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July 8, 2012 10:55:19 AM

This is my build and so far im planning on this exact configuration besides the power supply. i dont know if this is enough or not. this is my first gaming rig that im building and ive done alot of research and i think this is good im hopefully going to be delving into overclocking with this too so max OC and all that said and all my parts listed do i need more power or a different brand? price so far im trying to keep it as low as possible with the best quality/performance/efficiency though and constructive criticism on any of my parts is welcome like i said im new to making a computer and id love the help :)  Thank you all in advance for the help! and just incase you dont wanna look at my link here is the build for you and if you suggest any new part for me please explain why :/  otherwise why would i want it? :p  ^~^ THANK YOU ALL!!!! ^~^
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CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($283.99 @ SuperBiiz)

CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Azza Hurrican 2000R ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Thermaltake 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.52 @ B&H)

Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($48.99 @ Mac Mall)

Other: TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Wireless N Dual Band Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express x1 Up to 450Mbps Wireless Data Rates Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, 802.1x

Other: ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600 Multimedia Ultra Slim Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n support USB Storage, Print and Media Server (top performance review at smallnetbuilder.com)

Other: Scythe Kaze Master Pro 5.25 Fan Controller

Other: Sima SDCR-30 50-in-1 1 x 4-pin Type A USB 2.0 - USB 50-in-1 Flash USB 2.0 Card Reader/Writer

Other: Creative 73VF070000000 Live! Cam Chat HD

Total: $1278.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

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July 8, 2012 11:23:44 AM

Your motherboard is compatible with Ivy Bridge. Your memory(1600MHz) would work better with an Ivy Bridge. Your processor is an i7, which is a waste of money on games, get an i5. If you worry about power consumption, the Ivy Bridge uses less power.

What I'm trying to say is go for the cheaper and more suited i5-3570K.

Oh and BTW, your PSU should be fine.

On closer inspection, I am disappointed you are getting the GTX 570, I thought it was a 670. But I can't really recommend going for a better GPU, unless I know how tight your budget is. Just remember the GPU WILL be the limiting factor in how well your games run.

You could drop the CPU cooler. It seems a bit expensive to me. Don't know much about prices on newegg, but it offers little overclocking compared to the price. Spending the money on getting very close to the GTX 670 however would be money well spent in a gaming rig.
a b ) Power supply
July 8, 2012 11:32:42 AM

the 570 you are going for is not that much better than a 1.25GB 570.
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July 8, 2012 11:41:52 AM

get a 2500k or 3570k will as fast or faster in games (2500k $199) save 83 bucks there are plenty of nice cases for less maybe nzxt phantom 410 $100 save another 2$25 there is $125 savings already and you could get a gtx670 will be way quicker, just a side note who uses card readers these days not to mention i makes your build look like an oem
July 8, 2012 2:50:58 PM

But the i5 3570k doesnt have some of the features of the i7 2600k? and i heard that like 1-2 out of the 4 cores run really hot and stuff? the cpu cooler and case im keeping though i like them and good cooling powers as for the 670 maybe..
July 8, 2012 8:28:24 PM

2GB and 4GB really makes no difference, neither does the overclocking if you intend to overclock on your own.

Just grab the cheaper GTX 670.
July 9, 2012 3:49:46 AM

Avaruz said:
2GB and 4GB really makes no difference, neither does the overclocking if you intend to overclock on your own.

Just grab the cheaper GTX 670.

but doesnt the amount of GHz matter? and doesnt the vram matter ?
July 9, 2012 1:38:05 PM

No. As long as you have enough VRAM, having more makes no difference, and 2GB is more than enough most of the time.

The overclocking(increased frequency) does matter. It is just a setting however, and you can do the same (and probably more) to any similar card.


a c 158 ) Power supply
July 9, 2012 2:02:55 PM

If you're planning on a good deal of overclocking, then the Sandy Bridge CPUs are better; Ivy Bridge is having higher heat issues when overclocking; i5 2500K is the sweet spot. The Smartpower series by Thermaltake is a decent series of PSUs....at best. 750W is overkill for your planned build even with significant OCs. The Corsair Enthusiast TX650 costs less after rebate, has plenty of room for OC, and is a better quality PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a b ) Power supply
July 9, 2012 7:08:13 PM

Camo9741:

Forget about the:
-Aftermarket CPU Cooler
-The Thermaltake PSU
-The Fan controller
-The Azza huricane case
-The i7

-You don't need to overclock at all, those CPU's will not bottleneck your gaming at stock speeds at all.
-The stock cooling at stock speeds is perfectly fine
-You don't need a 750watt PSU with a single GPU. Get a quality 500-600watt
-Get like a HAF 912 or 922...even the XM. All use really large and effective fans and are near silent which eliminates the need for a fan controller.
-Get a Sandy or Ivy Bridge i5 CPU.

Also...if you have not already bought the wireless card and router...see if you can save money by buying the 100mbps full duplex standard. If its cheaper, get it, because you will NEVER notice a difference between the two.

Now...from all that money saved, get a GTX670 or 680 instead of the GTX570. Thats your engine for gaming and thats going to make a real difference.
July 9, 2012 9:46:57 PM

Rugger said:
If you're planning on a good deal of overclocking, then the Sandy Bridge CPUs are better; Ivy Bridge is having higher heat issues when overclocking; i5 2500K is the sweet spot. The Smartpower series by Thermaltake is a decent series of PSUs....at best. 750W is overkill for your planned build even with significant OCs. The Corsair Enthusiast TX650 costs less after rebate, has plenty of room for OC, and is a better quality PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if i go sandy bridge then an upgrade will be needed quicker wont it? since haswell is coming soon wouldnt it be better to get ivy now so i wont have to upgrade as quick?
a c 158 ) Power supply
July 9, 2012 9:54:54 PM

Get thru your first build before you start worrying too much about upgrades. ;)  Blackhawk gave a good suggestion too on trimming other parts of the build to bulk up the GPU. The 2500K at stock speeds crushes most games especially at resolutions 1920x1200 or lower....that brings up the question of what resolution will you be gaming at?
July 9, 2012 10:08:40 PM

1980x1200 i believe ill be running a small about 20 inch emerson HDTV and im mostly going to be playing games like WoW and LoL and this also will my computer for daily tasks too as well as a gaming rig
July 9, 2012 10:26:35 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bIqb this is the current options i have on it im trying to stay lower than 1500 just so you guys know but im seriously leaning toward the ivy bridges.. probly the i5 3570k thats why i am still using the Azza case and Tuniq CPU cooler is for maximum cooling as electronic conduct better and work better with lower temps so i am keeping that and with some money i spared i upgraded to 2x8gb Gskill ripjaws X but mostly im sticking to the CPU cooler and the case because thats my preference that and they are cheap for great cooling so if i ever upgrade they will work with the upgrades
July 9, 2012 10:34:15 PM

also looking at benchmarks the i5 3570k surpasses the i5 2500k in all but one category (SysMark 2012 - Data/Financial Analysis) so extra $20 why shouldnt i get it besides heat? which im prepared for :p 
July 9, 2012 10:59:23 PM

I would also recommend the Corsair TX series. I recently bought the TX850V2 but you do not need that much PSU for the parts as discussed.

If you can afford it though, the TX850V2 is excellent bang for the $
a c 158 ) Power supply
July 10, 2012 12:54:38 AM

camo9741 said:
1980x1200 i believe ill be running a small about 20 inch emerson HDTV and im mostly going to be playing games like WoW and LoL and this also will my computer for daily tasks too as well as a gaming rig

That resolution and those games are not highly system intensive. An HD6950 or 560ti would actually do that without a problem, but the 670 definitely adds a lot more future proof to the equation. A couple suggestions:
1. Go with 8gb of RAM vice 16gb; just save the money or put it into a larger or higher quality monitor.
2. If you have to have an aftermarket cooler then go with the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ Evo; most of the performance and less than half the cost of the Tuniq. Throw the extra in for the upgraded monitor.
If you want Ivy, then go for it. Just realize that CPU heat could be a limiting factor in higher OC attempts if/when you decide to OC.
July 10, 2012 4:44:47 AM

im fine with my monitor and everything and the tuniq does a better cooling job then the heyper evo 212+ and i do think ill go sandy since its my first build
a c 158 ) Power supply
July 10, 2012 11:20:56 AM

Enjoy your first build - it will be a fine gaming PC!
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