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First Time Build: ~$1000 Budget (Gaming)

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April 30, 2012 10:00:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: I'd like to keep it as close to $1000 as possible, but I'm open to a little extra for good reasons

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (99%), surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Starting from scratch

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No real preference

Overclocking: Maybe (most likely)

SLI or Crossfire: No immediate plans

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Quiet would be nice and I want to be able to play most games on high end settings


Here's what I am thinking (but PLEASE call me out if things feel wrong, I am very much a n00b):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1039.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-04-30 17:59 EDT-0400)


NOTES: I am particularly unsure about the motherboard, the graphics card (MSI Twin Frozr vs asus given that they are the same price...) and whether I should shoot for the 2500k or 3570k intel CPU.
April 30, 2012 11:43:15 PM

Any thoughts at all?

Is the case a good fit for the parts? Does that cooler make sense? Is the motherboard compatible? Should I go with the Intel 2500k or Intel 3570k (for an extra $10)?

Obviously I think I am on the right track, but I'd love some people to either disagree with me or confirm that this is a good rig :) 
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May 1, 2012 1:24:27 AM

Hopefully last question... would the Asrock Z68 Gen3 Extreme3 work just as well with my set up?
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May 1, 2012 1:26:56 AM

Get the Z77 ASRock Extreme4 Board and an i5-3570k. So what if it has the same OC headroom as SB? It is the latest and greatest. :) 
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May 1, 2012 1:35:35 AM

azeem40 said:
Get the Z77 ASRock Extreme4 Board and an i5-3570k. So what if it has the same OC headroom as SB? It is the latest and greatest. :) 


Man, those thoughts are always going through my head! I'm trying to keep the cost down a little so that I can also buy a decent keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc.

From what I hear the 3570k doesn't overclock as well as the 2500k, so I was leaning towards sticking with the 2500k unless there was a good reason not to...
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May 1, 2012 2:12:23 AM

That is a load of crap tbh. It OCs just as well, and PCIe 3.0 is worth it.
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May 1, 2012 3:19:17 AM

Alright, fair enough... and that's good enough to justify the increase in price for the 3570k and the Z77?

Sorry, as I mentioned, this is all very new to me :/ 
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May 1, 2012 3:25:44 AM

It definitely is. Understandable. :) 
PCIe 3.0 is 2x the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 3.0 will be utilized soon enough.
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May 1, 2012 4:51:54 AM

After figuring out the graphics card, I swear I am done! This is my last tweak that I need. I even already ordered the 3570k based on your suggestion :) 
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May 2, 2012 7:11:11 AM

It shouldn't matter how many fans it has. Good choice!
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