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August 31, 2012 4:44:53 PM

Hey guys, I've built a few computers before and I've decided to put another rig together for less than $1000. Are there any flaws with what I have so far, or do you have different recommendations?

CPU:
Intel i5-3570K

I plan to overclock that pretty severely to about 4.4 GHz, so...

CPU Fan:
Scythe Mugen-3

GPU:
AMD Radeon HD 7870

PSU:
Cooler Master eXtreme 600W

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2

It's all inside a mid tower with 5 case fans, by the way. What do you guys think? Is everything compatable? Will I be able to get ultra-high settings? Should I go with the Mugen-3 for cooling, and do I need a CPU cooler? Are there any other changes I should make?

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August 31, 2012 5:00:10 PM

Not with that PSU. Get a better PSU like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, OCZ, XFX, Silverstone, PC Power and Cooling, etc.
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August 31, 2012 5:01:15 PM

Also, bad mobo choice if you are planning to OC. H61 boards do not allow OC'ing. Get a Z77.
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August 31, 2012 5:44:58 PM

Can you recommend a specific PSU? I can never select one well, honestly I don't know the difference between a good unit and a bad one.

And good catch on the mobo, thanks
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August 31, 2012 6:14:40 PM

Also, noob question: can a p67a-gd55 OC?
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August 31, 2012 7:11:32 PM

Here, I'll try something.
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August 31, 2012 7:14:09 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($305.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $958.95
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-31 15:16 EDT-0400)

Any suggestions?
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August 31, 2012 11:53:26 PM

H100 isn't that great of a LC. Get the Noctua D14 or Hyper 212 EVO. Spend the cash on an Extreme 4 and a better PSU.
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September 1, 2012 12:29:39 AM

obsama1 said:
H100 isn't that great of a LC. Get the Noctua D14 or Hyper 212 EVO. Spend the cash on an Extreme 4 and a better PSU.


Thanks for the feedback. Lemme change it now.
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September 1, 2012 12:39:42 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($305.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $953.37
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-31 20:42 EDT-0400)

I went with a Noctua cooler, only because I know IVB is a little hard to OC so I wanted to get the best possible cooling option for the price-range. I also upgraded to a Corsair 600W PSU Silver -- easily able to SLI a 660ti if needed. And I got the Extreme4.
And I changed the RAM to Samsung's 30nm 1600Mhz RAM.

I still have about 50$~ leeway.. I ask the OP to submit and requests if he wants to fill the void.

I'd say this build looks pretty good
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