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August 16, 2012 9:04:14 AM

Hello gents!!

Its been almost 10 years since I built my own PC and I'm just looking to get pointed in the right direction before I build another. This PC will primarily be used for MMO gaming.

CAS: Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ front USB 3.0

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-24]

FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)

HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] MSI Z77A-G41 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Winki 3, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2x PCIe X16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI

OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking

POWERSUPPLY: * 750 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+71]

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+202] (MSI Twin Frozr II OC 750 Mhz Powered by NVIDIA)

I'm trying to keep the build around $900.00 which this has already exceeded a bit.

Thank you all for your time in reading this.

Look forward to any suggestions.

Scott

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August 16, 2012 11:31:08 AM

You wouldnt need an aftermarket fan, since the processor isnt even a K chip. (It will still OC but not more than 3.7? I think. Thats turbo mode btw.) Infact, you can go with an H77 as it will still do good, since you arent OCing. Id go with a 7870 for a video card. Consumes much less power, OCs like a boss and performs like a champ.
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August 16, 2012 11:42:40 AM

Drop the water cooler if you are not overclocking, no need for something so extreme. If you still want aftermarket cooling, a CM Hyper 212 EVO will be plenty sufficient.
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I agree with Nw333 that a HD7870 would be a better option at that price point, the HD78XX series dominates the mid range. I can vouch personally for the 7870's overclocking capability (though it still performs quite well at stock).
Gigabyte HD7879 Factory OC'd. $300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An SSD will make your computer blazingly quick, once you get one you will wonder how you ever survived on a HDD boot drive. Typically people get a small (~128GB) SSD and a large HDD. Put the OS and programs on the SSD and use the HDD for movies, documents and such. I recommend the OCZ Vertex 4, its one of the fastest drives on the market and priced very competitively.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rest of the build is pretty much perfect.
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August 16, 2012 7:45:42 PM

Ive been doing more research and love the suggestions you both made, and agree completely. The only thing is that video card your recommending is a lot more expensive then the 570 and from what Ive been reading the 570 seems to be able to run any of the latest games in high.

I don't plan on OCing anything when I get it
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August 21, 2012 10:06:34 PM

Hey guys, quick question I haven't quite found researching. Given my build, will my GPU run say Guild Wars 2 on high given my monitor's recommended resolution is 1920 x 1200. This is a general inquiry, as I have already placed my order. I suppose depending on how quickly I get advice on here, I could call customer service and upgrade my GPU (if necessary, as I already exceeded my budget on this build).

Thanks for all your advice gents, your time is valued and appreciated.

Scott
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August 22, 2012 1:57:45 AM

any comments?
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August 22, 2012 7:29:04 AM

Guild Wars 2 (and other MMO type games) are not all that intensive graphically, so even old hardware should be able to run it fine. You don't need a powerful rig to max it out. Yours will do just fine at that resolution.
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