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First Build, kinda freaked out and could use some advise

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November 4, 2012 12:19:27 AM

Hi Everyone!

I'm excited and frightened to attempt my first hands-on build. About 6 mos. ago, after almost a year of research I sourced out the components for a good, but basic media centre pc. I went to my local ncix intending to buy the parts and build it, but instead paid 50$ for them to build and warranty it. Since then I realized I want to play pc games on my media pc and have bought and installed a new video card(XFX 7870 DD) and an internal hd(1T WD black) as well as updated the bios for my motherboard. I know to many this won't sound like much but I was pretty fired up about it all and am now looking to build a full on gaming rig. Here's the info;

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 3 months or so. Willing to be patient for deals.

Budget Range: $1200- &1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX, Newegg

Location: Toronto - Canada

Parts Preference: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Looking for a gaming rig that I can eventually crossfire. Need some advice regarding common mistakes to watch for.

Why Are You Upgrading:p artly so my gf can do homework on one while I use the other. Partly to build a computer.

Parts List

Mobo: Asrock z77 Extreme 4

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=70902&vpn=Z77%20Extrem...

CPU: i5 3570k Planning to OC to around 4 - 4.2Ghz

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I5357...

GPU: XFX 7870 Double D (Swapping out the video card on my current media pc and gonna run that with the onboard graphics from its i5 3470) But here's the link for informations sake.

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69829&vpn=FX787ACDFC&m...

SSD: 120g minimum, would love 256g. Samsung or Intel strike me as the best, but am open to advice.

HDD: Happy with the WD 1T Caviar Black I own, so I'd probably get another of those.

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=50895&promoid=1016

RAM: I happen to have 8g(4x2) of Mushkin Enhanced Stilletto 1333 sitting around, but Im leaning towards getting 16g(8x2) 1600 for overclocking and to ensure compatibility. Here's the Mushkin link:

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=55544&promoid=1360

Cooler: Maybe Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo?

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=64385&promoid=1016

PSU: I want quality here. Since I'm eventually going to be CFing two 7870's what would be a good wattage ceiling?

Optical Drive: Whatever.

Case: No idea. Atx with good airflow and 2 front usb 3.0 headers preferably.

Monitor: Also have no idea here. I like Samsung and Asus and would be looking to eventually buy another in order to CF.

So, I'm looking to find an SSD, a case, and a monitor for this set up but more importantly I want to know the little things. Like do I need thermal paste for when I attach the cooler? Do I buy that separately? When I first boot it will it automatically let me insert the windows cd? How often do CPU and Mobo joining go wrong? Should I be worried? Anyway, thanks everyone!








November 4, 2012 12:36:44 AM

yay a canadian.

-buying a extreme4 in canada is a mistake. EXTREMELY overpriced
-just keep the mushkin ram that you already have
-overclocking ram is useless
-id get a blue drive. not much of a performance gain
-overclocking to 4.2ghz wont be much of a performance gain but ok
-the thermal paste proivded with the hyper 212 is good enough. id stick with it


heres what i would get

monitor: a pa238qr. have one myself. very good deal
http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=69432&vpn=PA2...

case: my personal favourite. and its silent and has a near perfect layout
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=75045&vpn=R4%2DB...

hard drive: just get a blue
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=74462&vpn=WD10EZ...

motherboard. has everything you need to get going and overclocking
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=70263&vpn=GA%2DZ...

psu: have one myself.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=73229

optical drive: yeah. just get whatever is cheapest.
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November 4, 2012 12:54:29 AM

Thanks for the response, just going over everything you linked now. Ive never read that opinion on the Asrock board. I was originally looking for a gigabyte board, I currentlt have a H77 DS3H and its fine for what it does but my understanding was the Asrock was the way to go for gaming boards, plus its only 20$ more expensive. Let me read up a bit more on that gigabyte board though.
The fractal case seems pretty slick.
Mostly though, do I have a reason to be so worried about trying this? I am an electrician, so I am good with my hands and can follow directions well. Am I blowing it all out of proportion?
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November 4, 2012 12:59:32 AM

well, the asrock extreme4 is a great buy in the US, but that is only if it was 120-135 dollars. in canada, its 170 if you didnt notice

the gigabyte has the same features as the asrock + plus or minus a few

you should be good from now
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November 4, 2012 1:19:05 AM

I hope so! Im looking forward to it! Thanks again.
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