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First Time Builder - Does this Look Alright?

Hey guys,

I'm trying my hand at building a gaming computer for the first time, and after a long time browsing these forums, I was hoping to see if everything checks out on my planned build. I'm looking to have this build last me a few years, after which I intend to add a second graphics card to get some extra life out of it. I am open to suggestions, assuming it doesn't cause my costs to balloon too much. Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: Before July 1st
Budget Range: approx. $1200
System Usage: purely gaming
Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com, Newegg.com, NCIX.com, Microcenter (In Store)
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: No Preference
Overclocking: In the future
SLI or Crossfire: In the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (possibly higher at a later date)


So far, this is my plan:

CPU: Intel i5-3570K ($205 after tax)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus ($30)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0

MOBO: MSI Z77A-G45 ($150)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645&nm_mc=OTC-FroogleNEW&cm_mmc=OTC-FroogleNEW-_-Motherboards+-+Intel-_-MSI-_-13130645

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) Low Profile ($55)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-12800-CML8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B00569K7LM

GPU: Gigabyte GTX670 OC 2GB ($400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423&Tpk=gigabyte%20gtx%20670

HDD: WD 1TB Caviar Blue ($95)
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desktop/dp/B00461LT6S

PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 ($89)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&nm_mc=OTC-FroogleNEW&cm_mmc=OTC-FroogleNEW-_-Power+Supplies-_-Corsair-_-17139021

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 ($99)
http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Phantom-Tower-Gaming-Case/dp/B006I2H084

Total Cost: ~$1,100


Thanks again for all your help!
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  1. I'm personally not a fan of MSI motherboards - go with a Gigabyte, Asrock, or Asus instead.

    The 670 is a good choice and I'd recommend EVGA's model over the Gigabyte.

    The Caviar Blue is a good choice for HD but it will be a bottleneck, if you can get an SSD that will be ideal.
  2. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abUq

    this buuld has a cheaper but the same board, a modular power supply, and a better gtx670 part. go to microcenter to get some combos with the extreme4 mobo
  3. You can bundle most Z77 mobos with the 3570k at MC for a $50 discount. The favorite around here seems to be the ASRock Extreme 4:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554
  4. g-unit1111 said:
    The Caviar Blue is a good choice for HD but it will be a bottleneck, if you can get an SSD that will be ideal.


    In terms of a SSD, I haven't looked much into them. Is there a certain type you recommend? Also, are you suggesting that I get one in addition to my HDD, or should I replace the HDD with a SSD?
  5. Best answer
    Martiniman90 said:
    In terms of a SSD, I haven't looked much into them. Is there a certain type you recommend? Also, are you suggesting that I get one in addition to my HDD, or should I replace the HDD with a SSD?


    I personally prefer getting one in addition to getting the SSD, but the problem is the extremely high price per GB once you get into the 256GB+ SSDs. Then it really isn't worth it which is why I recommend having a small SSD for your boot drive and a larger 1 - 2TB hard drive for your secondary.

    If that doesn't work for your budget get the mechanical one now and then get the SSD later. You don't want to trade speed for space - that's never a good thing and 64 and 128GB SSDs by themselves will fill quickly by today's standards. Most cases now make it really easy to add and remove drives and you can always get an SSD once you get your build up and running.

    As far as drives I recommend - I heavily recommend the OCZ Vertex 4, Crucial M4, Samsung 830, and Mushkin Chronos Deluxe. All of these drives are based off the excellent Marvell / NAND controllers (with the exception of the Chronos which uses Sandforce). The OCZ Vertex 4 is based on a new variant of the Marvell controller called Indilinx and it's far faster than the one used on the M4.
  6. Alright, thanks for the help everyone. I have changed around my plans, and barring any other suggestions, below is what I plan to purchase this week. Thanks again!

    CPU: Intel i5-3570K ($205 after tax)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0388577

    CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus ($30)
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Maste [...] B002G1YPH0

    MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($100 after tax)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) Low Profile ($55)
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Veng [...] B00569K7LM

    GPU: EVGA GTX670 FTW 2GB ($410)
    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphics-02G-P4-2678-KR/dp/B0083Y6MV6/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339861320&sr=1-2&keywords=gtx+670+evga

    HDD: WD 1TB Caviar Blue ($87)
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58881&vpn=WD10EALX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1027

    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 64GB ($85)
    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Industrys-Performance-2-5-Inch-VTX4-25SAT3-64G/dp/B0081O7K0K

    PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 ($89)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-17139021

    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 ($99)
    http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Phantom [...] B006I2H084
  7. Martiniman90 said:
    Hey guys,

    I'm trying my hand at building a gaming computer for the first time, and after a long time browsing these forums, I was hoping to see if everything checks out on my planned build. I'm looking to have this build last me a few years, after which I intend to add a second graphics card to get some extra life out of it. I am open to suggestions, assuming it doesn't cause my costs to balloon too much. Thanks!

    Approximate Purchase Date: Before July 1st
    Budget Range: approx. $1200
    System Usage: purely gaming
    Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS
    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com, Newegg.com, NCIX.com, Microcenter (In Store)
    Country: USA
    Parts Preferences: No Preference
    Overclocking: In the future
    SLI or Crossfire: In the future
    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (possibly higher at a later date)


    So far, this is my plan:

    CPU: Intel i5-3570K ($205 after tax)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

    CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus ($30)
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0

    MOBO: MSI Z77A-G45 ($150)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645&nm_mc=OTC-FroogleNEW&cm_mmc=OTC-FroogleNEW-_-Motherboards+-+Intel-_-MSI-_-13130645

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) Low Profile ($55)
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-12800-CML8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B00569K7LM

    GPU: Gigabyte GTX670 OC 2GB ($400)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423&Tpk=gigabyte%20gtx%20670

    HDD: WD 1TB Caviar Blue ($95)
    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desktop/dp/B00461LT6S

    PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 ($89)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&nm_mc=OTC-FroogleNEW&cm_mmc=OTC-FroogleNEW-_-Power+Supplies-_-Corsair-_-17139021

    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 ($99)
    http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Phantom-Tower-Gaming-Case/dp/B006I2H084

    Total Cost: ~$1,100


    Thanks again for all your help!

    Great looking build. :)


    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554 $139.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.956955 $149.98 save: $15.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0/ref=s9_hps_bw_g147_ir03?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-7&pf_rd_r=1MTV1B6HV6N6K99V4QGR&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1353700742&pf_rd_i=193870011 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339864714&sr=1-2 $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)
  8. Sorry one last question. I notice that the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is slightly undersized. Should I be concerned about this as a first time builder? Would I be better off getting one of the similarly priced Gigabyte boards like the GA-Z77X-UD3H or the GA-Z77X-UD5H? Thanks!
  9. the extreme4 is not undersized and is full size atx. the extreme4 has tons of features that the d3h doesnt have and is much cheaper than the ud5h
  10. Best answer selected by Martiniman90.
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