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Advice on $800~$900 gaming PC

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September 19, 2012 11:32:30 PM

Hello everyone,
This is my first time building a gaming PC, and I hope to get some advice on the parts I chose. I set the price range to from $800~900.

Here's the link to the build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hXTt

Here's the build in plain text:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hXTt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hXTt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hXTt/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek LOKI SD963 52.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $833.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-19 19:26 EDT-0400)

I wonder if all the parts would be compatible to each other. I hope that this build could run most of the modern games (Skyrim, CS:GO, Dota2, BF3) on a high quality settings. Thanks for your help!!

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September 20, 2012 12:01:47 AM

I would recommend getting a larger SSD, at least 120GB. Vertex 4 128GB is about $90. I saw a deal for Sandisk Extreme today for $80. Are you near a microcenter? they have i5-3570k/mobo deals around $230+tax.
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September 20, 2012 12:56:58 AM

that looks really good... how much memory are you going to have(as in like hdd)

the 660 is a nice card... are you sure that that is 220?

and the cpu is good... i say go with it
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September 20, 2012 3:38:09 AM

@bliq
Thanks for your advice! I think I'll be only using that SSD for OS and caching? I forgot to mention I had a 1TB HDD from my old Dell PC.

@Panicmaster85
Good to hear! Thanks for the concern again, my bad forgot to mention I had a HDD already.
Yeah 660 is around $230 on amazon right now.

Thanks both if you! I think I'll go with the build and hopefully everything would work out!
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September 20, 2012 4:21:35 AM

For the buck, you could do better than the GTX 660: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-gef...
Worse than the 7870 and it's only slightly more.

Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14708687...
You don't get the SSD but you do get a better motherboard for the price, allowing you to future SLI/CF at 8x/8x. Plus you get a CPU that can overclock in the future, as well as a PSU that can SLI/CF in the future. Plus the 7870 is a better card.

I wouldn't suggest getting a card because at this budget, you should be getting better GPU and CPU over an SSD. An SSD can be added later with SSD caching. IT'll make your HDD MUCCH MUCH faster, similar to a hybrid SSD like the Momentus XT.
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September 20, 2012 4:45:32 AM

yeah i agree with not gitting the ssd its pretty cheap so you can get one at your next upgrade... the 7870 is a nice card so i also recommend that card it just got lowered from 300
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September 20, 2012 7:15:07 AM

@aznshinobi and Panicmaster85,
I've updated my build with respect to both of your suggestions. Currently it looks like this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i03e

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i03e
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i03e/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i03e/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek LOKI SD963 52.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $865.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 03:14 EDT-0400)

I was wondering if there is the need for:
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek LOKI SD963 52.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)

I am not too sure what are the tradeoffs of using this CPU Cooler in comparison to the one the give in the box.
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September 20, 2012 10:41:47 PM

the cpu cooler will deffinetely help you... but yeah i say go with that
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September 21, 2012 12:46:50 AM

yeah but i personally say the loki is better
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 21, 2012 2:04:02 AM

well i use a hyper 212 and yeah it does keep it cool... if you pay a little extra you can get the 212 evo and that even better
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
September 21, 2012 2:47:34 AM

But the Hyper 212+ is the same price as the Loki, if he wants to spend $10 more though, the Evo is nice.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 21, 2012 2:55:16 AM

yeah all the other parts are a really good pic... i wish i would have chosen that stuf when i built my computer
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September 21, 2012 3:19:52 AM

I'll go ahead with this order then! Thanks for all the help, aznshinobi and Panicmaster85! I'll make a followup thread if I encounter any problems!
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September 21, 2012 3:37:57 AM

all right! glad to help! :D 
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
September 21, 2012 3:59:23 AM

No problem1 good luck!
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