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Please let me know what you think of this gaming build.....thx

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December 6, 2013 2:45:28 PM

Looking to build this gaming Computer for my 14 year old son. $1000 was my budget, but what the heck. I am assuming everything is compatible since I did it on PCpartPicker. I need no monitor, mouse or keyboard. He dos like to use dual monitors so one day we will add a second....can we do that?

What about USBs? Where are the USBs and how do ZI know how many it has?

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.26 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($118.30 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($385.91 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter ($29.14 @ OutletPC)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($86.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1297.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-06 17:39 EST-0500)

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December 6, 2013 2:57:10 PM

I honestly cannot think of a better build for that money except for maybe upgrading the case to something eg. a Corsair C70, 750D, or Air 540.
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December 6, 2013 2:59:20 PM

USB is Universal Serial Bus, it's a port where majority of electronics plug into nowadays to function or charge. Your case normally says how many USB slots it has, as well as your motherboard.

You don't need 16GB of RAM, you can go with 8GB and be just fine.

You also do not need a sound card either.
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December 6, 2013 3:10:48 PM

No sound card? ok, where does one plug in the speakers and such? Would that be part of the motherboard or something? Also, I am looking at the case and the mother board but I don't see how many USB ports they state. I know we need a lot... :) 

16 GB of RAM is fine? I will have to look and see if that is a price saver. Thanks for that!!
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December 6, 2013 3:12:22 PM

Nuclear101 said:
I honestly cannot think of a better build for that money except for maybe upgrading the case to something eg. a Corsair C70, 750D, or Air 540.


Thanks!!! Actually the case came back as not compatible so I changed it to the Corsair 300R. Is that ok you think?
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December 6, 2013 3:18:24 PM

The build looks great. The motherboard already has 7.1 audio built onto it so you could put that $70 toward a SSD for the operating system.
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December 6, 2013 3:27:53 PM

You can plug in speakers to the green hole in the IO shield of the motherboard itself. And yes, the 300R is compatible.
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December 6, 2013 3:57:21 PM

shardey said:
The build looks great. The motherboard already has 7.1 audio built onto it so you could put that $70 toward a SSD for the operating system.


What do you mean by this? Doesn't the operating system do on the 2TB storage device?

Speaking of, can I use a current operating system I have now? I have a lot of Windows 7 disks from old computers laying around.

THX all!
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December 6, 2013 4:17:38 PM

As long as your current Windows 7 discs are usable, and have working activation keys, then you can install them on whichever PC you like. People normally say that it's a one and done once you activate a key on a PC because it's tied to specific hardware, but I haven't run into that problem and have used the same key multiple times on different PCs. Although the key I was using was from a dead PC.

How many USB ports do you plan on using?

And people get Solid State Drives (SSD) in order to boost responsiveness and the overally performance of Windows (and whatever programs/games). Then the secondary larger (usually 1TB+) is used for media storage such as videos, images, documents, etc.
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December 6, 2013 6:30:10 PM

Well, I think the windows 7 disc I have with KEY is also on a current computer so not sure if I can put it on another with no issues.

My son is using 4 USBs right now so I would need minimum that and probably would like more for future.

Using the 2 hard drives: is that necessary, or can we get by with one large 2TB drive?
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December 6, 2013 10:30:49 PM

That's completely fine, your motherboard has two USB 2.0 slots, and 4 USB 3.0 slots, your case has 2 USB 2.0 slots as well.

It's not necessary, the SSD improves quality of life when using the computer, but using a single large hard drive is completely acceptable.
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December 7, 2013 3:42:41 AM

enemy1g said:
That's completely fine, your motherboard has two USB 2.0 slots, and 4 USB 3.0 slots, your case has 2 USB 2.0 slots as well.

It's not necessary, the SSD improves quality of life when using the computer, but using a single large hard drive is completely acceptable.


Thanks!!!
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December 7, 2013 6:25:34 AM

Hey guys, I found an old 120GB SSD I had laying around. Must be from when I threw out my 8 year old computer. It is a Barracuda 7200.7 Model ST3120026A by Seagate with a date code of 04157

Do you think I could use this as my primary HDD for windows instead of a SSD? And then still get the 2TB as a secondary?
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December 7, 2013 6:57:58 AM

radicaljbr said:
Hey guys, I found an old 120GB SSD I had laying around. Must be from when I threw out my 8 year old computer. It is a Barracuda 7200.7 Model ST3120026A by Seagate with a date code of 04157

Do you think I could use this as my primary HDD for windows instead of a SSD? And then still get the 2TB as a secondary?


That's a HDD (hard disk drive) whereas a SSD (solid state drive) is usually in the size of a laptop drive (2.5" vs 3.5" for desktop).

That hard drive will be considerably slower than a 2TB, and is an IDE connection (you want Sata at least).
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December 7, 2013 7:23:12 AM

So is a SSD only for laptops? I think I might be confused now. Perhaps I should just stick with the 2TB drive I selected
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December 7, 2013 9:21:48 AM

radicaljbr said:
So is a SSD only for laptops? I think I might be confused now. Perhaps I should just stick with the 2TB drive I selected


SSD's can be used in both desktops and laptops, its just they use a different type of SATA Data/power, but SSD's include an adapter to plug into normal desktop SATA Data/Power ports.
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December 8, 2013 7:29:24 AM

OK, I have purchased most of the parts on the list, but omitted the sound card and the wired adapter as I am told I will not need those.

I changed the case to a Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case at $149. I let my 14 year old son pay and pick this out since it will be the only thing he can see. He liked the window in the side to admire our creation!! :) 

So one of my last items to purchase is the OS. So for gaming does it matter if we get Windows 7 or 8? I am reading that 8 might improve gaming a little.
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December 8, 2013 9:32:44 AM

radicaljbr said:
OK, I have purchased most of the parts on the list, but omitted the sound card and the wired adapter as I am told I will not need those.

I changed the case to a Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case at $149. I let my 14 year old son pay and pick this out since it will be the only thing he can see. He liked the window in the side to admire our creation!! :) 

So one of my last items to purchase is the OS. So for gaming does it matter if we get Windows 7 or 8? I am reading that 8 might improve gaming a little.


That's true, Windows 8 improves gaming a little, but its all a matter of personal taste. Windows 8.1 partly did bring back the start menu so I recommend that. If you want the best OS, then its Windows 7.
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December 22, 2013 2:18:53 PM

my son keeps telling me I need thermal tape for between the cooler in the CPU is this true?
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December 22, 2013 4:47:50 PM

radicaljbr said:
my son keeps telling me I need thermal tape for between the cooler in the CPU is this true?


Yes, it is true. I recommend Arctic Silver 5 for the best performance/$.
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