~$1300 Gaming Build FINAL CHECK

This is a final check for my build before I actually order all the parts. ANY tips/suggestions/advice will be GREATLY appreciated so please just write whatever you think. Also, just a check, everything is compatible right? I am only 13 so please excuse any errors I have made, I'm just starting to learn here. Thanks guys!

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K ($229 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Processors+-+Desktops-_-Intel-_-19116504

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO ($30 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=1v1wiozi6okt7

MB: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($115 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

(Should I get a better MB because this one will bring the build down or should I just leave it?)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ($99 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($46 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=1ln1uiuhzsmeh

PSU: NZXT HALE82 HALE82-650-M 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Power Supply ($89 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116014&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Power+Supplies-_-NZXT-_-17116014

CD/DVD Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner ($18 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=v27nhknurij8

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($129 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119257&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Cases+(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-Cooler+Master-_-11119257

Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN951N Wireless N Adapter IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, CSMA/CA with ACK 32-bit PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128/152 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES), WPS. ($31 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704031&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Network+-+Wireless+Adapters-_-TP-LINK-_-33704031

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($399 @ Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-GIGABYTE-_-14125423

And that is all I believe, am I missing anything like minor things? What cables do I need to buy separately as well?
Also, I was wondering, is it worth getting something like this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992005
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992007
They look really cool and I am considering getting one but I want to know if it is worth it? I also don't know how they work or how I'll hook it up/install it? A little help here?

Well thanks everyone, you guys have been a great help to me. You provided me with motivation and advice and I really appreciate it. I couldn't have even gotten CLOSE to what I have/have chosen now without you guys. Thanks everyone.
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  1. Quote:

    And that is all I believe, am I missing anything like minor things? What cables do I need to buy separately as well?
    Also, I was wondering, is it worth getting something like this?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811992005
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811992007
    They look really cool and I am considering getting one but I want to know if it is worth it? I also don't know how they work or how I'll hook it up/install it? A little help here?


    Most everything you need is included with one product or another. I personally wouldn't waste money on a fan controller but that's just me.
  2. What about the MB? It seems kinda cheap for the build and the reviews on it aren't that great either. Are there any better options?
    Oh and I heard I needed a sound card or something, is that true?
  3. The MoBo is good M8 it has very good reviews !!!

    Its a very good build ( but for me the PSU is the onlt thing i would rethink )

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
  4. This is a great PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207016

    Its semi modular as well and made by seasonic

    Oh yea make sure to get low profile ram so it doesn't conflict with your heat sink!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    Case: for like 30 bucks more you can get the HAF 932:
    I have this case and its a MONSTER!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    The hyper 212 evo is excellent, i have it as well though damn when you overclock your 3570k it sure will get noisy and annoying in my opinion

    I plan on getting this fan to replace the one that came with the hyper 212:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608005

    CD/DVD Drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    I would spend an extra 100 and go for this mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819
    I have this on my build and it is amazing, loaded with features
  5. I believe the NZXT is made by seasonic as well.
  6. lycros said:
    I believe the NZXT is made by seasonic as well.


    The one he has is only 650W
  7. The Hale82 is a good value.
  8. Only 650w?
  9. Do you plan to CF/SLI? If so, 650W might be a bit low. If you don't plan to OC them, 650W would be fine for 2, but if you want to OC both GPUs and the CPU, 750W is a safer bet.
  10. lycros said:
    Only 650w?


    Yes why ? post some info ( don't just quote me ) IMO if he plans to sli thos he needs a bigger PSU, also if he plans to OC them or the CPU.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-review/9
  11. Niklas_13 said:
    Yes why ? post some info ( don't just quote me ) IMO if he plans to sli thos he needs a bigger PSU, also if he plans to OC them or the CPU.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-review/9


    You quoted gtx 680, OP is going with the 670 and IB CPU which both have less power requirements. 650w is plenty for OC of CPU and GPU. http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/8
  12. I am probably not going to OC my CPU or get dual graphics cards for a while, is the PSU I listed enough for that? I mean I might just OC my CPU but I will definitely not be getting dual graphics cards for a LONG while.
  13. Swolern said:
    You quoted gtx 680, OP is going with the 670 and IB CPU which both have less power requirements. 650w is plenty for OC of CPU and GPU. http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/8



    Yes i see that not sure why i posted the 680, If he is going to sli then he still need the 750W PSU

    Why would he buy a Z77 MoBo with 2 PCI E 3.0 if he was not going to sli ? Hell I dont know maybe he like to waste money there ?

    IMO you need a 750W to sli 670s 680s
  14. Niklas_13 said:
    Yes i see that not sure why i posted the 680, If he is going to sli then he still need the 750W PSU

    Why would he buy a Z77 MoBo with 2 PCI E 3.0 if he was not going to sli ? Hell I dont know maybe he like to waste money there ?

    IMO you need a 750W to sli 670s 680s


    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3way-sli-review/4

    Quote:
    Measured power consumption two cards in SLI x2

    System in IDLE = 160W
    System Wattage with GPUs in FULL Stress = 433W
    Difference (GPU load) = 273W
    Add average IDLE wattage ~20W
    Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 293 Watts


    Even in tri-sli the FULL SYSTEM draw was 583W

    650W is enough
  15. lycros said:
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3way-sli-review/4

    Quote:
    Measured power consumption two cards in SLI x2

    System in IDLE = 160W
    System Wattage with GPUs in FULL Stress = 433W
    Difference (GPU load) = 273W
    Add average IDLE wattage ~20W
    Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 293 Watts


    Even in tri-sli the FULL SYSTEM draw was 583W

    650W is enough


    Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

    GeForce GTX 670 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 500~550 Watt power supply unit.
    GeForce GTX 670 2x SLI - On your average system the cards require you to have a 700 Watt power supply unit as minimum.
    GeForce GTX 670 3x SLI - On your average system the cards require you to have a 850 Watt power supply unit as minimum.

    Remember, if you are going to overclock the GPUs or processor, then we do recommend you purchase something with some more stamina. The minute you touch voltages on the CPU or GPUs, the power draw can rise real fast and extensively.

    I will still stick to a 750W for a sli 2 ways setup :)
  16. +1 for 750w for SLI

    First of all the wattage reading that Lycos quoted can vary differently by many variables.
    -What application is running
    - how many peripheral devices adds up (Hdd, SDD, fans, optical drives, fan controllers
    -OCing takes a lot of extra power requirements


    If you have any slight chance of SLI in future get the 750w. Trust me the upgrade bug is contagious monster, and it's much cheaper to buy a good PSU now that having to buy a whole new one later if the psu doesn't meet your requirements.
  17. Swolern said:
    +1 for 750w for SLI

    First of all the wattage reading that Lycos quoted can vary differently by many variables.
    -What application is running
    - how many peripheral devices adds up (Hdd, SDD, fans, optical drives, fan controllers
    -OCing takes a lot of extra power requirements


    If you have any slight chance of SLI in future get the 750w. Trust me the upgrade bug is contagious monster, and it's much cheaper to buy a good PSU now that having to buy a whole new one later if the psu doesn't meet your requirements.


    ^ Yes ! and if you don't plan to sli then you don't need a MoBo with 2 PCI E 3.0 others with 1 PCI E 3.0 will do the job, and that's money spent else ware or saved.
  18. Okay I'm going to take your guys advice here and get the 750W.
    Is this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021 what I should get or are there any better options? Thanks.
  19. Nick, you can OC the GTX 670 without touching voltages to have it match the GTX 680's performance, so even OCing both GPUs and the CPU won't go over 750W recommended.
  20. HomemadeChair said:
    Okay I'm going to take your guys advice here and get the 750W.
    Is this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021 what I should get or are there any better options? Thanks.


    If you live close to a Microcenter they have a sale for 3570 for $189 & $50 off any motherboard you buy with it. All other components I would get at Newegg. Look out for some 4th of July sales.
  21. Swolern said:
    If you live close to a Microcenter they have a sale for 3570 for $189 & $50 off any motherboard you buy with it. All other components I would get at Newegg. Look out for some 4th of July sales.


    ^ +1 to buy the CPU and MoBo @ micro center ( BTW micro centers CPU are always cheaper ) but the Combo is a sweet deal.

    I would have to disagree to buy all other parts at newegg, ( Reason ? ) Micro Center will price match neweeg and you save the shipping cost if any plus you can return it without problems vs mailing it back.

    When your ready to pull the tiger on your parts

    1. look for Combos

    2. Check for the lowest price
  22. Your Microcanter must be better than mine because mine wouldn't price match online sales. Plus there is no tax for me at Newegg and I have shoprunner so I always have 2-day free shipping.

    But this all depends on location. YMMV

    Good luck OP you got a great build going there, have fun.
  23. azeem40 said:
    Nick, you can OC the GTX 670 without touching voltages to have it match the GTX 680's performance, so even OCing both GPUs and the CPU won't go over 750W recommended.


    Yes and you might be able to get away with a 650W sli setup but you will be pushing that PSU hard, and if you want it to last 5 years or more IMO a 750W has the head room you need, the 20 bucks price tag 650 vs 750 IMO is well worth the POM you get with it.

    I would hate to say ( Sure a 650W is fine ) and have it work for 6 months then crap out.
  24. Swolern said:
    Your Microcanter must be better than mine because mine wouldn't price match online sales. Plus there is no tax for me at Newegg and I have shoprunner so I always have 2-day free shipping.

    But this all depends on location. YMMV

    Good luck OP you got a great build going there, have fun.


    WoW my best buy, frys, and micro center all will price match newegg.

    Well to the OP its worth a try to ask
  25. Yeah, I said that. 750W is enough for both OC.
  26. Thanks guys you really cleared that up. I'm SURE to get a 750w PSU now. Any suggestions for a good one? And also, and there any downsides to having a PSU with more watts than you need? Besides the cost of course.

    Oh and I'm located in NYC if that is any help to finding good stores near here.
  27. Are you within driving distance from this store's microcenter locations?
    http://www.microcenter.com/
  28. google + zip code= success :)
  29. Idk the zip code of his location.
  30. azeem40 said:
    Idk the zip code of his location.


    lol. was talking to OP dude
  31. Lol my bad.
  32. HomemadeChair said:
    Thanks guys you really cleared that up. I'm SURE to get a 750w PSU now. Any suggestions for a good one? And also, and there any downsides to having a PSU with more watts than you need? Besides the cost of course.

    Oh and I'm located in NYC if that is any help to finding good stores near here.


    No really down side besides the cost, you will only you the power your PC needs so it wont cost more on the electric bill.

    You can look at this site for top line to crap PSUs

    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
  33. Get the i5-3570k for $190 at MC and the Extreme4 will be $50 off.
  34. MC = Microcenter.
  35. The Microcenters near me are a bit too far away so as much as I would like to go I think that's out of the question :'( .

    I have 2 more questions:

    When would it be the best time to order this? I can order it tomorrow if I'd like or even wait a few weeks if I had to, it's no problem. I just want the best deals and the most out of my money so any suggestions? Anyone know any good 4th of July sales?

    And also, what about the fan controllers? Is there any point to them? Because I am not sure how fans work, will the fans operate by themselves and change speed as they need to to keep cool? Or are they only going at one constant speed throughout their lives? SO is there a point to getting a fan controller like this one?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992007

    I am really liking it because it is pretty cheap and has great reviews, plus it'll make the tower look better. But I just need some cleared up about this.
  36. fan controller is mostly for looks. the only fan that changes speed is the cpu fan. u can still control fan speeds if you want through a program through Windows. if you got the money go for it, but its not essential. As for best time to buy, if your willing to wait some there are always component sales popping up on slickdeals.net. it just might take you a while to get the absolute best price on all components. there is no newer versions of any of your components any time soon, so no price drops or liquidations.
  37. Fan controllers are definitely not mostly for looks. I use mine to lower all the fan speeds while idling or surfing the net (or other non intensive tasks) and can turn it up for more demanding things (and not every game requires me to turn them up to full speed). It's very nice being able to control the sound your computer is making, especially if you hate tons of noise coming from your computer.
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