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September 22, 2013 9:35:21 AM

Hi Guys,

I currently have a laptop that isn't doing well at all and I'm looking into building my own PC. I've been learning about PC building through the internet for 2-3 weeks now, and I think I have assembled a part list that I'm proud of. I just want you guys to tell me if everything here is compatible, and if there are better choices. I should probably include that I want to overclock my i5 3570K to 4.2 Ghz, so will the Hyper 212 Evo do the job? The area where I am putting my PC is only 24" tall and on a carpet, is that a good place or will it cause very high tempatures? Thank you for reading, please tell me as soon as possible! Thanks. :) 

Part List: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Gqz8

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September 22, 2013 9:36:38 AM

The CM Hyper 212 is a good overall cooling solution if you want good effects and don't want to spend too much money on a cooling solution so yes you should be able to overclock the 3570k to about 4.1-4.2ghz :) 
September 22, 2013 9:45:17 AM

Ok, awesome! Is the motherboard good enough for the CPU/graphics card? I wanted to get an E-ATX board but physically getting it into my case would be a burden.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2013 9:46:32 AM

overall bad choices


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($152.49 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($17.59 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech X-140 4W 2ch Speakers ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1575.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 12:58 EDT-0400)

get a headphone and a seperate mic.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_9?url=search-a...
http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-Zm-Mic1-Sensitivity-Headph...

September 22, 2013 9:48:51 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
overall bad choices


Please give an explanation?

Best solution

September 22, 2013 9:57:04 AM
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Save yourself a lot of money for about almost the same performance and yes, it's not as good but for that little difference in power and huge difference in price it's worth it.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1Gr8V
a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2013 10:04:42 AM

You're headed in the right direction. A few suggestions.

- RAM - swap for a quality pair of 1600mhz sticks. the motherboard only supports up to 1600 without overclocking, and performance gains from memory overclocking will be minimal in this system anyway.

- SSD - the M4 is getting a little long in the tooth, I recommend a samsung 840.

- Case - you picked a rather expensive case. What are your reasons for choosing this case? I'd wager we can find a quality case that meets your requirements for less that this.

- PSU - Assuming you plan to run 2 or 3 760's in the future, this PSU is fine. If you're sticking with a single video card, the PSU is overkill. good model, though. The TX ine is good now that Corsair switch from CWT to Seasonic to make them.
September 22, 2013 10:08:02 AM

First 4 parts are great!
Crucial does make good SSDs but for the same price the Samsung 840 120gb SSD is an extremely popular choice.
I'm looking to get a 760 as well but I have decided on the MSI version as it has much better consumer feedback than the Gigabyte version...I suppose all cases are good once you cross that $100 mark..Personally I'd love the Fractal Design R4 (Sexiest case when it's got a side window and an nzxt hue Rgb led strip)..
As for the PSU, that is where its bit of a very common mistake unless you will SLI your gpu.. A PSU is most efficient when its at 50-60% load and for the GTX 760 and i5 a 550W PSu is more than enough (look at your estimated wattage, it's only 315W :p )
I suggest you get this one as it's the best bang for the buck right now and is also an enthusiast grade psu and even allows SLI and a much efficient operation... (Just make sure a PSU is of high quality and sufficient wattage)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 22, 2013 10:16:34 AM

The Case: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75045&vpn=FD%2DCA%2DDE...
If you like the led strip (not available atm on newegg) : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=80442&vpn=AA%2DHUE30%2...
And for the HDD this offers 2tb for just a little extra: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...
Finally, I wouldn't go for the win 7 unless you hate win 8 and dont want to get Windows 8.1 (which will have DX11.2)...meanwhile just use whatever os u can get or just pira*e it for now :p 
Any doubts?
September 22, 2013 10:31:33 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
overall bad choices


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($152.49 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($17.59 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech X-140 4W 2ch Speakers ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1575.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-22 12:58 EDT-0400)

get a headphone and a seperate mic.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_9?url=search-a...
http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-Zm-Mic1-Sensitivity-Headph...



Ah, thank you. That price is a little out of my comfort zone, but is it worth it to get an LGA 1150 socket? Thanks.
a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2013 10:49:19 AM

yes, worth it. its newer, performance slightly higher

that corsair 760w platinum full modular only cost ~130$, good deal

asus hd 7970 has good P/p, performance significantly better then gtx 760
September 22, 2013 11:03:09 AM

Thanks for the answers guys! I took some of all your suggestions and came up with this.

I've taken out the headset. I'll buy that seperately later on. A couple of noob questions. (Sorry, I'm new!)

1) Do I need to buy a seperate Wifi / Wired network adapter with the motherboard I have?
2) Should I upgrade to the 4770K if I am doing mainly gaming / some video editing / uploading?
3) AMD or Nvidia? I've become fond of Nvidia after reading various reviews, but..
4) What is really the difference between a $20 and $100 gaming mouse? (lol)
a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2013 11:09:01 AM

get 840 evo.
dont know why you choose the hero, for aesthetics i guess... wont see much with that cpu-cooler

asus hd 7970 > gtx 760

September 22, 2013 11:14:22 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
get 840 evo.
dont know why you choose the hero, for aesthetics i guess... wont see much with that cpu-cooler


So should I go with AMD? I've heard from 95% of the sources I used to research that Intel has higher performance than AMD. However, I might be switching the graphics card to a 7970. Thanks for your input.

And what do you mean about the CPU Cooler? I've heard it's one of the top coolers for the price. I'm only slightly overclocking it (to 4.2 Ghz) so I don't think watercooling will be necessary.

I could pay more for a better LGA 1150 board, any suggestions?
September 22, 2013 11:42:10 AM

I think this is the best build p/p for you: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Gtp7 and yes the parts just happens to be blue, I didn't pick blue parts on purpose you're just lucky the color scheme was matching.


EDIT: Don't use 2-Way CrossFire, buy one and wait until the other card gets cheaper and buy it as an upgrade to your build. Most of the gaming power lies in the graphics card so save money on that instead of spending unnecessary cash on other components in your setup.
a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2013 12:18:30 PM

Gman_HAX said:
Marcopolo123 said:
get 840 evo.
dont know why you choose the hero, for aesthetics i guess... wont see much with that cpu-cooler


So should I go with AMD? I've heard from 95% of the sources I used to research that Intel has higher performance than AMD. However, I might be switching the graphics card to a 7970. Thanks for your input.

And what do you mean about the CPU Cooler? I've heard it's one of the top coolers for the price. I'm only slightly overclocking it (to 4.2 Ghz) so I don't think watercooling will be necessary.

I could pay more for a better LGA 1150 board, any suggestions?


cooler master evo is a good cpu-cooler, but u can get a h55 for a bit more, looks better.

i would get a cheaper motherboard
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g43gami...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a

all of them will do a great job.
September 22, 2013 5:28:59 PM

This is what I've decided to go with. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GAIs

If there's anything else that could be tweaked please let me know, but I'm pretty satisfied.
Just one question, what are mail-in rebates? :3
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