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April 2, 2013 7:26:02 AM

Hi guys, as my username states, I am totally new to building PCs, and I need to know if these parts are compatible with one another/will work well in tandem. Any constructive and helpful advice will be appreciated :) 

Specs are as follows:
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932 full tower
Mobo: Asus Sabertooth z77
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 FTW 2GB
PSU: Rosewell BRONZE series RBR1000 1000W
Processor: Intel core i5-3570k 3.4GHZ
Memory: G-Skill RipJaws 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3 SDRAM
Monitor: ASUS VS247H-P 23.6 inch
Internal Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

The questions I have are:
1) Are these components suitable for a decent gaming rig? I intend to mostly play Skyrim on Ultra-high settings with texture mods

2) Are all these parts compatible with another? Specifically: the case, the motherboard, and the GPU. In particular: Is the EVGA GTX 670 FTW compatible with the ASUS SAbertooth Z77? I haven't been able to find any definite answers about what GPUs can go into this motherboard, and I'm leery about ordering the components from Newegg without being 100% sure, considering I live in Israel and if anything doesn't work, it's gonna be a real pain to send it back to the US or buy myself a replacement part which will take a helluva lot of time to arrive.

Thanks a ton in advance :) 

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April 2, 2013 7:31:15 AM

that psu is complete overkill..wow..get a antec or seasonic 750w 80+
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April 2, 2013 7:32:51 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
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 VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1414.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-02 10:32 EDT-0400)

I added the OS, in case you needed it. Also added an SSD and dropped ram to 8gb.
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April 2, 2013 7:32:56 AM

ARICH5 said:
that psu is complete overkill..wow..get a antec or seasonic 750w 80+


All right, thanks :) 
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April 2, 2013 7:37:32 AM

n3cw4rr10r said:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
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 VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1414.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-02 10:32 EDT-0400)

I added the OS, in case you needed it. Also added an SSD and dropped ram to 8gb.


Thanks :) 
BTW> Why drop the RAM to 8GB? Just curious
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April 2, 2013 7:40:45 AM

todays games only acces 5-6 gb of ram anyways...only productivity apps like autocad and photoshop pro uses over 10gb. btw that's a great monitor, I have one.
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April 2, 2013 7:40:59 AM

I'd recommend Nec's build but drop the HDD completely in favor of a 250GB SSD.
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April 2, 2013 7:42:53 AM

1. Yes.
2. Yes.
But, I have some comments.
1. The sabretooth is overpriced, Any Z77 based motherboard will do just as well at half the price.
2. A GTX670 only needs a 500w psu. Look for a top quality unit like Seasonic.
3. Make that ram 1600, and low profile. If you will not be multitasking, then 8gb is sufficient.
4. Look for a IPS panel on your monitor. The 178/178 viewing angle keeps the panel from being washed out.
5. A build with this budget deserves a SSD. A 120gb ssd will hold the os and a handful of games. With 240gb, you may never need a hard drive at all. Consider deferring the hard drive to the time you need one for expansion.
6. The haf 932 is an ok large case. Buy it if you love it. But, how much will you actually need to stuff into it?
Something like a Antec 300 will be half the price.
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April 2, 2013 7:48:22 AM

16gb ram is over kill. I would use the diff elsewhere like a better gpu or for some games :p 
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April 2, 2013 7:51:43 AM

geofelt said:
1. Yes.
2. Yes.
But, I have some comments.
1. The sabretooth is overpriced, Any Z77 based motherboard will do just as well at half the price.
2. A GTX670 only needs a 500w psu. Look for a top quality unit like Seasonic.
3. Make that ram 1600, and low profile. If you will not be multitasking, then 8gb is sufficient.
4. Look for a IPS panel on your monitor. The 178/178 viewing angle keeps the panel from being washed out.
5. A build with this budget deserves a SSD. A 120gb ssd will hold the os and a handful of games. With 240gb, you may never need a hard drive at all. Consider deferring the hard drive to the time you need one for expansion.
6. The haf 932 is an ok large case. Buy it if you love it. But, how much will you actually need to stuff into it?
Something like a Antec 300 will be half the price.


To Geofelt: Thanks a ton

The thing about the case is I wanted a lot of ventilation for all the powerful components, does the Antec 300 have a decent cooling system, or will it overheat on me? (I had a bunch of traumatic experiences with laptops and PCs overheating on me, don't wanna repeat that again)

Just double-checking, so the memory, processor, motherboard, and GPU are compatible?

Thanks a bunch
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April 2, 2013 7:54:06 AM

Good job so far. I have just a few concerns.

First, that case is pretty big for the parts you're talking about here. It might be a bit overkill.

16 GB of ram isn't really necessary for gaming as most games don't come close to stressing 8gb.

You'll need a CPU cooler for that unlocked i5. I suggest the Hyper 212 EVO for price to performance ratio.

The Sabertooth motherboard is overpriced and the "thermal armor" typically has the opposite effect of what it is supposed to. A $130 board will have all of the features you need and you won't notice the difference.

You didn't list an operating system. Don't forget Windows.

Here is a build I put together from reliable parts and all from Newegg. The low profile RAM is so it doesn't conflict with the CPU heatsink.

I went ahead and still included the case you picked just in case you don't mind the size and like the looks. A smaller one would be fine though.

Also, I upgraded the GTX 670 to the 4GB version as Skyrim with texture mods often uses a lot of VRAM. I think it's a worthwhile upgrade for not much extra money so you aren't disappointed with the performance.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NVh9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NVh9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NVh9/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.99 @ Newegg) 
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($29.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX  LGA1155 Motherboard  ($134.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card  ($409.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case  ($159.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply  ($74.99 @ Newegg) 
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer  ($17.99 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($99.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1285.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-02 10:55 EDT-0400)

Here is a case I recommend. It's slightly smaller, but less money and great airflow. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All of these products have high reviews (typically hundreds of them) so you can as much as possible avoid getting a bad product due to your shipping concerns.
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April 2, 2013 8:01:22 AM

Newer 22nm cpu's and 28nm graphics cards are more power efficient and run cooler.
I like the direct exhaust cooler of the EVGA GTX670FTW. It gets heat directly out of the case.
The Antec 300, particularly the illusion version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would be a good pick. Two 120mm intake fans are sufficient for anything. I particularly like the removable front air filters.
But, cases are a personal thing. Buy one you love.. If it has two 120mm intake or exhaust fans, it will provide decent cooling.
And... I forgot. Buy a aftermarket cpu cooler like the $30 cm hyper212. It will cool better, run quieter, and be easier to install.
Your 3570K Overclock will be easier, and go higher.
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April 2, 2013 8:32:28 AM

+1 to JD88

I like and have 3570k, CM 212 Evo, and ASRock z77.
Great PSU's: Seasonic, Corsair, and PC Power and Cooling. 600 - 650 watts would be fine for your build.
I love my Intel SSD (180 GB). Not required, but it's snappiness is a constant source of smiles.
For the build itself check out: Youtube: "Newegg computer build parts 2 and 3".
Not a fan of Win8, but that's just 'cause i'm old. If you go with it i'd recommend Classic Shell (it's free and makes it look like win 7).

Good Luck !
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April 2, 2013 8:36:28 AM

odiervr said:
+1 to JD88

I like and have 3570k, CM 212 Evo, and ASRock z77.
Great PSU's: Seasonic, Corsair, and PC Power and Cooling. 600 - 650 watts would be fine for your build.
I love my Intel SSD (180 GB). Not required, but it's snappiness is a constant source of smiles.
For the build itself check out: Youtube: "Newegg computer build parts 2 and 3".
Not a fan of Win8, but that's just 'cause i'm old. If you go with it i'd recommend Classic Shell (it's free and makes it look like win 7).

Good Luck !


I have Widnows 8 pro on my laptop and gaming rig. Its frustrating on the rig. I have Start8 installed on my rig (makes it look like W7). For some reason I dont mind it on the laptop.
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April 2, 2013 9:53:34 AM

Thanks a ton to everyone for your valuable advice!
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April 2, 2013 10:45:34 AM

please choose best answer.
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