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Is this a good gaming computer to get for my first computer build?

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April 6, 2013 5:37:19 PM

I am currently in the process of ordering parts to build my first computer and was wondering if this would be a good computer and an ok computer for my first build. Also any suggestions but try not to get to pricey.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OVC8

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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 5:41:49 PM
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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 ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($382.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1202.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This is going to save you some money ($20), and you're going to get infinitely better performance out of your PC
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 5:49:44 PM

burritobob said:
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 ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($382.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1202.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This is going to save you some money ($20), and you're going to get infinitely better performance out of your PC


I second this build. Much better than the one you had picked out. Going with a 3570k CPU over the 3770 will net you just about the same performance in games(the drop isn't anywhere near the extra money the 3770 will cost you) and getting the "k" version means you can overclock for even better performance. He also included what is probably the best price per performance cooler on the market.

Going with a 7970 GPU over the 660 is huge as well. Much better performance.

He is also saving you some money where he can, as in the change in motherboards. The only downside is if you don't live near a microcenter, then the prices will change. However, it is still worth the extra cost. That build will play any game out right now on high to ultra settings at 1080p with good FPS.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 5:51:41 PM

Woops forgot to take out the microcenter in my preferences (thanks sword for realizing that), sorry for that, the prices are the same for the motherboard but the CPU is $20 higher sadly, I don't save you $20 but, I do save you $5... XD as if that matters.
April 6, 2013 6:17:21 PM

burritobob said:
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 ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($382.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1202.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This is going to save you some money ($20), and you're going to get infinitely better performance out of your PC

Thank you. Also how long do you think that computer will hold its ability to play high performance games? How long will it be until i will have to upgrade?
Also that video card is out of stock :(  any other choices?
I also do not have a microcenter nearby...
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 10:57:18 PM

You can also buy http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr797... and it's built by a trusted/good manufacturer. I'd say that you will be able to play the newest games on med/high settings for at least 2 years, probably higher settings for longer to be honest. If anything, you'd probably have to eventually upgrade the video card before you have to change out the CPU. Like he said also, just pick the same part and get it at the lowest retailer for anything listed for Microcenter.
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