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May 3, 2013 9:37:07 PM



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I have been thinking about building a gaming computer for quite some time and I was wondering if these parts will work together.. I still need a power supply for my setup (NOT SURE IF THIS ONE HAS ENOUGH WATTAGE), as well as a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Can someone tell me if these parts will work together, as well as recommend to me a power supply.

Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001

Ram: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (RC-932-KKN5-GP

Motherboard: AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4

DVD Drive: Asus 24xDVD-RW

Power Supply: Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply 750w

Heat Sink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

I am new to the computer building scene, as in I've done it beforee, and I wanted to know if this is a good build for about $1000 (including windows 7)

also any tips/reccomendations you can make would be most appreciated.

p.s. will this be able to run games like Guild Wars 2, the upcoming Elder scrolls online etc..

May 3, 2013 9:48:34 PM

For cases also take a look at corsair r200 and r300. Also look at the new cool master n300 and n500. There made for long gpu and tall CPU coolers.
The power supply you picked out is fine. If you can't wait till end of June intel haswell CPU are dropping and new gpu from nvidia. For a little extra time and money going to get faster gaming parts.
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May 3, 2013 10:18:18 PM

smorizio said:
For cases also take a look at corsair r200 and r300. Also look at the new cool master n300 and n500. There made for long gpu and tall CPU coolers.
The power supply you picked out is fine. If you can't wait till end of June intel haswell CPU are dropping and new gpu from nvidia. For a little extra time and money going to get faster gaming parts.


I'd stick with the case from the original build, nothing wrong with the HAF 932.

I'd switch out the PSU for a Seasonic S12 II 620W and you're set.
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May 3, 2013 10:21:36 PM

Why a 3TB HDD?
You dont need that big of a PSU if your not gonna CF/CLI
Also you will need a copy of an OS which is another ~$100 your also stating that you need peripherals as well. To get all of that for $1000 is going to be extremely hard to play any new games. From my stand point I would say wait till you can get around $1500.
If you've never built computers before are you sure you want to OC and do you know how to properly do it?


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May 4, 2013 12:37:02 AM

Emelth said:
Why a 3TB HDD?
You dont need that big of a PSU if your not gonna CF/CLI
Also you will need a copy of an OS which is another ~$100 your also stating that you need peripherals as well. To get all of that for $1000 is going to be extremely hard to play any new games. From my stand point I would say wait till you can get around $1500.
If you've never built computers before are you sure you want to OC and do you know how to properly do it?




I was going to have the 3tb hard drive cause I plan on having a large digital library of videos, music, etc.. I wasnt planning on overclocking it.
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May 4, 2013 12:38:08 AM

g-unit1111 said:
smorizio said:
For cases also take a look at corsair r200 and r300. Also look at the new cool master n300 and n500. There made for long gpu and tall CPU coolers.
The power supply you picked out is fine. If you can't wait till end of June intel haswell CPU are dropping and new gpu from nvidia. For a little extra time and money going to get faster gaming parts.


I'd stick with the case from the original build, nothing wrong with the HAF 932.

I'd switch out the PSU for a Seasonic S12 II 620W and you're set.


psu?? sorry for my ignorance, but what is that?

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May 4, 2013 12:43:01 AM

g-unit1111 said:
smorizio said:
For cases also take a look at corsair r200 and r300. Also look at the new cool master n300 and n500. There made for long gpu and tall CPU coolers.
The power supply you picked out is fine. If you can't wait till end of June intel haswell CPU are dropping and new gpu from nvidia. For a little extra time and money going to get faster gaming parts.


I'd stick with the case from the original build, nothing wrong with the HAF 932.

I'd switch out the PSU for a Seasonic S12 II 620W and you're set.


Just looked it up. is 620watts enough for the parts i have? Also, where would you suggest that I upgrade this build to play modern games?
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May 4, 2013 1:30:45 AM

Your first post was good. Other then a higher end and more costly gpu.the only other part would be a Ssd for boot speed. With a power supply your better off buying the larger unit for your money. Most power supply sweet spot is when there loaded to 50 percent of there rated load. If you run ps higher then 70 percent. Few things can happen. The ps can't hold the voltage to the atx spec and your pc blue screen or locks up or resets.
The ps runs hot and loud or under hard load it pops and dies or just stops working. With a gaming rig..your going to stress to ps and gpu so your better off over sizing the ps.
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May 4, 2013 1:34:55 AM

smorizio said:
Your first post was good. Other then a higher end and more costly gpu.the only other part would be a Ssd for boot speed. With a power supply your better off buying the larger unit for your money. Most power supply sweet spot is when there loaded to 50 percent of there rated load. If you run ps higher then 70 percent. Few things can happen. The ps can't hold the voltage to the atx spec and your pc blue screen or locks up or resets.
The ps runs hot and loud or under hard load it pops and dies or just stops working. With a gaming rig..your going to stress to ps and gpu so your better off over sizing the ps.


I'm not sure exactly how much wattage I need. Do i just look up each individual piecs running cost and add them up? Also, just to clarify the 750w one is more than enough? Thanks again, sorry if it seems like i'm asking obvious questions. But i have to buy two of these rigs, one for my wife and I. Lol, so as of now with the peripherals I'm buying its going to run me about $2750 and I dont want to mess this up! (:
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May 4, 2013 1:38:19 AM

Alright now we got some more info your also making it an HTPC (Home Theater PC) for movies got ya. What I would advise for you right now is to stick close to your budget and just get a 1TB HD and then add more HDDs when you get more money later down the road or get External HDDs which is what I would advise even more.

Since your not OC'ing your Rig, drop the i5 3570k and get the 3550 non 'K' type also drop your motherboard to an H77 (you can get a good one for less than a $100).

Drop the PSU (Power Supply Unit) to a 550W that will be more than enough you can even drop down to a 500W for and still be sitting perfect.

Up your GPU as much as possible right off the back trying reaching for a 670 or a 7950 (7950 IMO).

Drop the CPU cooler since your not OC'ing your Rig you wont have to worry about your CPU overheating the Stock cooler that comes with the processor will be good enough
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May 4, 2013 1:47:17 AM

Micro center has the 3470 for 149 each. Also check the store and flyer for mb combo deals.
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May 4, 2013 1:50:46 AM

Emelth said:
Alright now we got some more info your also making it an HTPC (Home Theater PC) for movies got ya. What I would advise for you right now is to stick close to your budget and just get a 1TB HD and then add more HDDs when you get more money later down the road or get External HDDs which is what I would advise even more.

Since your not OC'ing your Rig, drop the i5 3570k and get the 3550 non 'K' type also drop your motherboard to an H77 (you can get a good one for less than a $100).

Drop the PSU (Power Supply Unit) to a 550W that will be more than enough you can even drop down to a 500W for and still be sitting perfect.

Up your GPU as much as possible right off the back trying reaching for a 670 or a 7950 (7950 IMO).

Drop the CPU cooler since your not OC'ing your Rig you wont have to worry about your CPU overheating the Stock cooler that comes with the processor will be good enough


Thank you for the feedback, i just lowered the power supply and saved $60, lowered the hardrive to a gig and saved $120. (buying external hard drives in the future seems like a better idea.) I wanted to know exactly what motherboard you are talking about and what the difference betweern the intel with and without a k is. Cause as of now on amazon the one with a k is cheaper. (: Thank you so much
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May 4, 2013 1:57:22 AM

Currently working on a rig for you sorry working on a couple peoples stuff right now sorry for the wait xD
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May 4, 2013 2:04:07 AM

Alright so the difference between the CPU's
1) i5 3570K - CPU's that have a 'K' attached to it are ones that consumers can tweak to make it run faster
2) i5 3450 - This is a non'K' type CPU which means the Core are locked and consumers can not tweak

This is a build a little less than you requested ($1000), if you got extra money put it towards those external HDDs that you want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.16 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.55 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $962.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-04 05:00 EDT-0400)
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May 4, 2013 2:19:57 AM

Emelth said:
Alright so the difference between the CPU's
1) i5 3570K - CPU's that have a 'K' attached to it are ones that consumers can tweak to make it run faster
2) i5 3450 - This is a non'K' type CPU which means the Core are locked and consumers can not tweak

This is a build a little less than you requested ($1000), if you got extra money put it towards those external HDDs that you want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.16 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.55 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $962.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-04 05:00 EDT-0400)


Will all these parts fit in this case?

CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Windowed Side Panel

aaaanddd will this setup run games like crysis 3 on high?
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May 4, 2013 2:21:05 AM

Emelth said:
Alright so the difference between the CPU's
1) i5 3570K - CPU's that have a 'K' attached to it are ones that consumers can tweak to make it run faster
2) i5 3450 - This is a non'K' type CPU which means the Core are locked and consumers can not tweak

This is a build a little less than you requested ($1000), if you got extra money put it towards those external HDDs that you want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.16 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.55 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $962.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-04 05:00 EDT-0400)


and also thank you so much for all your help (:
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May 4, 2013 2:27:49 AM

No problem if your done with this thread hit the "Pick as the Solution" for the comment that helped you make ur decision to close the thread out
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May 4, 2013 2:29:09 AM

Emelth said:
No problem if your done with this thread hit the "Pick as the Solution" for the comment that helped you make ur decision to close the thread out


I will definately do that. (: But can you answer that one last question please? Thank you so much!

Will all these parts fit in this case?

CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Windowed Side Panel

aaaanddd will this setup run games like crysis 3 on high?

(:
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May 4, 2013 2:41:19 AM

Yes it will fit in the case, running Crysis 3 is a whole new level gaming. Im not gonna sugar coat it everyone knows its one of the most demanding games for PCs. I would say it will play it on medium settings, with the right tweaking of settings possible medium high.
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