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December 15, 2012 1:36:20 AM

Greetings Tom's Gurus!

Would like some input on the following build, specifically the motherboard choice which I think is a bit over the top. Ideally I would like to look into overclocking a bit though nothing that would require liquid-cooling.

Here's the build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($248.94 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master NV-692A-KWN2 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1645.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 22:27 EST-0500)

My intent is obviously for gaming, would like the machine to last a couple of years at least in terms of graphical performance though I know that can be a fool's errand considering how fast technology moves.

As mentioned I'm really looking into the motherboard choice specifically, I'm confident in the rest of the build though input would be appreciated anywhere.

I would also love a beginner's resource to overclocking if someone could recommend one. This is my first build and would like to max out its potential.

Thanks,
Nekrous
December 15, 2012 2:45:46 AM

As far as MOBOs, I'd get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's got great features including onboard WiFi and is a bit cheaper than the one you've picked. If you don't mind a bit lower features, you can get the lower version of the same one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The second one has no WiFi and fewer SATA ports.

We have an overclocking subforum. All your questions should be answered there. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-29.html

Edit: Oh, and get this RAM instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The lower profile will ensure that there won't be any conflict with your CPU cooler, just in case.
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December 15, 2012 5:27:01 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.96 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1313.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-15 01:27 EST-0500)

this build is a lot better for the price.

get ASrock extreme6 from newegg comes with 8GB free ram and is an extremely great board.

The SSD i put inside is a low powered SSD made fully from Samsung and has great speeds

you are over paying for that psu this one is made from the same manufacturer and so expect similar performance

The GPU is pretty much the same, supposed to have bent chips for better overclocking
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December 15, 2012 7:02:18 AM

JMer806 said:
As far as MOBOs, I'd get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's got great features including onboard WiFi and is a bit cheaper than the one you've picked. If you don't mind a bit lower features, you can get the lower version of the same one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The second one has no WiFi and fewer SATA ports.

We have an overclocking subforum. All your questions should be answered there. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-29.html

Edit: Oh, and get this RAM instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The lower profile will ensure that there won't be any conflict with your CPU cooler, just in case.
+1 this is good advice. :) 
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