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November 22, 2012 4:51:01 AM

Hi all,

This is my first post on the Tom's Hardware forum, and I hope that I will someday, be near the top of the ladder helping out others.

But now, I need your help. I am building a modest gaming rig that can handle most games at med to high settings, no lag and decent fps. I have chosen parts and I would like your view on my build. Anything that could improve or reduce cost will be much appreciated. This is my first build, so pardon my lack of knowledge. I am located in New Zealand so currencies are different.

My build:

Processor: Intel i5 3570K (Planning to overclock to about 4.4 - 4.6GHz)
Cooling: Hyper 212 EVO with 2 Corsair High Performance 120mm Fans
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD7850 OC 2GB GDDR5 (Planning to overclock to the equivalent of a 7870)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low-Profile 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
HDD: WD Caviar Black 500GB (Will get an SSD within a month)
DVD Drive: Samsung DVD Burner
PSU: Corsair GS600
Case: Antec Three Hundred (Any recommendations?)

Looking forward to read your replies :) 

TheRichboy247

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November 22, 2012 5:01:02 AM

It's pretty good.
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November 22, 2012 5:02:50 AM

cutebeans said:
It's pretty good.


Hi cutebeans, thanks for your reply. Could you give a case recommendation?
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November 22, 2012 5:03:24 AM

If you're not going to overclock you could drop that CPU and motherboard to the i5-3470 and H77, then upgrade to the 7870 or 7950.
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November 22, 2012 5:05:47 AM

The reason I picked the 3570K is the ability to overclock. I want to learn more and by picking an overclockable CPU could give me knowledge for later in life and for my future builds :) 
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November 22, 2012 5:08:11 AM

^He's got a CPU cooler - it's fair to say he's going to overclock.

That being said, a better graphics card will benefit you a lot more. As for a case, I personally like the NZXT Gamma Classic.
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November 22, 2012 5:10:00 AM

if your as rich as your username implies, get a top level PSU, and a bigger HDD.

maybe faster ram, but i don't think it makes much of a difference.

as far as the case, just pick one you like the look of, and that will fit everything in it.
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November 22, 2012 5:13:28 AM

NZXT Source 220.

I love me some NZXT cases.
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November 22, 2012 5:19:23 AM

salaja said:
if your as rich as your username implies, get a top level PSU, and a bigger HDD.

maybe faster ram, but i don't think it makes much of a difference.

as far as the case, just pick one you like the look of, and that will fit everything in it.


Faster RAM will make ZERO difference in how the build performs.
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November 22, 2012 5:22:51 AM

Exactly why I went with 1600MHz. For the cases, unfortunately, I can't find any NZXT cases in my country. I am considering a Corsair Graphite 600T or a Corsair Carbide 500T or 300D.
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November 29, 2012 12:37:13 AM

Best answer selected by TheRichboy247.
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