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December 2, 2012 3:21:23 PM

Hi, I've been getting everything ready to build my first computer which will mainly be used for gaming, recording with camtasia or fraps and editting/uploading

This is my current build part list (note: none of this has been ordered yet incase i should change anything)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10Q-32GXL
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Graphics card: EVGA 04G-P4-3688-KR GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

HDD: Seagate 3TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA3 Hard Drive
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-7200RPM-Cache-SATA3-Dri...)

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooling system: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card reader: AFT PRO-55U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and as for the processor I'm unsure on if i should be getting an i5 or i7 and if i should get a K series or not (not really sure what the difference is between K series and non K series?), i most likely won't be overclocking since I've heard alot can go wrong if you do it badly and it can shorten the computer parts life span.

any help is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

P.S any other suggestions on changes to the build are appreciated aswell :]
December 2, 2012 3:27:29 PM

Hi there, for a build of that price I would suggest the 3570k or if you want the non-k edition of the 3570. The price difference is negligible, so it would not hurt to grab the K edition and perhaps you will overclock in the future. Also overclocking will shorten the processor's life only if you exceed the safe temperatures and increase the voltages to dangerous amounts.

Anyways you could lower the wattage on that power supply to these ones:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: You could also downgrade to 16gb, I don't see how 32 gb is going to be used. 8gb is kind of the standard for gaming builds now but at the price why not go for 16gb.
December 2, 2012 3:31:53 PM

felixx said:
Hi, I've been getting everything ready to build my first computer which will mainly be used for gaming, recording with camtasia or fraps and editting/uploading

This is my current build part list (note: none of this has been ordered yet incase i should change anything)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10Q-32GXL
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Graphics card: EVGA 04G-P4-3688-KR GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

HDD: Seagate 3TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA3 Hard Drive
(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-7200RPM-Cache-SATA3-Dri...)

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooling system: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card reader: AFT PRO-55U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and as for the processor I'm unsure on if i should be getting an i5 or i7 and if i should get a K series or not (not really sure what the difference is between K series and non K series?), i most likely won't be overclocking since I've heard alot can go wrong if you do it badly and it can shorten the computer parts life span.

any help is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

P.S any other suggestions on changes to the build are appreciated aswell :]


If all you are doing is playing games you don't need 32 Gigs of RAM that is way overkill. You don't need more than 8 Gigs and even then you won't use all 8 gigs. As for the 680 that is a great video card, it is the higest end single GPU made by Nvidia. The thing is that a GTX 670 performs just as good for less and with overclocking can perform just as good as a 680. The HDD is also overkill. You do not need a 3 TB hard drive. I don't know how much you are putting on this computer but you will more than likely not fill up a 1TB HDD let alone a 3 TB. I wouldn't go with more than 1 TB for a gaming computer. Everything else seems fine and if I would get an I5 3570K CPU.
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December 2, 2012 3:34:22 PM

socialfox said:
Hi there, for a build of that price I would suggest the 3570k or if you want the non-k edition of the 3570. The price difference is negligible, so it would not hurt to grab the K edition and perhaps you will overclock in the future. Also overclocking will shorten the processor's life only if you exceed the safe temperatures and increase the voltages to dangerous amounts.

Anyways you could lower the wattage on that power supply to these ones:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: You could also downgrade to 16gb, I don't see how 32 gb is going to be used. 8gb is kind of the standard for gaming builds now but at the price why not go for 16gb.


Hey, so an i5 and not an i7? is the i7 not worth the extra cost/would i see a difference if i bought it instead of an i5 (sorry, I'm new to most of this, these are probably really obvious questions) thanks for the help!
December 2, 2012 3:35:50 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
December 2, 2012 3:39:39 PM

i7 offers little to no performance gains in gaming when compared to the i5. SO it's not worth paying an additional $100 if your not going to use the hyperthreading technology. Hyperthreading for the i7 is that there is 2 threads per core, whereas the i5 has one thread per core.
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