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$1000 budget rig. Please review

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December 4, 2012 9:29:06 PM

Hello folks,

Forgive any spec posting standards I may fail to conform to here, as I am a new member and this is my first post. What brings me here is I'm hoping for some feedback and/or second opinions on this draft of a gaming PC I am building for my brother.

This is basically a $1000 build-a-rig challenge, and I have striven hard to make sure I am getting the best quality parts possible, at the best price, without sacrificing too much of the current gen technology that is out there to maintain longevity.

I am a relative amateur at this, so any advice is appreciated.

PREBUILD:

MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge

MEM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

VIDEO: EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16

CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

SSD : Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III

PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W (Semi Modular)

OTHER: cpu fan (coolermaster Hyper 212 plus) ; 64 bit windows 7 home premium OEM ; generic SATA dvd drive.

Total: $1019.00
Finding excuse to build a rig: Priceless

One thing I am aware of is there is no storage HDD here. This is because my brother doesn't collect a ton of media, and if he does he can always buy a generic disc drive to throw in there at some point. I didn't want to sacrifice any important stuff just to squeeze in a stupid disc drive.

Another note is that I am pre-building this about a month ahead of time.

So, anything I am overlooking? Any better ideas?

EDIT: Another note that i think may be important. He plans on hooking this up to a 1080p HDTV for display, just for any other system strain that may add. Also wants to be able to play ROME: Total war 2

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December 4, 2012 10:49:25 PM

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One thing I am aware of is there is no storage HDD here. This is because my brother doesn't collect a ton of media, and if he does he can always buy a generic disc drive to throw in there at some point. I didn't want to sacrifice any important stuff just to squeeze in a stupid disc drive.


If you want to get an SSD there's far better drives you could go with than that Kingston. And for that price a 7870 GHz edition is better than a reference 660 is.

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: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ 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: $1022.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-04 19:48 EST-0500)

Bigger SSD, better case, better GPU, low profile RAM, kept the same PSU and motherboard.
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December 4, 2012 10:55:45 PM

Well, if you are overclocking, then you would need a CPU fan. If not, you can dump the 3570K for a 3470 to save a few bucks. You can also dump the Z77 for a H77 Pro4 from ASRock.

The 660 is not good value for the money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can get much more out of a 7870 at higher resolutions.
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December 5, 2012 11:41:09 AM

Thanks for the good feedback.

I will take the advice for the 7850, as well as the non-overclock MOBO+CPU (going with H77 + intel 3470 ivy). no overclocking will be done, and this also alleviates any power concerns.

I'm going to stick with around 120gb of SSD because he just won't need more than that. I don't want to spend the budget trying to make the SSD a storage device, just want to use it for OS / high end game load times.

Going to try to make room to throw in a couple 100 gigs of standard disc storage probably.
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December 5, 2012 6:17:40 PM

Sounds like a plan.
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