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Gaming Rig - Looking to buy this week

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April 1, 2013 7:14:46 PM

Hey guys, I will be getting my tax return this week which means I can finally buy a new computer! My old laptop is just not cutting it anymore to the point where it pretty much can't run anything. So, I basically can't game at the present time which needs to change. Below is the build that I was able to come up with. I might do some overclocking in the future, I'm really not sure yet. I will not be crossfiring as I just won't have the need to do so. Game that I will be playing include Diablo 3, Simcity, Dayz when it is released, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online upon release, and Walking Dead to name a few.

My main concerns are the motherboard and PSU. Are the two that I have picked good choices for my build? I try to stick to stuff that is rated pretty well, both of which are. These are two areas I really don't know a lot about.

Let me know what you guys think about the build overall and what changes I might need to make. I may need a monitor, I can't decide if I want to use my TV as one to save some money or not. My TV is 39 in. 1080p 120hz.

Budget is $1000-1500 with the the latter being the absolute highest (this is including the monitor if I decide to get one). However, I would like it to be as close to the lower side of the budget as I can get it.

Thanks for any and all responses!

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cpu Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1044.90

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a b 4 Gaming
April 1, 2013 7:27:01 PM

looks good. not much else to change except for maybe looking for a better deal outside of Newegg. if you got a Microcenter nearby, you should be able to pick it up for a whole lot less over anywhere else.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
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 ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $928.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 22:24 EDT-0400)
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April 1, 2013 7:45:59 PM

One concern I had was whether or not the Video Card will fit into the case I have selected. Everyone says that is one thing to make sure of. How will I know whether or not it does?
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April 1, 2013 8:07:06 PM

All the parts look good but I would think about getting an ssd for your boot up atleast around $90 for a 128 GB. Even a regular 840 at $100 right now will be an amazing improvement over the hard drive for boot up and game loads, Keep the hd for media, sd for windows and frequent games.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 1, 2013 8:35:04 PM

thebear23 said:
One concern I had was whether or not the Video Card will fit into the case I have selected. Everyone says that is one thing to make sure of. How will I know whether or not it does?


by going to the manufacturer's website

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6673

in the worst case scenario that the GPU is too long , you can always remove the the top HDD cage. if you plan to use the top cage, then you may have a problem. if getting another case is out of the question, the only thing i can recommend you is invest in an external HDD for storage if the two bottom bays & the 2x 2.5" bays are used up.
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April 1, 2013 9:20:07 PM

Will a 600W PSU be more than enough? Or should I try to go higher to maybe a 700W? Thanks for the responses so far guys, I appreciate it.
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April 1, 2013 9:56:19 PM

thebear23 said:
Will a 600W PSU be more than enough? Or should I try to go higher to maybe a 700W? Thanks for the responses so far guys, I appreciate it.


600 should be enough if you can get a 650 or more for no more than $10 extra I would go for it, more than that I would stick with 600 watts
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April 3, 2013 9:28:38 PM

What do I need in order to hook my desktop up wirelessly? Will a USB device work or is there something that has to go into the motherboard?
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April 6, 2013 10:10:15 AM

Hey guys, I made a few revisions to my build in the original post. Let me know what you think about this one and how the two compare. I changed to the i5-3470 and the H77 mobo because after thinking about it, I just don't see myself wanting to OC or having the need to do so. I will game and that's pretty much it.

A couple final questions are:

1. Do I need an aftermarket cooler if I'm not OCing
2. Will this GTX 670 fit in my selected case?

Thanks for some final thoughts and help guys.

Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cpu Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 11:53:27 AM

1- no
2- same answer the first time you asked. if the ridiculously long 5970 can fit in a Haf912, the 670 isn't going to be a problem.

as for wifi; only ever used a USB adapter at the office, with the most common complaint being random disconnection. on the plus side; it's plug and play. as for PCI/PCIe adapters, only heard of driver issues being commonly complained about. in both cases, i keep seeing people recommending getting one with an antenna or two.
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