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First PC build, any advice/suggestion?

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First time building my own. Got tired of having to buy a new PC becasue parts were not upgradable/replaceable when they broken. I am planning on scavanging my optic drives and Creative sound card form the dead 2006 Dell XP410. I am thinking using an SSD drive to install my OS and MMO games and the HHD for storage and less intense programs and games. I am more than open to any suggestions

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CPU: [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k]Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2]Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler[/url] ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8gbrl]G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7td250bw]Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($158.40 @ Newegg)
Video Card: [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn660oc2gd]Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card[/url] ($217.55 @ Newegg)
Case: [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph410b3]NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu750tx]Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($105.97 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc00019]Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit)[/url] ($169.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $1056.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 23:56 EST-0500)

Sorry about the Motherboard mising:
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130643
Edited by WonTolla on 11/24/2012 10:40 AM PST
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Looks alright to me.

PCs are much easier to build compared to 1990s because everything is so nicely labeled and connectors are made foolproof so it's pretty hard to screw up.

2 things,

Careful when handling CPUs, especially when applying thermal paste for the cooler.
Just make sure you put spacers between the motherboard and the case.

And there's really nothing else that can go wrong. GLHF.
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I see no motherboard.

You are missing out on few excellent Black Friday deals:

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/7200030645
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Sorry about the Motherboard mising:
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130643
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Hyper 212+ is $15 after rebates from NewEgg. It's almost as good as EVO, but cheaper.

2TB drive is available @ $70 through Black Friday deals.

Samsung 840 uses TLC rather than MLC -- which means they have about 1/3rd less write lifespan. Be mindful of this when you buy the 840.

GTX 660 is overpriced. HD 7870 (which is superior) is available @ $190 in the Black Friday deals thread.

Case seems very expensive, there are many decent cases for lot cheaper than that in also, Black Friday thread.

Power supply severely overpriced. See my Black Friday deals thread: You can find the same power supply for almost half the price. That said, if you won't SLi or CrossFireX, you do not need more than 600W ever.

Buy OEM version of Windows, not full version.
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Is a 250 SSD Overkill? And size and brand recommendations?

I will not be doing and Dual GPU so dropping the PSU to a 600w.

Will going to an OEM Windows just mean I loose tech support from Windows? I thought of going straight to WIN8 but I do not like using stuff that new just to be a test for the company

There has been a lot of rejection of Seagate for Western Digital as far as HDD on other post, Opinions?

I think the two optical I have are Toshiba and both are 6 years old, does that matter much since they are free?

Old Sound card is Soundblaster X-ti oem. That should be swappable since I have the disks for it, correct?
Edited by WonTolla on 11/25/2012 5:59 AM PST
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SSD is not overkill; just noting that it uses TLC chips with lower write lifetime.

Either brand is fine, and either brand has equally large amount of users complaining about bad drives. So, up to you. I personally used multiple Seagate / WD drives and none of them failed on me. Only one that did was IBM DeskStar (DeathStar) 75GXP.

As long as they use SATA interface, it's all good.

You can use that if you want to.
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Recommendations for ssd usually is just find the best $/gb ssd. That trumps over all else.

Yes, the opticals don't mattter.

Your sound card should be usable.
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