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September 13, 2012 9:12:58 PM

Putting together a gaming build for a friend of mine. He has no desire to overclock so please keep that in mind. I know the i5 3570k is a better value than the 3570, I have the unlocked one in my own computer but he insists he doesn't want to overclock. With that in mind we are trying to keep it under $1000 not includind mouse, keyboard or monitor. So here we go.

CPU- i5 3570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- Radeon 7870 2Gb GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO- Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- Corsair Vengeance (2X4GB) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- 1TB Caviar Black 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- XFX Core Edition 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive- MSI 18X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also any case suggestions are appreciated. I used a full tower for my build but I would assume he doesn't need anything that large. Also I know that conventional wisdom states that in a $1000 build you must include an SSD but the price point on them doesn't yet seem to be of a real value when the extra money could be spent on a better graphics card or more memory. And last but not least I would assume that using a case with decent ventilation and not overclocking we should be able to get away with not using a CPU cooler but please correct me if I'm wrong.
a b K Overclocking
September 13, 2012 9:28:54 PM

If you're not going to overclock there's no point in purchasing the i5-3570 - locked or unlocked. There's no discernible difference between the i5-3450 and anything beyond that unless you step up to the i7.

And then don't get that RAM, get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for case suggestions that depends what you want to spend. If it's around $100 I'd suggest this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 13, 2012 9:32:22 PM

I'll have to look into the 3450 but that wouldn't be a bad idea. As obsama stated for only $15 he may as well get the unlocked one just in case. Appreciate the quick replies.
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a b K Overclocking
September 13, 2012 9:35:32 PM

McSaucy4418 said:
I'll have to look into the 3450 but that wouldn't be a bad idea. As obsama stated for only $15 he may as well get the unlocked one just in case. Appreciate the quick replies.


Yeah if you're not going to overclock there is literally no difference between 3.1 and 3.5GHz - you're basically paying more for nothing. Put that money instead into the GPU.
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September 13, 2012 9:49:36 PM

McSaucy4418 said:
Putting together a gaming build for a friend of mine. He has no desire to overclock so please keep that in mind. I know the i5 3570k is a better value than the 3570, I have the unlocked one in my own computer but he insists he doesn't want to overclock. With that in mind we are trying to keep it under $1000 not includind mouse, keyboard or monitor. So here we go.

CPU- i5 3570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- Radeon 7870 2Gb GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO- Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- Corsair Vengeance (2X4GB) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- 1TB Caviar Black 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- XFX Core Edition 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive- MSI 18X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also any case suggestions are appreciated. I used a full tower for my build but I would assume he doesn't need anything that large. Also I know that conventional wisdom states that in a $1000 build you must include an SSD but the price point on them doesn't yet seem to be of a real value when the extra money could be spent on a better graphics card or more memory. And last but not least I would assume that using a case with decent ventilation and not overclocking we should be able to get away with not using a CPU cooler but please correct me if I'm wrong.


Get rid of the Z77 chipset if he isn't overclocking, looks like my builds :lol:  Below in my sig I mean
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September 14, 2012 8:16:55 PM

Good eye there spat, I liked the build you had there. Anyways you think the P56 chip is just as good as the Z77?
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September 14, 2012 9:03:57 PM

That's not even compatible with the chip. I usually recommend people to stick to Z77/Z75. If he ever wants to OC or have someone do it for him, he can do that. In addition, the Z77 boards tend to have more features and they're better quality.
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