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October 17, 2012 8:52:54 AM

Hello
This is my first time building a gaming pc and I am wondering If all these parts are compatible.
Please tell me If I'm paying too much or something is wrong with my build or you have seen a better build for under $1000
Excuse me for my spelling.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $233

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $37

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $115

Memory: Kingston HyperX 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600 $43

Storage Seagate Barracuda: 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card $249

Case: Antec Three Hundred AND TWO ATX Mid Tower Case $77

Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $120

CD ROM: ASUS Black/24x DVD-RW Writer Retail Packing $23

Total= $976

I will be buying these parts from Centrecom, CPL and MSY.
LINKS

CPU
http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8967

CPU COOLER
http://www.centrecom.com.au/game/product-info/?sort=3a&...

MOTHERBOARD
http://www.centrecom.com.au/game/product-info/?sort=2a&...

MEMORY
http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7684

STORAGE
http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8903

GRAPHICS CARD
http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8937

POWER SUPPLY
http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=4934

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October 17, 2012 9:26:35 AM

Wouldn't disagree, strongly, with anything, there. Couple of observations.
Motherboard is fine, for a single graphics card. If you want to add 2nd GPU, in future, in crossfire, the ASRock Extreme 4 gives better support.
Kingston RAM is OK, but would personally prefer GSKill Ares, Crucial Ballistix Sport, or Corsair CML.
There have been some reliability/warranty issues with Seagate. WD Caviar Black is better, in that respect, although usually more expensive.
Power supply is fine, although you don't need 650w, for single GPU. 550w is plenty. If you want to add a 2nd GPU, in future (subject to my comments about mobo), then you should get 700w, or preferably 750w, to allow a decent margin.
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October 17, 2012 9:40:08 AM

No, the Kingston RAM sucks. Don't get it.
It needs 1.65v to run @ 1600MHz. Anything above 1.5v will void the Intel CPU's warranty, not to mention it puts a lot of strain on the CPU itself.
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October 17, 2012 9:47:54 AM

excella1221 said:
No, the Kingston RAM sucks. Don't get it.
It needs 1.65v to run @ 1600MHz. Anything above 1.5v will void the Intel CPU's warranty, not to mention it puts a lot of strain on the CPU itself.


What If I replace It with a Patriot Viper 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600? It is 1.5v
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October 17, 2012 9:54:56 AM

malbluff said:
Wouldn't disagree, strongly, with anything, there. Couple of observations.
Motherboard is fine, for a single graphics card. If you want to add 2nd GPU, in future, in crossfire, the ASRock Extreme 4 gives better support.
Kingston RAM is OK, but would personally prefer GSKill Ares, Crucial Ballistix Sport, or Corsair CML.
There have been some reliability/warranty issues with Seagate. WD Caviar Black is better, in that respect, although usually more expensive.
Power supply is fine, although you don't need 650w, for single GPU. 550w is plenty. If you want to add a 2nd GPU, in future (subject to my comments about mobo), then you should get 700w, or preferably 750w, to allow a decent margin.


Hmm I guess I should get the extreme 4. It is only an extra 3 dollars.
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October 17, 2012 10:12:02 AM

^The Extreme3 should be out there, am I right? Not much difference. Extreme4 only has 2 extra SATA ports and a silver color on the south bridge.
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October 17, 2012 10:27:52 AM

I would recommend Corsair or Mushkin for your RAM. Also if you can afford it, grab an SSD or two. A 64GB for a boot drive won't set you back too much.
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October 17, 2012 11:12:40 AM

Blahsx2 said:
What If I replace It with a Patriot Viper 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600? It is 1.5v

Looks good to me.
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October 18, 2012 7:40:27 AM

Best answer selected by Blahsx2.
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