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August 14, 2012 11:29:01 AM

Hey guys, I want to build a new gaming computer so I decided to make a new thread. Don't worry about the mouse, keyboard, monitor and OS I got those already.

Budget Range: $1000 - $1100
System Usage: GAMING :D 
Overclocking: CPU=YES GPU=Maybe
Preferences: For CPU, I'm thinking of i5-3570K, Mobo, Asrock z77 Extreme4 and GPU, Maybe GTX 670 or 680.
Other Comments: Is there a big difference between 1600Mhz, 1866Mhz and 2133Mhz of ram?

Thanks!

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August 14, 2012 12:03:01 PM

Youv got the general idea right, those are the parts to get for a gaming rig.

CPU: Intel i5-3570k. $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Gigabyte GTX670. $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Theres not much difference at all between RAM frequencies. There is a slight performance boost as the frequency goes up, but its not worth the price increase. 1600Mhz is the sweet spot right now.

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast 650W. $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB. $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Choice is largely personal, so heres some good picks, just decide between them based on which one you like.

Corsair 300R. $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster HAF 912. $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Zalman Z9+. $53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total (Corsair case included): $1129 (bit over budget, oops)
And there you have a very good, no frills gaming rig.



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August 14, 2012 1:43:24 PM

Cool4strenz said:
Hey guys, I want to build a new gaming computer so I decided to make a new thread. Don't worry about the mouse, keyboard, monitor and OS I got those already.

Budget Range: $1000 - $1100
System Usage: GAMING :D 
Overclocking: CPU=YES GPU=Maybe
Preferences: For CPU, I'm thinking of i5-3570K, Mobo, Asrock z77 Extreme4 and GPU, Maybe GTX 670 or 680.
Other Comments: Is there a big difference between 1600Mhz, 1866Mhz and 2133Mhz of ram?

Thanks!


manofchalk has a great build. 1866 and 2133 are overclocked RAM that have been tested on stock CPU specs, which you can do to 1600 so it is not worth paying the extra money. Pushing RAM past 1600 can lead to instabilities in your CPU overclock and are not guaranteed to work at those speeds with an overclocked processor. Generally it is just left at 1600-9-9-9. Anything faster than this is barely noticed on benchmarks let alone real world use. The only thing I would change in this build is the hard drive. Seagate vs Western Digital, 1yr warranty vs 5yr warranty. WD hard drives are a bit more expensive, but they are alot higher quality and will last you longer. Even the Caviar Blue's come with a 2yr warranty.
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August 14, 2012 1:55:22 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
manofchalk has a great build. 1866 and 2133 are overclocked RAM that have been tested on stock CPU specs, which you can do to 1600 so it is not worth paying the extra money. Pushing RAM past 1600 can lead to instabilities in your CPU overclock and are not guaranteed to work at those speeds with an overclocked processor. Generally it is just left at 1600-9-9-9. Anything faster than this is barely noticed on benchmarks let alone real world use. The only thing I would change in this build is the hard drive. Seagate vs Western Digital, 1yr warranty vs 5yr warranty. WD hard drives are a bit more expensive, but they are alot higher quality and will last you longer. Even the Caviar Blue's come with a 2yr warranty.


How about this:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eC1K
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eC1K/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eC1K/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($391.76 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill RANGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1048.67

I could add an SSD but that would be slightly over budget. Also, there's not really a difference between the G.Skill Sniper and the Ares right? Only the Ares is more low profile?
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August 14, 2012 4:26:26 PM

Cool4strenz said:
How about this:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eC1K
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eC1K/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eC1K/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($391.76 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill RANGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1048.67

I could add an SSD but that would be slightly over budget. Also, there's not really a difference between the G.Skill Sniper and the Ares right? Only the Ares is more low profile?


sniper and ares are the same ram, just with different heatsinks. ares is lower profile and a dollar cheaper

you dont need a 650w psu. a 550w would be more than enough for single card operation. i recommend the pc power cooling mk3 500w since its modular, helping with cables

id also recommend the antec 302 case. its cheaper and has better build quality. not to mention lots of room in the back for cables
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August 14, 2012 6:13:14 PM

Looks pretty good. A 650W PSU is fine, no reason to buy the bare minimum unless your budget is really tight. Ripjaw X, Ares, Sniper there all basically the same when it comes down to it. If you could afford a 120GB SSD your system would start kicking teeth in. You can snag an OCZ Agility on newegg for $85 I believe it was. You just need something big enough to hold the OS and some games. Even the 60GB is around $45. 60GB is extremely tight and you may only have enough room for 1 or 2 games on it though.
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August 14, 2012 6:17:46 PM

550W isn't the bare minimum. 440W is, when running BF3 multiplayer.
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August 15, 2012 3:25:22 AM

azeem40 said:
550W isn't the bare minimum. 440W is, when running BF3 multiplayer.


Who cares what the bare minimum is? The point is there is nothing wrong with a 650w PSU. Better to have to much than not enough. Maybe he will SLI in the future, maybe some new thing will come out, maybe he wants to have 6 hard drives in his computer. Maybe he wants dual blu-ray burners.
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August 15, 2012 12:58:44 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
Who cares what the bare minimum is? The point is there is nothing wrong with a 650w PSU. Better to have to much than not enough. Maybe he will SLI in the future, maybe some new thing will come out, maybe he wants to have 6 hard drives in his computer. Maybe he wants dual blu-ray burners.


there is nothing wrong with a 650w. if he is to SLi in the future, he should be getting 750w. if he has dual blu-ray burners, 550w is still more than enough. i dont really see the point of getting a 650w unless you are running a dual gpu card or a lower end crossfire/sli solution
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August 15, 2012 6:48:48 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
Who cares what the bare minimum is? The point is there is nothing wrong with a 650w PSU. Better to have to much than not enough. Maybe he will SLI in the future, maybe some new thing will come out, maybe he wants to have 6 hard drives in his computer. Maybe he wants dual blu-ray burners.

Only time 650W is needed is for two 7850s or two 7870s.

BTW, 440W is not the bare minimum. It is the power draw with a i7-3960X. Since IVB only uses 77W, he can have plenty of headroom on a PSU even under 500W, like the VX450W Corsair, which is a good quality PSU.
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August 25, 2012 6:37:46 AM

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