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June 27, 2012 11:20:56 PM

Im about to build a Gaming PC. I have the parts that i need picked out and I was hopping someone could tell me if there is a better version of any of the parts for less.

CPU Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $306.99

CPU Cooler Antec KUHLER Flow CPU Cooler $49.99

Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $229.99

Memory Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $49.99

Hard Drive Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $70.49

Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card $149.99

Case Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case $94.99

Power Supply CoolMax 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $66.99

Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $52.99

Also I was wondering if with this build, i would need to purchase a network card.
June 27, 2012 11:58:18 PM

For gaming, your build is disproportioned, you should be spending more on your GPU.

Lose that i7 for the i5-3570K. Make sure you get the K version if you plan to OC, otherwise you can drop that cooler as well.

Also, you are spending way too much on that mobo. Get an extreme4 or if you need extra features, an extreme6. The money saved on those two items should net you a GTX670.

You don't need a NIC card, the mobo will have an ethernet port.
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June 28, 2012 12:35:39 AM

Heres my suggestions:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support


You don't need to spend the money on the sabertooth. Just a bunch of extra plastic. Either the Asrock Z77 pro ( as i listed) or the extreme 4 will do wonders for you. The extreme 4 gets you an extra pci 3.0 slot and gold caps for a bit more.

The i5 series is plenty for any gaming needs. the 2500k or 3570k can both be easily overclocked gaining you plenty of longevity. i7 series is just going to get you a bit more processing power for multi processes or video editing and such. A waste right now for gaming.

I like the coolermaster processor coolers better than the antech. The 212 evo seems to be a popular choice. I use one myself. Its really a nice cooler.

The GTX 670 is an awesome vid card, but if you don't end up wanting to spend that much at least pick up a Radeon HD 7850. Probably one of the best sub 300.00 cards on the market imo. Super efficient and easily overclocked as well. You really need to spend what you can on the video card. That is probably the biggest hitter in the current gaming line up right now. Hope this helps, and good luck in your build.
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June 28, 2012 12:41:56 AM

^ good advice - I remember buying a "deluxe" Asus mobo - used 1/2 of the S*&T that came with it. Put your money with a reasonable z77 mobo and the I5 k version and spend the savings on a better GPU - GTX670 would be best for the money - HD7850 also good.
-Bruce
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