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Trying to build a gaming PC. Need advice on a few parts.

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June 18, 2013 6:42:06 PM

So I have put together some parts and need advice. The only things I have purchased as of right now are the case and a HD.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month.

Budget Range: $1200ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Videos/Movies, Browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not too picky. Newegg, Tiger, Amazon, Ebay...whatever.

Location: Western KY

Parts Preferences: Considering Intel.

Overclocking: Most likely. Would definitely like to try.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 most likely

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Haven't built a PC in a decade or more.

Parts I have picked out so far...easily subject to change if needed:

Intel Core i5-3570k (some are suggesting I get the 4670k)
Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased)
Cougar Evolution-W (White) ATX Full Tower Case (Already purchased)
Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Windows 8 OEM 64-bit

This is what I have so far. I'm really undecided on motherboards and graphics cards. I've been considering the HD 670 or maybe 7970. I've been out of the PC gaming world for so long I'm honestly unsure.

I'm also considering getting a small SATA III SSD to put the OS on for a boot drive.

Any suggestions, changes, advice would be greatly appreciated guys. If I've forgotten anything, feel free to ask.
June 18, 2013 6:58:20 PM

Wow that motherboard is high. But it seems amazing.
Any idea when the GTX 700 series launches?

And one more thing, I forgot to list a PSU...suggestions?
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June 18, 2013 7:08:04 PM

Seasonic is the brand I always recommend for psus. A 620w should be sufficient for most builds. As for motherboards, I recommend ASRock, more specifically the Extreme 4 in z77 or z87 depending on what cpu you go with (I would go with Haswell as its the newest socket and leaves room for upgrades).
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June 18, 2013 7:11:31 PM

Ill give the Seasonic's a look. Thinking I should probably look for a modular.
I was originally considering the Z87 extreme4/6. Is the 6 worth the extra 30/40 bucks in your opinion?
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June 18, 2013 7:57:02 PM

I wouldn't even bother with the 4670k or z87 motherboards right now. The extra performance(what little there is) isn't worth the price premium over Ivy Bridge at this point. If you live near a Microcenter though, you can get a 4670k for 200 dollars right now, so that would make it worth it.
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June 18, 2013 8:33:57 PM

The upgrade to the Extreme 6 is only worth it if you can use the extra options it includes. The 4 should be sufficient if you ask me.
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June 19, 2013 6:15:40 AM

I actually have a friend in VA that lives right by one, so I'll probably take advantage of that sale, thanks Swordkd.
Im debating on upgrading to the Extreme 6, mainly because Newegg is giving 8GB free RAM with it.

And how do I know if the PSU is compatible with the Haswell cpu?
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June 19, 2013 1:22:27 PM

That's a good deal. I actually am using that ram in my pc. The power supply manufacturer's website should say if it's Haswell approved. The only deal with the free ram is for the socket 1155 Extreme 6, which means Ivy bridge cpu. The socket 1150 Extreme 6 doesn't come with it.
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June 19, 2013 1:27:03 PM

Well the MSI z87 MPOWER and the Asus z87-Plus both come with it. So maybe one of them. I still have no idea what PSU to get.
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June 19, 2013 1:41:27 PM

would that 750W be sufficient for this build with a Radeon HD 7970, and possible overclocking?
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June 19, 2013 1:45:57 PM

Oh yeah, plenty powerful enough.
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June 19, 2013 1:48:12 PM

I'm a terrible judge of power use. lol. My friend who builds keeps telling me I need an 800+. I had no idea. :p 
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June 19, 2013 1:55:56 PM

I'd look for a different cpu cooler as well. The Thermaltake Frio that you have listed is pretty good, but it's heavy. It's actually too heavy for my current motherboard, and the fans aren't pwm compatible. I'd spend a little more and go with the NH-U14s. Little bit lighter and performs better as well, way quieter as well.

I'm showing that you'll be using around 450w or so without overclocking. 800w is just overkill unless it's a good deal. 750w isn't bad, and it's on sale, and semi-modular.
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June 19, 2013 2:01:05 PM

Kinda surprised there is only one review on Newegg of that cooler, it's pretty high though.
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June 19, 2013 2:20:31 PM

It's only been out and available on newegg for a short while. You can do a search for reviews on that cooler though. I own the thermaltake frio and that's why I can say what I said about it. I'm currently looking to buy a new cooler because the Frio is too heavy for my motherboard(ASUS p8z77-v LK; it warps my motherboard and causes a short, my psu won't let it boot up).
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June 19, 2013 2:28:25 PM

So Im really liking the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming. It seems really cool. How do you know if the Mobo supports PWM fans?
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June 19, 2013 2:42:50 PM

That board has 2 x 4pin Cpu fan headers, and 3 x 4pin System fan headers. If it has 4 pin connectors, it supports PWM. I think any recent board will support it, whether the fans that come with the heatsinks supports it or not is the question, but they will say in their spec sheets.
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