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Is this Build Enough for 3 years and Is SSD required?

MAIN PURPOSE IS GAMING
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M/CSM Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.48 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($496.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer B233HL Jbmdh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($166.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $1184.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 12:27 EST-0500)
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More about build years required
  1. Anyone?
  2. It does look like a good build. I think I would go with the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K. If you do move to this processor you are going to want to change the board to go with a Z75 or Z77 chipet based board. Also the SSD isnt required but it is helpful to have as it can speed up boots and access times on anything stored on it.
  3. Nothing inherently wrong with your selection, but can you clarify the typical use for this system? That will put things in perspective. Regardless of what you will use it for, I would say yes to the SSD - doesn't have to be top-tiered, even an entry level SSD will give noticeable responsiveness. If you get something like a 60GB and make that your system drive, you can then have the 2nd drive for everything else.
  4. IntelEnthusiast said:
    It does look like a good build. I think I would go with the Intel® Core™ i5-3570K. If you do move to this processor you are going to want to change the board to go with a Z75 or Z77 chipet based board. Also the SSD isnt required but it is helpful to have as it can speed up boots and access times on anything stored on it.


    Thanks for a quick reply mate! Actually, I wont be changing my build for about 3-4 years and i only use for gaming,so I felt i better get a better GPU so I would need a new one in the foreseeable future.
  5. The i5-3470 is a good cpu if you don't plan to overclock the cpu, in my opinion, you should get the asrock H77M for less, and it has more features.
    Also you can get cheaper ram.
    With the saving, i would get a 120GB/128GB ssd.
  6. If you plan on gaming, then without a question I'd listen to IntelEnthusiast's suggestion to bump up to a 3570k - and with that also change your motherboard to a z77 chipset. The SSD is optional, but once you experience the responsiveness of a system working off an SSD, you'll understand why it's nothing to laugh at... again, doens't have to be top-tiered, really.
  7. djangoringo said:
    The i5-3470 is a good cpu if you don't plan to overclock the cpu, in my opinion, you should get the asrock H77M for less, and it has more features.
    Also you can get cheaper ram.
    With the saving, i would get a 120GB/128GB ssd.


    Mate, you think I could skip out the SSD to get 16 Gigs of RAM? Remember,only purpose is gaming so I hope the CPU won't bottleneck my GPU by 3-4 years. Or I could get a 7950 Vapor X and bump my CPU to a 3570K?
  8. You don't need 16GB of ram, games don't utilize more than 8GB.
    It will just be a waste, a ssd isn't if you can pay for one, the i5-3470 is a good cpu, stay with it, and the card.
  9. hotshot2797 said:
    Mate, you think I could skip out the SSD to get 16 Gigs of RAM? Remember,only purpose is gaming so I hope the CPU won't bottleneck my GPU by 3-4 years. Or I could get a 7950 Vapor X and bump my CPU to a 3570K?

    No need at all in any shape or form for more than 8GB RAM - anyone who says otherwise doesn't understand the purpose of RAM. SSD > 16GB RAM! Hands down.
  10. Sure! Thanks for the help! Now for my second,is 60 GB enough? And I hope the CPU won't bottleneck my GPU by 3-4 years. Or I could get a 7950 Vapor X and bump my CPU to a 3570K??
  11. The i5-3470 doesn't bottleneck the card, i'd get a larger ssd, one within 120/128GB.
  12. djangoringo said:
    The i5-3470 doesn't bottleneck the card, i'd get a larger ssd, one within 120/128GB.

    I mean not the bottlnecking now, as I said I wont change for a good solid three years,(there will be small upgrades like ram or even Xfire)
  13. I ran my system off of a 60GB SSD for about a year and I've never came close to filling up the drive half-way with all the programs I use installed, and usually 1 or 2 games. You can always install really large games on your second (HDD drive). It's all really simple and Windows let's you do it easily (in case you've never ran a multi-drive system before). So I say 60GB is quite sufficient. I think if building with a 3-4 year plan in mind, I would upgrade to the 3570k though it's not necessary because your choice is decent. But if you do go with the 3570k, a z77 board is the clear choice. As for the GPU, are you set on AMD or are you open to "all" options?
  14. omnimodis78 said:
    I ran my system off of a 60GB SSD for about a year and I've never came close to filling up the drive half-way with all the programs I use installed, and usually 1 or 2 games. You can always install really large games on your second (HDD drive). It's all really simple and Windows let's you do it easily (in case you've never ran a multi-drive system before). So I say 60GB is quite sufficient. I think if building with a 3-4 year plan in mind, I would upgrade to the 3570k though it's not necessary because your choice is decent. But if you do go with the 3570k, a z77 board is the clear choice. As for the GPU, are you set on AMD or are you open to "all" options?


    I am Kinda set only for AMD as it's the only cheap card in my country. The 7970 cost 580$ here in India! And It's the Cheapest! Also you guys think this Motherboard is ASROCK h77 rpo4 enough? Also mate H77 or b75?
  15. Anyone??
  16. Best answer
    The h77 and z77 are very similar so if you really don't plan to upgrade much later, don't really plan to effectively OC or have no plans to add a second GPU then the h77 will serve you well. The z77 is just the more "premium" of the two. The b75 will do a good job unless you need stuff like Intel RST and stuff like that. The mobo looks good.

    Look, bottom line is you're good with an h77, but if you can go with z77. I would go for a 3570k. Get an SSD (60GB is enough, but a 120GB wouldn't be that much more expensive). And the mobo you're looking at is good.
  17. I really cannot afford a z77 so H77 it is!
  18. Best answer selected by hotshot2797.
  19. There's no more cpus coming for the lga 1155, the i5-3470 has the same core amount and threads, if you don't plan to overclock the i5-3470 is the best choice.
    The asrock h77 pro 4 is a good choice too, if you can afford a larger ssd it will be better, since with just a few games it will fill the 60GB in no time, and render the ssd speeds to slower ones.
  20. Guys I plan to use the SSD Only FOR THE OS nothing else. Might me some small things which will be less than a gig.
  21. hotshot2797 said:
    Guys I plan to use the SSD Only FOR THE OS nothing else. Might me some small things which will be less than a gig.


    Then get a 60GB drive...

    but putting normally used programs (And say, MMOs that have lots of loading screens that you want to make go by almost instantly) on the SSD is a wonderful thing.
  22. I think you're making intelligent choices here. The h77 is good for your needs, so is the CPU you selected. As I said (and others) 60GB is plenty for your needs - OS and programs and maybe 1 game (I had my OS and all the programs on a 60Gb drive with room to spare), but just make sure you buy an HDD (doesn't have to be large) for data and large games. It will all come together nicely in the end!
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