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My First Gaming PC Build

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October 29, 2012 1:05:28 AM

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570k

Mobo: - ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA
6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: - MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 2GB
256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
Video Card

Cooler: - Corsair H100

Ram: - (2x)SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US

HDD: - Western Digital WD AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower
64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Pro Series 128 gb

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V
V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active
PFC Power Supply

Case: Haf 922xm

OS: Windows 7

This is my first every build. I would like to finalize the parts by this weekend so I can begin. Suggestions?

Approximate Purchase Date: Weekend

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

More about : gaming build

October 29, 2012 1:10:48 AM

1) Pass on the third-party cooler until you know you need it.
2) 8GB of RAM is more than enough for a gaming system. Unless you are working in large digital files (in excess of 8GB is size) more is not needed.
3) Don't know enough about SSD brands to guide you, but you're at about the right size.

-Wolf sends
October 29, 2012 1:11:47 AM

Drop the 680, it's a very overpriced card that performs too close to the 670.
Get the 670 if you want nVidia. If you're okay with AMD, the 7970/GHz outperforms both.

Don't bother with the H100. Closed-loop water coolers like that are matched in performance by high-end air coolers such as the NH-D14 and Silver Arrow.

I've never heard of Samsung RAM ever... Best get Corsair Vengeance LP or G.Skill Ares.

That's an overpriced HDD, and it looks like a Caviar Green.
Get the Caviar Blue/Black or the Samsung Spinpoint F3.

Everything else looks great!
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October 29, 2012 1:13:12 AM

Those look fine but why a Micro ATX vs Full ATX that case has room to spare.

I take exception to the closed loop haters I have a H100 on my I5 2500k running a OC to 4.5 and never see higher that 64c temps.
I have had this chip to 5.0 and it stayed low 70s and I only run 2 fans on the RAD Aerocool not the stock corsair loud ones.

Building a custom loop is in the works for me because I love to play with my toys and would like to cool my GPU
October 29, 2012 1:14:13 AM

1. I'd get an ATX board. It's the exact same as yours but larger, and it has more headers/connectors.
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4

2. Get a 670 and overclock it. It gives you the same performance as a 680 but $100 cheeper

3. I never knew Samsung made RAM... Get this RAM instead.
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB

Everthing else seems fine.
October 29, 2012 1:34:31 AM

Samsung make very good Ram they just do not Bling it out and market it to Gamers and Over Clockers.
That is what comes in all of their Pre built systems.
5 ot of 5 egg rated on new egg and editors choice on Tech Power up

Anyone still scoffing read this review
November 1, 2012 2:00:16 AM

Performance-wise, almost every RAM out there even the Samsung would more or less be on par with G.Skill and Corsair Vengeance.
Reliability and efficiency though is another issue. It would be wiser to invest on the ones in the particular business longer.

It's better to get the Ares than the Ripjaws. The reason Ripjaws seems to have more buyers is because it's been there wayy longer.

Tall heat spreaders are starting to be more of a nuisance and it's becoming a thing of the past. It has no real use for 1.5v sticks.
November 7, 2012 11:06:00 PM

I made over-haul changes IMO. To make the price Cheaper.
Downgraded to a EVGA FTW GTX 670
changed my Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
SSD: Crucial M4
Case: Corsair 400r
HHD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Thoughts? Also Will the Hyper212 fit in the my case and leave room for the RAM and will it also keep a 3.8 GHz CPU Cool?
November 7, 2012 11:35:14 PM

You're still on the H100. Please refer to my previous posts.
Get the Silver Arrow or NH-D14 instead.

I don't understand why you switched from the Extreme4 to the UD3H if you wanted to make things cheaper. :lol: 

The link you gave says 670, but your post says 680. I'm assuming that's a typo.
Anyway, get the Gigabyte instead. Better cooling/temps, and arguably performance in the long run.

Crucial M4 and Vertex 4 128gb are about the same price, I think? The Vertex 4 outperforms it, so get that.

Everything else looks good to me. :) 
November 8, 2012 1:38:26 AM

Link doesn't work :( 

Thanks for the help! You've helped me a lot.!
November 8, 2012 1:50:33 AM

It's an ASRock z77 Extreme3.
I can't seem to load Canada Computers' website or some reason, but you can check it out on your own.
November 8, 2012 2:20:24 AM

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You probably won't need the extra ports that others have since the Extreme3 is already loaded.

The Gigabyte doesn't seem to have an onboard LAN chipset as well. Dunno if that's a typo by Newegg though.
November 8, 2012 8:45:06 PM

Ok, I'll go with the Extreme3, Thank you. Oh and one thing, how is the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II Top?
November 8, 2012 11:13:11 PM

It's suppose to be a great card according to some people.
Though I'm pretty sure I saw it got discontinued somewhere.
November 8, 2012 11:24:49 PM

Yea probably, I see it no where! I was thinking of the MSI 670 PE.