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Building My 1st Gaming PC after Alienware Diaster

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August 30, 2013 10:43:51 AM

Hello y'all!!!

Thank you for your time and helping out a complete novice when it comes to building PC's. Unfortunately I bought a Alienware Aurora R3 couple of years ago, b/c I didn't know any better and thought it would be hard building my own rig. After suffering with this POS for the last month with constant crashes, can't upgrade to windows 8, horrible customer service, I want to go the CORRECt route and build my own rig.

I plan to play FFXIV b/c i'm a nerd. And needed some advice on this build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1y0wt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1y0wt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1y0wt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 156.3 CFM 230mm Fan ($21.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SPRO-14025WW-RP 86.7 CFM 140mm Fan ($12.64 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SPRO-14025WW-RP 86.7 CFM 140mm Fan ($12.64 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1161.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-30 13:29 EDT-0400)

As a novice, I don't plan on OC too much if any. Is Air-cooling fine or would it be best w/the liquid cooling? If liquid cooling is best, I plan to do that in the future after I get more $$, would the air cooling here suffice till then?

For SSD, I plan on getting another one, as 256 is pretty small, but I plan to only use this for FFXIV, if i choose to install my other games i'll buy another one.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Again thank you for taking time out of your day to read this and helping me out. THANK YOU ^^

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a b 4 Gaming
August 30, 2013 10:59:29 AM

just get a normall HDD for most games that are not simulators or MMO's they dont benefit from being installed on an SSD anyway.

a western digital caviar black of 1TB or larger should do good.

edit: i mean instead of a second ssd later on.
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a c 288 4 Gaming
August 30, 2013 11:29:03 AM

mauller07 said:
just get a normall HDD for most games that are not simulators or MMO's they dont benefit from being installed on an SSD anyway.

a western digital caviar black of 1TB or larger should do good.


Yeah but why wouldn't you want to get an SSD? I wouldn't recommend getting one that large since that is what a mass storage drive is for.

The original build is pretty decent but way too much money being spent on fans (you don't need them) and too much investment for now old hardware. I would do this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X40 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($141.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1166.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-30 14:28 EDT-0400)

Took out the SSD for a better GPU but you can always add one in later.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 30, 2013 11:40:24 AM

i meant instead of a second SSD, still get the SSD but also get a normal HDD

shall edit it.
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August 30, 2013 1:04:45 PM

OMG you are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much!! Is there a big difference btwn the caviar black to blue?
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