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Help With Gaming Build (i5 3570K, GTX 760, $850-900 Budget)

I've been working with a gaming build in the budget range of $850-900, have done a good amount of research, and finally came up with this build. I was hoping to get a second, third, fourth, etc opinion on it. This is my first build in a loooong time so I had a lot to relearn. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. (Details below the build)

Here's the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/skepticaldan/saved/3JSP

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $215.98
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 $76.99
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $62.99
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB $259.99
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower $44.99
Power Supply: EVGA 500W ATX12V / EPS12V $34.99
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $15.98
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.98
Total: $856.87

Desired Main Uses:
-Gaming (good-high settings on modern games if possible, don't plan on doing much if any OC),
-Audio Recording through a direct input USB Guitar Recording device,
-Occasionally formatting large raw video files
-Browsing, school work, general use

Connects to Internet via Ethernet Cable

Mostly Unsure About:
-Choice of motherboard
-Choice of memory (went with the least expensive set I could find in 1.5v)
-Power Supply Selection

Thank you!
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  1. Best answer
    I would recommend you to add another 5$ to your 900$ budget and get Haswell system!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $904.41
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 13:45 EDT-0400)
  2. Ahmadjon said:
    I would recommend you to add another 5$ to your 900$ budget and get Haswell system!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $904.41
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 13:45 EDT-0400)


    I've heard others say that as well but I'm on the fence about it. Can you tell me what advantage Haswell has over Ivy Bridge?
  3. Haswell is faster up to 15% and it eats less power than Ivy-Bridge and I think it's always better to get the latest available hardware! Also Haswell refresh CPU will be supported by Z87 motherboards!
  4. Ahmadjon said:
    Haswell is faster up to 15% and it eats less power than Ivy-Bridge and I think it's always better to get the latest available hardware! Also Haswell refresh CPU will be supported by Z87 motherboards!


    Ok, I'll give Haswell some more consideration. Thanks. I assume I'd need an aftermarket CPU cooler for it though. I hear 4670s get pretty hot.
  5. skepticaldan said:
    Ahmadjon said:
    Haswell is faster up to 15% and it eats less power than Ivy-Bridge and I think it's always better to get the latest available hardware! Also Haswell refresh CPU will be supported by Z87 motherboards!


    Ok, I'll give Haswell some more consideration. Thanks. I assume I'd need an aftermarket CPU cooler for it though. I hear 4670s get pretty hot.


    Yes Haswell is a bit hotter but my 212 EVO keeps it pretty cool, but Haswell not too hot as people say!
  6. skepticaldan said:
    I've been working with a gaming build in the budget range of $850-900, have done a good amount of research, and finally came up with this build. I was hoping to get a second, third, fourth, etc opinion on it. This is my first build in a loooong time so I had a lot to relearn. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. (Details below the build)

    Here's the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/skepticaldan/saved/3JSP

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $215.98
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 $76.99
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $62.99
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB $259.99
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower $44.99
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W ATX12V / EPS12V $34.99
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $15.98
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.98
    Total: $856.87

    Desired Main Uses:
    -Gaming (good-high settings on modern games if possible, don't plan on doing much if any OC),
    -Audio Recording through a direct input USB Guitar Recording device,
    -Occasionally formatting large raw video files
    -Browsing, school work, general use

    Connects to Internet via Ethernet Cable

    Mostly Unsure About:
    -Choice of motherboard
    -Choice of memory (went with the least expensive set I could find in 1.5v)
    -Power Supply Selection

    Thank you!


    I am pretty much building this system and this is what I am using :)

    Motherboard- ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155
    Ram- Kingston Beast 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2400
    Power Supply- Stick with the one you chose!

    Hope I could help :D
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