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April 30, 2013 11:13:37 PM

Looking to build a gaming PC, what do you guys think?


    Corsair 300R with Window
    Intel Core i5-3570K
    ASUS P8Z77-V LX
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9
    Corsair 600W CX
    Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB SSD
    1TB 32MB Cache
    DVD Writer
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB
    Corsair H60
    Red Lighting
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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a b 4 Gaming
April 30, 2013 11:35:05 PM

Looks good, just two things:

1) The H60 isn't a good pick. A $30 Hyper 212 EVO will perform just as well, and be far, FAR more reliable.

2) It seems as though this is a prebuilt?

I highly suggest building it yourself - it'll be considerably cheaper, you still get good warranties, just on individual parts, it's as easy as playing with legos and only requires a screwdriver, it's fun, and there are a lot of easy to follow youtube guides.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 1, 2013 12:12:17 AM

If you're spending that much, you can get significantly more than what you have there. If I were buying in that range, I'd go with something more along the lines of this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.16 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.67 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1421.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-01 03:12 EDT-0400)
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May 1, 2013 12:22:41 AM

Hi berocca!

I agree with DarkSable that going air for a cpu heat-sink-fan would be the better alternative. Imho, unless you're a seasoned pc builder, water-cooled hsf's might be more trouble than they're worth.

If you plan to add a second video card later, that PSU won't be enough, but if you're going with just one video card, then you might consider one with a lower wattage, preferrably in the 500W range. SeaSonic, XFX, Antec, and Corsair are good brands.

Asides from that, you've got a sweet build. Good luck!
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