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October 13, 2012 12:50:37 PM

Hey everyone, as I stated above this is my first time building my own gaming rig and I was wondering if everything here was compatible.

Also if you give have any suggestions on any of the components, I'm all ears.



Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB
PSU: Cosair HX series 750w ATX Modular
RAM: G Skill Ripjsaws X series 16gb DDR3 1600
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III
HDD: Western Digital WD AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: Antec 1200 V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable
CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Thanks in advance

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2012 1:02:44 PM

drop RAM down to 8GB, basically the same rig i built myself.

I750W PSU is perfect for SLI if you plan to go that route, I would also upgrade the SSD to a 120GB+
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October 13, 2012 1:24:50 PM

You don't need a Antec Twelve Hundred. Trust me, its far too big for your needs. You might as well save your self like 50 bucks and go for a Nine Hundred Two v3, a much better case when an ATX build is involved.

You don't need 16 GB of ram for gaming, drop it down to 8. The good thing is with ram, if you feel that you don't have enough later on, there is nothing stopping you from adding more.

Did you account a 64 bit OS for this?

Get a CPU cooler for that bad boy, wouldn't go as large as a NH-D14, maybe a Hyper 212 (If it fits, you check for that, its 12am at the moment, hah), will help you get a decent overclock on that CPU.

PSU is fantastic, and your motherboard is good as well. GPU is good.

What resolution are you playing on? If you are playing on 1080p, then you should go for the 670, if you are playing on 1440p, maybe you should consider an AMD GPU.

I also would go with Emelth's suggesting, put that SSD up to 120GB, hopefully you would've saved enough from dropping down other things.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2012 4:33:31 PM

i agree with emelth , and overall it perfect.
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October 13, 2012 9:07:11 PM

JJ1217 said:
You don't need a Antec Twelve Hundred. Trust me, its far too big for your needs. You might as well save your self like 50 bucks and go for a Nine Hundred Two v3, a much better case when an ATX build is involved.

You don't need 16 GB of ram for gaming, drop it down to 8. The good thing is with ram, if you feel that you don't have enough later on, there is nothing stopping you from adding more.

Did you account a 64 bit OS for this?

Get a CPU cooler for that bad boy, wouldn't go as large as a NH-D14, maybe a Hyper 212 (If it fits, you check for that, its 12am at the moment, hah), will help you get a decent overclock on that CPU.

PSU is fantastic, and your motherboard is good as well. GPU is good.

What resolution are you playing on? If you are playing on 1080p, then you should go for the 670, if you are playing on 1440p, maybe you should consider an AMD GPU.

I also would go with Emelth's suggesting, put that SSD up to 120GB, hopefully you would've saved enough from dropping down other things.


I wasn't planning on OC'ing the CPU, mostly because I wouldn't have a clue how to. I'd like to stick with Nvidia as far as the GPU. I like the company lol.

I have yet got a monitor....any suggestions? I'm trying to spend $1500 at the max.
For the ram should I get 2x4gb or just 1 8gb stick? Not really sure the difference between 32 and 64 bit either.

Sorry if these are "noon" questions.
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October 13, 2012 9:10:20 PM

Emelth said:
drop RAM down to 8GB, basically the same rig i built myself.

I750W PSU is perfect for SLI if you plan to go that route, I would also upgrade the SSD to a 120GB+


Is SLI possible on a $1500 budget?
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2012 9:10:55 PM

it would be tough but do-able but you would probably be working with AMD at that point.
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October 13, 2012 9:27:41 PM

louieboy33 said:
I wasn't planning on OC'ing the CPU, mostly because I wouldn't have a clue how to. I'd like to stick with Nvidia as far as the GPU. I like the company lol.

I have yet got a monitor....any suggestions? I'm trying to spend $1500 at the max.
For the ram should I get 2x4gb or just 1 8gb stick? Not really sure the difference between 32 and 64 bit either.

Sorry if these are "noon" questions.


For a gaming monitor, try and aim for a 120hz 1080p monitor. They can go up to around $500, but some are cheaper and absolutely fantastic for gaming.

If you are like me however, who thinks Resolution is more important than refresh rate, then try and see if you are interested in some $400 Korean 1440p monitors. Get a pixel perfect one, maybe a brand like Crossover (The best korean brand monitor on ebay).

There are also brands like Yamakasi, and Achieva, as well as a few others. Stay away from the selling greensum, he is a lazy bastard, and try and go for sellers such as bigclothcraft, dreamseller and ta_planet.
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October 13, 2012 9:43:22 PM

verdenshersker said:
What about this?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ke5a

Then you'll still have $400 dollars for extra stuff... Maybe another GTX 670 or monitor etc.


Wow nice budgeting lol. Isn't G skill the best RAM? I haven't heard the most positive
comments about Kingston. Nor MSI 670 gpu. Do brands actually matter?
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October 13, 2012 10:26:29 PM

verdenshersker said:
What about this?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ke5a

Then you'll still have $400 dollars for extra stuff... Maybe another GTX 670 or monitor etc.


Wouldn't recommend the ram on that build, its 1.65 V, which instantly voids the intel warranty as it puts strain on the CPU and makes it degrade faster. Not worth saving $20 on.

Also I don't think you accounted for the OS, or the monitor infact! Which actually probably leaves him with nothing left over.

The 670 stock cooling is also terrible -- if you want reference design at least go for an Evga 670 FTW, which has a 680 cooler on a 680 PCB, otherwise try and aim for non reference.
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October 13, 2012 10:49:03 PM

louieboy33 said:
Hey everyone, as I stated above this is my first time building my own gaming rig and I was wondering if everything here was compatible.

Also if you give have any suggestions on any of the components, I'm all ears.



Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB
PSU: Cosair HX series 750w ATX Modular
RAM: G Skill Ripjsaws X series 16gb DDR3 1600
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III
HDD: Western Digital WD AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: Antec 1200 V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable
CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Thanks in advance


There are $400 7970 GHz cards out and they are easily 10-20% stronger and WAY more future proof.
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