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January 31, 2012 7:51:21 PM

Hi, I'm planning on building my first pc. After considerable amount of research I've settled on a build that I'm happy with. However, I'm still hesitant and I'm seeking plenty of feedback on how to make the best purchase for my money. I'm pretty sold on the choices I've made with the exception of the motherboard. I greatly appreciate your time and consideration.


Approximate Purchase Date: (Hope to order parts this week)

Budget Range: $1000 - $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mostly

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country: Ammmurica

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Hopefully

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (In the future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I'd like to have a quiet PC


Here is the build:

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($107.97 @ Mac Connection)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1194.83
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-01-31 16:48 EST-0500)

Thanks again!

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January 31, 2012 7:58:33 PM

That is a really solid build actually. Love the Arc MIDI.

The only suggestion I'd really make is not to mess with a closed liquid loop like the H100. Air cooling is always the way to go - it's far safer and your system will last a lot longer. Get a solid fan like the Hyper 212 Evo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then with the difference you'd save (about $80) you can invest that elsewhere. There's a couple of options:

Invest that difference in getting a better motherboard like the one I use: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're set on the Asrock you might want to consider upping the PSU to a 750 - the 620 might be a bit underpowered to run a 570.

Or maybe get a bigger hard drive like the Seagate Barracuda 2TB Green Drive.

Also the Corsair Vengeance is a good RAM line, but the tall heat sinks make installing coolers really difficult. Swap the RAM with this (same thing, low profile): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 31, 2012 8:18:01 PM

I like the board you mentioned so I think I'll swap that out. Do you still think the PSU would need to be changed? If so what do you recommend? As far as liquid cooling goes does an air cooler make that much of a difference? Would the fan be noisy? Does it make air flow an issue? Thanks.
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January 31, 2012 8:21:27 PM

i would suggest waiting to see how the 7xxx series cards come out. the 7950 is a great card if you could pay the extra dough.
January 31, 2012 8:25:18 PM

Any time table on the 7xxxx series cards? Or on the topic of mobo how about the ASUS Maxiumus IV
February 1, 2012 3:12:33 AM

das_whack said:
Any time table on the 7xxxx series cards? Or on the topic of mobo how about the ASUS Maxiumus IV


I'm really iffy on that board. If you're building a micro-ATX build it's the best board out there. In your case you're building a full size tower and I'd really recommend a full size board. The limited expansion options will be frustrating on the long run if you get the GENE-Z, if you use dual video cards there go all your expansion slots. If you go full size it will leave you with more expansion room in the future.

As far as the 7XXX cards they're starting to come out slowly. 7950 is out today and it looks great so far. I'm planning on getting one possibly at some point (or I may pay for the EVGA Step-up service, remains to be seen).

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I like the board you mentioned so I think I'll swap that out. Do you still think the PSU would need to be changed? If so what do you recommend? As far as liquid cooling goes does an air cooler make that much of a difference? Would the fan be noisy? Does it make air flow an issue? Thanks.


The Seasonic is an excellent brand, but I'd recommend getting one with a higher wattage if you plan to SLI and/or overclock. Try one of these:
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as coolers go. The thing about a liquid cooler is that it is liquid. Air cooling is not only safer but it will prolong the life of your PC significantly. What makes an aftermarket cooler the best option is that if you mount it the cooler the right way it will move the hot air out and keep the cool air circulating. I'd heavily suggest reading this about building a good air-cooled system, it explains it a lot better than I can: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...
February 1, 2012 1:20:36 PM

Thanks for all the help. I ended up following your recommendations on the motherboard, psu and air cooler. I chose a slightly different cooler to allow clearance for the ram. I got this one Everything has been ordered so I should be working on it this weekend hopefully. Thanks again sir!
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