Gaming Build...Too Much?

Hello all, I'm new to tom's hardware, but I have used the site to research some peoples pc builds as I am about to take on my first. The sole purpose for this build is gaming, in particular, World of Warcraft. I want to run the program on ultra settings all the time with 50+ FPS. I would like some opinions on this list, and if some of the parts can be downgraded as they may be unnecessary.

Case-Corsair Special Ed. White 600T-aprox. $180

CPU-Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge-aprox $230

Mobo-Asus P8277-V $150

PSU Corsair Professional Series HX750 Modular-aprox $145

Memory-G.Skill Ripjaws x 8GB total-aprox $47

Graphics Card-Evga Superclocked 560 Fermi-aprox $190

HD-Seagate Cuda 500gb

Optical Drive-Asus DVD/CD-aprox $20

Is this too much or too little for what I need? Can I save money in any areas? Any feedback would be fantastic.


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  1. Seems fairly neat although, a ssd would be nice and a higher end graphics card but other than that it seems good :)
  2. And a CPU cooler to overclock. That's why you get unlocked cpu's to overclock. :)

    Nice air cooler
  3. True even if you wanted for 20$ more you could a liquid cooler :)
  4. Doh, I forgot about the cooler lol. I'm not sure if I would OC or not, I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to that. (I hate that word, but yes that is what I am. Lol) From a lot of newegg reviews on that Evga 560 GPU they say it can handle quite a lot. Is there another you would recommend? Keep in mind it's primarily for WoW which is not quite as demanding as say Skyrim, BF3, etc... Just don't want to break the bank because of overkill! Thanks for the fast responses btw much appreciated.
  5. I guess the 560 would be alright if your going for just skyrim, you can always consider a 7870 or 7850 depending on your budget etc. But in the future a GTX 670 upgrade would be sweet :)
  6. If you're not overclocking don't get the unlocked 3570 and save $30
  7. He should still get it because in the future if he decides to he always has the option to without going to buy a new cpu costing him 200-300 more than just 30
  8. Exactly. Also, the 560 is a pretty low-end GPU. Get a 6950 for $200, and unlock it to a 6970.
  9. He could also go with a 7870 which is nice aswell ^ but yeah the 6000 series are good to :)
  10. OCing is easy with these CPUs, they're practically guaranteed to hit 4Ghz.
  11. Don't get the Corsair liquid coolers. The Noctua D14 cools so much better.
  12. Is the 750 w power supply enough for what I need to power? Or can I downsize? I definitely want it to be modular for wire management, but $140 is steep. I guess I could save a little money for a less glamorous case as well.
  13. So...that's way overkill for Warcraft at Ultra. You could save a few hundred $$ and still run that game maxed.
  14. Its better to future proof him self, i say stick with 560 or maybe 7870?
  15. In between. 560 Ti/7850/6950 would be your best bet.
  16. Yeah ^ and also I have a corsair H100 cooler and it works magic and my dad has the H60 so I love corsair liquid coolers :)
  17. Not saying they're bad, because the aren't. Just saying you can get the same performance from an air cooler.
  18. True but it looks sexy in the case hehe :3
  19. The liquid coolers are very cool lol and I know there are more powerful GPU's out there for a bit more, but I want to leave myself room for upgrades down the road. I really didnt want to break $1000. Honestly when I first started I had a cap of just that (monitor included. of which I would like 20-23in led lcd pref Asus). But I've slowly raised my budget saying, well i COULD go and upgrade that, why not. Lol I need to be realistic, I'm 21 making meager wages here! Inanition02, that is a great link thank you for posting that!
  20. drop the 560 for a 480 and you got a rig. Skip the cpu cooler for now and get the 480.

    I have 2 560s....they are nice but not much x1. Sli is kick ass tho...
  21. You case is also out of wack imo....too much...get 50-60 range one and get a gpu with some balls.....7850, 6950, 480, 570...

    What about that as a case? Saves me around 100 bucks and I can upgrade to the 480. Its a bit less flashy, I do like the idea of being able to see the parts I paid for lol. Any other suggestions?
  23. Also, the PSU I first listed, is that sufficient? Or should I get lower wattage? I dont want to sacrifice the convenience of a modular supply though.
  24. The PSU is fine it means you can upgrade in the future without having to buy a new one and also the Corsair 400R is a nice case so you should go with it :)
  25. jmathis1108 said:

    What about that as a case? Saves me around 100 bucks and I can upgrade to the 480. Its a bit less flashy, I do like the idea of being able to see the parts I paid for lol. Any other suggestions?

    I'd keep trimming on case cost and gunning for a 7850...I'd stop cutting at the 50 dollar range tho...the CM 912 is a fine example of a cool (air) and functional case that lets you put money on what you build is really about...performance. Get a gpu with as much balls as possible.
  26. The 560Ti is only one step below the 7850 on the chart...and the superclocked version can probably match it.,3107-7.html
  27. inanition02 said:
    The 560Ti is only one step below the 7850 on the chart...and the superclocked version can probably match it.,3107-7.html

    the 560ti is overpriced imo...

    480 or 7850 or better...more gpu ram is a good thing to have when you care about maxing out AA in games like BF3 (Medal of Honor soon).

    The gtx 560ti and 570 are cards that price wise are hard to recommend given what is out there.
  28. BTW, I'd also look to cut some cost on the PSU.


    With the cut on case and psu there is no reason to get less than a gtx 480. None. Hell, you could be in range of an SSD to use as a boot drive if you stuck with the 480.
  29. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $843.91
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    This will easily mac out WoW at any res. If you want to go cheaper, you can get a ~$80 mobo, a 500 GB HDD, and a 500w PSU. Alternatively, you could get a i5-2300/2400/i3-2130 with an H61 motherboard. Any of those solutions can easily max out WoW at 1080p. If you want to go even cheaper, a $120 GTX 460 can max out WoW with AA turned off at 60 FPS.

    This is the final build. Monitor included. What do you guys think? Should be enough to rock my world for just over 1000.
  31. You can't overclock with an H77 board. Get a Z77 one or downgrade to a i5-3450. Also, the case is nice but not necessary, so you can save a bit there if you want.
  32. I cant OC my GPU with that board? I can still use the TurboBoost feature for the CPU cant I? If not, why? Sorry if this is a noobish question, but I am a noob when it comes to this. Lol, enlighten me please.
  33. H77 boards do not support CPU overclocking, which means you cannot overclock your 3570k, rendering the CM Hyper 212 useless. You can still use the Turbo Boost feature, you just can't OC.
  34. TurboBoost auto boosts CPU speed during high load, but you can't control it, but comes on all the CPU's except the i3. Overclocking lets you manually control the CPU, and is more powerful. TurboBoost goes up to 3.7-3.8 max, but overclocking lets you go to 4.5 and keep it there.
  35. This is it. Roughly $1080 with monitor and OS included. 13 days until I can order everything. (Paycheck) Lol
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