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Help Me Finalize My $1500 Gaming Rig

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May 16, 2012 3:10:37 AM

I've already picked out the components but would appreciate your opinion on a part that you would think is better and why. Feel free to trash my build and make a new one!
(this is my first build)

Approximate Purchase Date: This upcoming weekend (taking a trip up to Micro Center)

Budget Range: $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, surfing the internet, watching Netflix

Parts Not Required: Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and Micro Center

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: No preferences, just quality

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I've spend a good amount of time researching all my parts and this is what I came up with..

CPU: Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor - $190 at Micro Center

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard - $60 (if purchased with the i5 3570K processor) at Micro Center

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $260 at Newegg

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - $60 at Newegg

Case Fan: COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AB-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan - $24 at Newegg

PSU/HDD: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE/Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s - $170 at Newegg

RAM:Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) CL9 Dual Channel (2x4GB) - $40 at Micro Center

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $18 at Newegg

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit - $129 at Newegg

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers - $170 at Newegg

Mouse: Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse - $68 at Newegg

Keyboard: Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard - $62 at Newegg

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $100

Total(including tax and shipping)=~$1460

What do you suggest for virus protection?
May 16, 2012 3:24:52 AM

Microsoft security essentials.

I feel like you should trim around your stuff a little and add the last $40 to get a gtx 670 instead. Much better than 7850.

You'd need to trim around $100 all around.
1) do you really need a $25 fan? The HAF case already comes with 2 to help push air around and it'll be sufficient.

2) New monitor (1'' less but $40 cheaper with promo code EMCNEJE227):

May 16, 2012 6:49:55 AM

I would be looking at a case with front 3.0 USB ports seeing how all these new 1155 boards have a front 3.0 USB header. $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW <----- another look at that case along with links to reviews $399.99 Free Shipping
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks $39.99
Crucial 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) $17.99
Lite-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner - OEM $76.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED Monitor - Black
LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
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May 16, 2012 4:03:29 PM

i would much rather change mobo to something at a regular size so you don't run out of slots and micros tend to get a bit hotter than regular ATX size

since you are getting the "K" version i am thinking you are going to overclock but even without overclock getting a heatsink is always a good choice

don't want to spend much on a Heatsink? just grab a hyper 212+ for $19.99. decent heatsink for minor overclock for i5 3570k
May 16, 2012 4:12:13 PM

how much can you overclock the i5 3570k with a hyper 212...without touching the stock raising multipler from bios?
May 16, 2012 6:41:56 PM

Vatican said:
how much can you overclock the i5 3570k with a hyper 212...without touching the stock raising multipler from bios?

From the reviews Iv'e read it's right around 4.2Ghz.
May 16, 2012 6:42:43 PM

I've done 4.4 GHz on stock voltage.
May 16, 2012 11:05:03 PM

Pson44 said:
I'm going to cut the keyboard and spend the $60 toward a GTX 670

How do you feel about this board?
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

It's a nice board but it's more for a dual card set up. That mATX you had up there seems like it would do everything your looking for and save you a few $$ also.