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August 5, 2012 4:15:52 PM

I've researched and came up with this. I'm not a really a gamer, mostly 3-d modeling (SketchUp), Excel and home theater. Is this build ok & compatible?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dTyh

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1037.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-05 12:14 EDT-0400)

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August 5, 2012 4:29:01 PM

A good list of parts.

Since you are not a gamer, why not use the integrated graphics capability of the 3570K and the motherboard?
It will be sufficient for all but fast action games.
You can always add a discrete graphics card later.

The 520w seasonic psu is capable of running any of the new 28nm based graphics cards

I suggest you add a ssd for the os and some apps. Everything you do will feel so much quicker.
A 120gb ssd will hold the os and a good number of apps.
I would look at the intel 330 series.
Read this review:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5817/the-intel-ssd-330-re...
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August 5, 2012 6:31:43 PM

geofelt said:
A good list of parts.

Since you are not a gamer, why not use the integrated graphics capability of the 3570K and the motherboard?
It will be sufficient for all but fast action games.
You can always add a discrete graphics card later.

The 520w seasonic psu is capable of running any of the new 28nm based graphics cards

I suggest you add a ssd for the os and some apps. Everything you do will feel so much quicker.
A 120gb ssd will hold the os and a good number of apps.
I would look at the intel 330 series.
Read this review:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5817/the-intel-ssd-330-re...


Thanks for the tips. I think I will wait on the graphics card and get the SSD. Is the aftermarket CPU cooler necessary? There are a lot of fans in the case.
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August 5, 2012 7:11:42 PM

zaxer said:
Thanks for the tips. I think I will wait on the graphics card and get the SSD. Is the aftermarket CPU cooler necessary? There are a lot of fans in the case.

Necessary, no. But I recommend it for several reasons.
1) The stock Intel cooler gets noisy as the small fan spins up under load. The hyper212 fan is 120mm and is much quieter.
2) The Intel pushpin mounts can be tricky, the 212 backplate mount is easier and more secure.
3) With a "K", how high and easy your OC is partly depends on how good a cooler you have.
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August 5, 2012 7:37:01 PM

Are you going to OC?
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August 5, 2012 9:30:50 PM

Potato13 said:
Are you going to OC?


Probably not, but who knows what the future may require.
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August 5, 2012 9:41:28 PM

zaxer said:
Probably not, but who knows what the future may require.


You buy a "K" to give you the option to OC; that is why there is a "K" variant.
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August 5, 2012 9:57:51 PM

I'd go for 16GB of RAM as well.
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August 5, 2012 10:12:51 PM

icemunk said:
I'd go for 16GB of RAM as well.


Most advice I've read says 8GB is plenty for everything except video editing.
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August 5, 2012 10:13:28 PM

How much 3d are you going to do? If it is a lot - you need a good video card - maybe even a professional one.
-Bruce
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August 5, 2012 10:19:30 PM

dish_moose said:
How much 3d are you going to do? If it is a lot - you need a good video card - maybe even a professional one.
-Bruce


Just SketchUp construction models to show my customers for remodeling projects.
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August 5, 2012 10:35:42 PM

8gb should be enough for most
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August 7, 2012 3:09:05 AM

Best answer selected by zaxer.
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