edition GPU?"

Depends on the price, if the cost push's it nearer to the 660Ti then it would make sense to pay the extra and get that.

"Would you have any recommendations on Processor, I was looking at an i5 3550 or i5 3570K"

I would go for the 3550 as there is little difference between the two.

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Viowithcrailtap

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There are a few OC Editions that are only a little bit more than the standard 660 so it might be worth it.

I've noticed that you can buy the 3550 as retail or OEM. What's the difference? There is a slight price difference but I'm not sure why.

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Chronos the 2nd

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I believe the OEM will not come with a cooler so you would need to buy a separate one.

You could of course over-clock the cheaper GTX660 yourself thus saving you money.

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Viowithcrailtap

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So should I avoid the OEM versions?

Thanks for all the help. I've got a rough idea of what I'm going to go for now.

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Chronos the 2nd

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If you need any further help you know where to find me.lol.

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Viowithcrailtap

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One last question.

Should I avoid the OEM versions of processors and just buy the standard processor?

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Chronos the 2nd

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That is entirely up to you,if you are going to buy a separate cooler then buy OEM if you want the stock cooler,which are much better these days then get the retail. My opinion ,for what it's worth, is get the retail as it gives you a spare cooler even if you are buying a separate one.

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Viowithcrailtap

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Great, so no real need to buy OEM.

Would you recommend 32mb cache or 64mb on the HDD?

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Chronos the 2nd

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If price/features are the same, choose the higher cache.64mb cache is mostly hype, and you won't actually notice a difference.

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Viowithcrailtap

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Ah right ok.

Would you recommend Western Digital over Seagate?

Or is there a better brand of HDD?

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