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July 20, 2012 2:33:49 AM

Hello,
I am a college freshmen looking to build a gaming computer on a budget of <1000$. I plan to use it for gaming and school, and hope that it will last a few years before upgrading. After a couple of days of research I chose these pieces for my build. I would like to know if they are compatible or whether I should switch them for a different component or not. I'm open to any suggestions.

Thank you in advance.

Here are the parts I chose so far:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
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 Video Card (11200-00-20G)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec DF-35 DarkFleet Case
http://www.xoxide.com/antec-df35darkfleet-case.html

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD R 8X DVD RW 12X DVD R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am still looking for a monitor, keyboard + mouse, and I already have the OS.
July 20, 2012 2:48:41 AM

Do you plan to overclock the CPU? If you do, then you'll want to get a CPU Cooler, like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (or Plus), or even a water cooler instead. Also, the motherboard is dual channel- so you'll want to get two sticks of ram rather than 3 (you'll probably want bump it up to 8gb, I'd suggest).

I'm not familiar with the Z75, but does it overclock? If not, you might want to get a z77 instead. Of course, if it does, then ignore this.
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July 20, 2012 3:50:41 AM

macgreen said:
Do you plan to overclock the CPU? If you do, then you'll want to get a CPU Cooler, like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (or Plus), or even a water cooler instead. Also, the motherboard is dual channel- so you'll want to get two sticks of ram rather than 3 (you'll probably want bump it up to 8gb, I'd suggest).

I'm not familiar with the Z75, but does it overclock? If not, you might want to get a z77 instead. Of course, if it does, then ignore this.


Thanks, I edited my list with new ram. I do not plan on overclocking, but i do believe the z75 supports it.
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July 20, 2012 4:01:11 AM

get the z77 pro 3 instead
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July 20, 2012 4:01:36 AM

macgreen said:

I'm not familiar with the Z75, but does it overclock? If not, you might want to get a z77 instead. Of course, if it does, then ignore this.


Z75 is similar to Z77, but no SSD caching (Smart Response Technology).

OP,

I would get a different power supply....XFX 550 watt Core Edition Pro Series (Seasonic), Seasonic M12 II Bronze 520 watts or Antec HCG-520 watts (Seasonic). All are 80 Plus Bronze certified.

Dave
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July 20, 2012 4:16:34 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
get the z77 pro 3 instead


It seems to me that there isn't a significant difference between a z75 pro3 and a z77 pro3, but if you could explain your reasoning I would gladly consider it.
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July 20, 2012 4:22:23 AM

DavidY said:
Z75 is similar to Z77, but no SSD caching (Smart Response Technology).

OP,

I would get a different power supply....XFX 550 watt Core Edition Pro Series (Seasonic), Seasonic M12 II Bronze 520 watts or Antec HCG-520 watts (Seasonic). All are 80 Plus Bronze certified.

Dave


Thanks for the suggestion, the XFX 550 watt Core Edition is better and with a similar price, too. I edited my list.
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July 20, 2012 4:27:13 AM

If you don't plan to overclock, then you might want to downgrade the CPU to a 3550 instead, and you could get an H77 mobo instead of the Z75. This will save you some cash that you could put towards a more respected PSU (I'd suggest the SeaSonic m12ii that's been recommended already in this thread. I'm using one myself in my build). The only reason to get the 3570k, other than to overclock, is basically for the HD4000 graphics chipset, but if you're getting a radeon 7850, there's no need for it. If you plan to SLI or Crossfire in the future, I'd suggest getting a 650w or 750w PSU, but if not, 500-550w PSUs from XFX or SeaSonic would probably handle all your needs for a while.
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July 20, 2012 4:50:02 AM

macgreen said:
If you don't plan to overclock, then you might want to downgrade the CPU to a 3550 instead, and you could get an H77 mobo instead of the Z75. This will save you some cash that you could put towards a more respected PSU (I'd suggest the SeaSonic m12ii that's been recommended already in this thread. I'm using one myself in my build). The only reason to get the 3570k, other than to overclock, is basically for the HD4000 graphics chipset, but if you're getting a radeon 7850, there's no need for it. If you plan to SLI or Crossfire in the future, I'd suggest getting a 650w or 750w PSU, but if not, 500-550w PSUs from XFX or SeaSonic would probably handle all your needs for a while.


I have looked at the H77 motherboards, but the prices do not seem to be lower than a z75 (I've searched on newegg.com and tigerdirect.com). Although, I don't plan overclocking, I would like to keep the option to do so if I do change my mind. SLI and Crossfire is using 2+ graphic cards, right? If so, is it something that is recommended or sticking with one 1 graphic card okay?
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July 20, 2012 5:15:35 AM

SLI/Crossfire typically require a higher capacity power supply (Somewhere between 650-750w is what I've usually seen suggested when doing so) to power the two video cards. One graphic card should be fine- the Radeon 7850 usually maxes out almost everything on it's own at this time (that may change in the future, but for now it'll max out plenty of games).

If you want to keep the option of overclocking open, then I think you're set, other than a CPU cooler (which you'll want- Ivy Bridge CPUs run hotter than Sandy Bridge when overclocking, so you'll want something better than the stock cooler to keep the CPU at lower temps). Again, I'd recommend a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus or EVO (they're around $30-35 or so), but there are other very good coolers as well. Water cooling is also an option too, but I don't really have any experience with those.
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July 20, 2012 3:22:42 PM

macgreen said:
SLI/Crossfire typically require a higher capacity power supply (Somewhere between 650-750w is what I've usually seen suggested when doing so) to power the two video cards. One graphic card should be fine- the Radeon 7850 usually maxes out almost everything on it's own at this time (that may change in the future, but for now it'll max out plenty of games).

If you want to keep the option of overclocking open, then I think you're set, other than a CPU cooler (which you'll want- Ivy Bridge CPUs run hotter than Sandy Bridge when overclocking, so you'll want something better than the stock cooler to keep the CPU at lower temps). Again, I'd recommend a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus or EVO (they're around $30-35 or so), but there are other very good coolers as well. Water cooling is also an option too, but I don't really have any experience with those.


I'll stick with one graphic card then. I'll keep in mind to buy a cooler when i start to overclock my cpu.
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