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Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard
Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory (Updated)
Corsair vengeance 8gb(2x4gb) 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Storage
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card (Updated)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660Ti 2GB Video Card

Case
NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $84.50 FREE $84.50 Amazon

Power Supply
Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Still need to find a wireless network card...

Sorry posted old list. i actually updated card to 660ti and i just updated to 3570k. The original ram i wanted i could only get as a combo with some other junk)

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    That motherboard is a hoax. The Thermal armor actually heats the board up and causes problems. Get a MUCH cheaper board ($100 less). also drop the CPU cooler because you cannot overclock that CPU. You need a K series CPU to be able to overclock.

    Save money be getting regular speed RAM. Couple that with the saved money from the motherboard and get a MUCh better GPU.
  2. Everything seems really good... :D but I think If you are not planning to overclock, then you don't need another cpu cooler...also 760 watts are a bit too much but it depends on what you are going to plug in next ;D
  3. looks good
    if you wanted to you could drop down from the sabertooth and get a gtx 760
    but you should be fine with a 660

    also, you might as well get a 3570k, its about $5 more on amazon last i checked and would let you overclock if you ever had the slightest desire to
  4. Why not get the i5-3570k? But everything else looks pretty good, If you had the money I would say get a GTX 760 rather than the 660 though
  5. patrick47018 said:


    Im not the most computer savvy. picking out all these parts took a long time. Is "superclocked" significant, and would it require a change in any components posted?
  6. It doesn't mean much at all. It is marketing.
  7. No it wouldn't require anything different a Superclocked GPU just comes with a higher base clock speed, it pretty much means that is comes pre-overclocked, and like they said if you are going to get a good cooler then go ahead and get the 3570K so you can overclock it if you want
  8. tiny voices said:
    That motherboard is a hoax. The Thermal armor actually heats the board up and causes problems. Get a MUCH cheaper board ($100 less). also drop the CPU cooler because you cannot overclock that CPU. You need a K series CPU to be able to overclock.

    Save money be getting regular speed RAM. Couple that with the saved money from the motherboard and get a MUCh better GPU.


    I heard the mbo is a very important piece and not to "cheap" out on it. What woud you suggest, replacing my mbo, RAM, gpu with what?
  9. agreed the motherboard is important, but what tiny voices said is also correct about the Sabertooth
    give ur total budget
  10. jinayhvora said:
    agreed the motherboard is important, but what tiny voices said is also correct about the Sabertooth
    give ur total budget


    What motherboard would you suggest as a replacement?
  11. i would suggest u go with Haswell, 4670K with a Z87 board in the 150$ range
  12. Has anyone heard anything negative about Seagate storage devices? On another forum someone said to ditch seagate ASAP and find another company.
  13. what? I'm using a Seagate on my System right now and have been for the last 2 yrs without any problem
  14. jinayhvora said:
    what? I'm using a Seagate on my System right now and have been for the last 2 yrs without any problem


    Ok. Thats enough proof for me.

    Is a SSD necessary? browsing forums here, i see an overwhelming majority of builds using SSD's
  15. its not really 'necessary' but it is good to get if u can afford it, it will give u faster boot and load times bur no performance difference in-game
  16. jinayhvora said:
    its not really 'necessary' but it is good to get if u can afford it, it will give u faster boot and load times bur no performance difference in-game


    And realistically boot times only matter if you are shutting your computer down every night, which i never do, sleep mode.

    What fair priced SSD would u recommend?

    EDIT
    Forget it, they are way too expensive for a more or less useless benefit. whether i wait 15 seconds or 30 seconds for boot to 2 min, as long as my comp works fine when on, im prob ok with that.
  17. ive heard that ssd sometimes makes loading times a bit faster in games..but they're already pretty fast anyways. you can always add one in later if you want

    i wouldnt say that the sabertooth is a bad board, just a bit overpriced without necessarily being worth the $200-$240 it's priced at. If you don't mind spending the extra money it will still be good as there is more to it than thermal armor, but you could get something like the asus p8z77-v or v pro for less

    as for seagate, ive heard good and bad, personally i prefer wd as they are both cheap and reliable..but either probably will work. an HDD isn't too expensive
  18. mc962 said:
    ive heard that ssd sometimes makes loading times a bit faster in games..but they're already pretty fast anyways. you can always add one in later if you want

    i wouldnt say that the sabertooth is a bad board, just a bit overpriced without necessarily being worth the $200-$240 it's priced at. If you don't mind spending the extra money it will still be good as there is more to it than thermal armor, but you could get something like the asus p8z77-v or v pro for less

    as for seagate, ive heard good and bad, personally i prefer wd as they are both cheap and reliable..but either probably will work. an HDD isn't too expensive


    What do you think of this MBO

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CU4L4M2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00CU4L4M2&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwcareyholzm-20

    When buying a wireless adapter (internet) do i need a pci express or can i just get a usb or will either work?

    And i have no interest in over clocking to be completely honest, so do i really need to get a cpu cooler, or would the one that comes with the i5 be sufficient, assuming one does come with it?
  19. Anyone?^^^^^^^^^
  20. i believe that only has crossfire..if you ever want to use 2 graphic cards you need sli capability (crossfire is for the radeon)
    looks good otherwise based on quick customer reviews, but i would make sure to go through all the customer reviews and product reviews to make sure i know the good and bad about the board

    check out the msi g45 series

    both should work for wireless, im not sure if there is any big difference (pci might be faster?? i dont really know)

    if no overclocking then the stock cooler should be fine..after all, intel wouldnt want to have to replace their chips every year due to shipping with a bad cooler :)

    i would look into maybe getting better thermal paste as ive heard the stock stuff is pretty bad
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