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March 31, 2012 4:04:51 PM

Hi,

Thanks in advance for any feedback!

My current PC is dying, and after evaluating options it seems like building a new one myself is the most economical. I'm looking for a mid-range gaming machine, and I can spend around $1200 (flexible). I've never built a PC, although I've disassembled/reassembled several game consoles without much trouble.

I was thinking something like this (prices from Amazon):

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4x 4GB $100
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked 1280MB: $300
Case: Antec 900 mid-tower: $90
Optical drive: LG 12x Blu-Ray combo: $60
Power supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750-watt: $85
Processor: Intel core i5-2500K: $205
HD1: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 5900RPM: $100
HD2: Samsung 830 SSD 128GB: $180
Mainboard: Gigabyte Z68AP SATA 6GB: $95

Are there any obvious problems or ways to improve this build?

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a b B Homebuilt system
March 31, 2012 4:12:30 PM

You may want to get a CPU cooler, as the 2500k is a unlocked CPU.

Other than that, everything looks pretty good.
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March 31, 2012 4:24:21 PM

Thanks, I'll look into that.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 31, 2012 4:26:25 PM

I recommend a Coolermaster 212 EVO. Pretty good bang for the buck.
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March 31, 2012 6:19:48 PM

OK, changes -
Added Coolermaster 212 EVO CPU cooler - $35
Changed motherboard to Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 - $115
(SLI capable, just in case)
Changed SSD to Crucial 128 GB m4 - $156
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 31, 2012 6:21:47 PM

Looks good, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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April 1, 2012 2:20:27 AM

Any other ideas before I pull the trigger on this?
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 1, 2012 2:51:20 AM

Why don't you list your final build one more time, should be good though.
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April 1, 2012 2:52:07 AM

Thanks, I'll look into that.
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April 1, 2012 3:29:44 AM

Once more with feeling:

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2x 4GB $50
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon 7870HD OC (1050mhz): $360
Case: Antec 900 mid-tower: $90
Optical drive: LG 12x Blu-Ray combo: $60
Power supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750-watt: $85
Processor: Intel core i5-2500K: $205
HD1: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 5900RPM: $100
HD2: Crucial m4 128GB: $156
Mainboard: Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 : $115
Coolermaster 212 EVO CPU cooler - $35
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 1, 2012 4:17:42 AM

I think it looks good. Don't think you'll be disappointed.
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April 1, 2012 4:26:08 AM

Cool, I'm doing it. Thanks again for the advice :) 

I understand this processor/motherboard is pretty easy to overclock up to 4500 mhz or so just by changing the multiplier in the BIOS with no need to mess with the voltage... where's the best resources for me to learn about such things?
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 1, 2012 4:29:05 AM

You definitely don't need 16GB of memory. Half that is more than enough. (edit: I see you've fixed that)

Also - you can get that same exact power supply for $70 at Newegg right now ($15 mail-in rebate plus $20 discount code):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure if I'd even bother with a 750W PSU though. That's overkill for a single video card, either 570 GTX or HD 7870; more like 500-550W would do. It could come in handy if you wanted to crossfire two of those cards one day, but really up to you. If you're fairly confident you're going to stick with one card, right now $38 after rebate for an OCZ Modstream 600W is a hell of a deal - but only IF you get it in like the next 2 1/2 hours before the rebate expires:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 1, 2012 4:41:48 AM

capt_taco said:
You definitely don't need 16GB of memory. Half that is more than enough. (edit: I see you've fixed that)

Also - you can get that same exact power supply for $70 at Newegg right now ($15 mail-in rebate plus $20 discount code):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure if I'd even bother with a 750W PSU though. That's overkill for a single video card, either 570 GTX or HD 7870; more like 500-550W would do. It could come in handy if you wanted to crossfire two of those cards one day, but really up to you. If you're fairly confident you're going to stick with one card, right now $38 after rebate for an OCZ Modstream 600W is a hell of a deal - but only IF you get it in like the next 2 1/2 hours before the rebate expires:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Yeah, I know the PSU is overkill for the current system, but I'd like to leave my options open for possibly crossfiring down the line sometime. I decided not to split the order for one ytor two parts - the shipping (to AK) pretty much wipes out the savings.

Now I just have to tolerate my crappy work laptop 'til things get here... :heink: 
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April 1, 2012 4:44:55 AM

I agree with capt_taco on the PSU the rest looks good.
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April 1, 2012 5:27:01 AM

Pretty amazing build right there for a good budget.
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 1, 2012 6:46:04 PM

cowdisciple said:
Yeah, I know the PSU is overkill for the current system, but I'd like to leave my options open for possibly crossfiring down the line sometime. I decided not to split the order for one ytor two parts - the shipping (to AK) pretty much wipes out the savings.

Now I just have to tolerate my crappy work laptop 'til things get here... :heink: 


Ahh, I see. That is kind of a limiting situation to be in with the shipping, so I can see how Amazon's super saver (if they do it for Alaska) would pretty much trump any other savings.

I'd say you have yourself a pretty awesome machine there, then.
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