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Hello, I'm a first time builder and could use some feedback on this build, I haven't built it yet.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair IV Formula ATX AM3 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2000 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
Sound Card: Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)
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  1. Some suggestions:

    I'd probably be looking at an i5 - they perform a lot better.

    ROG stuff is overpriced generally; far cheaper stuff often works just as well.

    Just get DDR3-1600; diminishing returns kicks in above there.

    Caviar blacks are overpriced; get a cheaper drive and a 128GB Vertex4 or SSD 830.

    Drop the sound card; unless you are a major audiophile onboard is fine - then you need way more than that.

    Case is probably a bit overpriced.
  2. I changed a few things, any better?

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Storage: Corsair Force 40GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
    Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 1.25GB Video Card
    Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case
    Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional
  3. Best answer
    Couple of suggestions: Get a 3570K
    Drop the H100; closed loop cooling is generally overpriced, noisy, and underperforms. Get a NH-D14 if you plan on major OCing, otherwise something like a Hyper 212Evo.

    P8Z77-V PRO is overpriced. I'd be looking at a GA-Z77X-D3H.

    40GB is very small. I suggest a 128GB SSD830 or Vertex 4.

    Any reason for a 2.5" HDD? WD Black drives are expensive, too. I vote for a cheap 500GB 7200RPM drive.

    Get a faster GPU; that 7870 you had was good.The GPU makes the largest impact on gaming performance.

    You probably only need W8, not W8 Pro.
  4. Sound cards like he mentioned arent really necessary.

    The psu you have in the second build will suite much better since you prolly wont need a 600w on your particular build. Antec rules!

    Could go with a seagate 1tb hdd and save $

    Could go with a 7870 over the gtx 560 for the same price

    Doubt therez a need for water cooling just get a solid air cooler
  5. Thank you for the advice! This is what I've come up with. If it matters I have been doing all of this through pcpartpicker.com

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Storage: Crucial V4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
    Storage: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
    Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)
  6. If you click the "BBCode Markup" button it gives us links etc.

    Only suggestion would be a Vertex4 or SSD830 instead of the V4, and the very cheap ($50) 1TB drive: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st31000524as
  7. Best answer selected by limeinthcoconut.
  8. Thanks for all of the input! I kept everything the same, except added a vertex 4, and a $90 Samsung 1TB hard drive. I'm pretty happy with the set-up, thanks!
  9. There's no advantage to the Samsung other than maybe a few percent faster. Not worth $40.
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