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August 15, 2012 2:24:13 AM

This is my first PC build and I need some expert advice from you guys ;)  . I need a PC for gaming, recording, editing, photoshoping, web browsing and video watching. I plan on running some higherish end games like DayZ and Skyrim, along with games like minecraft and CoD. My budget is around $850 but I'd prefer the price to be in the low 800's. I have a build set up already but I'll need some advice on what could be improved.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Aprox. Cost: 830.91

Any improvements or advice you have to give would be great :)  !

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August 15, 2012 2:35:06 AM

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August 15, 2012 2:50:54 AM

I think your build looks good and if you don't want to take my suggestions you will still have good computer.
First off: the 2500k is a great CPU but fir $10 more you could get a 3570k really won't be that much better.
Second if you aren't planning on overclocking then you don't need the cooling fan that much, if you do it's isn't a bad idea to keep it.
third, I don't see much of a point of you getting an atx motherboard if you never plan on SLI/crossfire as it just adds extra space. You could get this board which can do crossfire.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and you could get a case like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
It will take up way less space. If you plan on sli/crossfire atx makes more sense though.
Finally, I would suggest getting a 6950.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is $20 more than the card you currently have and it will outperform a 560ti in most games.

If you go with everything I said and don't plan on overclocking your computer will be over $100 cheaper and should be more powerful. But if you plan on OCing the fan still makes sense. But if you never plan on crossfire or sli I see no point in you getting a full atx case and board.
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August 15, 2012 2:54:21 AM

You might as well shell out that extra $10 for the i5 3570k if you're going to get the z77 motherboard. Otherwise consider buying a P67 or Z68

For RAM consider getting something low profile, like Gskill Sniper, Gskill Ares or Corsair Vengeance Low Profile. If you want to stick with Ripjaws, I suggest Ripjaws X which has identical specs but a different heat spreader.

Consider the Radeon 6870 graphics card. It's usually cheaper and performs about the same as the GTX 560 for less power. The downside is less OC ability.

I don't recommend Rosewill PSUs, their reliability is questionable. Your build doesn't require more than 500W unless you plan to SLI in the future.

Consider these instead:
Antec 520W ($63)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

P&C Power and Cooling ($73)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair CX600 ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

August 15, 2012 2:59:49 AM

lt_dan_zsu said:
I think your build looks good and if you don't want to take my suggestions you will still have good computer.
First off: the 2500k is a great CPU but fir $10 more you could get a 3570k really won't be that much better.
Second if you aren't planning on overclocking then you don't need the cooling fan that much, if you do it's isn't a bad idea to keep it.
third, I don't see much of a point of you getting an atx motherboard if you never plan on SLI/crossfire as it just adds extra space. You could get this board which can do crossfire.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and you could get a case like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
It will take up way less space. If you plan on sli/crossfire atx makes more sense though.
Finally, I would suggest getting a 6950.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is $20 more than the card you currently have and it will outperform a 560ti in most games.

If you go with everything I said and don't plan on overclocking your computer will be over $100 cheaper and should be more powerful. But if you plan on OCing the fan still makes sense. But if you never plan on crossfire or sli I see no point in you getting a full atx case and board.


Thanks for the feedback. Im not to posotive that I want to overclock but it is a possibility and sli/crosfire is an almost deffinite, but not for a while. I while take into consideration the 6950 and a different Mobo. Thanks!
August 15, 2012 2:59:50 AM

Looks good.
If it were my build I would get the Hyper 212 Evo or pay the extra 10 bucks for the 3570k. I have both of those, and I'll tell you that you won't be dissapointed.
August 15, 2012 3:04:51 AM

You'd get a bit better performance out of this build...

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 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
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: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($217.55 @ 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: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $799.32
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-14 23:04 EDT-0400)

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
August 15, 2012 3:08:06 AM

Shafter87 said:
Thanks for the feedback. Im not to posotive that I want to overclock but it is a possibility and sli/crosfire is an almost deffinite, but not for a while. I while take into consideration the 6950 and a different Mobo. Thanks!


I don't recommend doing SLI/Crossfire. It's problematic, buggy, and overall just not a good idea. You're better off to use single card solutions. When you're ready to upgrade your GPU just sale the one you have, use the extra cash to make up the difference and then get a powerful single GPU solution.
August 15, 2012 3:16:03 AM

DeusAres said:
You'd get a bit better performance out of this build...

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 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
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: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($217.55 @ 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) i
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $799.32
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-14 23:04 EDT-0400)

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.


Wow, I didnt even know about microcenter, and it looks like they have some good deals! Everywhere else I looked the 3570k was around $230, now with that deal that PC seems to be a really good value for the money!
August 15, 2012 3:16:26 AM

Shafter87 said:
Wow, I didnt even know about microcenter, and it looks like they have some good deals! Everywhere else I looked the 3570k was around $230, now with that deal that PC seems to be a really good value for the money!


Careful with that! Those are in store deals only. In which case, you're only gonna be able to get those deals if you live within driving distance of a microcenter...which may still be a possibility.

Even if it isn't, the price difference isn't too large from sites such as newegg. It may put you over budget by a dollar or two.
August 15, 2012 3:16:43 AM

DeusAres said:
I don't recommend doing SLI/Crossfire. It's problematic, buggy, and overall just not a good idea. You're better off to use single card solutions. When you're ready to upgrade your GPU just sale the one you have, use the extra cash to make up the difference and then get a powerful single GPU solution.


Thanks for the info. I didnt even know that, now I could probaly downgrade a little on the Mobo and upgrade a litle on some other components! Thanks for the info!
August 15, 2012 3:22:18 AM

DeusAres said:
Careful with that! Those are in store deals only. In which case, you're only gonna be able to get those deals if you live within driving distance of a microcenter...which may still be a possibility.

Even if it isn't, the price difference isn't too large from sites such as newegg. It may put you over budget by a dollar or two.


Oops, thankfuly there is a store near some of my family members and kinda close to me. So it still is a possibility!
August 15, 2012 3:23:38 AM

Should I stick with an HDD or go with a SSD? Or both if its in budget?
August 15, 2012 3:31:42 AM

Stick with a HDD for now. You can always add a SSD later. All they do is decrease load times. They don't have any effect on your fps in games.
August 15, 2012 3:32:54 AM

If you plan on crossfire though atx will have better cooling. Also if you do go with a different motherboard and stay with the 560 make sure the board works in sli. A lot of 1155 aren't SLI compatible
August 15, 2012 3:38:27 AM

lt_dan_zsu said:
If you plan on crossfire though atx will have better cooling. Also if you do go with a different motherboard and stay with the 560 make sure the board works in sli. A lot of 1155 aren't SLI compatible

Im leaning towards a Radeon graphics card now but Im not sure which to go with :??: 
August 15, 2012 3:41:50 AM

I would go with the 6950. It is only 20 more and it is so much a lot more powerful. It is also cheaper to crossfire because crossfire motherboards are ussually a lot cheaper.
August 15, 2012 3:50:55 AM

Thanks for the info! Any motherboard suggestions though?
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