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April 12, 2012 1:50:51 AM

Hey whats up?!?! Ok, soon I will be buying my first system to put together. Check it out and tell me what you think of it or what I should change
Thanks, BuBz


CPU - i5-3570k (I think that's what replaces the i5-2500k

PSU & Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

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

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

Graphics Card - GTX 670

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

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April 12, 2012 3:47:30 AM

Looks good. If this is for gaming you can size down to 2x4GB of RAM.
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April 12, 2012 3:53:08 AM

I would swap the ASRock mobo for either an ASUS, EVGA, or Gigabite.

You will want a data drive. If all you have is the 128 system drive it will fill up very fast.
Grats on stepping up the the SSD market, it's the only way to go. (my want to RAID 0 SSD's later)

CPU fan, unless your overclocking stock works fine. (Zalman are the way to go for air cooling)

Memory I'd go Corsair 1x4gb 1600mhz.
It seems everyone always stacks tons of ram and honestly 99.99% of people don't use half of it.
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April 12, 2012 3:57:45 AM

killermoats said:
I would swap the ASRock mobo for either an ASUS, EVGA, or Gigabite.


How come?
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April 12, 2012 4:04:37 AM

Well no one else said it, so im going to: CORSAIR FANBOY!

Good choices though. 2 trivial comments:

First, I have to agree with the previous sentiment -- I'd personally go with a higher end brand for the mobo. I really like the user interface on my ASUS.

Second, did you look into a mini water cooler? The performance and price is pretty similar, just wanted to make sure you considered all options. I like the lighter weight and easier install of the enclosed radiator. And obviously you would get the Corsair one ...





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April 12, 2012 4:07:08 AM

killermoats said:
I would swap the ASRock mobo for either an ASUS, EVGA, or Gigabite.

You will want a data drive. If all you have is the 128 system drive it will fill up very fast.
Grats on stepping up the the SSD market, it's the only way to go. (my want to RAID 0 SSD's later)

CPU fan, unless your overclocking stock works fine. (Zalman are the way to go for air cooling)

Memory I'd go Corsair 1x4gb 1600mhz.
It seems everyone always stacks tons of ram and honestly 99.99% of people don't use half of it.

EVGA? EVGA hasn't been in the motherboard game competitively for the past few years now. Asrock on the other hand is about to take over the #2 position from Gigabyte in board sales.
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April 12, 2012 9:47:39 PM

deadlockedworld said:
Well no one else said it, so im going to: CORSAIR FANBOY!

Good choices though. 2 trivial comments:

First, I have to agree with the previous sentiment -- I'd personally go with a higher end brand for the mobo. I really like the user interface on my ASUS.

Second, did you look into a mini water cooler? The performance and price is pretty similar, just wanted to make sure you considered all options. I like the lighter weight and easier install of the enclosed radiator. And obviously you would get the Corsair one ...


I would've gone with the Corsair SSD too but, someone said I would only have problems with it.
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April 12, 2012 10:00:26 PM

Why_Me said:
EVGA? EVGA hasn't been in the motherboard game competitively for the past few years now. Asrock on the other hand is about to take over the #2 position from Gigabyte in board sales.


Ehhhh, No EVGA is not a top seller but I do like them for the board layouts they do. I'm all for a company improving it's product though I have had bad experiences with ASRock. Given, I have recently seen the increase from them so it may be time to test out a board. I'm still leading preference to ASUS boards.
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April 12, 2012 10:30:32 PM

I'm going to be using Photoshop etc. Thats why I have 16GB of Ram.
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April 12, 2012 10:45:33 PM

BuBzXXL said:
I would've gone with the Corsair SSD too but, someone said I would only have problems with it.


Agreed. My Crucial M4 is pretty reliable and I've had that opinion confirmed by many tech blogs.

Also +1 to more than 4gb ram for Photoshop. Its not that expensive, and more doesn't really hurt anything. If you felt like stepping it up a notch the CAS 8 version would be a good choice too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 12, 2012 10:45:53 PM

you may people wanna rethink asrock motherboard and wouldnt work had drive issues with the bios i sent it back they replied back it was en user damages to the socket pins. the only day i bought asrock p67 board the tom hardware use in there enthuiast last pc build. sent it back i wannted to sli so i got gigabyte z68 motherboard. the p67 work fine. pack it back put it protective slot back on when it got there they said the same thing end user damages to socket pins. i will not buy another asrock or any intel motherboard send it back and get screwed. im out 95 doolars for that board.
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April 12, 2012 10:59:08 PM

If I were to change the motherboard the max I'd spend would be $190.
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April 12, 2012 11:00:55 PM

deadlockedworld said:
Agreed. My Crucial M4 is pretty reliable and I've had that opinion confirmed by many tech blogs.

Also +1 to more than 4gb ram for Photoshop. Its not that expensive, and more doesn't really hurt anything. If you felt like stepping it up a notch the CAS 8 version would be a good choice too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Whats the difference? :p 
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April 13, 2012 12:16:24 AM

No, keep the motherboard. It is just fine. Don't let one bad experience change your decision.
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April 13, 2012 12:24:44 AM

azeem40 said:
No, keep the motherboard. It is just fine. Don't let one bad experience change your decision.

mmk.... I didn't want to change it :) 
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April 13, 2012 2:07:01 AM

BuBzXXL said:
Whats the difference? :p 


Very small and difficult to explain lol. It wouldn't make a difference in many scenarios. I just like to pay too much for things that I think are better :-) The best resource on CAS speed that comes to mind is this http://www.anandtech.com/show/2792

Edit: disclaimer that that article is 2009. I haven't seen a good update this year though.
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April 14, 2012 2:56:43 AM

Ok, I keep changing my budget so whats the best I can do with $1400? Thats my complete MAX I will not pass it besides shipping :p 

Thanks
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April 14, 2012 3:18:54 AM

Also 16GB of Corsair ram
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April 14, 2012 5:53:19 AM

When you do this cost total are you remembering to add the cost of windows, etc?

Above build is still a great start.
1. If you could spend more I would spend it on the GPU.
2. If you are planning to SLI in the future, it might be worth getting a higher level and gold rated PSU.
3. More SSD room is always nice.
4. Don't discount the value of the stuff you use with the PC - Monitors, headsets, mice, chairs, etc -- they have made a big impact on my gaming experience.
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April 14, 2012 5:56:29 AM

Windows, monitor etc are in a separate budget area
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April 14, 2012 5:59:58 AM

Change the GPU to a GTX 680 and that will put you at $1400.
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April 14, 2012 6:02:28 AM

Thats exactly what I was thinking.
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April 15, 2012 12:54:30 AM

Best answer selected by BuBzXXL.
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