New Build-$1200-1300 Gaming PC - Need Advice

Approximate Purchase Date: (today)

Budget Range: (~$1300) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming-Wow,D3,SC2, surfing the internet, watching movies,Photoshop)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard,mouse,OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (,

Country: (USA)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU,~24 inch IPS panel)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1200)

Additional Comments: will buy Noctua NH-D 14 eventually

CPU: Core i5 3570K
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
CASE: Corsair 400R
CD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

How does it look?
Is the PSU enough?
I wonder - Crucial M4 or anything else in this price range?

Thank you in advance!
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  1. Looks good. PSU is more than enough.

    I would stick with the M4. I have it - very reliable.

    Just remember IB runs hotter than SB. So I wouldn't OC until you get your Noctua.

    Also you might want to buy all your parts from 1 place. Just for the fact it would be easier to return stuff if need be.
  2. a better deal than what you have now

    ASrock extreme 4 and crucial m4 128GB saving about $30

    go with this PSU:SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W same price you will lose about 30 watts but that's nothing compared to gaining fully modular for a more organized build with less wiring to do.

    changed monitor to something that cost less for a 24in
    ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" this will be all you need, if you need you can even get 2 monitors that are 22" less than your monitor for about $300
    ViewSonic VA2248m-LED Black 22" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers $269.98

    you will need to get an HDD inside for backup a 128GB SSD won't do the job it will mostly be just your boot up and a little bit of game storage
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache about $100 it may raise or lower as i have seen this past week

    EDIT:forgot about something if you can fit it into your budget i would go with 500R just because it looks cooler(white version) has led fans and has a fan controller not to mention really good airflow for your heatsink in a push and pull
    Corsair 500R white
  3. looks great to me.but where is hdd?
  4. Thanks for the replies guys.
    I'll get a HDD at some point, have an external one that i can use for now.
    I suppose the stock cooler that comes with the i5 is not the best thing in the world, but can i run it for a couple of weeks? Should be OK
    without OC i believe
  5. Stock HSF is fine. Even if you OC a little bit.
  6. stock heatsink is fine for stock clocks but things start to get worse when you play with overclocks and the noise becomes unbearable.
  7. I won't OC, at least not at the beginning. I'll try my luck after I get the noctua.
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