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First Gaming Build, comments and suggestions appreciated.

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April 19, 2013 11:07:22 AM

These are the specs that im planning on for my first gaming build. I havent bought anything yet but i wanted to get suggestions and comments on this.
OS:
$90 (windows 7 home premium) http://

CPU:
$220 (i5-3570K) http://

RAM:
$65 (Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB)http://

Optical Drive:
$70 (any suggestions for a r/w blu-ray enabled?)

Graphics Card:
$200 (Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850)http://

HDD:
$70 (any suggestions for a 7200rpm?)

Case:
$60 (Rosewill Challenger)http://

PSS:
$90 (Seasonic 80Plus Power Supply M12II 620 BRONZE) http://

Mobo:
$175 (ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel) http://
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TOTAL: $1040

I'm trying to budget at $1000 but it looks like to get the preipherals also this is going to jump up to $1100. Comments suggestions?
a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2013 11:15:25 AM

Looks pretty good. I think you might be spending a little too much on a motherboard. I would go with the AsRock Extreme 4 I think. Also, that PSU is probably a little expensive. I know it's Seasonic but you can get a nice Corsair one that performs about the same for maybe $30 less.

Final build looks something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($197.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1019.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-19 14:15 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2013 11:34:07 AM

GPU through newegg comes with awesome game pack.
Western Digital black is best, and most reliable mechanical consumer hard drive you can get.
Seasonic makes some of the best of the best power supplies.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1019.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-19 14:33 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2013 12:03:05 PM

andrex348 said:

RAM:
$65 (Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB)http://


Mobo:
$175 (ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel) http://


I'm trying to budget at $1000 but it looks like to get the preipherals also this is going to jump up to $1100. Comments suggestions?


Switch the motherboard to the ASRock Z77 Extreme6, it currently includes Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 for FREE. Will shave off around $80 from your current motherboard and ram selection.
a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2013 12:07:55 PM

slomo4sho said:
andrex348 said:

RAM:
$65 (Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB)http://


Mobo:
$175 (ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel) http://


I'm trying to budget at $1000 but it looks like to get the preipherals also this is going to jump up to $1100. Comments suggestions?


Switch the motherboard to the ASRock Z77 Extreme6, it currently includes Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 for FREE. Will shave off around $80 from your current motherboard and ram selection.


No. Buy memory from a trusted brand. Asus makes top notch boards(not saying extreme 6 is bad), and there is an awesome deal right now with the build I gave:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2013 12:36:54 PM

edogawa said:
slomo4sho said:
andrex348 said:

RAM:
$65 (Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB)http://


Mobo:
$175 (ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel) http://


I'm trying to budget at $1000 but it looks like to get the preipherals also this is going to jump up to $1100. Comments suggestions?


Switch the motherboard to the ASRock Z77 Extreme6, it currently includes Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 for FREE. Will shave off around $80 from your current motherboard and ram selection.


No. Buy memory from a trusted brand. Asus makes top notch boards(not saying extreme 6 is bad), and there is an awesome deal right now with the build I gave:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Agree get good quality memory and that Asus board is great. I have the Asus Z77 Sabertooth and very happy with Asus quality.
a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2013 12:39:56 PM

edogawa said:

No. Buy memory from a trusted brand. Asus makes top notch boards(not saying extreme 6 is bad), and there is an awesome deal right now with the build I gave:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Team Group isn't reputable brand? Please don't spread misinformation.


This would be my recommended build. The Biostar H77MU3 includes the 8gb of ram:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $989.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Shave off another $13 with this i5 3570K + Asus Blu-Ray bundle
a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2013 12:50:44 PM

bryonhowley said:

Agree get good quality memory and that Asus board is great. I have the Asus Z77 Sabertooth and very happy with Asus quality.


Looking at the OPs build, there is no need to pay a premium for crossfire support. He would be wasting $ on features he would not be using... an H77 chip set board would be more than enough for his first build.
April 21, 2013 10:33:03 AM

What is the difference between the ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel and the non-LK one? There is a $40 price difference. You all seem to agree that that CPU cooler is the best so I will probably go with that. I read the reviews for the Video Card i had chosen and there were some people with it crashing... anyone have a Video card that just seems to destroy any competition in its price range? ($200)
April 21, 2013 10:36:41 AM

slomo4sho said:
bryonhowley said:

Agree get good quality memory and that Asus board is great. I have the Asus Z77 Sabertooth and very happy with Asus quality.


Looking at the OPs build, there is no need to pay a premium for crossfire support. He would be wasting $ on features he would not be using... an H77 chip set board would be more than enough for his first build.


I might not be using it immediately but having room for upgrading is something i definitely want to have. I don't want my ability to upgrade the computer tied down my my mobo.
a b 4 Gaming
April 21, 2013 2:35:34 PM

andrex348 said:

I might not be using it immediately but having room for upgrading is something i definitely want to have. I don't want my ability to upgrade the computer tied down my my mobo.


Here is a comparison between the three boards.

You are paying a premium for higher clock ram support, quad SLI/ 3-way Crossfire, better overclock support (no CPU overclocking on the H77, the reason I choose the 3750K over the 3570 in the build is because the 3570 is only $5 less than the 3750K and the 3750K will have much better resale value down the line), and the P8Z77-LK (the non LK version) also has built in WiFi.

Crossfire currently has mixed results and is prone to micro-stutter. You can add a 2nd card with the Asus boards or replace the existing card with a newer generation card. When you crossfire, you have to use the same generation cards of the same series. The 7850 can only be crossfired with a 7850 or 7870.
Here is some light reading on 7850 crossfire performance.

However, take a look at the difference in performance when comparing current generation and previous generation cards:




http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=509

The general trend is that mid range next generation graphics cards tend to perform about equal to the current generation top tier single GPU cards. The other trend is lower power consumption. As you can see, the 7850 performs very closely to the 6970.

So what does this mean for you? Adding a 2nd card down the line would yield performance benefit equal to slightly higher than the mid-grade next generation card. The savings you realize currently can be reinvested into other components or saved to purchase a next generation card down the line in a year or whenever you decide to upgrade.

Nevertheless, if you truly want a motherboard that will not be hindered then I suggest you wait for haswell since the only options for CPU upgrades in the current generation would be up to an i7.
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