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New Gaming PC...thoughts and opinions

Last response: in Video Games
January 21, 2013 12:45:24 AM

As the title states, I'm building a new PC and want to keep my budget around 1100$

If you wouldn't mind checking my components and telling me how they look and what I can improve on with my budget.

I'm also curious on what type of cooling I should be using, thanks!

NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-2DHV3 Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Rosewill Stallion Series RD700 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Again, any input or suggestions are much appreciated.

January 21, 2013 12:52:44 AM

All looks good but why not get a Z77 board?
January 21, 2013 12:58:50 AM


And I see no mention of RAM, hard drives or optical drive.
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January 21, 2013 2:03:05 AM

I thought about the z77, do you recommend that instead. The ram, HD and opticals are already taken care of and I didn't feel I needed guidance on those, but thanks for the replies!
January 21, 2013 6:47:43 AM

buy the gpu from another manufacturer. powercolors build quality sux and it will likely fail inside 6 months. then you get the real bad news. no RMA service.
January 21, 2013 3:35:15 PM

So I've Switched to this mobo:

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

And this GPU:

GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Again, any comments are appreciated and thank you for the input thus far.
January 21, 2013 4:05:12 PM

The second motherboard you chose isn't really up to par with the first one.
If you want a good Z77 motherboard with lots of features at an affordable price go with this one instead.

You also need to upgrade the PSU.
The one you chose isn't really high quality.
The power supply i listed below is really good and, while still not enough for dual HD 7970's it is more than enough for one heavily overclocked HD 7970 and a 3570K at 4.7GHZ
Or if you want a really good power supply that you could easily reuse in your next build, that can power two overclocked HD 7970's then this is it.

As for the case, the Phantom has killer looks, but if you're ok with a more minimalistic design, you could save some money and go with one of those two
January 21, 2013 5:13:46 PM

Thanks so much for that Kamen, very informative and very much appreciated.
January 24, 2013 12:55:15 PM

just be aware the new revisions of that gigabyte graphics card are voltage locked

theres no overclocking headroom

cant even go past an extra 25mhz on the gpu with mine

and it wont even let me flash the newer bios listed on their website--keeps saying its not for that card

even though the gigabyte software links me directly to the page for the card

its still a good card though