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First comp build, $1600 dollar budget, gaming CPU build advice

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October 3, 2012 2:41:56 AM

Hey everyone! So I have decided to build my first computer!!! i will be relying mainly on friends to help me build it but i need some advice if im going to be throwing down some money.

I am setting my budget around $1600 dollars for components and monitor.

I might dapple in overclocking the video card but i dont thnk i wll attempt anything on the CPU but who knows down the road. Trying to get the best performance for my buck but im willing to compromise some performance in favor of resolving possible heat problems or saving some watts.

This is what im thinking.

I7-3770K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS p8Z77-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAF 932 full tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX570 (fermi) 2560MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec earthwatts EA-750 green 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

g-skill sniper gaming serious ram 16gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate 1TB hardrive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus 23" widescreen LCD LED backlite
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This comes out to $1570.
Looking solid or any suggestions? your input is appreciated.

a c 283 à CPUs
October 3, 2012 2:52:32 AM

Looks fine, but switch to a 660 Ti and here's why:

a c 141 à CPUs
October 3, 2012 2:56:55 AM

diaco said:
Hey everyone! So I have decided to build my first computer!!! i will be relying mainly on friends to help me build it but i need some advice if im going to be throwing down some money.

I am setting my budget around $1600 dollars for components and monitor.

I might dapple in overclocking the video card but i dont thnk i wll attempt anything on the CPU but who knows down the road. Trying to get the best performance for my buck but im willing to compromise some performance in favor of resolving possible heat problems or saving some watts.

This is what im thinking.

I7-3770K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You really don't need an I7 if all you are doing is gaming. You are paying an extra 100 dollar for extra cache and hyper threading, two things that games don't make use of. You would be better off with the I5.




This is fine

diaco said:
Cooler Master HAF 932 full tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


This is fine too



The GTX 570 is still a great video card it is though a generation old and the GTX670 is a smaller chip, a little faster and cooler than the old Fermi. I would take that extra 100 dollars you save by not getting the I7 and put it towards the GTX 670 or 680.

diaco said:
Antec earthwatts EA-750 green 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec PSU's are junk and wouldn't bother with them. I would get a good quality one from Seasonic, Corsair or PC Power and cooling.

diaco said:
g-skill sniper gaming serious ram 16gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


16 Gigs of RAM really is overkill for gaming. 8 Gigs are more than enough and even then I doubt you would max out your RAM. I have yet to come close to maxing out my 8 Gigs of RAM. The only time more RAM comes in handy is if you are doing something really intensive like video editing, 3D design or 3D animation



This is fine

diaco said:
Asus 23" widescreen LCD LED backlite
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


This is fine

diaco said:
Windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


This comes out to $1570.
Looking solid or any suggestions? your input is appreciated.


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a c 283 à CPUs
October 3, 2012 3:00:17 AM

rds1220 said:
Antec PSU's are junk and wouldn't bother with them. I would get a good quality one from Seasonic, Corsair or PC Power and cooling.


That PSU isn't trash, by any stretch of anyone's imagination. http://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon...

I agree about the i5, though, if you want to save some $.
a c 163 à CPUs
October 3, 2012 3:04:03 AM

id prefer the i7 if u dont have a concern to save money. and def a 660ti or 670 gtx. Also did u pick a cpu cooler? Would recommend a Noctua NH D14 as it cools great and would allow for a farther OC or maybe a closed loop Corsair H series coolers for noise levels
a c 141 à CPUs
October 3, 2012 3:06:53 AM

Meh I have never had a good experience with them and have since stayed away from their PSU’s. I usually go with Seasonic, Corsair or PC Power and Cooling. They have been consistently good for me and for the most part problem free.
a c 141 à CPUs
October 3, 2012 3:10:47 AM

lazyboy947 said:
id prefer the i7 if u dont have a concern to save money. and def a 660ti or 670 gtx. Also did u pick a cpu cooler? Would recommend a Noctua NH D14 as it cools great and would allow for a farther OC or maybe a closed loop Corsair H series coolers for noise levels


For the money he is willing to spend on this build he would be better off with a custom water loop if he wanted to go with water cooling. The fact is that those water cooling kits don't really do much better then top of the line air cooling. With the extra couple hundred he has left over he can do a custom water loop.
October 4, 2012 3:26:47 AM

ah ok thanks for the help guys, so i5 is just as good as i7 unless i dont mind spending a bit more money for a tiny bit of performance. And yes ic the video card is antiquated, so 660ti or 670 all the way. Will i need additional cooling for this build, like adding a heat sink and such? or will the tower handle all my needs?

and for motherboards, what is the consensus on the asus vs gigabyte GA z77x. For the motherboard around $200 dollars which one does everyone seem to agree is better?
a c 141 à CPUs
October 4, 2012 3:45:32 AM

They are pretty much the same CPU. The I5 though is better for gaming. With the I7 you are spending an extra 100 dollars for more chache and hyper threading, two things that games don't make use of right now. You won't get any better performance with the I7 over the I5.
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