New Gaming PC...thoughts and opinions Tags: PC gaming Video Games Product Last response: January 24, 2013 12:55 PM in Video Games Share kalpucks 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-2DHV3 Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Rosewill Stallion Series RD700 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Again, any input or suggestions are much appreciated. More about : gaming thoughts opinions simon12 January 21, 2013 12:52:44 AM All looks good but why not get a Z77 board? pauls3743 January 21, 2013 12:58:50 AM ^+1 And I see no mention of RAM, hard drives or optical drive. Related resources Gaming PC--thoughts or suggestions? - Forum New Gaming PC Build, Opinions Please - Forum New Gaming /CAD Build: Opinions /Advice - Forum Need Opinions on New Gaming Rig - Forum New Gaming Rig need opinions . - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer kalpucks 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! HEXiT 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. kalpucks 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. Kamen_BG 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. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007KTY4QU/?tag=pcpapi-20 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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. http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=43101&vpn=CMPSU-950TX&... 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 8 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JPKLGM/?tag=pcpapi-20 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0066130AO/?tag=pcpapi-20 kalpucks January 21, 2013 5:13:46 PM Thanks so much for that Kamen, very informative and very much appreciated. mcnumpty23 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 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources First Gaming PC, opinions please. Forum Opinions about this gaming pc build? Forum New gaming build, opinions please! Forum First New Build. 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