My First Gaming PC Build

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
Drive

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
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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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
    MSI GTX 670

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

    Everthing else seems fine.
  5. 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 http://www.overclockers.com/samsung-ddr3-1600-ram
  6. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544

    Is this a good ram to replace the Samsung. The Samsung is not in newegg.ca.
  7. More people use this for about the same price.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314&name=Desktop-Memory
    Another good one
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    Most major brands should do fine for XMP settings
  8. 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.
  9. http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mOxC

    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?
  10. 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.
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=179_1088&item_id=047457

    Everything else looks good to me. :)
  11. Whoops 670, Lol sorry.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JunctionCA-_-Motherboards+-+Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157293&AID=10592396&PID=3938566 This Mobo is more expensive? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JunctionCA-_-Motherboards+-+Intel-_-GIGABYTE-_-13128544&AID=10592396&PID=3938566

    Thanks for the tip, The V4 is the same price, so if it out preforms it, it's fine.

    I'm somewhat sold on the EVGA, because of the lifetime warranty when you register the card.

    How is the Hyper 212? I would like to cut off a little.
  12. Oh wow. Things are quite different on Newegg.ca :lol:
    Well, you get a $40 gift card with the Extreme4 though, so that brings it down to $140.

    Or you can get this, it's basically the same thing minus a few ports.
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=569_26_722&item_id=053769

    212 EVO is okay up to 4.2GHz of OC.
  13. Link doesn't work :(

    Thanks for the help! You've helped me a lot.!
  14. 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.
  15. http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=76791&vpn=Z77%20Extreme3&manufacture=ASRock

    Is this the one? If it is how many ports is it missing?
  16. Well, see for yourself.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&Description=gigabyte%20z77&bop=And&SecondSearch=1&CompareItemList=-1|13-157-293^13-157-293-TS%2C13-157-330^13-157-330-TS%2C13-128-544^13-128-544-TS

    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.
  17. Ok, I'll go with the Extreme3, Thank you. Oh and one thing, how is the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II Top?
  18. It's suppose to be a great card according to some people.
    Though I'm pretty sure I saw it got discontinued somewhere.
  19. Yea probably, I see it no where! I was thinking of the MSI 670 PE.
  20. I wouldn't get the PE.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/MSI-GTX-660-670-overvolting-PowerEdition,18013.html

    Just get the Gigabyte Windforce x3 670.

    And if it's not too late to convince you, the 7970 outperforms any 670 at the same price point.
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