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1000$ Gaming Rig. Need a look at it to improve if possible!

Hi guys,

Stumbled upon tom's Hardware forum and it has GREAT information and help when it comes to building your own desktop. I've made myself a desktop based on a lot i read here. Budget is +/- 1000$.

This is my current rig i want to buy, yet i wanna know if i didn't overkilled it in some places? or maybe i should swap out certain parts for better ones.
*My motherboard for example, i think i could go for a cheaper one. I know little abouth them and i don't know how well certain bords interact with the rest of my gear. Also i have a 7.1 surround set. I think the current board is enough to output decent surround sound? or should i get an extra sound card? (i'm no real audiophile btw, just enjoy good surround sound)
*I've had some trouble with wireless connections on my previous desktop so any advice on good wireless adapters is welcome!
*I look to overclock a little and want to be able to do some small upgrades in the futhur (ex; some more ram) but nothing extreme.
*AMD/Intel/Nvidea... It doesn't matter much, as long as everything works nicely together.

So hit me! any advice welcome! thnx

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($287.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN822N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $990.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-13 11:52 EDT-0400)
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  1. Looks good, but the USB wifi card is crap. I would recommend a PCIe card instead.
  2. Any suggestions towards a wireless PCIe card?
    Also i took that USB wifi because it has a cable. This way i can put the reciever in a more optimal position. With a PCIe wireless card it will be at the back of my desktop in the corner of my room. I figured thats not really a good spot for the antennes to be?

    Thnx for reply!
  3. Best answer
    That's decent. If you're going with a new rig I would leave the SSD off and invest in a Haswell setup. You can always add the SSD in later, you can't add the 4670K in later. Not to mention that Cooler Master PSU is crap.

    Here's what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($287.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $996.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-13 12:42 EDT-0400)

    - Better case
    - Better PSU
    - New Haswell CPU and motherboard
    - GPU remains the same
    - Slightly less expensive RAM
  4. Thnx! Seems nice, now i only need a decent wireless!

    Altough quick noob question. Isn't the Haswell CPU a bit overkill compared to the GPU? or would you leave it at this and just buy another 7950 after a year or 2 and put them in SLI?
  5. Nah its not,
    If you want to use 2 gpus in the future get a nvidia card. Overall Better.
    Sli= nvidia
    crossfire= amd

    Or you can get a i5-4570 for ~210$ and a h87 motherboard for ~110$ ( sli ready)

    Then you could buy a gtx 770.
  6. Yamakazi said:
    Thnx! Seems nice, now i only need a decent wireless!

    Altough quick noob question. Isn't the Haswell CPU a bit overkill compared to the GPU? or would you leave it at this and just buy another 7950 after a year or 2 and put them in SLI?


    No Haswell is simply the next generation of Intel CPU. It will eventually replace Ivy Bridge. Anytime you can improve system performance - even if it's only marginal, definitely do so. Always get the latest hardware you can to ensure system longevity.
  7. K thnx! i've got all than except my wireless. I'm really clueless on this as i don't have much experience in that field? any suggestions?
  8. Yamakazi said:
    K thnx! i've got all than except my wireless. I'm really clueless on this as i don't have much experience in that field? any suggestions?


    Any generic USB or PCI wifi adapter is fine.
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