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1400ish gaming build (w/ monitor)

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August 12, 2012 3:37:26 PM

Hi! I planned a build for about a month now and ended with this. I would like to do some standard overclocking but not super hardcore.. Any advice?

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($223.29 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($148.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1363.69
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
August 12, 2012 7:21:38 PM

Drop the GTX 680. It is at best 5% better than the 670. Not worth $100 more. Since you have a 600W PSU, I am assuming you won't CF/SLI, so ditch that board and get one with only one PCIe slot, like the Z77 Pro3. At stock fans, the H100 is no better than the Noctua, which is cheaper.
August 12, 2012 7:44:01 PM

id get a psu like the pc power and cooling mk3 600w at microcenter. 49.99 after MIR

id also get a nicer case like the antec 302 or the corsair 300R

for the monitor, id get a asus vs228h-p. nice little 1080p monitor

not to mention at this budget range, you could really use a samsung 830 128gb SSD
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August 12, 2012 7:48:56 PM

TheBigTroll said:

for the monitor, id get a asus vs228h-p. nice little 1080p monitor

IMHO, any 22-23" 1080p TN Panel will work.
August 12, 2012 7:50:50 PM

Agree with azeem40. Save $100 on the GTX 670 instead of the 680.
The motherboard is overkill. Get a AsRock Z77 Pro3 ($103) or for a little more flexibility, get the extreme4 ($143) and save another $100.

With the money you save get an ssd. It doesn't improve gaming performance in terms of fps but it makes loading everything very snappy. Also consider investing in a nice keyboard and mouse if you don't already have one.
August 12, 2012 7:52:34 PM

Atm, the only tier 1 blazing fast SSD that is under $200 is the Deluxe 240GB. I'd get it.
August 12, 2012 8:32:42 PM

the sandisk extreme is usually around the same price as the mushkin. also toggle nand