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My first build ever, here's what I've picked out ~ $1000 gaming rig.

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September 11, 2012 9:28:48 AM

Hello all, first off I greatly appreciate any responses I can get. I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I am a relative newbie compared to you guys and this will be the first PC that I've ever built myself so I could really use a little guidance. To give an idea, I understand the basics of computer components and I'm relatively confident I can assemble one no problem, but I'm almost always lost when people start getting into the finer technical details and acronyms. I've been doing research for a week straight, trying my best to figure out exactly what would suit my needs the best and I've picked out this build. Please let me know what you think overall, and any recommendations you might make. I do have a couple specific questions as well:

1. I'm not positive that this is the best mobo for my needs, because I really don't understand motherboards. Microcenter has a nice sale going right now where the mobo is $50 off when purchased with the processor, and this combo was recommended by multiple people and has good reviews, so I went with it. Will it be compatible with all of my other parts I've selected (I'm sure it will be, but I want to make sure) and is it a good fit, or perhaps more than I need?

2. Hard Drive selection. I really need help here. I'm opting not to get a SSD until prices fall a bit more for the larger ones. I'm looking for a 1TB+ standard HDD, but EVERYTHING out there right now seems to have mediocre reviews at best. I'm really torn on whether to go with more expensive Western Digital that HAD better reviews but have since had a lot of negatives, or cheaper Seagate stuff with more mediocre reviews and less warranty, but are cheaper. Or another option/brand all together? Also, does a 32mb vs 64mb cache matter for my needs? What about the difference between all these different colors of hard drives? I'm truly lost here.

3. Will I require (or want) any additional cooling with a configuration such as this? If so, recommendations would be awesome.

4. There seems to be 87239827 different choices out there for memory these days, and it's all pretty much the same price and all relatively highly reviewed and rated. I chose the Samsung memory because it had great reviews and no frills (I'm sort of a no frills kind of guy heh) and was supposedly great for overclocking, which is something I'd like to try. Are there any issues with my selection, or is memory just sort of a "buy what you like, it will all work the same" sort of thing?

5. I realize the 750w power supply is probably overkill initially, but probably a wise idea if I'm going to plan on using SLI in the near future?


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Approximate Purchase Date: Basically now. I'm ready to buy stuff that's on sale and a good deal right now.

Budget Range: No extremely firm budget, but I'd like to keep it around $1000.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and normal computer activities (web, word processing etc)

Parts Not Required: Need everything except peripherals.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon, also have a Microcenter near me.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel + Nvidia. I've unfortunately had bad AMD/Radeon experiences in the past...

Overclocking: Maybe. I'm a complete newbie, but willing to learn and I'd like to give it a try.

SLI or Crossfire: Not immediately, but my plan would be to purchase another identical GPU a year or so from now when prices drop and new games come out that require additional video processing power.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Quiet is a HUGE bonus, especially hard drive noise which drives me nuts.

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CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - Asus P8Z77-V Pro LGA 1155 Z77 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - No idea, see above.

Additional Cooling - see above, any suggestions welcome.

Anything I'm forgetting?

Thanks!



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September 11, 2012 10:01:39 AM

This is a good alternative motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still get two PCI 3.0 slots, so you can SLI later on. You miss the on board WiFi but you can get a cheap USB receiver.

That case is a little bit expensive, might want to look at something cheaper. For RAM, I'd go with Corsair or GSkill.

I have a Seagate Barracuda 2 tb and also opted not to get a SSD, and it works just fine.
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September 11, 2012 6:15:38 PM

jk47_99 said:
This is a good alternative motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still get two PCI 3.0 slots, so you can SLI later on. You miss the on board WiFi but you can get a cheap USB receiver.

That case is a little bit expensive, might want to look at something cheaper. For RAM, I'd go with Corsair or GSkill.

I have a Seagate Barracuda 2 tb and also opted not to get a SSD, and it works just fine.


First, thank you very much for your response.

I appreciate the link to the mobo. Like the other, it seems like it would work fine for my needs and save me about $50. Still, reviews on it are mixed and some people in my situation (new builders, somewhat newbies) have reported difficulty getting the CPU placed on the pins properly, some even reporting that their boards were damaged. Ease of installation is big for me, so is this something I should be the least bit worried about?

The case is a bit expensive, but with free shipping, a 20% sale and a $20 mail in rebate, it's actually only about $80. I liked the look of it, and there's nothing that's a whole lot cheaper than that out there that really interested me. Did you have a different recommendation?

Why the Corsair or Gskill ram? I understand that they are both reputable name brands, but why? Is Samsung not? Ram is something I'm still a bit unsure of, just because there are SO many highly rated options out there. It seems to me though, that most people are just picking a type of ram because everyone else picks the same kind and not because it's actually any better. I'm open to switching it, I'd just like to know why I guess... I'm trying to learn here :) 
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September 11, 2012 6:29:22 PM

You should get a HD 7950 instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's a bit more expensive but it's performance is much more consistent and a bit better overall.

You can also get a better power supply for the same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one right here is pretty good.

Also the memory kit you chose is really crappy.Putting it in such a good PC is just wrong.
This kit is a lot better and also a bit cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 11, 2012 6:32:19 PM

RAM is pretty much an "at your discretion" purchase as long as your mobo supports the 1600 frequency and you arent planning on a massive air cooler for your CPU (which would require low profile RAM) your choice seems fine. I'd really wish you would reconsider the no SSD option, 60GB drives (which is enough for Win 7 plus a few apps, its also the size i use) are really cheap right now around .90 cents - $1 a GB, the boot time and load time of games makes it worth it. HDD's can be scary to peruse because of all the DOA reviews, but you just have to sack up and pick one, I have a 1TB seagate barracuda as my storage drive and half the reviews were bad but i soldiered on and got it, been working for 9 months now *knock on wood*. Also if you want a rock solid SSD there having a sale at newegg on the samsung 830 128GB for $99.99.
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September 11, 2012 6:41:28 PM

Kamen_BG said:
You should get a HD 7950 instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's a bit more expensive but it's performance is much more consistent and a bit better overall.

You can also get a better power supply for the same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one right here is pretty good.

Also the memory kit you chose is really crappy.Putting it in such a good PC is just wrong.
This kit is a lot better and also a bit cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hello, and thank you for your opinion, I do appreciate it!

This continues to confuse me a bit though.

Power Supply - why is that one better, and what makes it "pretty good"? It has zero reviews at Newegg, not that that means anything I guess. I'm just wary about purchasing an unreviewed item. I'm also unsure of why it's "better". Yes, I understand that it's an extra 100 watts, but if I'm never going to use that wattage, it won't help me to have it right?

Ram - Why is it crappy? It has fantastic reviews and higher stock timings than the ram you linked, while consuming less power. I'm being honest here, when looking up parts ram was the one component that was near impossible for me to just pick, because according to almost everything I read it's all basically the same and doesn't make a huge difference one way or another. I'm trying to understand and LEARN what makes some ram "good" and others "crappy" so I know what to pick =\
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September 12, 2012 2:32:13 AM

Portlis said:
First, thank you very much for your response.

I appreciate the link to the mobo. Like the other, it seems like it would work fine for my needs and save me about $50. Still, reviews on it are mixed and some people in my situation (new builders, somewhat newbies) have reported difficulty getting the CPU placed on the pins properly, some even reporting that their boards were damaged. Ease of installation is big for me, so is this something I should be the least bit worried about?

The case is a bit expensive, but with free shipping, a 20% sale and a $20 mail in rebate, it's actually only about $80. I liked the look of it, and there's nothing that's a whole lot cheaper than that out there that really interested me. Did you have a different recommendation?

Why the Corsair or Gskill ram? I understand that they are both reputable name brands, but why? Is Samsung not? Ram is something I'm still a bit unsure of, just because there are SO many highly rated options out there. It seems to me though, that most people are just picking a type of ram because everyone else picks the same kind and not because it's actually any better. I'm open to switching it, I'd just like to know why I guess... I'm trying to learn here :) 


Don't worry about the CPU installation, the pins are standard size and as long as you put the CPU in first before installing the motherboard into the case you will have no problems. Paying $50 isn't worth it, unless that other motherboard has features that you really want, and you only really get the on board Wi Fi. But if your budget is not an issue then getting the more expensive board is no problem.

I guess you have looked at the cheaper options, I would have recommended the Antec Two Hundred but there is no real right or wrong in PC building, so if you like the design then just go for the case you selected.

For the RAM, GSkill and Corsair are recommended because they work better in a gaming setup and with the ivy bridge CPU's due to their voltage, with good performance, reliability and overclocking potential.
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