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August 14, 2012 7:00:39 PM

Hey guys this is my first attempt at building a computer. I want to know if all these parts would work together and if i need any other parts or if i should get a better part.
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus CD/Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital 1tb HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA Geforce 560 ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Enthusiast Series 650 watt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Vengeance 8gb Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASrock p67 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core I5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3 ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler MAster 212 hyper plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 14, 2012 7:20:03 PM

I recommend spending the extra $10 for the i5-3570k. Per clock, the ivy bridge series is about 5% faster than the sandy bridge. Pair that up with the AsRock Extreme 4 Z77 mobo (~$135), and you'll have a better system.

For RAM, consider these low profile RAM, so you can fit it under the CPU cooler. They are also slightly cheaper.

Gskill Sniper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance Low Profile
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Blackline
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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August 14, 2012 7:53:21 PM

alright i went with your suggestions and will i be able to run every game pretty good and can i overclock with this setup?
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August 14, 2012 8:08:57 PM

You'd get much better performance out of this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($264.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Total: $968.07
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-14 16:07 EDT-0400)

If you can wait a couple more days, the gtx 660ti is due for release on the 16th of this month. It should be in your budget and is rumored to be a strong performer. Quite possibly better than the hd 7870. With this build, you'll easily be able to run most games on ultra settings at nearly a constant 60 fps.
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August 14, 2012 8:11:41 PM

You can OC pretty well up to around 4.2 to 4.3 Ghz. There are notable heat concerns when you start messing around with voltages on the Ivy Bridge chips, but its not a significant disadvantage since the Ivy Bridge is faster per clock value compared to Sandy Bridge.

The game performance depends more on the GPU, and yes, you'll run most games on ultra or high.
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