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May 29, 2012 9:38:36 PM

Coming from a now dead XPS M1730 laptop I decided to try my own at building a gaming computer. After about 3 months of research this is the build I have come up with. I just want to check that all these parts will work together, and I welcome any critiques or thoughts on it.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 weeks.

Budget Range: $2,000 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streams, surfing internet.

Parts Not Required: Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes around 4.2-4.5ghz

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
1) How is the motherboard that I have chosen? I feel after all this time looking at motherboards I still have trouble choosing a “good one.”

2) Outside of this build I am still deciding on a keyboard and headset/w mic. I have 2 keyboards in mind: The Das Keyboard, if I want to head towards mechanical keyboards and the Logitech g110 if I do not. I have heard that once you go mechanical you never go back.

3) For the headset I really have no clue. I am looking for a good quality one that has some longevity to it. My friend owns and suggests Turtle Beach, but I have not tried them out (something I should do this week). The only other ones I have looked at are the RAZER Carcharias and some Logitech ones. Again, any thoughts or help would be much appreciated.

4) Finally, should I get a backplate for my GPU? Will it help that much?



PC Build

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 – Newegg $240

Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard –Newegg $240

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card –Newegg $400

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply –Newegg $170

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory –Newegg $47

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans –Newegg $140

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive –Newegg $120

SSD: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) –Newegg $240

DVD drive: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support –Newegg $25

Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 –Newegg $30

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


Peripherals

Monitor: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers –Newegg $170 (Already ordered)

Keyboard: Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard

Mechanical Keyboard: Model S Professional Silent Keyboard

Headset: ?

Total before rebates: $1,922
a c 247 4 Gaming
May 29, 2012 9:45:18 PM

Quote:
1) How is the motherboard that I have chosen? I feel after all this time looking at motherboards I still have trouble choosing a “good one.”


I personally think it's major overkill - you could get one like the one I use and still come out ahead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Quote:
2) Outside of this build I am still deciding on a keyboard and headset/w mic. I have 2 keyboards in mind: The Das Keyboard, if I want to head towards mechanical keyboards and the Logitech g110 if I do not. I have heard that once you go mechanical you never go back.


I'm never a fan of spending $140 on a keyboard - if you want to I'm not stopping you.

Quote:
4) Finally, should I get a backplate for my GPU? Will it help that much?


No - they're pretty useless.

My main suggestions would be to cut down on the SSD and the motherboard and invest that elsewhere - maybe in a better cooling solution or extra monitor.
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May 29, 2012 9:53:07 PM

Very good build. I would keep everything and replace the HDD, OS and Cooler.

WD Blue
Win7 64 bit Pro
Noctua NH-D14 or Corsair H100 or Cooler Master H612.
a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2012 10:10:51 PM

CPU+MOBO combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

i5 3570k and UD3H this will be all you seriously need

HDD+Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
1TB from Seagate and an ASUS burner

RAM+PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Corsair low profile memory and a HX750 for future SLI/CF

CASE: your case is good enough it is very big so make sure you have space to fit it somewhere, and it is very big to fit in all your things

i much prefer a 500R white
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it is nice, will fit in more places, cable management is easy, LED fans with a On/Off switch, and a Fan controller

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
these look a lot cooler
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
these look better with the color scheme

GPU: 670 of course for your budget

for headset i am not a fan of Turtle Beach they give me headaches when i wear them

ones to look at are
Triton headsets - very over priced
Sennheiser - i have a PC360 and a PC350 i really love them the PC360 is not really sound proof but it is so comfy
Razer: friend has one he says it is pretty good

before you even try to get a headset i recommend getting a $50+ Sound card to get the most out of it

at the price of $80 of a heatset i would either go Logitech or Razer

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a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2012 10:12:55 PM
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It all works but I would consider these changes/combo's down below.

combo the h/d + case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $234.98 save: $25.00
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED, 1x 140mm rear, 1x 230mm top, and 1x 230mm side
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Another case worth consideration....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $259.98 save: $30.00 - $40.00 Mail In Rebates
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Go for lower profile RAM so you don't have any problems with the cpu heatsink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $189.98 save: $10.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

Any of these boards down below will do exactly what that Sabertooth will do and they will do it for less $$.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $404.98 save: $20.00
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $399.98 save: $15.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $399.98 save: $30.00
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Faster SSD

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-SSDNow-240GB-SVP200S3-24... $209.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Kingston SSDNow V+200 240GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive SVP200S3/240G

This headset paired up with that sound card and you have a match made in heaven.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-9011111-WW-Vengeance-A... $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CA-9011111-WW Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Channel-Sound-Card-XONAR_DG/... $26.97 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR_DG
June 12, 2012 10:17:14 PM

Best answer selected by LazyGamer.
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