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First time build, advice & compatibility check please?

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September 6, 2012 3:21:31 AM

This is a first time gaming build for me... So I was just looking for a compatibility check and any advice or fixes to the build I've come up with. Budget is maximum $1,400. I have a hard drive, DVD burner and operating system already.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1363.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-05 23:21 EDT-0400)

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September 6, 2012 3:32:50 AM

You don't need more than 8GB of RAM for a gaming rig, drop the 16 and get an 8GB set.

For $1400 you might as well get a 750W 80+Gold PSU so you can SLI easier later on.

I would personally spend a bit more on a nicer motherboard as well, research the best ones under $200.
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September 6, 2012 8:08:29 AM

nsouter853 said:
You don't need more than 8GB of RAM for a gaming rig, drop the 16 and get an 8GB set.

For $1400 you might as well get a 750W 80+Gold PSU so you can SLI easier later on.

I would personally spend a bit more on a nicer motherboard as well, research the best ones under $200.


80+ Gold is not worth it. Will just make the build cost more. 80+ bronze is more than enough. Your right on the 750W part though.

He already has a great mobo. :D 
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September 6, 2012 8:14:02 AM

I would personally recommend the Gigabyte UD5H for your mobo. You'll never look back!
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September 6, 2012 8:34:22 AM

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.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $167.45 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $399.99
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed... <---- review w/benchmarks of that MSI GTX 670
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September 6, 2012 5:57:02 PM

I personally like the Asrock Z77 Extreme4 as well, and see it gets alot of love on these forums.

I was going to post that you could downgrade to a 120-128 SSD and probably be fine. However with Why_Me finding that deal on the 240 there.....I'd go with that for sure.
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