1000-1400 Gaming Computer

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week

Budget Range: 1000-1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: An intel CPU and an Nvidia gpu.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need help determining suitable PSU, Case, and cooling devices. As well as evaluating the specs below.

Western Digital Red WD10EFRX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

ASUS P8B75-M LE LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  1. get this motherboard instead since you don't plan to SLI and do plan to overclock:


    you also need a circa 500W PSU, get the least expensive 500-550W PSU from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX.
  2. Off to a good start.

    I would consider a different mobo like

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4

    Dont forget a case.

    For PSU something like

    Rosewill capstone 550w
  3. Go with screwys suggestion for mobo as it seems to come with free SSD as well?
  4. It does? I don't see that anywhere...
  5. Just below the name it says 'Free OCZ 60GB SSD w/ purchase, limited offer'
  6. Ah I see. I know SSD hardrives speed up loading times but as I already picked out one, how would that help me?

    Or can I use both somehow to get the best of both worlds?
  7. I know. I've picked out a non-SSD hardrive already, so how is a SSD hardrive useful to me?
  8. From what i can see you've only listed a mechanical drive, the western digital, this is not an SSD.
  9. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1192.42
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 10:11 EDT-0400)
  10. You use both, the SSD stores your OS and your most commonly used programs, this will reduce load times for the OS and those programs, then you use the large mechanical drive for storage of your larger media.
  11. I get it. Will I need any more cooling devices or fans for my computer? And what size case would fit all this?
  12. No you will not need additional fans for the SSD, they run quite cool. Any reasonable mid tower size case should fit this.
  13. I'm sure the build posted above is infinitely better than mine... I'll check that out too. The Asus video card is based off the NVIDIA GTX 680 right?
  14. It is based off the cooler, yes.
  15. Is it solid for non-gaming uses as well?
  16. I don't see why not. :D
  17. http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_660_ti_gc_oc_vs_670_hd_7950/3

    "Battlefield 3

    Much like we saw at 2560x1600, even at 1920x1080 with 4X MSAA the GALAXY GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB overclocked video card is very close to overclocked GTX 670 performance. The overclocked GTX 670 is only 6% faster than the GALAXY 660 Ti overclocked video card. What's more, the overclocked HD 7950 and overclocked GTX 670 are neck and neck in performance at 1920x1080 with 4X MSAA. Despite the HD 7950's large memory bandwidth difference, they are still the same performance in the end."
  18. How well should it run? Could it play most games on ultra settings without hurting framerate too much?
  19. Is the GTX 670m better enough than the 660m it that it warrants 100 dollars?
  20. According to that article, they are neck and neck.
  21. So might as well stick with the 660m ti?
  22. Go for it.
  23. Alright then. Sweet. Thanks mikerockett for helping me get over the stigma of building my own computer. The thread you linked was very helpful.
  24. theproductofboredom said:
    Alright then. Sweet. Thanks mikerockett for helping me get over the stigma of building my own computer. The thread you linked was very helpful.

    You're very welcome, any more help when it comes to the build let me know.
  25. The case I'm looking at includes built in fans. That won't interfere or anything with my cpu cooling will it? Or will it only improve upon it?

    Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
  26. I don't think you will have a problem with case fans interfering with the evo, they are generally in areas that are out of the way.
  27. Oh and one last thing. Any thoughts on a good monitor? I know what resolution I want, but I have no idea where to start. Same with speakers for the computer. They're all so cheap I'm skeptical of their quality.
  28. Not really an area i can help you with Im afraid, my computer is hooked up to my tv and my surround sound
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