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September 4, 2012 4:57:10 PM

Hello i'm building my first system (for gaming) as the title says and just double checking my facts. So bare with me.

At first i was told by a friend to rock the AMD FX-4170 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) but from my reading even though it's a faster base clock it is out preformed by "slower" I5's so i decided to change to an I5 ivy bridge over a i7 sandy just to do a little future proofing as well as i don't really need to do any video editing or anything that would be greatly helped by hyper threading. But i do also know that if i get this in an AMD chipset the system will cost about 200 less that it currently does so that does have it's merits. So having said that this is the system i'm planing on building as soon as i can get the money saved up. Thoughts and changes would always be appreciated.

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
storm trooper from CM

SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a fairly respectable 120gig SSD to help boot times and just over all game performance.

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
basic HD with some kick to it nothing crazy.

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the i5 3570k so i can do some overclocking because lets face it OCing can be fun.

HeakSink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not looking to go liquid cooling on my first build maybe later but i know i'm going to need something with alot more power than the stock heat sink if i'm going to be doing anything remotely stressful.

MOB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i like the sabertooth line from Ssus because of the thermal armor, the temp gauges and just the sear fact that Asus makes quality products.

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-3662-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVO midranged card. I've read good things about the brand and also heard great things from friends. I'm thinking this card will more than get me their and if nothing else i'll be able to run two in the future to help keep the machine running well.

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
gskills ram heard good things but again advice is more than welcome.

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ABS Majesty series MJ1100-M Continuous 1100W@50°C ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single 12V Rail
yes i know it's an over kill PSU. But the brand has great review and i'd rather have a PSU that i can keep using and never have to worry about running out of juice if i ever deiced to run 2+ vidcards.

i'm also of course max out the case fans in the case but i didn't feel the need to post all that on here XD i feel like i've done more than enough when it comes to over posting.

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a b 4 Gaming
September 4, 2012 5:06:34 PM

that psu looks awfully suspicious and you dont need that wattage

what is your budget
location
parts you dont need
overclocking?
doing crossfire or SLI?

ill build something around that
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September 4, 2012 5:12:59 PM

The PSU isn't set in stone the entire thing isn't set in stone. Well besides the case i really like the case. I'm going to be doing some OCing nothing crazy. and i'm looking 1400 or so.
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September 4, 2012 5:17:43 PM

That build is a no-go...there a couple of things wrong:

*That SSD sucks.

*at this price range i recommend you the NZXT phantom 410, its an EXCELLENT case, it won the "Best of toms hardware" badge a few weeks ago.

*there are better coolers at that price range.

*you will NEVER benefit from a Sabertooth motherboard.... i have this rule for motherboards : go home or go loud.... if you want to buy a motherboard, pick the cheapest one that will fulfill your needs and has decent quality with good professional reviews OR buy the most expensive mobo you can find with support for Quad SLI/Crossfire @ 8x/8x/8x/8x and support for 64GB of RAM with extreme overclocking capabilities.... 200$ mobo have no place in this world.

*16GB are not needed for gaming (4GB is enough but 8GB is the norm)

*buddy, i understand your concern about "future-proofing" your PC (something that's IMPOSSIBLE to do) but you should know that next gen hardware is gonna consume LESS power... lets say you get a i5-4570k with a GTX760ti... that build is gonna consume about 10-20% less power than a i5 3570k with a GTX660ti so unless you're planning to get quad or triple 500$ cards like the 7970Ghz/GTX670/GTX680 there is no point in getting a 1000w (specially not that one)

*check out the builds on my signature, you will find something a lot more balanced than that.
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September 4, 2012 5:24:30 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the extra space in the storm trooper would go to waste with atx size stuff. i got the haf xm instead

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gxwI


*That build is good enough but you should let the OP know that the Noctua DH-N14 is the ugliest cpu cooler in the world:



*The vertex 4 is a little bit faster than the samsung 830 and cost the same.

*for as little as 13$ more you can get the 7970Ghz edition.

*The op did not said he needs an OS.
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September 4, 2012 5:30:03 PM

OP get this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($111.71 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1373.37
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a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2012 3:10:58 AM

@ the OP. I wouldn't put too much faith in that OCZ Vertex 3 SSD. They have a terrible rep for failing. This build down below includes Windows 7 (combo'd w/motherboard) so if you don't need an OS then just take it off the build. This build though allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI. Just add a case.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified Modular ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $199.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $519.98 save: $20.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $33.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So... $19.98 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... $66.91 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128... $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

Total: $1,057.28 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power... <------ review of that MSI card w/benchmarks
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a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2012 10:34:24 AM

its a vertex 4. they are much better now
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