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Final Check on Gaming Build

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September 24, 2012 5:34:04 PM

Hi guys, thanks for all the help, especially from the guys who pointed me to local Singapore suppliers for parts!

Here's my final build, would love your thoughts and any warnings on compatability. Particularly worried about whether this will hook up to my existing Apple Cinema Display 24" (http://www.everymac.com/monitors/apple/studio_cinema/sp...) which I already have so I don't have to go shopping for a monitor.

Also, if I decide to add a wireless card to this rig does anyone have any recommendations?

OH - and do I need cooling?!?!

Thanks in advance!




PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ipiF

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.67 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.98 @ NCIX US)

Optical Drive: HP 1270i DVD/CD Writer ($26.98 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)

Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Mouse: Logitech Performance Wireless Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Amazon)

Other: Apple Cinema Display 24"

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September 24, 2012 5:45:42 PM

If I do need cooling (not planning on doing much if any overclocking for the short term), what would you recommend I get for it? Keep in mind this is my first build so no fancy modding please! :)  I'm planning to use the NZXT Phantom 410.

Stuart
September 24, 2012 5:55:07 PM

I may just be too old school, but I'd never put a stock cooling fan on my processor. Get a cooler master 212 for a measly $40.
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September 24, 2012 6:27:13 PM

That looks good to me but I definitely agree about adding a cooler.
September 24, 2012 6:52:38 PM

750w gives you some headroom for two of those cards which I'm guessing you want that option open by looking at the board you have up there. Also you want low profile RAM.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $336.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.us.asp?Model=Z77%20Ex... <----- another look at that Asrock board up above

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $219.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GH24NS90B-Super-In... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
LG Electronics GH24NS90B 24 X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk without Software - Black
September 25, 2012 1:02:58 AM

Thanks guys! I will add in the 212 Cooler as recommended.

I'm buying in Singapore so I will not be planning on going for the newegg deals, however if I check Why_Me's recommendation with local prices, dropping to the ASRock Extreme 3 (instead of 4) saves me $28 - worth it? Besides the USB 3.0 difference, are there any performance implications?

Also, according to partpicker my wattage will be around 500 with a second card, so I thought 620 would be sufficient? Or are you thinking I would go triple SLI further down the line?

Finally - what wireless card would go with this rig?

Assuming that the MSI card will be able to output in DisplayPort format so I can get a miniDisplayPort adaptor and plug that sucker in to my Apple Cinema Display - is that so or am I fooling myself?

September 25, 2012 1:08:31 AM

FYI - 750W power supply would run me $30-$50 more (all prices in SGD) -

ORIGINALLY GOING FOR: Antec HGC 620W 80+ Bronze (5 years) $109
Corsair GS 700W 80+ Bronze 3 Years $135
Corsair TX 750W 80+ Bronze 5 years $159

Worth the premium for wattage? Do I go the GS or TX (they don't have CX unfortunately!).
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