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July 19, 2013 4:58:26 PM

Hello everyone. I have been researching for a while now about building my own PC. I am new to this and I tried to get all of my info right but if you see any problems in my build, please tell me! I was not able to figure out what case I should get so I did not choose any hard drives. If you can please suggest any cases that fit this build that would be great!

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155
Memory: Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
Video Card: GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W

Please leave me any tips or changes that you think would fit for this build and please remember that I am new to this haha.

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July 19, 2013 5:10:50 PM

A lot of it will depend on your overall budget. Generally, the only thing I'd change atm without knowing your budget is the video card. The 660's range anywhere from about 170 to 260 dollars. If you are wanting to stay near the 170 mark, I'd probably recommend a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . However, if you are ok with spending a little more money, there are plenty of 760's that perform well for the money spent, around 260 dollars. For cases, I'm a big fan of the Fractal Design Define R4(with or without window). It's about 90 dollars, so again, depends on your budget.
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July 19, 2013 7:27:10 PM

Swordkd said:
A lot of it will depend on your overall budget. Generally, the only thing I'd change atm without knowing your budget is the video card. The 660's range anywhere from about 170 to 260 dollars. If you are wanting to stay near the 170 mark, I'd probably recommend a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . However, if you are ok with spending a little more money, there are plenty of 760's that perform well for the money spent, around 260 dollars. For cases, I'm a big fan of the Fractal Design Define R4(with or without window). It's about 90 dollars, so again, depends on your budget.


Thanks for the reply. I was really thinking about the 760 and I think that I'll do it. Also, thanks for the case recommendation. My biggest concern with this build is that the parts aren't compatible. I tried to get it so everything was compatible but if it is possible for you to confirm that I did do it correctly, that would be great. I would feel accomplished if I did it right the first time.
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July 19, 2013 7:56:42 PM

No, those are all really good choices. Make sure you include a good cooler for that unlocked multiplier Cpu. The Case I recommended has good airflow and cable management, but don't take my opinion only. Read a couple of reviews.

Depending on sales, you might be able to get a same quality Psu for less money, or higher wattage for the same price. Right now that Seasonic is 72 dollars http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... while an XfX 650w semi-modular is 95 with a 30 dollar MiR. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... There is also a 750w semi modular Xfx for 86 with a 15 dollar MiR. Xfx is a seasonic OEM, so it's going to be another good quality brand.
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July 19, 2013 8:42:47 PM

Swordkd said:
No, those are all really good choices. Make sure you include a good cooler for that unlocked multiplier Cpu. The Case I recommended has good airflow and cable management, but don't take my opinion only. Read a couple of reviews.

Depending on sales, you might be able to get a same quality Psu for less money, or higher wattage for the same price. Right now that Seasonic is 72 dollars http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... while an XfX 650w semi-modular is 95 with a 30 dollar MiR. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... There is also a 750w semi modular Xfx for 86 with a 15 dollar MiR. Xfx is a seasonic OEM, so it's going to be another good quality brand.


Would you recommend that I buy an extra fan for the case that I buy and if so, are there any reliable brands? I was very unsure at what Psu I should buy concerning the amount of wattage. I am still looking at cases but yours was one that I have liked the most so far. Also, would you recommend me buying an SSD and putting my OS on it and getting a separate HDD for everything else? Sorry for all the questions by the way, just want to make sure that everything is right!
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July 19, 2013 8:52:08 PM

Having that same 1tb HDD as a storage drive, and adding an SSD for OS and a few games would be optimal. I wouldn't buy anything less than a 120/128gb SSD drive if you do. My current favorites are the Samsung 840 Pro, and the Sandisk Extreme II series. You can buy cheaper SSD's, but they don't perform as well.
I would hold off on buying another case fan until you get your build together and running. Then take a look at temps and decide then. I'd suspect that your temps will be just fine though without it.
The total wattage used for your system should be under 420w. So for a safety margin I'd get at least a 550w, up to a maximum of 750w. Make sure it's at least Bronze rated, from a good brand. Seasonic, Xfx, PC Power and Cooling, Ultra, OCZ, Antec, and higher end Corsair(avoid the CX series, it's a budget quality series) all make good PSU's. I prefer modular PSU's simply because I don't like extra cables in my case that I'm not using. However, that's purely an aesthetic, and not a performance issue. Before you build it, make sure you watch a couple of videos and pay attention how to do proper cable routing. It will not only look cleaner, but will clear up your case for better air flow.
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July 19, 2013 10:26:40 PM

Alright that's great to know. I was reading up and people did suggest to have an SSD and then a separate HDD. I wasn't sure whether or not I would need a fan but yeah, I probably need to I really appreciate all this help and all of these brands that you have suggested. It is really helping me in making this PC. I'll still look around if I need to figure out anything else but you have helped a ton! Thank you so much!
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