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October 11, 2013 11:56:14 AM

I used Pcpartpicker.com to help make a build, all the parts seem pretty good but I'd like some other opinions before I start to order them, since I've never done it from scratch before.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/b1rd113/saved/2yMK
CPU Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core $319.90
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.98
Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 $232.97
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $178.18
Storage Toshiba Q Series 256GB 2.5" SSD $149.99
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB $289.99
Case Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop $119.99


The computer will be used mainly for gaming, Bioshock, League of Legends, Saints Row 4 ect. and homework.
I have a corsair power supply already that I'm going to use. Also I will probably be buying this monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009534
Thank you.

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CPU Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core $319.90
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B $49.53
Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 $232.97
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $178.18
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD $122.99
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB $299.99
Case Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop $119.99

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October 11, 2013 12:20:24 PM

Only a couple suggestions nothing to do with you parts really.

1) Go to newegg, create an account an suscribe. Right now they have a Toshiba 256GB SSD for 149.99 but they are always shooting out sale prices on SSDs.

2)why 16 GB of Ram 8 GB is more than enough.

3)Gigabyte 7970 has some pretty bad reviews on DOAs and failures right after the RMA period. I hate to say it because I love Gigabyte. I went with a Sapphire 7970 OC edition. Plus I believe and I am not 100% but the Gigabyte's 7970 is Voltage locked unless that is the Ghz edition which I doubt at that price.

4) Get the Coolermaster Hyper Plus 212 Evo most of the time they are around $30.

Everything else looks solid just see what you can get on sale by suscribing and getting promo codes to your inbox. Allocate that money towards a better monitor or maybe 2 :D 
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October 11, 2013 12:35:33 PM

chosen12k6 said:
Only a couple suggestions nothing to do with you parts really.

1) Go to newegg, create an account an suscribe. Right now they have a Toshiba 256GB SSD for 149.99 but they are always shooting out sale prices on SSDs.

2)why 16 GB of Ram 8 GB is more than enough.

3)Gigabyte 7970 has some pretty bad reviews on DOAs and failures right after the RMA period. I hate to say it because I love Gigabyte. I went with a Sapphire 7970 OC edition. Plus I believe and I am not 100% but the Gigabyte's 7970 is Voltage locked unless that is the Ghz edition which I doubt at that price.

4) Get the Coolermaster Hyper Plus 212 Evo most of the time they are around $30.

Everything else looks solid just see what you can get on sale by suscribing and getting promo codes to your inbox. Allocate that money towards a better monitor or maybe 2 :D 


1. This one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820168063 Looks good thank you!
2. 4 4 gb is only 20$ more expensive than the 4 2 gb when I was looking so I figured why not.
3. Thank you I will look into getting a different one.
4. I forgot to update this but is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181028 good or should I go with the Coolermaster instead? *edit* Oh woops that's a case fan my bad.
By better monitor do you mean bigger? Or is the one I picked just bad? It was only sale for a lot and 23 which is the size I wanted but honestly I don't really know anything about them.
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October 11, 2013 12:46:52 PM

I got the 128 model of that Toshiba SSD ( green box ) pretty decent. aslo, I found 128 isn't enough. so yes, opt for the bigger drive.

memory, you don't need high end gaming memory or even memory with fancy heat sinks and aggressive names. look at some of the value series ram...... gskill/corsair/geil, etc.

you do realize that that case is humongous?
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October 11, 2013 12:57:12 PM

swifty_morgan said:
I got the 128 model of that Toshiba SSD ( green box ) pretty decent. aslo, I found 128 isn't enough. so yes, opt for the bigger drive.

memory, you don't need high end gaming memory or even memory with fancy heat sinks and aggressive names. look at some of the value series ram...... gskill/corsair/geil, etc.

you do realize that that case is humongous?


Thank you I will definitely get the bigger SSD.
I will take another look at the memory again then, this one just had really good reviews and was cheaper then some of the others of the same amount.
Yes :D  I love the case.

Also on the Graphics Card I'm going to go with what Chosen said its on sale for cheaper right now and has better reviews.
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October 11, 2013 1:23:45 PM

FrickeD said:
chosen12k6 said:
Only a couple suggestions nothing to do with you parts really.

1) Go to newegg, create an account an suscribe. Right now they have a Toshiba 256GB SSD for 149.99 but they are always shooting out sale prices on SSDs.

2)why 16 GB of Ram 8 GB is more than enough.

3)Gigabyte 7970 has some pretty bad reviews on DOAs and failures right after the RMA period. I hate to say it because I love Gigabyte. I went with a Sapphire 7970 OC edition. Plus I believe and I am not 100% but the Gigabyte's 7970 is Voltage locked unless that is the Ghz edition which I doubt at that price.

4) Get the Coolermaster Hyper Plus 212 Evo most of the time they are around $30.

Everything else looks solid just see what you can get on sale by suscribing and getting promo codes to your inbox. Allocate that money towards a better monitor or maybe 2 :D 


1. This one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820168063 Looks good thank you!
Yep thats the one

2. 4 4 gb is only 20$ more expensive than the 4 2 gb when I was looking so I figured why not.

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-1600MHz-KHX16... $52 get 2 kits 8 gb quad channel $104 they even have 2x4GB for $70 or if you want vengeance its on there 2x4GB $79.99 but w/ tax newegg has no tax to my knowledge on most items

3. Thank you I will look into getting a different one.
4. I forgot to update this but is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181028 good or should I go with the Coolermaster instead? *edit* Oh woops that's a case fan my bad.
By better monitor do you mean bigger? Or is the one I picked just bad? It was only sale for a lot and 23 which is the size I wanted but honestly I don't really know anything about them.


As far as I know Coolermaster Aftermarket Heatsinks/Fans are the cheapest and best on the market. Almost everyone has one Hyper 212+ Evo will keep your Overclocked CPU cool. Seriously I have 5 case fans and I stick my hand inside of my PC and touch the components and they are cold. Oh yeah

Monitor I meant bigger/ better like an Asus one with USB ports on the side etc. Or suscribe and catch one of those IPS monitors for like $140 get two of those with the money you save. Once you go dual/3 monitors you will wonder how you survived with just one


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October 11, 2013 1:30:08 PM

You don't necessarily need to spend that much for the ram. There are other 4x4gb kits that you could get for around $155, but you can't go wrong with those. Your build looks good, I'd say put the order in and enjoy.
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October 11, 2013 1:54:35 PM

chosen12k6 said:
FrickeD said:
chosen12k6 said:
Only a couple suggestions nothing to do with you parts really.

1) Go to newegg, create an account an suscribe. Right now they have a Toshiba 256GB SSD for 149.99 but they are always shooting out sale prices on SSDs.

2)why 16 GB of Ram 8 GB is more than enough.

3)Gigabyte 7970 has some pretty bad reviews on DOAs and failures right after the RMA period. I hate to say it because I love Gigabyte. I went with a Sapphire 7970 OC edition. Plus I believe and I am not 100% but the Gigabyte's 7970 is Voltage locked unless that is the Ghz edition which I doubt at that price.

4) Get the Coolermaster Hyper Plus 212 Evo most of the time they are around $30.

Everything else looks solid just see what you can get on sale by suscribing and getting promo codes to your inbox. Allocate that money towards a better monitor or maybe 2 :D 


1. This one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820168063 Looks good thank you!
Yep thats the one

2. 4 4 gb is only 20$ more expensive than the 4 2 gb when I was looking so I figured why not.

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-1600MHz-KHX16... $52 get 2 kits 8 gb quad channel $104 they even have 2x4GB for $70 or if you want vengeance its on there 2x4GB $79.99 but w/ tax newegg has no tax to my knowledge on most items

3. Thank you I will look into getting a different one.
4. I forgot to update this but is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181028 good or should I go with the Coolermaster instead? *edit* Oh woops that's a case fan my bad.
By better monitor do you mean bigger? Or is the one I picked just bad? It was only sale for a lot and 23 which is the size I wanted but honestly I don't really know anything about them.


As far as I know Coolermaster Aftermarket Heatsinks/Fans are the cheapest and best on the market. Almost everyone has one Hyper 212+ Evo will keep your Overclocked CPU cool. Seriously I have 5 case fans and I stick my hand inside of my PC and touch the components and they are cold. Oh yeah

Monitor I meant bigger/ better like an Asus one with USB ports on the side etc. Or suscribe and catch one of those IPS monitors for like $140 get two of those with the money you save. Once you go dual/3 monitors you will wonder how you survived with just one




Is this monitor better than the Acer one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-236-335&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo
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October 11, 2013 3:11:13 PM

For a gaming rig I would suggest going with the i5 4670K. You really do not gain anything going with a i7 for a gaming rig. Infact some games have bad performance with Hyperthreading turned on forcing one to shut it off in the BIOS turning it into a i5 anyway.

As for memory there again for a gaming rig 8gig is more than enough you would not need 16gig.

With the money saved on those two items you could put it tords a bigger/better monitor. Personally I do not think I could go back to a single monitor after having my three Asus 27" monitors for two+ years.
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October 12, 2013 7:26:45 AM

FrickeD said:
chosen12k6 said:
FrickeD said:
chosen12k6 said:
Only a couple suggestions nothing to do with you parts really.

1) Go to newegg, create an account an suscribe. Right now they have a Toshiba 256GB SSD for 149.99 but they are always shooting out sale prices on SSDs.

2)why 16 GB of Ram 8 GB is more than enough.

3)Gigabyte 7970 has some pretty bad reviews on DOAs and failures right after the RMA period. I hate to say it because I love Gigabyte. I went with a Sapphire 7970 OC edition. Plus I believe and I am not 100% but the Gigabyte's 7970 is Voltage locked unless that is the Ghz edition which I doubt at that price.

4) Get the Coolermaster Hyper Plus 212 Evo most of the time they are around $30.

Everything else looks solid just see what you can get on sale by suscribing and getting promo codes to your inbox. Allocate that money towards a better monitor or maybe 2 :D 


1. This one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820168063 Looks good thank you!
Yep thats the one

2. 4 4 gb is only 20$ more expensive than the 4 2 gb when I was looking so I figured why not.

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-1600MHz-KHX16... $52 get 2 kits 8 gb quad channel $104 they even have 2x4GB for $70 or if you want vengeance its on there 2x4GB $79.99 but w/ tax newegg has no tax to my knowledge on most items

3. Thank you I will look into getting a different one.
4. I forgot to update this but is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181028 good or should I go with the Coolermaster instead? *edit* Oh woops that's a case fan my bad.
By better monitor do you mean bigger? Or is the one I picked just bad? It was only sale for a lot and 23 which is the size I wanted but honestly I don't really know anything about them.


As far as I know Coolermaster Aftermarket Heatsinks/Fans are the cheapest and best on the market. Almost everyone has one Hyper 212+ Evo will keep your Overclocked CPU cool. Seriously I have 5 case fans and I stick my hand inside of my PC and touch the components and they are cold. Oh yeah

Monitor I meant bigger/ better like an Asus one with USB ports on the side etc. Or suscribe and catch one of those IPS monitors for like $140 get two of those with the money you save. Once you go dual/3 monitors you will wonder how you survived with just one




Is this monitor better than the Acer one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-236-335&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo


Personally I have 3 Lenovo Monitors cannot recall the model number 22 inc caught on a sale @ Best Buy for $130.My suggestion research read reviews first build I would go with an Asus or Dell. I love Dell Monitors the one thing they make right and keyboards. That Asus first 3 had bad reviews for HDMI output, maybe that wont happen to you but I tend to go with the most recent reviews as that is usually the latest revision of that item. Which is what you will more than likely get.

Versus getting one AWESOME monitor get 2 good ones. 2 monitors is great 3 isEYEFINITY. :D  Nothing like using 3 screens even 2 especially with gaming. I have ToR on one screen and SCII on the other or D3 (internet depending
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October 15, 2013 8:13:27 PM

The hard drive in my 6 year old computer got the click of death on Sunday so I'm gonna take it as a sign and order everything now. I think 3 monitors might be a little overkill for me :p  I will consider it though. Thank you all for the help.
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October 16, 2013 10:02:02 AM

Take that i5 suggestion for the CPU save a bit of cash and good LUCK! enjoy your new build
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