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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
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It's pretty good.
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.
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 :) 
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.
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.
November 22, 2012 5:13:28 AM

NZXT Source 220.

I love me some NZXT cases.
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.
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.
November 29, 2012 12:37:13 AM

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