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June 24, 2012 11:14:59 PM

I am a newbie builder with a budget of 1000-1200. Plan on using it for gaming and normal windows programs. Will also do some video editing. Please give me your thoughts.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aHt7

Thanks for input.

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June 24, 2012 11:47:42 PM

No..It is amd and if gaming intel i3-2120 is better than any amd chip. You got a overpriced watercooler too, and a not so hot gpu get no cpu cooler unless overclocking really heavily and if you are..which you cant with the i3 so keep that in mind get a cooler master hyper 212 evo for 35 bucks. I would do custom water cooling it is cool,quiet and one of the coolest things you can do if you can afford it it is like 300 dollars so let me know budget, if you will oc and if you can afford a 300-450 dollar custom water cooling setup. Good Luck :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 24, 2012 11:53:59 PM

Not ANY chip, but most chips.
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June 25, 2012 12:02:10 AM

2fast4thetown_down said:
No..It is amd and if gaming intel i3-2120 is better than any amd chip. You got a overpriced watercooler too, and a not so hot gpu get no cpu cooler unless overclocking really heavily and if you are..which you cant with the i3 so keep that in mind get a cooler master hyper 212 evo for 35 bucks. I would do custom water cooling it is cool,quiet and one of the coolest things you can do if you can afford it it is like 300 dollars so let me know budget, if you will oc and if you can afford a 300-450 dollar custom water cooling setup. Good Luck :D 


I definitely agree about the cooler - closed water blocks are not as great as everyone makes them out to be. With liquid cooling do the real thing or not at all. But on a $1200 build go with the i5-3570K, that's the best CPU on the market right now and it's far better than the i3-2120.

Although that power supply in the original build is from a brand that produces a lot of flat-out junk, I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole.

Here's a $1200 build I recommend:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $124.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $119.99
HD: 2TB Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $119.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99

Total: $1,266.88

If you need other stuff I can adjust accordingly - it's a little over budget but a far more powerful system than the initial build.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 25, 2012 12:04:49 AM

I wouldn't say it is much better. It would be much better at BF3, but for most games, it is fine.
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June 25, 2012 12:20:08 AM

+1 for g-unit1111's build.

Yeah, it's a little over your budget, but it's really better to spend a little too much than a little too little IMO.

Some combo deals you could consider to cut the costs a bit
3570K + ASrock Extreme4 (it's only -5$)


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a b 4 Gaming
June 25, 2012 12:53:49 AM

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a c 278 4 Gaming
June 25, 2012 2:56:01 AM

Rbellows6 said:
I've updated a bit based on recommendation. Also, thoughts on i7 2600k vs. i5 2500k vs. 3570k. Thanks.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aLKI


The 2600K is kind of a moot point anymore when the 3770K is better and the i7 isn't needed for a gaming system - it will be years before games catch up to hyper threading technology. Go with the 3570K.
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June 25, 2012 10:54:10 AM

Rbellows6 said:
I've updated a bit based on recommendation. Also, thoughts on i7 2600k vs. i5 2500k vs. 3570k. Thanks.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aLKI

I would really just go for g-unit1111's build. And yes, definitely the 3570K.

Anyway, I can see that Gigabyte motherboard isn't on sale anymore.

Swap out that Gigabyte motherboard and go for this combo deal. Just another very popular motherboard. No loss in quality/performance at all.
3570K + ASrock Extreme4
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June 25, 2012 4:18:20 PM

nafoni said:
I would really just go for g-unit1111's build. And yes, definitely the 3570K.

Anyway, I can see that Gigabyte motherboard isn't on sale anymore.

Swap out that Gigabyte motherboard and go for this combo deal. Just another very popular motherboard. No loss in quality/performance at all.
3570K + ASrock Extreme4


I tried that Asrock board and it didn't work for me - I swapped it with that Gigabyte board - its' the same one I have - and it works great. No complaints.
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June 25, 2012 4:31:46 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I tried that Asrock board and it didn't work for me - I swapped it with that Gigabyte board - its' the same one I have - and it works great. No complaints.

Could be a faulty board? I haven't tried it myself (due to the bad availability in Norway), but it looks like a good and very popular motherboard for the price.

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June 25, 2012 4:48:47 PM

nafoni said:
Could be a faulty board? I haven't tried it myself (due to the bad availability in Norway), but it looks like a good and very popular motherboard for the price.


I don't know if I didn't have it setup correctly or what but when I had the board I'd turn it on, it would boot, and then it would just shut off. I had the same thing happen with the Gigabyte board but it turned out I had my CPU cooler setup using the AMD method instead of the Intel method.
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