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Gaming build just about finalized - thoughts?

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May 4, 2012 8:43:55 PM

Hey guys - just finished up my gaming build and I'm gonna share what I've come up with. I mostly will be playing Skyrim, Diablo III, Guild Wars 2 and things of that nature. Everything look good? Will it be cool enough? Anything extra I need to buy to make this all work (anything for the hard drive? cables? mount?) Thanks!

CPU/Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JCNOY6/ref=ox_sc_a...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650W http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=ox_sc_a...

Hard Drive: WD Caviar Blue 500 GB http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM (Already Purchased): CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_a...

Monitor: Asus VH242H 23.6-Inch LCD Monitor http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LYPIIS/ref=ox_sc_a...

Other Stuff: TP-Link High Gain Wireless Adapter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , PS/2 Keyboard for installing Windows
May 6, 2012 4:58:26 PM

Bump - down three or four pages here
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May 7, 2012 8:16:07 PM

One more bump, down several pages.
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May 7, 2012 8:39:58 PM

I think it looks pretty good. Sure you can switch out a few things and I haven't looked at the mobo, but I assume you've read the individual tests. One thing I would consider adding, though, is a SSD as boot/OS drive. The performance increase is VERY noticeable.
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May 7, 2012 9:14:51 PM

orionite said:
I think it looks pretty good. Sure you can switch out a few things and I haven't looked at the mobo, but I assume you've read the individual tests. One thing I would consider adding, though, is a SSD as boot/OS drive. The performance increase is VERY noticeable.

Yeah, I'm going to get a 120 or so, but it will have to be next month. Is it easy to clone the OS/apps/etc and put 'em on the SSD after the fact? I'll have to run without it for a month. Any suggestions as to a good bang-for-buck SSD? And do I need to buy any special mounts for it since it's 2.5''?
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May 7, 2012 9:24:04 PM

I'm building a similar system with the same processor. I'd recommend getting an aftermarket CPU cooler. Since you picked the "K" series then I imagine you intend to overclock and you'll want a better heatsink/fan to help dissapate the heat. I got the coolermaster 212 Evo for mine. Haven't built it yet but I figure for $35, it should have some room for overclocking, anything more extreme, then I might upgrade the cooler if the CM 212 Evo can't handle it.
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May 7, 2012 9:37:20 PM

bacole08 said:
I'm building a similar system with the same processor. I'd recommend getting an aftermarket CPU cooler. Since you picked the "K" series then I imagine you intend to overclock and you'll want a better heatsink/fan to help dissapate the heat. I got the coolermaster 212 Evo for mine. Haven't built it yet but I figure for $35, it should have some room for overclocking, anything more extreme, then I might upgrade the cooler if the CM 212 Evo can't handle it.

I don't think overclocking will be something I look at for a few months. I got the processor out of convenience mostly. I should be able to max all the games I'll play and run them very well without it, I think.
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