$1000-$1200 First Time Build Final Thougts

Building my first desktop computer after using only a laptop for the past few years, so I am a bit behind on the technology but after doing some research I put together this list. Let me Know what you think!

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz = $229.00

MOBO - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard = $229.00

GPU - EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 - $329.00

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $114.00

SSD - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive SSD - $124.99

PSU - SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 - $89.99

Optical Drive - LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal 12x BD- $79.99

My case which I have already bought - COOLER MASTER HAF 912

So that's what I have so far. The total right now is $1215 which I can work with but if there are any solid upgrades or downgrades to save money I'm all ears. I still need to add a HDD probably around 1-2 TB if anyone has any suggestions and also how important is cooling for this system? I probably won't OC much because I am not too familiar with it but I am willing to learn if its pretty essential. Still looking at a monitor too but What do you guys think?
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  1. You don't need a video card?
  2. That would be the GPU
  3. If you are paying that much for an all round system, surely you would be much, much better off waiting to get your hands on a GTX670 or even a GTX660 (once launched) should be fine for your system.
    You have managed long enough without it running for now, it's not rushing it now and wasting money on the wrong GPU.

    Just my opinion though and the GTX570 is still a great card.
  4. I would definitely upgrade that 570 to a GTX 670--just bought one myself and it can play pretty much any game out there at high settings at 45-60 FPS.

    Cooling wise, it's a bit tricky for ivy bridge. i'm going to be upgrading to a 3570k myself sometime soon. the problem is that they get VERY hot once overclocked past a certain point-- i plan on only overclocking to 4.1, 41.2 ghz or around there. There are plenty of good coolers for that-- i currently have a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO, cools my very hot AMD chip great and will work well with an ivy bridge CPU. In fact, even if you don't overclock, an aftermarket cooler like the EVO will keep your CPU cooler which means it will last longer anyway.
  5. Thanks for the input. I will go with the cooler then and probably just wait for the gtx 660 I'm hoping maybe a July release though hopefully not too much price wise and I could survive a month using the integrated graphics from the ivy bridge hopefully, from what I've heard it's not too bad.
  6. I will be happy to comment but I insist that people give all the info up front first. It just makes it all much quicker:

  7. anyone know what the price is gonna be for the 670? and itll be pci-e 3.0 correct?
  8. No thread hijacking please.
  9. 100$ z68 mobo, 2500k, GTX 670. More performance, less money.
  10. surprising, no one pointed this out. 16 gbs of ram is way overkill you only need 8 because most games only use max 4 there may be a few out there that use more but 16 is just way over kill unless your hardcore video editing .anything over 1600 mhz isnt going to make a difference in real life scenarios just as a tip.
  11. Sometimes people use computers for things other than gaming :p That's why we want the form filled out.
  12. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 good hdd. but i think like proximon just told me it would be alot better to see a form filled out
  13. firedice said:
    100$ z68 mobo, 2500k, GTX 670. More performance, less money.

    The 2500k is not more performance.
  14. Sorry here's the form
    Approximate Purchase Date: next week or two

    Budget Range: 1000-1200

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programing, movies

    Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, speakers

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or frys.com

    Country: US

    Parts Preferences: nvidia, intel


    SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: either 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

    Additional Comments: thanks for the help so far I'm probably going to go with that HDD you linked Rob. I'm pretty set on the 3570k and sabertooth z77 mobo they'll keep me going for awhile I feel the main thing now is the video card though I see about downsizing the ram to 8 it would save some money also.
  15. You have had some good advice then. My only comment right off is that the HAF 912 does not have front USB 3 ports, so you might want to install a bay device.



  16. About the GPU, i think i would either chose the Gtx670 or R7850 Depending on your budget.

    Also i've heard some say that the Asus P8Z77 V PRo got the same features as the Sabertooth. But is cheaper.
  17. azeem40 said:
    The 2500k is not more performance.

    Of course not, I was just saying the whole setup would get higher gaming performance than his for less money.
  18. You can get a sub $100 Z77 motherboard and an i5-3570k for the same price basically, so no, it's not higher performance either.
  19. You don't get the point. We all know 3570k is slightly faster than 2500k. All I'm saying is 2500k+GTX670 = superior FPS than 3570k+570. That's just a fact. Now if you can get a 3570k + mobo for as less as 2500k + mobo is another debate. On a limited budget, I would personally put the difference money between 2500k/3570k on a GPU, if price difference there is. If for some reason you can find both for the same price, then obviously 3570k is a better pick unless you wish to overclock like crazy.
  20. I do get the point. Just didn't notice the GPU in the OP.
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