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First Time Builder - $1000 - $1200 budget - Any Advice?

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June 19, 2012 7:42:28 PM

Hey guys, first time posting here as well as first time building a gaming rig; just wanted to get your thoughts or advice on any of the parts that I plan on purchasing. I plan on slightly overclocking my CPU, and I plan on playing GW2 on release.

Budget: $1000 - $1200

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922M Mid Tower ATX Computer Case
Link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Price: $99.99

CPU: Core i7 2700K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
Link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Price: $279.99

Motherboard: Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
Link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Price: $89.99 (-$50.00 with Microcenter bundle)

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1536MB GDDR5 384-bit PCIe 2.0 x16
Link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Price: $229.99 (-20.00 with rebate)

PSU: ZS Series 750 Watt ATX Power Supply
Link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Price: $94.99 ($69.99 with rebate)

Memory: HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB)
Link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Price: $47.99

CPU Cooler/Fan: Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
Link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Price: $36.99

HDD: Caviar Green 2TB IntelliPower SATA 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD20EARX - OEM
Link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Price: $119.99

Drive: 22x DVD±RW Super Multi Dual Layer Burner - OEM
Link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Price: $16.99

Total with tax: $1,156.80

Any thoughts or advice on this build would be beyond appreciated. This rig will be mainly for gaming.
June 19, 2012 7:51:57 PM

I say go with Cooler Master HAF 912, intel i5 3570k ivy bridge. You'll have more legroom for better video card and/or psu
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June 19, 2012 8:02:11 PM

I agree with iendigma. Get the i5 3570k, and go with a cheaper case (Not too cheap offcourse.) Then you can get a better video card. Your chosen PSU is great. And you could also get for example a 1TB -1.5TB harddrive if you don't need alot of space. I'm not so sure about the MOBO. I don't like ASrock. I'd say you go with ASUS, for example their p8z77 series are great. Not having a good time with my new Gigabyte motherboard though.... I don't know about MSI. But overall I say your system is great! Have fun building!
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June 19, 2012 9:01:19 PM

- CPU 3570K (may still have $190 combo with that Extreme4)
- get a cavair black (green is too slow) or spinpoint F3
- get what you can with free shipping from Newegg unless they collect tax from the state you're in
- take the savings and get a much better GPU
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June 19, 2012 10:11:03 PM

I'd say get an 3570k to replace the 2700k as the 2700k doesn't provide much more power in terms of gaming and the 3570k cost a bit less.

And to be honest, if your going to be strictly gaming and browsing without any video editing or photo editing, I'd recommend going for a cheaper AMD processor as Intel i5 and i7 only show minor increases(3% or so) in performance compared to the much cheaper AMD processors but that is IF your going to be playing at 1080p. At lower resolutions like 1680x1050 Intel blows AMD out of the water.

Get a better video card than the 480 -- it's older technology and you won't see as good of performance as if you bought say a GTX 560ti with 448 cores. I'd say take out money from your Case and PSU and purchase a GTX 570 at around 280$.

Although the 750w is a good power supply, you won't need that much power if your going to run a single-GPU system. I'd say get around a very reliable 650w PSU.
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