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September 8, 2012 11:14:04 PM

Hey, I am new to the whole build your own computer thing but would like to give it a try. I am going for a gaming computer on which I would game (no duh) and do a little bit (emphasis on a Little) of fraps and video editing. I am trying to keep the build under $1,000 and am currently at $965.85 . Here are the parts that I have so far. (I got these from suggestions on a $1,000 build help site, so they might not work together.)


Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

VisionTek Radeon 7870 2GB DDR5 PCI Express - Ghz Edition Graphics Card (900506)

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core
i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM -
WD1002FAEX

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3,
i5, i7 and AMD platforms - TX650

I am mainly concerned about my processor not being able to handle the graphics card. Any and all feedback would be very much appreciated!

Thanks to theses people for helping me progress the build!: viktorbkk

Live long and proper!

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September 8, 2012 11:23:41 PM

1) You could pick the newer Ivy Bridge CPUs instead, if it doesn't go over budget. (3570k etc.)

2) Radeon 6950 is last gen. Unless you are getting it for a big discount, you should go with something like Radeon 7870. It should fit within your budget.

3) Triple channel memory on a z77 platform makes no sense. I would recommend 8GB 1600 mhz dual channel memory. It is cheaper and will perform better.
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September 8, 2012 11:41:08 PM

viktorbkk said:
1) You could pick the newer Ivy Bridge CPUs instead, if it doesn't go over budget. (3570k etc.)

2) Radeon 6950 is last gen. Unless you are getting it for a big discount, you should go with something like Radeon 7870. It should fit within your budget.

3) Triple channel memory on a z77 platform makes no sense. I would recommend 8GB 1600 mhz dual channel memory. It is cheaper and will perform better.


Thanks for the input! I have made the changes to my list and hope that they are what you suggested, again, this is still new to me so any more advice would be appreciated!

Thanks again!
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 8, 2012 11:50:06 PM

Hello buddy! get this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($102.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $984.76

if you ever need more power you can add a second 7950.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
September 8, 2012 11:55:02 PM

You have obviously edited your initial build.
The 3570K is as good as tit gets for gaming today.
It could support any single graphics card, up to the GTX690.
If you live near a microcenter, they will sell you a 3570K for $190.

I think, if budget permits, a slightly stronger graphics card would be appropriate.
The graphics card, more than the cpu is the real engine of a gamer.
Say a GTX670 or 7970.

For ram, buy a low profile kit. It costs no more.
High heat spreaders can interfere with some cpu coolers.

I suggest you add a $30 tower type cpu cooler, like a cm hyper212. It will keep your cpu cooler, and run quieter.
As a first time builder, you will find the backplate mount to be easier. The stock Intel pushpins can be tricky to get on properly.

For a build with this budget, you really should be using a SSD for the os, and a few games.
I suggest an Intel 330 120gb SSD. If you will store video's or need lots of storage space, then you can always add a hard drive later .
If you make that a 180gb ssd, you may never need a hard drive at all.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2012 12:01:01 AM

geofelt said:

For a build with this budget, you really should be using a SSD for the os, and a few games.
I suggest an Intel 330 120gb SSD. If you will store video's or need lots of storage space, then you can always add a hard drive later .
If you make that a 180gb ssd, you may never need a hard drive at all.


Forget an SSD, an SSD should only be considered after he has a i5 with a 7970/GTX670... there is no point in loading a game faster if its not gonna run fast.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2012 12:09:27 AM

idroid said:
Forget an SSD, an SSD should only be considered after he has a i5 with a 7970/GTX670... there is no point in loading a game faster if its not gonna run fast.


The value of a SSD is not so much for gaming, but it makes everything else you do feel so much quicker.
Once you use a SSD for the os, you will never again use a hard drive for that purpose.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2012 12:42:14 AM

geofelt said:
The value of a SSD is not so much for gaming, but it makes everything else you do feel so much quicker.
Once you use a SSD for the os, you will never again use a hard drive for that purpose.


i know, i have 3 Vertex 4 256GB in RAID-0 and they're CRAZY fast but i would never trade gaming performance for "OS responsiveness"
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September 9, 2012 3:48:00 AM

idroid said:
Hello buddy!


Hey, thanks for the suggestion! I was wondering what the pros and cons are to your build and how it would be an improvement to on mine. I would appreciate if you explained things to me as if I am a noob at computer building (because I am) and tell me the ups and downs to different parts.

Thanks again!
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September 9, 2012 3:57:28 AM

geofelt said:


I think, if budget permits, a slightly stronger graphics card would be appropriate.
The graphics card, more than the cpu is the real engine of a gamer.
Say a GTX670 or 7970.

For ram, buy a low profile kit. It costs no more.
High heat spreaders can interfere with some cpu coolers.




Thanks for the feedback!

With the graphics card, would the 7950 from the previous reply work too?

As for the ram, could you give me a suggestion of a low profile kit. (Boy am I a noob! :p )

Thanks!
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2012 12:04:26 PM

goofballjosh said:
Hey, thanks for the suggestion! I was wondering what the pros and cons are to your build and how it would be an improvement to on mine. I would appreciate if you explained things to me as if I am a noob at computer building (because I am) and tell me the ups and downs to different parts.

Thanks again!


*the GPU in my build is stronger.

*the motherboard you linked is not a good overclocker and doesn't support SLI/Crossfire, mines does.

*the PSU has much higher quality and can easily handle dual 7950s with an aggressive overclock on the CPU.

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September 19, 2012 1:33:14 AM

Best answer selected by goofballjosh.
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