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New Gaming Build Parts Advice?

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July 14, 2012 4:29:51 AM

Hi Everyone,

This is my first post here and this is my first build. I have just recently started looking into building a gaming desktop and so I'd like to apologize ahead of time for any redundant questions I may ask and my inexperience with building a computer. Anyways this build is unfinished mainly because I'm unsure of what I should be looking for when buying the parts and so I'd like your opinion of what would I should buy. Also the build started/is based around 2 GTX 560s (non TI) that my dad had bought and (as a side goal) hopefully create a 3 monitor setup. Opinions, recommendations, and constructive criticisms are appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Next week (or this week)

Budget Range: $500 - $700 (excluding everything already bought)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (primary purpose), watching movies, video editing, surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

Parts: (the ones I've found so far...)

- CPU: Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
- GPU: GTX 560 (non TI) SLI 1gb (already bought)
- Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- PSU: ? (700W +)
- Case: ?
- CPU Cooler: ?
- HD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
- SLI Bridge: Nvidia 120mm long SLI flexible bridge cable interconnect connector
- RAM: Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 2133MHz (already bought) 4x4GB
- DVD burner/drive: ?

Is there anything else missing?

Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

Location: Pleasanton, California

Parts Preferences: Uhmmm.... not really...

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe (later on possibly)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: whats recommended? Where can i get a decent monitor that's not too expensive? I would like to build a 3 monitor setup, but it may get a bit pricey so we'll see.

Additional Comments: Like I had said earlier, this whole build started when I got 2 GTX 560s from my dad. My whole build will be based on an SLI of the GPUs. I would like to eventually be able to have a 3 monitor setup but that's only a side objective. I'd like to build a decent computer first.

Why Are You Upgrading: Not really upgrading but I'm really interested in learning more about computers and such so I wanted to try building a computer at least once.

- Brandon
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July 14, 2012 5:25:19 AM

You don't need the bridge if you're not going to SLI, and your video card comes with one so you're essentially buying the same part twice.

That RAM is quite a bit excessive, I'd return it if you can and get 2 x 4GB 1600 - Intel frowns on using anything above 1600 and will void your warranty if they find out.

For PSU and case, try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $614.65
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)