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First PC Build : Having Trouble Pulling the Trigger

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September 9, 2012 5:36:39 PM

Hey guy and gals, just finished putting together a list of the components I want to use on a new PC build. Ive never built a whole new system before, and while I feel confident that it'll work, I feel a little apprehensive about actually placing the order.

Was hoping I could get it looked at to relieve some of my nerves, and maybe take a few suggestions.

The idea is to build a solid gaming rig that is easily upgradable for a few years to come. My budget is $1200. This is what I came up with:


COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 04G-P4-2673-KR GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any opinions on this setup will be greatly appreciated.
September 9, 2012 7:27:01 PM

Yes it will all work. However I don't think that some of your choices are the best.

I would change:
The GPU because 4GB is not useful on a GTX 670. Review which confirms this:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/evga-...
So you might as well save the money by getting a 2GB GTX 670. Such as the GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD ($400 @ Newegg / Amazon / NCIX US).

This is a better PSU for a cheaper price:
Rosewill Capstone-750M ($88 after promo code)
It is better because it is more efficient, modular and quieter.

Cheaper HDD that is faster, quieter & cooler:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM ST1000DM003 ($75 @ NCIX US / $80 @ Newegg).
As far as I'm concerned this is a choice between better performance (Seagate) and a longer warranty (WD Caviar Black).

I'd change the RAM to something without tall heatspreaders as they restrict your choice in aftermarket CPU cooler, if you ever decide to install one and RAM these days doesn't need that much cooling.
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5V BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 ($37 @ Newegg after promo code).

It looks to me like you can afford an SSD, after making the changes that I have suggested.
Samsung SSD Series 128GB MZ-7PC128D/AM ($120 @ Newegg). The basic version is $100, but doesn't come with Norton Ghost.
September 9, 2012 7:27:19 PM

One slight "inconsistancy". You've chosen a locked processor, which can't be overclocked, (or cooler for overclocking), but a motherboard, who's main benefit, over cheaper boards, is that it's good for overclocking. Something ought to change there. If you are not interested in overclocking, yourself, I would suggest, possibly, using a factory overclocked graphics card, and matching it with a H77 motherboard, which is cheaper than a Z77, but has identical features, just not overclocking.
Unless you are intending to add a 2nd graphics card, in SLi, you power supply is considerably oversized. 500W would be adequate, have 550W for a "margin", if you wish. Of course, if you ARE intending SLi soon, the 750W is fine.
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September 10, 2012 1:24:30 PM

Thanks for all your help folks. All your suggestions are really appreciated.
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