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October 29, 2012 6:13:21 PM

This is my first time building a gaming PC. Is this good for the price range? Will this be compatible? Can I build something better for the price?

Thanks in advance


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1-3 months

Budget Range: 1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Surfn

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Whole System

Do you need to buy OS: Win7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Chicopee, MA

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: If its easy

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Something that may play all games for the next 5 years

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My pc is getting old


COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11Q-16GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2012 8:17:35 PM

I was a little concerned, in trying to improve your build, that I was going over budget, until I realised your original build was way over your stated budget, even more so if it was meant to include OS.
I've put together something, "similar" to the original, but cutting back, where sensible, at the same time, as giving improved performance. Possibly not what you were looking for, but a starting point, to help decide "which way" you want to go.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1104.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You could save $55, by buying mobo, from Newegg, where it's not only cheaper, but they are giving 8GB of RAM with it, so you wouldn't need that.
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October 29, 2012 9:18:03 PM

Thank you for your help. I have a few questions.

Where do you cut back? And how does this give better performance ?

I can see you went to 8gm memory. Is 16gb overkill ? also is there a huge performance gain with ddr 2133 ?

Also I do like Asus mobo . But still not sure what uefi bios does... (sounds cool) Am I really gaining anything?

Also I already got a :
EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks Again
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a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2012 10:19:20 PM

Ahhh. That explains a lot, if you already have GPU, and that's not in budget. I started making a few minor changes, including a better, but CHEAPER GPU, and couldn't understand why I was going way over budget.
Taking that into account, revise, if you wish, as follows,

Motherboard: I used a cheap mobo, to cut costs. It's good value, but not as good quality as Asus. The one you chose, was designed for Sandybridge processors, whilst it will work with Ivybridge, a Z77 board will be better. If you want to go with Asus (good choice, got one, myself), the best mix of performance, and features, for gaming, is probably Asus P8Z77-V.
RAM: 8GB is more than enough, for any gaming. The only sort of stuff, that benefits, from more, is high-end photo/video editing, or perhaps 3D design. If you want 16GB, get 2x8GB, 1600MHz Low Profile, like Corsair CML, GSKill Ares, or Crucial Ballistix Sport. If you can get C8, or C9, great. If not C10 is OK and usually cheaper.
Video Card: The GTX660Ti is better than GTX570, but if you've already got it .....
PSU: That power supply is to allow for, eventually, TWO GTX66oTi's. As you've already got GTX570, PSU should be changed. If you have no intention of adding 2nd GPU, in future, use PC Power&Cooling Silencer MKlll 600w. If you want to allow for two graphics cards, you should go up to 850w (the 570 uses more power, than the 660Ti)
Case: Your original choice was much more than necessary, so I dropped to the 400R. That is plenty, and decent quality. Of course, if you particularly like your original choice, it is quite good, so, if you don't need to save money, go with your original choice.

Hope that helps.
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