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November 11, 2012 9:32:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: November 2012

Budget Range: $1000-1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Streaming to Twitch.tv, maybe some Photoshop here and there

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, doesn't really matter though

Location: Irving, TX USA

Overclocking: Maybe

Additional Comments: Hello, I am planning on building my first pc ever (I've always had prebuilt) and I wanted to know if this configuration I built would be good for what I would use the computer for.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($204.37 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XClio 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1098.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 18:34 EST-0500)


The computer would be used to:
1. Stream to Twitch.tv ( I want to stream PC, Xbox 360 games)
2. Play all kinds of games
3. I'd be getting a capture card ( AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD 1080p Capture Card)
http://www.amazon.com/AVerMedia-C985-Gamer-1080p-Captur...

Also, I'm not sure if the case I chose would get good air flow and look organized. So a suggestion to one that does that would be great.

Any kind of help or suggestions would be great. Thank you! :D 

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November 11, 2012 9:56:21 PM

Not bad, especially if first build. Would make a couple of observations, though. Do you need 2TB of HDD, and does that need to be fast access. As you have an SSD for stuff that you need fast access to, you could use a slightly less fast, but more reliable, or higher efficiency HDD, especially if you only really need 1TB.
The GTX560Ti isn't a bad GPU, quite good really, but it's last generation, and beginning to show its age. Certainly there are similarly priced newer GPUs, with more power, but more efficient.
That is a poor power supply. Unless you plan to have TWO GPUs, you don't need 750w. Exact size can be sorted, when GPU is confirmed.
As to case, that one's not bad value. There are, however, better cases, not necessarily that cheap.
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November 11, 2012 10:25:57 PM

malbluff said:
Not bad, especially if first build. Would make a couple of observations, though. Do you need 2TB of HDD, and does that need to be fast access. As you have an SSD for stuff that you need fast access to, you could use a slightly less fast, but more reliable, or higher efficiency HDD, especially if you only really need 1TB.
The GTX560Ti isn't a bad GPU, quite good really, but it's last generation, and beginning to show its age. Certainly there are similarly priced newer GPUs, with more power, but more efficient.
That is a poor power supply. Unless you plan to have TWO GPUs, you don't need 750w. Exact size can be sorted, when GPU is confirmed.
As to case, that one's not bad value. There are, however, better cases, not necessarily that cheap.


I guess I don't NEED 2TB, just put that just in case.
I'm not as tech savy as I thought I was. Are there any certain parts you think I should replace this stuff with?
What video card would you suggest that is similar in price to the gtx 560ti?
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November 11, 2012 11:58:22 PM

There's nothing drastically wrong with your build (apart from power supply), this just shuffles things a bit, to give better performance.
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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1070.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:51 EST-0500)

Please note that price for processor is a walk-in only, at Microcenter. If that's not available to you, you will pay $40 more, elsewhere.

Comparative benchmarks <a http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=547 /a>
Actually HD7870 is slightly better than shown, with latest drivers.
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November 12, 2012 2:45:05 AM

malbluff said:
There's nothing drastically wrong with your build (apart from power supply), this just shuffles things a bit, to give better performance.
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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1070.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:51 EST-0500)

Please note that price for processor is a walk-in only, at Microcenter. If that's not available to you, you will pay $40 more, elsewhere.

Comparative benchmarks <a http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=547 /a>
Actually HD7870 is slightly better than shown, with latest drivers.



Cool, thanks so much for your suggestions. :) 
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November 12, 2012 8:19:31 AM

malbluff said:
There's nothing drastically wrong with your build (apart from power supply), this just shuffles things a bit, to give better performance.
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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1070.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:51 EST-0500)

Please note that price for processor is a walk-in only, at Microcenter. If that's not available to you, you will pay $40 more, elsewhere.

Comparative benchmarks <a http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=547 /a>
Actually HD7870 is slightly better than shown, with latest drivers.


This is perfect.
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November 22, 2012 4:37:52 AM

Best answer selected by d0rkiish.
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January 11, 2013 2:14:30 AM

@malbluff Would you be so kind to update the build based on current date, or is the Nov. 2012 build still relevant. Great post BTW.
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