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Good System Build with an i5-3570k?

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December 4, 2012 8:15:36 PM

Is this a good build for the money with the particular processor?
i5-3570k
ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Corsair 2x4GB Low Profile RAM
WD Caviar Blue 500 GB 7200RPM
Cooler Master HAF 912
Antec Modular High Current Gamer 620W PSU
Asus DVD/CD Combo Drive

I plan on putting either a GTX 670 or 670 FTW in it as well. I didnt want this build to be pure raw power since playing on Ultra doesn't concern me and playing on medium or high settings. Also would you suggest anything for later?
December 4, 2012 8:33:05 PM

it is good :)  i would suggest you to add COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 EVO for better cpu cooling:) 
December 4, 2012 8:41:50 PM

I am going to run on stock coolers for a little while since I wont try to overclock until after I get the video card. Thanks for the suggestion though. I might look into it for later.
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December 4, 2012 9:11:41 PM

I would have to know budget before I can suggest a system.
December 4, 2012 9:14:52 PM

Sorry, around $650 because the 670 will be ordered later.
December 4, 2012 9:51:37 PM

bookwormzsh said:
Sorry, around $650 because the 670 will be ordered later.


So try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1051.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-04 18:50 EST-0500)

Without the GPU it's $656.87.
December 4, 2012 9:59:11 PM

g-unit1111 said:
So try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1051.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-04 18:50 EST-0500)

Without the GPU it's $656.87.


Curious as to why you recommend a 650w power supply? Noob to building myself but this build is pretty much identical to what I'm getting here in the next few weeks.
December 4, 2012 10:05:44 PM

Greenbow54 said:
Curious as to why you recommend a 650w power supply? Noob to building myself but this build is pretty much identical to what I'm getting here in the next few weeks.


I always prefer to have more than the minimum wattage needed - it doesn't hurt the system. However having too few watts - or a PSU that doesn't provide enough amperage - will harm your system and begin frying components. I've been burned by crappy power supplies on more than one occasion so I'm always really cautious about the ones I pick now. The Corsair 650W is a good bang for buck option as you get a solid PSU with room to upgrade.
December 4, 2012 10:13:38 PM

I had seen that PSU before but had seen a recurring chirping noise issue. Plus I was going to get a TB before I started researching but soon decided after researching to end up buying 2 more of the same WD drives when I will be upgrading so 1 and the original can be used for RAID and the other one for a backup. Although I am not quite sure whether the RAID will work well with playing games.
December 4, 2012 10:15:41 PM

^ I vouch for Corsair TX650
December 4, 2012 10:23:37 PM

antonisrsx said:
it is good :)  i would suggest you to add COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 EVO for better cpu cooling:) 

There is no real difference between the EVO and the PLUS.

Just saving OP 5 dollars.
December 4, 2012 10:46:58 PM

Kiowa789 said:
There is no real difference between the EVO and the PLUS.

Just saving OP 5 dollars.

just drinking an extra Starbucks coffee!! lol:p 
evo is recommended by most experts in tom's as a budget cpu Cooler
December 4, 2012 11:03:36 PM

I'd agree with the extra wattage (and going Corsair) on the PSU.

As far as the build, an i5-3570k paired with a 670 is a great gaming PC. You should be able to run Ultra on a majority of the games out there. I know you said it wasn't that important, but you will be able to lol.

I think Gunit posted a great build, I can't disagree with any part on there. All quality products.
December 4, 2012 11:26:10 PM

antonisrsx said:
just drinking an extra Starbucks coffee!! lol:p 
evo is recommended by most experts in tom's as a budget cpu Cooler

Don't make anyone the opinion of someone else your own, make your own opinion.

Again, there is no real difference between the EVO and Plus.
December 4, 2012 11:41:41 PM

i would say get 212 evo and get asrock z77 extreme 4 if you wanna save a bit of money
December 5, 2012 12:00:24 AM

The price of the motherboards doesnt bother me much since I saw that the Extreme6 dropped to 150.
December 5, 2012 12:02:14 AM

Kiowa789 said:
Don't make anyone the opinion of someone else your own, make your own opinion.

Again, there is no real difference between the EVO and Plus.



I disagree, I would take the Evo over the 212+ for an Ivy Bridge cpu, if I had the choice. All the Evo's heat pipes are smashed together to give direct contact to the small heatspreader of the Ivy Bridge cpu. Whereas the 212+ are spread evenly throughout the block (with rather large air gaps between the block and pipes, in relation to surface area of ivy bridge's heatspreader that is) which, depending on how its mounted, would only give 2 heatpipes direct contact to the heat spreader. I know, I had a 212+ (which I loved btw). But when I upgraded to Ivy Bridge, I quickly upgraded from the 212+.

For non-ivy bridge CPU's (read: CPU's with larger heatspreaders) I would agree, there is probably minimal difference from the Evo.
December 5, 2012 12:29:31 AM

xFriarx said:
I disagree, I would take the Evo over the 212+ for an Ivy Bridge cpu, if I had the choice. All the Evo's heat pipes are smashed together to give direct contact to the small heatspreader of the Ivy Bridge cpu. Whereas the 212+ are spread evenly throughout the block (with rather large air gaps between the block and pipes, in relation to surface area of ivy bridge's heatspreader that is) which, depending on how its mounted, would only give 2 heatpipes direct contact to the heat spreader. I know, I had a 212+ (which I loved btw). But when I upgraded to Ivy Bridge, I quickly upgraded from the 212+.

For non-ivy bridge CPU's (read: CPU's with larger heatspreaders) I would agree, there is probably minimal difference from the Evo.



You went into great detail into things I never noticed before, I'll check heat pipe distance, then I'll edit this message with my response.

Yeah... no, there is no difference in heatpipe distance, I stand where I am, there is no real difference between the EVO and Plus.
December 5, 2012 1:28:10 AM

xFriarx said:
I'd agree with the extra wattage (and going Corsair) on the PSU.

As far as the build, an i5-3570k paired with a 670 is a great gaming PC. You should be able to run Ultra on a majority of the games out there. I know you said it wasn't that important, but you will be able to lol.

I think Gunit posted a great build, I can't disagree with any part on there. All quality products.


Trust me I've used enough hardware to tell the good from the crap, and I don't recommend the crap.
December 5, 2012 2:25:40 AM

xFriarx said:
I'd agree with the extra wattage (and going Corsair) on the PSU.

As far as the build, an i5-3570k paired with a 670 is a great gaming PC. You should be able to run Ultra on a majority of the games out there. I know you said it wasn't that important, but you will be able to lol.

I think Gunit posted a great build, I can't disagree with any part on there. All quality products.

Yeah, I kind of figured that it was a bit overpowered for what I want it for. Although it is but isn't since I do wanr it to last a few years. I had not been thinking about the settings below Ultra, being caught up in the graphic card hype, until I was posting this topic. :)  This topic served three purposes, reassurance of a good build, a lead on a good CPU cooler, and the decision to buy the 670 since it is less and more than enough.
December 5, 2012 2:46:02 AM

I vote a corsair tx series or a seasonic.
December 5, 2012 3:50:40 AM

I think the PSU is made by Seasonic but rebranded.
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