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November 15, 2012 1:58:29 AM

Hello this is my first post here. im planning on building my own computer in the next month for gaming and need some advice on my parts

Approximate Purchase Date: (sometime in the next few weeks)

Budget Range: (700-950)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming. sound editing with recording software. surfing the web.

Parts Not Required: monitor. speakers. mouse. keyboard. operating system.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Country: usa

Parts Preferences: by brand or type none

Overclocking: no/maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

heres what i was thinking of.

Cpu
intel core i5 3470 or i3570k

case
COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Psu
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd drive
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thats what ive got so far.
I can get the 3570k for 169 at microcenter and if i get that i can get the motherboard for only 95 right now. the 3470 is 150 right now.

Would this build work or could you suggest a better build?

im not sure on a graphics card either, i was looking between a few but havent decided.

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November 15, 2012 2:01:09 AM

Hi, if you plan to OC. Definitely get the 3570k if not the 3470 would be better. Both are good CPUs though so you won't be mistaken if you choose any one of em.

Don't get the HAF 912, no USB 3.0. Get a better case that has USB 3.0
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November 15, 2012 2:05:55 AM

What would you suggest as another case?
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November 15, 2012 3:23:22 AM

tman160 said:
What would you suggest as another case?


Storm Enforcer, I like the design.
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November 15, 2012 3:43:48 AM

Ok other than the change in case how does everything else look? and what would you suggest for a graphics card? the games im looking at playing are crysis 2/3 stalker, rome 2 total war. arma 3. cod, bf3. and other games like those.
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November 15, 2012 3:57:38 AM

Err, did you built it up? Can you post the whole specs please? Thanks.
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November 15, 2012 4:50:35 AM

Get an NZXT Source 220

Great performer and cool which is $5 cheaper.
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November 15, 2012 2:14:12 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ theres the build minus video card.
are all of the parts compatible? and for a video card what would you suggest? i can buy the parts from a local microcenter in the next week and that list would be about $110 cheaper than on pc parts picker.
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November 15, 2012 2:19:32 PM

Huh, I think you gave the wrong link. You click BBCode Markup and copy the whole thing then paste here.
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November 15, 2012 3:23:27 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $629.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 12:23 EST-0500)
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November 15, 2012 3:43:25 PM

I think you have room for a 7950 there.
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November 15, 2012 4:02:39 PM

or a GTX660 / 7870.
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November 15, 2012 11:50:59 PM

Depends on you, bro. But I prefer GTX because last time I really got fired up with the AMD Drivers, but nowadays people are saying it's better but I will go for GTX too for safe.
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November 18, 2012 12:38:21 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.16 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $891.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 21:36 EST-0500)

how does this look as a final build? not set on the graphics card but it does look nice. only other question is if that motherboard is over kill? is there a cheaper board that i would do as well with?
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November 18, 2012 1:01:10 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.16 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $815.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 22:00 EST-0500)
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November 18, 2012 3:39:36 PM

Thanks for all the help! this really is my last question, would i be better going with the build above or paying a bit more and making it overclockable? how well would the above build run games like crysis 2 and battlefield 3?
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November 27, 2012 1:58:54 AM

Best answer selected by Tman160.
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