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My first attempt at building a pc

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September 9, 2012 3:56:38 AM

This is my first time attempting to build my own pc, looking for some feedback on this gaming build I'm thinking about putting together. My budget is around $1,000 and I threw this together on newegg earlier and it came out to around $1,070, tell me what you guys think. I already have a monitor, a 500GB HD, and a copy of Windows 7 so I won’t need to purchase any of those.

COUGAR Evolution-W White SECC ATX Full Tower
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
ASUS P8H77-V LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB RAM(4 x 4GB)
EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Video Card
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 – OEM

any feedback/thoughts are appreciated, thanks a lot

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September 9, 2012 4:01:01 AM

You did pretty good :)  However, I have a few suggestions -

1) Invest in the ASRock Extreme4 Z77 Motherboard; it will allow you to overclock your 3570k.

2) Get the Radeon HD7950. Far superior performance considering it only costs $10 more than the GTX660 Ti. The crippled memory bandwidth on the GTX660 Ti may hurt it in the future.

3) Lower your RAM configuration to 8GB, no need for 16GB unless you plan to do some hardcore video/photo editing.
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September 9, 2012 4:03:25 AM

Yes, I can definitely see 8GB being more than enough for the next few years if your sole purpose for your rig is gaming. Video editing will eat up 10GB+ of ram EASILY, however, games nowadays won't. You'll barely see your RAM usage up past 5-6GB with titles such as BF3.
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September 9, 2012 4:03:44 AM

+1 to everything mocchan said (LOL I'm ALWAYS agreeing with this guy...)

Also, if you do plan on overclocking your CPU as mocchan (again..) suggested, make sure to pick up an aftermarket cooler. Even if you don't overclock it may still be a good investment. The Hyper 212 is an exceptional option at it's price for about $35 and will allow you to have safe temps even at an overclock of ~4.4GHz or higher.
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September 9, 2012 4:04:27 AM

I see, I'll look into that motherboard and Radeon video card, as far as RAM goes I was just being cautious for the future, but if you think 8GB will be good for the foreseeable future(1-2 years) then I could definitely downgrade to 8 and save 40 bucks
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September 9, 2012 4:06:55 AM

:lol:  LOL @ nsouter

+1 to your suggestion of the 212, great cooler for a sub $30 price point.

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September 9, 2012 4:11:48 AM

I see, and as far as RAM goes, when building my comp I believe it will have 4 slots for RAM, do I need to fill each slot (4 x 2GB) or would I be able to do a 2 x 4GB set up with 2 empty slots instead?
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September 9, 2012 4:13:23 AM

2x4GB will do just fine, this leaves you with some options in the future if you want to add another 8GB :) 

And no, you don't need to fill up all your slots.
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September 9, 2012 4:26:18 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys, did some tweaking and got a build going that I think I will really enjoy, last thing, is there anything you guys think I'm missing from my build? should I get a dedicated sound card or any other stuff that I may be forgetting since I'm a pc noob?
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September 9, 2012 4:40:34 AM

You're pretty much set :) 

No need to get a sound card as the on-board audio on most motherboards nowadays are very decent.

I would only consider getting a dedicated card if I had $300 headphones or a $500 surround sound set up.
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September 9, 2012 4:50:06 AM

gotcha, definitely don't have that good of a sound set up going for me :p  Thanks alot for the input and hopefully I can get this rig up and running in the near future :D 
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September 9, 2012 10:40:23 PM

You're welcome and good luck! :) 
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