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October 8, 2013 1:39:48 AM

I'm building my first DIY system and I'm not sure where I may bottleneck and where I should do more/less so I thought maybe if I show the build to you pro's you might not mind giving me a little advice and maybe showing me a few things I might have missed. I'm shooting for a relatively low cost gaming system. Here it is..

For the processor I chose to go with Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770 thinking that it's not the haswel and is therefor cheaper but it's still Core i7 and relatively fast, cheap, and the reviews I read were good.

For the motherboard I chose ECS Z77H2-A3(1.2) LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. It seems to have the right chipset to match the processor I chose, and the more expensive boards with this chipset seemed to be more geared towards overclocking, which I'm not really looking to do (which is why the processor isnt the K).

For memory I chose G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL. I went with tis because I have 4 slots for memory and going with the 4GB sticks rather than something higher was cheaper, but 16GB should still fit my needs for now.

I went with MSI Gaming N760 TF 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 760 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card because the reviews were really good, and I believe the motherboard supports it. I'm not real sure though if the motherboard will be able to keep up with it so this piece is a cause for concern for me and I'm not sure if I should boost the motherboard/another component or scale this back.

For my power source I have Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply. Again I'm unsure if I'm doing a little too much here but the price tag is about $60.

I plan on using Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDCR120GB-7 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for saving windows/games then using my old HDD for saving any movies/music that I want.

The case I will most likely buy for this is Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan. Basically wasn't super expensive and seems* to meet my needs.

So if anyone wouldn't mind critiquing my build and showing me where I'm possibly bottlenecking or if there are any obvious flaws in the system your replies will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your responses :) 



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October 8, 2013 2:02:22 AM

Well for gaming go for the i5 3570. There is nothing to be gained going with a i7 for a gaming rig and in some games it can hurt performance by introducing stuttering due to Hyperthreading in the i7 CPU. The way to stop it is to disable HT in the BIOS thus turning it into a i5 anyway. Save some money and get a i5 to begin with.

And for gaming you should go with 8gig of ram as 16gig is not needed for gaming and that will also save some money.

Unless you are gaming on a UHD monitor you could get a GTX 760 2gb card and save some money there also. Better than that get a GTX 770 2gb version that would give you better performance all the way around. By getting the lower cost CPU less ram you should have saved enough that you could upgrade to the GTX 770 2gb and that would give you much better GPU.
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October 8, 2013 2:10:12 AM

bryonhowley said:
Well for gaming go for the i5 3570. There is nothing to be gained going with a i7 for a gaming rig and in some games it can hurt performance by introducing stuttering due to Hyperthreading in the i7 CPU. The way to stop it is to disable HT in the BIOS thus turning it into a i5 anyway. Save some money and get a i5 to begin with.

And for gaming you should go with 8gig of ram as 16gig is not needed for gaming and that will also save some money.

Unless you are gaming on a UHD monitor you could get a GTX 760 2gb card and save some money there also. Better than that get a GTX 770 2gb version that would give you better performance all the way around. By getting the lower cost CPU less ram you should have saved enough that you could upgrade to the GTX 770 2gb and that would give you much better GPU.


Thank you so much for your answer. If monitor makes any difference I'm currently using a 42" VIZIO HDTV for my video. I'll definitely switch my processor and video card and memory to what you suggested, though I'm not completely sure if I should stay with the ivy bridge or bump that up to the haswell or what sort of benefits (if any) there would be by doing so.
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