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October 28, 2012 12:10:26 AM

Thanks for the quick responses. I updated a few things. What do you guys think now?

Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PV38G160C9K
(This is a freebie. If a big difference from rip jaws than I'll keep the former)

GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Western Digital WD RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total price (including O/S and the rip jaws): $1075.41

Again, I appreciate your help.

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October 28, 2012 12:29:49 AM

Hey everyone,
For starters I am new to all of this. I've always played playstations (1-3) and very mild pc gaming. I've been pouring over forums and how-to videos for a week or so, and have two friends that can help me do the physical build if need be. I want to max out Skyrim (plus hd, enb mods, etc.) as well as be set for a few years at least. I have a 51" samsung 1080p I'll be displaying on and intend to buy a gaming controller. Can you please tell me if this will get the job done:

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM ($17.99)

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock ($89.99)

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($179.99)

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ($239.99)

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($69.99)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL ($36.00)

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS ($99.99)

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ($229.99)

Price+shipping = $977.68

Also will the $99.00 Windows 7 64-bit be ok, or do I have to go up to $149.00? Are any of the listed components considered "overkill"? Do I need liquid cooling, or are the fans fine? And finally, is there anything I'm forgetting to add? Thanks for any advice given. I appreciate your time.
October 28, 2012 12:37:44 AM

Looks great! Good luck on your build!
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October 28, 2012 12:47:16 AM
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Eh its an alright build, but needs alot of buffering. I will just give you tips, so you can have the experience of picking the parts yourself.

1) With the 3570K, you need a Z77 motherboard to get the most of the overclocking potential and features of the 3rd generation.

2) A Velociraptor is usually not worth it.

3) The GTX570 is a bit old, and its a little behind in terms of tech. There are cards around the same price that can perform much higher.

4) PSU is fine. Glad you picked a good unit

5) If you want to overclock, then you should get a CPU cooler to cool the processor, as it generates more heat.

If you do not want to overclock, you can get a H77 motherboard and a regular i5-3470 with the same performance.
October 28, 2012 12:51:41 AM

Agreed with all of the above. As for the GPU you should look into the 7850, 7870, or the 660 for that price. All those GPUs perform above the 570, and in some cases, better than a 580.
October 28, 2012 2:19:36 AM

Thanks! Any further input is appreciated (not that I don't trust your judgement koudou). I'm still a month or two out from purchase (gotta get the kids x-mas before my own :-D) but will plan on this setup.
October 28, 2012 4:02:40 AM

boondockaint7 said:
Thanks! Any further input is appreciated (not that I don't trust your judgement koudou). I'm still a month or two out from purchase (gotta get the kids x-mas before my own :-D) but will plan on this setup.


Lol no problem man! I know I'm not infallible, far from it. I still have a bunch to learn after all! Part of why I hang around on this forum.
October 28, 2012 4:55:24 PM

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM

$17.99


Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock

$89.99


Western Digital WD RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$119.99


EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-3662-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

$299.99


CORSAIR CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

$99.99


GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$149.99


Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

$229.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

$99.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...

$31.99

Total: $1,158.91 shipped

Someone else said this should be an $850 build. All parts are through newegg.com. If I can get this for $850 then I'll definitely go homebuilt. But as is there's really no difference in price and the custom prebuilt has the warranty.

Also, since I want to display on a 51" samsung 1080p, would I need to add any outputs? Thanks again.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 28, 2012 6:42:57 PM

You honestly won't need 750W.

And this built is a tad bit on the expensive side. Its still good though.
October 28, 2012 6:46:41 PM

Thanks, I feel that way too!(expensive) I've been checking microcenter, but the only parts that are much cheaper are in-store pickup (of course) and the closest one is 2 1/2 hours away. I guess I'll keep tweaking a little before I buy. I appreciate the help.
October 30, 2012 2:28:51 AM

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