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August 29, 2013 1:36:03 PM

ok so im new to building a computer, i have been doing a lot of research on parts and deciding what would be best. I'm looking to build a gaming computer so let me know if you think i should change any of the parts i have selected, or if you recommend something else. thank you.

I like the processor, im an intel fan. I like the board but I think it might be over kill for me personally. Also I cant decide on what Graphics card. would the 650 ti boost be fine for me or do i go big or go home. Im not a HUGE gamer, I dont play WoW, i play League of legends and other stuff like that.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Opitcal Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAD3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Tower: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

Graphics Card: ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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August 29, 2013 1:40:06 PM

PSU is not very good. Stick with antec, XFX, COrsair, Seasonic. 600w is more than enough for this build.

Get 8gb RAM. 16gb is very overkill for gaming.

Get a cheaper motherboard by about $30.

Use the saved money to get a better GPU. Something like an hd7950 or gtx760.
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August 29, 2013 1:45:21 PM

16GB is not needed. Use the money saved for a SSD.
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August 29, 2013 1:45:49 PM
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Seems like you're in the same scenario I was in 9 months ago, so here's what I learnt and what personally I find to be the best value for money for a gaming PC.

1) I'm an Intel person as well, and the 3570k is great from first hand experience, although there is now the option of Haswell that may be worth looking into.

2) The 650ti boost isn't fantastic. The GPU is usually one of the most expensive parts so you may as well get it right first time. I'd look into the 660 or even the 660ti if you can afford it, and again the 700 series GPUs are now on the market so you could look into them too. I have a 3GB 660 and it is fantastic! 60+ fps in everything so far :) 

3) I would save money in certain places such as Mobo and if you can invest in an SSD. Only needs to be 120GB for the OS and a few other things, but having an SSD is hands down the best decision I made with my build!

4) 750W PSU is a bit overkill, 650W should be fine

5) 8GB of RAM is more than enough

Hope this helps :D 
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August 29, 2013 1:46:02 PM

The 650 ti boost would be more than enough for League of Legends and other similar games. You could easily play more demanding games like Crysis, Far Cry and others at medium to high settings at 1080 without any issue with the 650 ti boost as well.

Looking at the rest of your build, the first place you can save some money would be dropping down to 8gb of ram. You won't see many games taking advantage of more than 8gb of ram. Now if you are using production software like any Adobe product, Autodesk products etc etc, the 16gb makes plenty of sense.

I'd stick with the motherboard you have. It has a good feature set and dropping down to a less expensive version you will lose some on-board heatsinks and other features that might be important in the future like good support for an SLI setup.

The power supply is really overkill again unless you plan to stick with the 660 ti and possibly go for SLI later too. You could safely power your current build spec with a 500 watt PSU, getting a little more efficiency by having your system power draw be right in the middle of the PSU capability.
August 29, 2013 1:54:34 PM

WOW!! thanks for the fast responses. that is awesome. I feel a lot better asking before doing it. I will definitively make the recommended changes thank you very much.

Ok so what would be a good mobo for me. I like Asus thats what I have been looking at.
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August 29, 2013 1:56:20 PM

That board is very overkill. Look at ASUS boards like $30-$40 cheaper.
August 29, 2013 2:42:27 PM

Should i go for the new haswell i5-4670K instead of the i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo). there weird thing i noticed is that the Asus boards for the haswell are cheaper. should I go for that. haswell or ivy bridge
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August 29, 2013 3:02:27 PM

jdl92990 said:
Should i go for the new haswell i5-4670K instead of the i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo). there weird thing i noticed is that the Asus boards for the haswell are cheaper. should I go for that. haswell or ivy bridge


If you can afford Haswell then yeah sure, just make sure you factor in the LGA1150 to the rest of the parts :) 
August 29, 2013 5:10:50 PM

yes I already have im looking into those new asus z87 boards their pretty nice
August 29, 2013 5:15:20 PM

ASUS Z87-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

what do you think of this motherboard
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August 30, 2013 6:38:10 AM

jdl92990 said:
ASUS Z87-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

what do you think of this motherboard


Looks good, generally any Asus or Gigabyte boards are great so that should be fine :) 
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