1st Time Gaming PC Build (What Do You Think?)

hello everyone, i am building my first gaming pc very soon. i have already pretty much come to a decision about the parts i am going to use but wanted to get some more opinions. here are the specs for it.

Intel i5 3570k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

cooler master hyper 212 plus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

gigabyte ga-z77x-ud3h: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544&Tpk=gigabyte%20z77x-ud3h

Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

Sapphire Radeon 6950 2gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=32-116-986&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

Crucial M4 128gb solid state drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442#top

Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 1tb hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-148-697&SortField=1&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

Asus 24xDVD-RW Disc Drive: http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_bxgy_sw_img_b

Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Computer Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129180

(P.S. i have already bought the Radeon 6950 and Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD)
Thanks For Your Help.
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  1. Budget?
  2. Kingston RAM runs at 1.65v, which is incompatible with Intel CPU's. Need to find a kit that runs at 1.5v or less.

    212 EVO, not 212+. EVO has a smoother baseplate with more heat-pipe contact, which leads to much better idle temps and slight cooler load.

    Rest of the build looks good.
  3. newpcbuilder said:
    hello everyone, i am building my first gaming pc very soon. i have already pretty much come to a decision about the parts i am going to use but wanted to get some more opinions. here are the specs for it.

    Intel i5 3570k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    cooler master hyper 212 plus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    gigabyte ga-z77x-ud3h: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544&Tpk=gigabyte%20z77x-ud3h

    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

    Sapphire Radeon 6950 2gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=32-116-986&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

    Crucial M4 128gb solid state drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442#top

    Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 1tb hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-148-697&SortField=1&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Asus 24xDVD-RW Disc Drive: http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_bxgy_sw_img_b

    Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Computer Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129180

    (P.S. i have already bought the Radeon 6950 and Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD)
    Thanks For Your Help.
  4. manofchalk said:
    Kingston RAM runs at 1.65v, which is incompatible with Intel CPU's. Need to find a kit that runs at 1.5v or less.

    212 EVO, not 212+. EVO has a smoother baseplate with more heat-pipe contact, which leads to much better idle temps and slight cooler load.

    Rest of the build looks good.

    i found this one, the voltage is 1.5 instead of 1.65 and the DDR3 is 1333 instead of 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104231
    so you would say this one is the right choice, also how come intel has problems with 1.65v? i thought i had read that people were saying that 1.65 worked perfectly fine.
  5. well if you are not planning to overclock you would be fine with the stock cooler. and instead of the gigabyte mobo this is a good, stable mobo and its cheaper.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    if your looking for a budget build the ssd is not needed. also if your not going to crossfire you would be fine with a 650W psu.
  6. What is your budget?
  7. That G.Skill RAM is actually what I usually suggest, and have a kit of my own and no issues so far. It should be good, though will probably look weird on your blue Motherboard. For that reason, heres an equivalent kit of RAM (Same specs) thats blue (and low profile).
    G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600mhz CL9 1.5v. $45
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546
  8. manofchalk said:
    That G.Skill RAM is actually what I usually suggest, and have a kit of my own and no issues so far. It should be good, though will probably look weird on your blue Motherboard. For that reason, heres an equivalent kit of RAM (Same specs) thats blue (and low profile).
    G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600mhz CL9 1.5v. $45
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546

    The timing on the ripjaws is 9-9-9-24-2N while on the ares it is just 9-9-9. What is the difference between them?
  9. azeem40 said:
    What is your budget?

    i was planning on spending around $1100 but i have some leeway so i can spend a little bit more if necessary
  10. Is that including the stuff you bought?
  11. newpcbuilder said:
    i was planning on spending around $1100 but i have some leeway so i can spend a little bit more if necessary



    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1344743292&sr=1-6 $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black 2 x Front 3.0 USB

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Bronze-Energy-Certified/dp/B0045L4BJ6/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1344743643&sr=1-9 $104.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Post-purchase rebate: $25.00 Price after rebate: $79.99
    XFX PRO750W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 750 Energy Star Certified Power Supply - P1750SNLB9

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1030095 $346.98 save: $18.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A2EUTVCJXLAJ4K $32.39 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0077CR60Q/ref=s9_hps_bw_g147_ir04?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-8&pf_rd_r=1X152C250QXSXNGNQS1Q&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1353701242&pf_rd_i=193870011 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_cp_e_2 $90.31 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $806.63 *not including shipping & mail in rebates


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418 $299.99 - $279.99 after $20.00 rebate(s) FREE SHIPPING
    GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    or...

    http://videocardz.com/nvidia/geforce-600/geforce-gtx-660ti <------ due for release August 16th and est. retail $300 USD
    NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 ti 2GB
  12. RAM timing are fairly complicated (I don't fully understand them yet), but it boils down to how fast the RAM can react to the OS requesting data.

    The difference in timings I think wont lead to any noticeable performance gain/loss. Maybe in benchmarks you will see a difference, but in general usage no. Nowadays the frequency is the bigger determiner in RAM performance.
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