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September 20, 2012 7:11:52 PM


I'm new to the home build game and am trying to build a decent system that I can overclock. I don't have a budget, but don't want to spend too much either. I'd like it to come in at about $1500, but would spend more if justified. I've bought a couple of parts already based on reviews/sales. Any help would be appreciated. I would use primarily for games, but also for basic computing as well.

Don't be afraid to talk to me like an infant, I don't offend easily.
Here is what I have so far:

CoolerMaster HAF 912
OCZ Vertex 3 240G 2.5" SATAIII internal SSD
G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2x4GB)

I'm fairly certain I'll go w/ the i5 3750k 3.4 GHz for the processor, but I'm open to suggestions.

I think I will go w/ a 670, brand help would be nice. But am again open to other ideas. I don't plan on running more than one card.

I need help with motherboard
Power Supply
and anything else I'm missing.
I have a monitor for now, but will get a better one in a few months.

Thanks in advance.

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September 20, 2012 7:31:14 PM

Your hardware choices look good for a capable gaming-oriented system. I would recommend one of these power supplies:

XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $56

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W - $50

They are about equally powerful, the XFX is a bit higher quality while the OCZ is modular so it's easier to get a clean build without cable clutter.

As for the CPU cooler, you can't go wrong with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.

Motherboard depends a lot on what you're after. But for a simple, affordable Z77 motherboard for overclocking, Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is a good option.
Edit: Actually it looks like the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H is cheaper at Newegg, so I'll recommend that instead.
September 20, 2012 11:21:09 PM

Would certainly prefer XFX, for power supply, to OCZ. Not a lot to choose between ASRock, and Gigabyte mobos, but would slightly favour ASRock, at sinilar price. Something like Asus P8Z77-V PRO is very good (and user friendly), but a bit pricier.
The only thing I would suggest changing, might be Vetrex 3 SSD. The Vertex 4 isn't bad, but prefer either Samsung 830, or Crucial M4. GTX 670 very good graphics. Which one isn't easy. Toms Hardware did an article, few months ago, testing 7 different 670's. Worth a read.