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October 27, 2012 5:56:23 PM

Hello,
I'm trying to build a gaming Computer that runs games like Skyrim at very high settings with a smooth frame rate. I have a budget of 1000$ for the computer, and a little more including things like a keyboard and mouse. I would prefer to spend more like $950 so that I have enough left to spend on games. So far, my components consist of:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229

Video Card: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69863&vpn=HD7870-DC2-2... $250

Motherboard: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69234&vpn=Z77A-GD65&ma... $160

Memory/Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40

Storage: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0036Q7MV0/?tag=pcpapi-20 $90

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $80

PSU: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006TVQTFE/?tag=pcpapi-20 $80

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30

Mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19

Keyboard: http://www.amazon.com/Macally-USB-Slim-Keyboard-ICEKEYB... icekey $35

Any Suggestions?
Thanks in advanced,
Thomas

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October 27, 2012 6:12:11 PM

most people don't like to click on links to see what every one of those components are. list them out.
October 27, 2012 6:15:29 PM

To me it looks fine, there are some suggestions I would make that could improve the "feel" of your computer but let me say that what you have selected is perfectly fine.
I suggest a Solid State Drive to load your operating system and performance oriented apps, this will improve the launch time and load times in games, you can get a good idea of what is a good deal from Best SSD's for the money; October 2012.
Also, the RAM you selected is 1333MHz speed, and for a very similar price you can get 1600MHz speed with low latency, such as this ADATA.
You might want to look at the articles Seven Sub-$160 Z77 Express Motherboards, Reviewed, Six $160-220 Z77 Motherboards, Benchmarked And Reviewed, and Six $220-280 Z77 Express-Based Motherboards, Reviewed to get a good idea of which motherboard is truly best for you.

Best of luck.
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October 28, 2012 5:49:14 AM

Thanks noreaster,
I thought about using an SSD for my operating system and most used products, but have heard that it takes less uses for them to break than an HDD. I will look at other RAM and see if I can find 1600MHz for around the same price. Thanks for the suggestions.
October 28, 2012 6:17:04 AM

Looks good. Like Noeaster I also recommend getting an SSD. I've had mine for a year or so and it's still working fine. They've gotten a lot better, and if you don't write a lot to it all the time it should last you as long if not longer than a regular HDD.

If you're not going to add tons of HDDs and optical drives, why not go for a m-atx case though? While the cases won't be much cheaper, the mobo will be and it will take up less space wherever you put it.

Also, since you're going for a 3570k I assume you will want to overclock. The stock one will not be the best for that. This is a very popular and cheap cooler that should give you a nice overclock without sounding like a jet engine.
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
October 28, 2012 8:16:55 PM

I second grumbledook in regards to the cooler, the stock cooler is sufficient at stock speeds, if you overclock you will need a better cooler, and one such as the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 evo is a good performer for the cost and size.
A SSD will hold up in a desktop environment just as well as a HDD, their weak point compared to HDD's are constant writes/overwrites but they have improved firmware to minimize the wear and tear those actions cause.
The case you choose is completely personal preference in regards to size, aesthetics, form and function; choose whichever one appeals to you and can house your components.
November 4, 2012 2:49:06 PM

Noreastor, the type of memory you suggested uses a voltage of 1.55, while my CPU has a recommended maximum of 1.5. Is it worth upgrading my CPU just for better memory or should I just stick with the 1333?
November 4, 2012 5:26:18 PM

The rating of 1.55v vs 1.5v is insignificantly different, any rating of an electrical device of this nature is a generalized value, it will work at 1.5v or likely 1.65v down to 1.4v, no electrical current is exactly 1.5v 100% of the time.
Basically, don't worry about .05v difference in rating.
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