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August 10, 2012 9:00:52 AM

Hello! I am going off to college and I decided to build a computer of my own. My budget is around $1000 - $1200. I was wondering if these parts would be adequate for the price?

PARTS:

Samsung 22x CD/DVD Burner - $15 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151244

Rosewill Challenger ATX Case - $50 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147153

WD 1TB SATA 7200rpm HD - 89.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822236339

Rosewill Wireless N PCI card (Not sure about quality) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6833166054

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $399.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125423

XION XON-1000P14F High Performance 1000W Power Supply - $109.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817190030

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $45.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $84.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157304

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W - $229.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504

Crucial V4 CT032V4SSD2 2.5" 32GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive - $46.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148579

Total = $1092.00


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I'm a noob at building computers, this is my first build. I was wondering if these parts would all work together, if some parts could be switched out for more efficient ones. Also, do I need some type of aftermarket cooling?

Thank you so much! :sol: 

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August 10, 2012 9:09:36 AM

GPU is great but you don't need 1000W unless you plan to SLI, which won't be so great on a Z75 board as you won't have two PCI 3.0 slots.

Also that SSD is a waste of money, once you get Windows on there you don't have room for anything else, so all you will get is a fast boot up time and shut down time, with Windows constantly complaining that it is running out of space. Either upgrade to at least a 64/128GB or just drop it for now, and put that money into a better mobo so you can overclock your CPU and keep the option to SLI in future.
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August 10, 2012 12:36:05 PM

jk47_99 said:
GPU is great but you don't need 1000W unless you plan to SLI, which won't be so great on a Z75 board as you won't have two PCI 3.0 slots.

Also that SSD is a waste of money, once you get Windows on there you don't have room for anything else, so all you will get is a fast boot up time and shut down time, with Windows constantly complaining that it is running out of space. Either upgrade to at least a 64/128GB or just drop it for now, and put that money into a better mobo so you can overclock your CPU and keep the option to SLI in future.


What would be the advantage of SLI vs a single card, for example one 2gb card or two 1gb cards?
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August 10, 2012 2:55:59 PM

The single card is always better, SLI can have issues like micro stutter.
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August 10, 2012 9:20:13 PM

What is the big difference between an unlocked i5, and an unlocked i7? Is there a reason to get one or the other for the price difference?
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August 10, 2012 9:53:38 PM

They perform equal in gaming, only difference is in very heavy use like video editing etc.

When making a gaming computer, save yourself some cash and get an i5.
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August 17, 2012 4:21:03 AM

Best answer selected by thewurminator.
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