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May 8, 2012 9:50:44 PM

Hi everyone,
I have never built a computer before, but after much research and great help from the community, here is my first build. Computer will be used for games like SCII, Diablo III, BF3, and the new Mechwarrior online coming out. Any advice would be great.

Here’s the core build:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 (or Biostar TZ77XE4 LGA 1155, saving $40)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1600
Corsair Silver HX850 (or Corsair Silver TX850, saving $30)
Cooler Master HAF 932
Crucial M4 SSD 128GB
XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB

Here are the extras:
Rosewill Wirelss Adapter 3 antenna
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Asus 24x DVD Burner

Total cost: $1,275

My biggest non-“how the hell do I install all of this” question is: Will the Hyper212 Evo clear the G.Skill RAM? Other than that, please let me know what you think.

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May 8, 2012 9:59:06 PM

Get a cheaper mobo, such as the ASRock Z77 Extreme4, and put the extra cash toward a 7870. You can also go with a good 650W PSU for 7870 SLI, or a 750W if you've got the urge. 850W's overkill, though. You also might consider a cheaper case. That should be entirely a matter of stylistic preference; don't worry much about one case being "better" than another.

I'm not totally certain about the EVO and the RAM, but I've never heard of anybody having an issue with G.Skill sticks.
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May 8, 2012 10:01:53 PM

Looks good, I'd get the MX-4 thermal paste over the Arctic Silver 5, it performs slightly better and its the same price. I'm not 100% sure on the RAM clearance but the heatsinks on the RAM is almost ineffective and if you can find some low profile RAM of the same specs for the same price I'd probably go with that.

MX-4
Low Profile DDR3 1600 memory

DO NOT get a biostar board, I'm currently in a RMA process with them and it's a nightmare.
Also go you already have a HDD you're going to use? That 128GB SSD will fill up fast.
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May 8, 2012 10:12:03 PM

Get a P67 mobo (like Asus Maximus IV) instead and go for 7870 like kajabla said. You don't need also 850w PSU for this build. 650-700 is enough. I would take sandy bridge instead of ivy like 2500k after OC is better than 3570 OC. 2500k is about 30$ chaper and the difference between these two CPUs is around 4% There is also overheating issue when OC with Ivy Bridge.
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May 8, 2012 10:13:20 PM

A 4.5 GHz OC on IB is stronger than a 4.5 GHz OC on SB, so you're wrong there.
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May 8, 2012 10:25:25 PM

azeem40 said:
A 4.5 GHz OC on IB is stronger than a 4.5 GHz OC on SB, so you're wrong there.


Ok but you will get higher OC on SB even over 5GHz which is impossible on IB, sp you are wrong there.
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May 8, 2012 10:30:44 PM

IB runs really hot. Good luck getting to 4.5 without water. Then again I don't like my components running hot for daily use because I want them to last. I know AMD and Intel temps don't compare but I run my 980BE at 52C max load and 55C is my absolute max. I've helped three people get to 4.2ghz on IB with ease, the only limitations was what I thought was excessive heat...
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May 8, 2012 10:35:57 PM

7ccccc7 said:
Ok but you will get higher OC on SB even over 5GHz which is impossible on IB, sp you are wrong there.

You gain no benefits above 4.4 GHz, so you're wrong there.
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May 8, 2012 10:39:55 PM

Lets get back to the OP. They're both good chips. The stuff you picked out will be a great system. If you're not on a tight budget then go with what you have. If money is tight you can downgrade certain items and upgrade others for better gaming performance.
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May 8, 2012 10:52:11 PM

azeem40 said:
You gain no benefits above 4.4 GHz, so you're wrong there.


So check these benchmarks http://pclab.pl/art44338-21.html ... and take a look on 2600k either, so you were wrong again...
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