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Intendend for gaming at 1080p, budget of around 1k. Please take a look and share your thoughts.

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December 30, 2013 4:26:57 PM

Hello ladies and gentlemen.

May I ask for your attention? Ah! Thank you very much.

I've been throwing random parts here and intend to build a little pc with the purpose of gaming as best as possible on a 1080p display while staying on a 1k budget (or at least, close to it).

To the best of my pedestrian abilities I've come up with what I think would make a machine worth of gaming at.

For clarity purposes these would be the intended parts:

CPU-------------- Intel Core i5-3570K
CPU Cooler----- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Motherboard---- ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX
Memory-----------Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333
Storage---------- [SSD] A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB
-------------------- [HDD] Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Video Card------ PNY GeForce GTX 770
Case-------------- Xigmatek MIDGARD II
Power Supply--- Cooler Master V700
Optical Drive---- Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Which come almost a hundred over 1k. It's purchasable but I would like to hear on your opinion about how to make it better with less or if a part is not really trust-worthy and I can save a few headaches here and there.

I intend to apply some mild OC (can I drive the i5-3570K to 4.5GHz in a place where it's almost 100F most of the year?) and in the past the CM 212 has done it's job like a champ. Should I use something different to keep it cool?

I went with 16GB of ram this time as it is almost the same price as some 8GB kits I've seen, so I thought why not?

I've never worked with a Xigmatek case before and this one looks very nice to me and read some approving reviews. Any hands-on experience with it you might wanna share?

I love modular power supplies, please don't kill me.

The whole whatchamacallit can be seen on this link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2sIX5

Thank you for your time and wisdom.
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December 30, 2013 4:37:20 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($348.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.86 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($116.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1073.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 19:37 EST-0500)

Once you need 16GB of ram, just get another 2x4GB.
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December 30, 2013 4:48:34 PM

Howdy Triculious,

Just a couple of quick notes, I'd probably switch the RAM over to DDR3-1600, and I might look at other boards. Asus has a lot of nice and reliable boards in the Z77 chipset, with awesome warranties.

And I always say don't overclock, just for the sake of overclocking, especially if the system is going to be in a warm environment. It's going to pull a lot more heat from the CPU, and you're going to have to invest in a better CPU cooler, beyond the retail Intel heat sink. An i5-3570K should have more than enough power for your needs, without making it less stable.

Let me know your thoughts!
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December 31, 2013 8:09:13 AM

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I see some nice suggestions right out off the bat, stuff I can't ask anything else, like a non-reference Geforce 770 and the HAF case. I love CM cases but I just want to try something not so flashy this time around.

Now, if I mas ask for you to elaborate on a couple things:

Why should I stay with 8GB of ram? Is it because for gaming they don't make that much of a difference?

The mobo. What's the reason behind spending an extra 20 bucks for an extra pci express 3.0 port? I don't plan to add a card in the future as I won't be adding monitors - no space u_u, so is it really worth to switch mobos for that reason alone or did I miss something else?

Thank you kindly, good sir/madam.
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December 31, 2013 8:21:38 AM

EricMalcolm said:
Howdy Triculious,

Just a couple of quick notes, I'd probably switch the RAM over to DDR3-1600, and I might look at other boards. Asus has a lot of nice and reliable boards in the Z77 chipset, with awesome warranties.

And I always say don't overclock, just for the sake of overclocking, especially if the system is going to be in a warm environment. It's going to pull a lot more heat from the CPU, and you're going to have to invest in a better CPU cooler, beyond the retail Intel heat sink. An i5-3570K should have more than enough power for your needs, without making it less stable.

Let me know your thoughts!

Howdy EricMalcom,
Serious question on the ram here: Why? I had this understanding that a computer would benefit a bit more from moarz rams than faster ram.

Something wrong with ASRock boards? I know asus has a great reputation but the one I chose on the list seemed to fit nicely and at a good price.

As far as OC goes I do it because skyrim and the warhammer games seem to benefit nicely from it. And I don't doubt some other games also take their lion's share, just not as noticeably.

I've never used the stock intel heat sink. However, considering the graphics muscle should be more than enough I could consider going to a non-K version of the core-i5 and still keep the CM 212+.

Thank you kindly, good sir.
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January 2, 2014 3:53:00 PM

XFX power supplies are built by SeaSonic and they use some of the best components around, ergo their PSUs are better quality.

You are correct that having more RAM can make your computer faster. That's because the more RAM you have, the the less your OS will need to cache information on the hard drive or elsewhere. However, 8GB right now is plenty of RAM for all but the most intensive computing uses. Going with 16GB won't hurt you, but you don't need to spend the extra money right now either.

On the OCing note, an Ivy Bridge i5 at stock clocks is more than powerful enough for any game right now. Some games are more CPU dependent, but your biggest limiter will be your graphics card. OCing the CPU at that point brings minimal returns in game performance, though it does cost more since you need a better cooler and sometimes a premium mboard. The only place OCing really benefits people is in benchmarks and applications that use every available CPU thread ( which games do not. )

If the $20 is just for the extra PCIe slot, then as you say it's not worth it. However the more expensive board may also have additional features, like a more robust VRM, more RAM slots, better audio chip, an eSATA port, Clear CMOS button, more I/O ports like SATA or USB. It's not always possible to get a board with only the features you want and none of the ones you don't, but good research gets you closer to that ideal.
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