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Check my 1000$ system! (1st time builder)

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May 19, 2012 8:35:46 PM

Hey everyone!
I just completed my 1st build for a 1000$ gaming PC; everything look in order? any recommendations?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8vui

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (@ NCIX US)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (@ NCIX US)
MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (@ NCIX US)
Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (@ NCIX US)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (@ Newegg)
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (@ Newegg)
Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case (@ Newegg)
Antec 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (@ Newegg)
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (@ Newegg)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (@ Amazon)

Also is it worth it to get some non stock thermal paste for the CPU?
Thanks!
May 19, 2012 8:47:08 PM

Everything is good, but I recommend the HAF 912.
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May 20, 2012 6:50:39 PM

So I recently got this advice when it comes to my memory

"Everything's good and no bottlenecks, just make sure to get another RAM with 1600Mhz instead of 1333, in newegg it's the same price."

I read up on 1600 memory but it didnt seem like the difference between that and 1333 was significant so I chose the tried and true 1333 in my current build. Should I switch out the 1333 for 1600's?
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May 20, 2012 6:56:56 PM

dave513271 said:
So I recently got this advice when it comes to my memory

"Everything's good and no bottlenecks, just make sure to get another RAM with 1600Mhz instead of 1333, in newegg it's the same price."

I read up on 1600 memory but it didnt seem like the difference between that and 1333 was significant so I chose the tried and true 1333 in my current build. Should I switch out the 1333 for 1600's?

Yes.

Here's a list of similar 1600MHz kits, most of which are cheaper than the 1333MHz kit you found.
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May 20, 2012 6:59:26 PM

If it is cheaper like the above, yes. Otherwise, no.
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May 20, 2012 10:39:34 PM

Cooler Master cpu heat sinks come with a small tube of MX-4 which is a very good thermal compound.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $199.98 save: $20.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board with benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX8063... $239.66 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995
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May 29, 2012 7:15:39 PM

Ok! so here is my (hopefully) Final build.

Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K (@ newegg)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (@ newegg)
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI (@ newegg)
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB OC (@ newegg)
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (@newegg)
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"(@ newegg)
Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case (@ Newegg)
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W (@ Newegg)
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (@ Newegg)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) (@ newegg)

I replaced the Sapphire 7850 for the 7870 because of availability and the 100$ increase I can afford. Will that change the amount of RAM I need or change the power supply required? Is increasing to 7870 a waste?
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May 29, 2012 7:19:20 PM

For $30 more, get the GTX 670. The Radeon 7870 isn't a good value for the price.
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May 29, 2012 7:27:16 PM

azeem40 said:
For $30 more, get the GTX 670. The Radeon 7870 isn't a good value for the price.

+1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $194.98 save: $20.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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