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Is this a good gaming build?

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November 2, 2012 6:57:30 PM


I am a first time builder looking for some advice on the build that I have planned. So here it goes:

CPU: Intel i5 3570K
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
GPU: Asus GTX670-DC2-2GD5
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus
Harddisk: Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm 2TB
CPU fan: Scythe Mugen 3 PC Games Hardware Edition
RAM: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Low profile 8GB
Fan controller: Scythe Kaze Master Pro 5.25
Optical drive: LG GH24NS90
PSU: Seasonic M12II 620W
SSD: Samsung 830 series 256GB
Card reader: Akasa AK-ICR-14 USB 3.0

Any tips or recommendations you have for me?
Also I have a question, because it seems the GPU will take up two slots in the motherboard, but then they will run at PCI-E 8x instead of 16x. Will this be a problem; do I need to look for another video card?

S. Roberti

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2012 7:10:48 PM

Just let us know how it works.
November 2, 2012 7:20:08 PM

Well I have yet to build it, just making sure I am getting together a good machine.
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November 2, 2012 8:40:51 PM

Sorry for the double post, was apparently quoting when trying to edit.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2012 9:28:18 PM

I would recommend the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO or the Noctua NH-D14 depending on how much overclocking you plan to do.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2012 9:30:52 PM

That build looks pretty good to me. As for your video card question, 'dual slot' just means that the card is so wide that it covers two expansion slots' worth of space. It still just plugs into a single PCI-E slot and will run at 16x.
November 2, 2012 9:30:59 PM

I have no experience yet in overclocking, but with the quality computer I am trying to build I think it would be worthwhile to involve myself in in by reading about it and trying it. However, I will always be very careful with my computer so I wouldn't overclock too hard anyway.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2012 9:40:13 PM

The the 212 EVO would be better in your case.
November 2, 2012 9:42:12 PM

Can you explain to me why you think it is better than the Scythe Mugen 3 PCGH?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2012 9:47:32 PM

Its probably cheaper and gets the job done.
November 2, 2012 10:12:21 PM

I have another question about the case fans, because it seems some of them are powered by a molex connector, but will those work with the fan controller?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2012 10:14:25 PM

Usually companies provide the adapter to do that. You can always buy regular 3-pin fans that would come with the adapter.
November 2, 2012 10:34:32 PM

The GA-Z77X-D3H has a PCI-E 3.0 16x slot that will run at 16x, it's the 2 PCI-E 16x that will run at 8x & 4x respectively. The card is double wide so it uses 2 slots. If you put a 2nd VGA card in it will be in one of the 2.0 16x slots and run at 8x.
November 2, 2012 10:41:58 PM

I thought about overclocking but I think I will not do it, because I don't want to shorten the lifetimes of the components and void their warranties and risk other damage to them.

In a review I read somewhere that 4 pin fans can be connected to the fan controller due to the special design of the plug, or something like that.
November 4, 2012 1:28:21 AM

Put in ah SSD, it will be better.
November 4, 2012 2:23:01 AM

I think it looks fine. My GTX 670 runs great. I get atleast 55 FPS on everything at Ultra. That's a solid build and will make you happy.
November 4, 2012 10:41:35 AM

I have one more question, namely is there any thermal paste supplied with the cooler? I have seen paste included with some coolers but I am not sure about this one.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 4, 2012 6:44:31 PM

The 212 should have some.
November 4, 2012 6:55:52 PM

Sorry I wasn't clear on this, but I meant the Scythe Mugen 3 PCGH.