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Thoughts on this build? $800

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May 18, 2013 7:49:30 AM

This is my first attempt at building a desktop, so I could really use some advice. Right now I'm at around $770, and I'm not looking to go past around $850 for this build. After reading through many reviews on newegg, I have put together the following list (links on names):

Case: Rosewill Challenger Mid Tower - $45
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K - $210
GPU: EVGA GTX 650 - $120
SSD: Samsung 120GB - $100
HDD: Western Digital Blue 500GB 7200RPM - $60
MB: MSI Z77A-GD65 Intel - $165
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB - Free with motherboard currently
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750 Watt - $70
OS: Windows 7 - Free through school

I plan to do some PC gaming with this desktop, with most time spent on Planetside 2 and Steam games. Does this build look like it can handle those demands? Did I make any big mistakes in putting this build together? Any other suggestions? Thank you very much for your time and assistance.

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May 18, 2013 8:00:55 AM

good build, but the cpu and mobo will be overkill for those game
nice to have though
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May 18, 2013 8:05:43 AM

You want a CPU Cooler with that CPU, if you do plan to overclock. I'd recommend the hyper 212 EVO, however if you don't plan to overclock, save some money and get the 3470. And don't get the 650 if you want to play other modern games at high settings, if you're looking for one that does the 7850 is a pretty good option. This PC will definitely handle those games, even the 650 :p 
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May 18, 2013 8:30:41 AM

Thanks to both of you for your feedback!

I'm not sure about the specs on the heatsink and fan included with the i5-3570K, but do you think that fan would be sufficient to cool the CPU for overclocking? The Hyper 212 EVO looks like a great suggestion and I would certainly add that to my build if you think it would help protect my CPU. Thanks!
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May 18, 2013 8:34:42 AM

ctom21 said:
Thanks to both of you for your feedback!

I'm not sure about the specs on the heatsink and fan included with the i5-3570K, but do you think that fan would be sufficient to cool the CPU for overclocking? The Hyper 212 EVO looks like a great suggestion and I would certainly add that to my build if you think it would help protect my CPU. Thanks!

The stock cooler is meant for the stock CPU, and if you did overclock it, it would get hot very quickly. I'd get the EVO if I were you :) 
Good luck with the build!
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May 18, 2013 8:39:13 AM

MJSBLUES said:
ctom21 said:
Thanks to both of you for your feedback!

I'm not sure about the specs on the heatsink and fan included with the i5-3570K, but do you think that fan would be sufficient to cool the CPU for overclocking? The Hyper 212 EVO looks like a great suggestion and I would certainly add that to my build if you think it would help protect my CPU. Thanks!

The stock cooler is meant for the stock CPU, and if you did overclock it, it would get hot very quickly. I'd get the EVO if I were you :) 
Good luck with the build!


That makes sense. I think I will go with the EVO just in case I do overclock. Better safe than sorry! Thanks again!
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