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Help this noob with his 1500 dollar gaming pc build!?

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December 11, 2012 11:01:16 PM

thoughts on my build

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s2pY


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December 11, 2012 11:19:09 PM

Your doing pretty good, however the PSU is way more than you need. 600W is good for single GPU, or 750W is needed for future crossfire. Also the water cooler is unnecessary unless you are an extreme OC'er and no OC'er worth their salt would recommend that one. Get this instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G700 Wireless Laser Mouse ($77.28 @ CompUSA)
Other: AOC I2367FH Black 23" 5ms HDMI monitor ($179.99)
Total: $1443.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-11 20:18 EST-0500)
December 11, 2012 11:24:10 PM

Your PSU is overkill big time. But it's a good price and has infinite addition possibilities. Your call really.

Get a monitor with 2ms response time http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I personally use the Corsair H60 and my temps are the same that you would get with an H80 or H100. You could save some coin there.
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December 11, 2012 11:28:23 PM

you want 850w for crossfire and 550w for single card usage

get this instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s4af

-for the keyboard, the blackwidow is not going to be stocked. the one im recommending is built alot better anyways
-i has super overclocking ram
-better cooler
-cheaper but just as good motherboard
-in my opinion a better case.
a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2012 11:29:30 PM

alexdh01 said:
Your PSU is overkill big time. But it's a good price and has infinite addition possibilities. Your call really.

Get a monitor with 2ms response time http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I personally use the Corsair H60 and my temps are the same that you would get with an H80 or H100. You could save some coin there.


reponse times are totally irrelevant. its not even possible to do 2ms reponse time with 60hz from what i know

more cheapo watercooling. get a real loop if i were to go WC
December 11, 2012 11:39:16 PM

TheBigTroll said:
reponse times are totally irrelevant. its not even possible to do 2ms reponse time with 60hz from what i know

more cheapo watercooling. get a real loop if i were to go WC


Maybe your right. I only know that people who have 2ms monitors don't report and issues with input lag or ghosting...While my crappy monitor rated at 5ms has noticeable issues.

And the h100 and h60 just look cool :p 
a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2012 11:53:42 PM

cooler that wont kill other components when it dies >looks
December 12, 2012 12:07:23 AM

um thanks for the help but i have a question can i use a 8 gb set of the g-skill snipers and use 8gb of the samsung in one pc?
December 12, 2012 12:13:27 AM

You can do it but it's not recommended. Sometimes using two different brands/speeds of RAM can cause stability problems. If it does work the computer will automatically choose the timing and speed settings from the slower DIMMs to make sure that all of them will continue to work properly.
a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2012 12:58:57 AM

-why would you want the snipers? they will not be seen in the build at all and arent as good as the samsung dimms
-7970ghz is not worth it if it costs more than 100 dollars apart from the non-ghz edition or a gtx 670
-dont see the goodness of a stryker case. its just a white storm trooper that will get real dirty and turn yellow
-get a better power supply. like the one that i suggested
-you wont find the keyboard in the future anymore. discontinued as it states at newegg. get the one i suggested. at least it doesnt feel like crap
-id just get a g500 mouse
December 12, 2012 1:12:34 AM

-the snipers come with the mobo
-What do you think i should do with the extra 100?
-i dunno i melt when i see that case could you recommend others that look just as good
-i though corsair and modulars were the best psus
-ill change that
-Why g500 instead of g700
December 12, 2012 1:28:44 AM

OMG that PSU is not overkill
a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2012 1:44:57 AM

thefaraz01 said:
-the snipers come with the mobo
-What do you think i should do with the extra 100?
-i dunno i melt when i see that case could you recommend others that look just as good
-i though corsair and modulars were the best psus
-ill change that
-Why g500 instead of g700


if they come with the mobo, ok then. leave out the samsung

i like cases that are just plain like the R4. a haf xm might interest you

corsair does not make psus. they get it from CWT, Seasonic (about the best), and flextronics (recent i series). so my recommendation of the xfx makes sense since it is made by seasonic

wireless isnt worth it
December 12, 2012 11:28:11 PM

Just listen to TheBigTroll. He is all knowing and all powerful. Your personal opinion matters not to him. Do as he tells you...or else.
a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2012 11:35:24 PM

lol. no....
a b 4 Gaming
December 13, 2012 12:31:10 AM

-change the hard drive back to the original i provided. it performs better and has a longer warranty
-as long as the ram is free with the board, go and get it
-change the SSD back to original. the 840 non pro sucks. the regular 830 beats it
-ghz edition is not worth 100 dollars. ignore it
-if you dont like my plain case, id recommend getting a haf xm. a very good choice as well
-get this keyboard. way better than any membrane switch keyboard. and these things are built to last
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 13, 2012 12:45:08 AM

-I think im gunna stick with the trooper cuz it had great reviews and looked great.
How come you think haf xm is better?
-Do you think my monitor is good for gaming?
-should i get the gigabyte mobo (it has the ram deal as well)??

updated build:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/seSJ

a b 4 Gaming
December 13, 2012 1:57:25 AM

its a newer design, its cheaper, and would generally have a smaller profile. the storm trooper is kinda a waste of space. id vouch for the haf xm once again

reviews mean nothing when both products are great.

which gigabyte motherboard

gaming. not really. but looks better than what a fast TN gaming panel in terms of image quality
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