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August 28, 2013 12:18:24 PM

Just finished (I think) my first Gaming PC build. I've done a ton of research and came up with these components. I won't be overclocking because I am new to it and don't want to take any risks yet. Does it look good? How will it run games?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jtgrimes/saved/22et

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August 28, 2013 12:24:04 PM

Jtgrimes said:
Just finished (I think) my first Gaming PC build. I've done a ton of research and came up with these components. I won't be overclocking because I am new to it and don't want to take any risks yet. Does it look good? How will it run games?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jtgrimes/saved/22et


I would go with a z77 board just because of bus speeds, etc. Also, you'll be surprised at how quickly you will want to do things once you get your build. I wanted to OC 2 weeks after I purchased my budget build back in 2009, then I had to wait 4 years to get what i wanted.

Also, the GIGABYTE version of the 760 runs a little cooler and outclocks it since you don't want to OC.


Note: OCing is really easy btw. and I would also invest a little more into a case as I feel the case is one of the most important things that people forget about. Carbide series may be a good choice for you.
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August 28, 2013 12:27:33 PM

This will work fine and function very optimally for any game out today. One thing you could change is instead of buying 16GB of DDR3 1600 you could buy 8GB of DDR3 2400 which is a lot faster and more practical (Most games don't use over 6 GB of RAM).
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August 28, 2013 12:55:33 PM

haynesr07 said:
Jtgrimes said:
Just finished (I think) my first Gaming PC build. I've done a ton of research and came up with these components. I won't be overclocking because I am new to it and don't want to take any risks yet. Does it look good? How will it run games?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jtgrimes/saved/22et


I would go with a z77 board just because of bus speeds, etc. Also, you'll be surprised at how quickly you will want to do things once you get your build. I wanted to OC 2 weeks after I purchased my budget build back in 2009, then I had to wait 4 years to get what i wanted.

Also, the GIGABYTE version of the 760 runs a little cooler and outclocks it since you don't want to OC.


Note: OCing is really easy btw. and I would also invest a little more into a case as I feel the case is one of the most important things that people forget about. Carbide series may be a good choice for you.


So I've changed it to an Z77 board and the i5 3570k instead and its only about $30 more, Is this gonna get me better performance?
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August 28, 2013 12:57:16 PM

Russel Johnson said:
This will work fine and function very optimally for any game out today. One thing you could change is instead of buying 16GB of DDR3 1600 you could buy 8GB of DDR3 2400 which is a lot faster and more practical (Most games don't use over 6 GB of RAM).


Are you sure? Is that the best possible setup for RAM in my Price range? (~$100)
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August 28, 2013 1:06:12 PM

Jtgrimes said:
Russel Johnson said:
This will work fine and function very optimally for any game out today. One thing you could change is instead of buying 16GB of DDR3 1600 you could buy 8GB of DDR3 2400 which is a lot faster and more practical (Most games don't use over 6 GB of RAM).


Are you sure? Is that the best possible setup for RAM in my Price range? (~$100)


Yes. The only thing is that you would need to do is overclock your motherboard just a little bit so it can take in memory that fast. Not a problem though, overclocking is easy and not very risky if you overclock in small increments.

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