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April 23, 2013 7:30:45 AM

I'm going to build my gaming pc for the first time ever and I need help. I already do some research and I come up with this. (I will overclock)

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
GPU: Sapphire hd 7950 oc Ed
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer middle tower
Ssd: SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB SATA III
Hdd: Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM
PSU: COOLER MASTER GX Series 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE
CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER V6 GT

Is that good? Is all compatible? Is something missing(beside the monitor and os)? Need advice!

Edit: I typed wrong its supposed to be 3570k
April 23, 2013 7:32:42 AM

timmy3010 said:
I'm going to build my gaming pc for the first time ever and I need help. I already do some research and I come up with this. (I will overclock)

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
GPU: Sapphire hd 7950 oc Ed
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer middle tower
Ssd: SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB SATA III
Hdd: Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM
PSU: COOLER MASTER GX Series 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE
CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER V6 GT

Is that good? Is all compatible? Is something missing(beside the monitor and os)? Need advice!


Yep, that's all a great build. Good job!
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April 23, 2013 7:42:08 AM

Hi there,

Two things about your build: Cooler Master power supplies are notoriously bad (apart from the very high end ones). The GX series is not very good at all (Tier 4, which is almost as bad as you can get). You'd be much better of with something from Seasonic/Corsair, for example: http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-80Plus-M12II-620-BRONZE/... It might be a bit more expensive, but it's worth paying for the quality and modular cabling.

Second thing; the RAM you've chosen is not strictly compatible with your CPU heat sink. Since the heat-spreaders on Vengeance are so high, the CPU cooler has to be installed in a vertical (and non-optimal) orientation. You'd be much better off with low profile Vengeance: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Desktop-Memory-... which would increase compatibility for both your current and any future heat sinks you use.

EDIT: Also, as pointed out below, you need a 3570K to overclock, not just a 3570.

Otherwise it's a very good build.

All the best,

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April 23, 2013 7:43:52 AM

If you are overclocking, make sure you get the unlocked "k" version of the CPU.
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