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First build need suggestions before purchasing. 1200 budget

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May 12, 2013 11:50:56 PM

Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: roughly 1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: High end gaming, photoshop, and occasional web browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Location: Kansas

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU's

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Will add an additional 7970 later down the line

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: looking for suggestions on parts and ways to save while maintaining great performance. Getting an SSD for free from a friend so no need to purchase one.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Got stationed in Alaska, and getting back into online gaming so I can have fun with my friends and family back home.

Build so far:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card

Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case

Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

Sub total: 1140.15
a b 4 Gaming
May 13, 2013 12:29:09 AM

Go with 2x4GB of ram, to take advantage of dual channel performance. You also get absolutely no benefit from 1866MHz ram over 1600.

Other than that, it looks pretty good. Do you really need a blu-ray drive?

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a b 4 Gaming
May 13, 2013 12:33:01 AM

It looks great! Just a few tweaks.

1. Get dual channel RAM (2x 4GB) instead of 1x 8GB.

2. The Gigabyte Windforce Radeon HD 7970 is likely cooler for about the same price.

3. The Storm Stryker is a tad expensive, but if you must have it, fine. If not, get a cheaper case and either upgrade the GPU to a Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz or get a SSD.

4. That PSU will require you to buy a molex to PCIe adapter. It doesn't come with enough PCIe connectors for your HD 7970. Either that or buy a different PSU that does support your GPU.
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May 13, 2013 1:07:56 AM

Will you build while in Kansas or Alaska.
shipping may cost more to Alaska.
May 13, 2013 1:41:58 AM

your ram selection isnt that good go for 2x4gb for better transfering!
May 13, 2013 6:40:19 AM

Thanks for the (2X4) suggestion for dual channel. Still a little new to this never would have thought of that. And DarkSable the Bluray is just for kicks, my PS3 just shat out on me.

Ksham yeah I plan on customizing the case down the road. ( Green paint job, yellow LED, and a LoZ decal ) and the storm stryker seem to fit wat i was going for best. thanks for the info about the PSU didnt think about the PCIe connectors.
July 26, 2013 12:45:54 AM

change the ram to duel chanel, 2x4 gb, and 1600 mhz,
and the for the graphics card, get a sapphire vapor-x radeon 7970 ghz