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First Build, Budget $1400-1700 Gaming Rig, Seeking Advice

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March 12, 2013 6:15:31 PM

Hello to All!

After about 5 months of no laptop screen, constant overheating and the occasional blue screen, its time I started my build for a legitimate system. This will be my first build, so I wanted to reach out to some experts to validate my design so far, and give me some tips for moving forward. I'm no tech guru, but I have done a little research using several of the in-depth guides on the site, as well as reading a couple other successful first builds, so hopefully the build just needs a bit of touching up.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $1400 - 1700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
- Most important: Gaming and Internet
- Moderately important: Movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon (have a prime account for speedy shipping)

Location: New Jersey, USA

Parts Preferences: no particular preference other than Intel CPU, but I'm looking to learn about what's out there, so I'm open to suggestions

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not immediately

Your Monitor Resolution: None, but my TV (temporary laptop monitor) is 1920x1080 so I'd like to maintain that or better

Additional Comments:
-First, the easy stuff. My immediate gaming needs are World of Warcraft, SCII: HOTS, and Path of Exile, all on max graphics. These are the ones I actively play, but a laptop has hindered the level at which I can play them. As such, I want this rig to have enough initial strength to play those games at max graphics, while allowing me to to try some more graphically-demanding games, and have decent scalability for the future (hence the interest in SLI/Crossfire) without a full component overhaul.

-Second, I've lost too many laptop to overheating, so for this build, I have no issues whatsoever going a little over the top on cooling and PSU so that parts stay cool and last longer. The items I have in my build so far are (hopefully) more than adequate , but I'm willing to use higher quality to keep the parts working longer. In the same vein, if there is a part(s) that would significantly boost the box's longevity, please offer your recommendations.

-Lastly, I'd like to use this build as a platform for a deeper understanding of computers, their parts, etc so for the recommendations I get, a quick 1-2 liner on why its better would be greatly appreciated.

Why Are You Upgrading: Laptop is basically dead, want a new computer with some real power

And now the parts list:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Jcwa

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k 3.4Ghz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler
Graphics: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 2GB
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1333
Storage (SSD) :Mushkin Chronos Delux 240GB 2.5" Solid Sate Disk
Storage (HDD): Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5' 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Raidmax 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V /EPS12V Power Supply
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) 64bit
Optical: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
Monitor: ViewSonic VC2250wm-LED 21.5

Total Price: ~1584.04

Last quickie questions/comments:
-Sound Card: I don't need one correct?
-I'm not sold on the monitor, if there is better for a little bit extra, or same quality cheaper, please advise
-Same story with the optical, just need the cheapest which can reliably r/w. I didn't spend too much time here; I was more excited about the bigger parts.


Thank you all in advance for your help in the process, can't wait to get started!

March 12, 2013 6:29:01 PM

How far away from the New Jersey Microcenter are you?

If you are close you can upgrade your processor to the i7-3770k (in store pick up only). Most say its overkill for gaming, but if you can afford the extra speed, why not?

Sound card: it looks like that mobo has onboard sound so I wouldnt worry about that.

Monitor: http://www.microcenter.com/product/408269/23xi_23_IPS_L...

This monitor is 20 bucks more but is a bit bigger as well and has an HDMI input in addition to the DVI and VGA input the one you have listed has.
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March 12, 2013 8:06:31 PM

Kjwinden, I actually didn't know there was a Microcenter here. I looked it up and its about an hr away from me (2hrs there and back) but it might be worth it if I can avoid the shipping charges. Thanks for the heads up!

Bodeen, thanks for the input, that's exactly the sort of thing that hard to research. I've read some good things about the Corsair series, so I'll swap that in instead. Also, looking at the one you linked, the 500 reviews really make it stand out.
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March 13, 2013 5:20:51 PM

The Corsair HX Series ranks high enough in that blog, so I think it's pretty much a done deal there. I'm curious though, within a 80 PLUS ranking tier, how much variance can there be between PSUs? From what I understand, it seems like the minimum requirements per rank are pretty strict, but I guess there can be a great deal of difference in performance.

Also, just in general, if the build is solid, please comment on that too, and I'll mark those parts as 'done deals.' But if there are glaring issues point those out too. Thanks

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March 13, 2013 6:05:38 PM

your build looks solid except for the ram you want to go with 1600 or higher . also here is a build i just put together for a friend with about the same budget .
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Jxyk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Jxyk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Jxyk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($370.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($108.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.48 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1455.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 21:03 EDT-0400)
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