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

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June 13, 2013 9:07:29 AM

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)
a b 4 Gaming
June 13, 2013 9:21:19 AM

Looks good, but the USB wifi card is crap. I would recommend a PCIe card instead.
June 13, 2013 9:27:33 AM

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!
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a c 247 4 Gaming
June 13, 2013 9:43:39 AM
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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
June 13, 2013 12:32:21 PM

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?
a b 4 Gaming
June 13, 2013 12:45:35 PM

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.
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 13, 2013 12:58:06 PM

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.
June 13, 2013 1:18:55 PM

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?
a c 247 4 Gaming
June 13, 2013 1:26:03 PM

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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