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Advice on my build($1000-$1200)

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February 3, 2012 10:07:32 PM

Hows it going toms hardware community after long hours of research i decided im going to build my own gaming computer. My initial goal is to build a new computer that i can get the most bang for my buck with.

Approximate Purchase Date:Within the next month.

Budget Range:$1000-$1200 (Im leaning more towards 1000 but im trying not to skimp i want this computer to run great but stay in my budget.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:My main purpose for this new machine is to Game. I would like to be able to run star wars the old republic and diablo 3 on max settings. Also be able to run new games for atleast the next 2 years. I will also be doing alot of web browsing.

Parts Not Required: I already have the following-Mouse, Keyboard, And monitor. (Going to be using my tv as my monitor.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I will be doing the bulk of my shopping for this build through newegg.

Country:Parts being assembled in the united states.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future i will but for now im going to stick with one GPU

Additional Comments: Here is the build i would like to have critiqued.


CPU:Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I72600

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

GPU:EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Memory/RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

HardDrvie:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Disk Drive:LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Power supply:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Case:Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock

Aftermarket heatsink fan(optional):COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

Additional Comments: Are these parts going to be completely compatible? Will i be bottle-necking anything? Can i overclock my parts once i get a aftermarket hs?

All help is appreciated,
MF-DooM :sol: 

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2012 10:31:24 PM

Hi! Welcome to the forums.

Well, looks like you've done pretty well! I'm impressed. The changes/notes on your build are below.

-Swap the i7-2600 for the i5-2500k. Just as fast (faster if you count overclocking) and a hell of a lot cheaper. (sketchy name, legit business)
-Your mobo is a little expensive for what you get. Try this board out for size! (Asrock P67 Extreme4 Gen3)
-Hard drive prices are really inflated right now because of the floods. If I were you, I'd invest in a cheap, 500GB drive to hold me over until they come back down. Just my thoughts.
-Case is personal preference. Whatever you think looks good.
-Check out this PSU! $15 cheaper, yet same level of quality.
-Swap cooler for Hyper 212 EVO. Better design, $5 more.

Anddd, that's it! With the money saved, think about grabbing a pair of 6950's. Those will KILL any game out and probably last you quite a while.
February 3, 2012 11:16:35 PM

Deffinetly going to check out that MoBo as long as it can support what i need that will take a decent amount off of the end bill. Also the i5 is looking more in my price range then i can choose not to skimp so hard on the GPU. Also good suggestion on the hard drive deffinetly going to wait out the whole inflated market.

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2012 11:27:00 PM

Actually, the Asus board that you first listed OCs better, but you probably don't need the pro.

And, if you have a Micro Center near you, you can get a really good deal on the i5 2500k and the p8z68-v gen3 ($40 bucks off the pair)

Consider low profile memory if you are using an air cooler because the air coolers can crowd out your RAM slots.



Get an H series water cooler like and you will have cooler temps, much less weight stress on your mobo and easier install (and no need to spend more for thermal grease):

Otherwise I would say your build looks pretty solid.
February 4, 2012 3:24:59 AM

As suggested earlier, skip the i7 2600 and swap it out for the i5 2500k, especially if you're looking to overclock. Can't o/c the 2600, you'd have to jump to the 2600k. The main difference between the i7 and i5 is that the i7s have hyper-threading, and since you're mainly going to be gaming, it isn't necessary.
February 4, 2012 4:41:14 AM

agree with striker 410. i just built myself pretty much the same thing in fact. 2500k extreme 4gen 3 with 212 evo cooler except used a 6970 and it maxes all of the games you listed smooth and hassle free
February 5, 2012 3:47:42 PM

2nd on the low profile memory, have practically the same build (including the 212 evo), and I can't use one of my dimm slots because of the height of the vengeance memory, so if I wanted to upgrade to 16 Gigs, I would have to buy new memory
February 6, 2012 9:33:41 PM

Swapped the mobo and the PSU with the suggestions given to me by stryker. I was checking out liquid cooling figuring that then i wouldnt have a problem with my memory standing to high, but that brings my build up a little to pricy for me. You guys also got to remember its a fresh platform so i also have to get an operating system which is right about at 100 for that. I should be ordering all my parts tonight ill keep this thread updated with pictures of my progress and what not.

Thanks THC,