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December 15, 2012 11:38:02 PM

Hey guys,

I'm looking to build the best 'bang for the buck' gaming computer to play the best games out there, and be as "future proof" as possible. ( at least for a couple years obviously ).. Ive had several PC's over the years, always been prebuilt Dell, or HP. I usually end up upgrading the GPU after a year or so, because the GPU they put in is low grade. Now that i've decided to build my first custom pc, ive watch several youtube videos and read many articles on what to look for and how to build it. Id really appreciate any advice or opinions you guys could send my way as far as components and compatibility. Any suggestions on better parts, or advice on parts that will maybe bottleneck the machine in anyway would be great. Keep in mind im looking to get the best bang for my buck, for an enthusiast gaming rig. My spending limit is around $1500.
Thanks!

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

CPU cooler : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2

GPU : MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL

PSU : Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W ATX 12V v2.3

Hard Drive : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD : Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) <-- boot drive

DVD Drive : ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0

Thanks guys.

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December 15, 2012 11:53:50 PM

That looks good. I'd recommend swapping the PSU and the SSD for this:

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

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

Maybe consider this for your GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 16, 2012 1:15:21 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks good. I'd recommend swapping the PSU and the SSD for this:

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

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

Maybe consider this for your GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Thanks for the response,

What is your reasoning behind changing the psu? Better quality, or just 850w is not needed? i was trying to go a bit over the top with the wattage just for future proofing, if i ever wanted to add an extra gpu or what not.

Thanks again
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December 16, 2012 1:23:50 AM

change Mobo into this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

the mobo comes in a combo with a win7 and free 8GB of ram

win7 home is all you need unless you are planning on putting "more" than 16GB of ram as home only supports up to 16GB of ram(you will only have 4 slots anyways so you can only have 16GB of ram unless you throw away the old ram and get 2x8GB ram)

and i would maybe go for this GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 16, 2012 3:36:56 AM

theharryg said:
Thanks for the response,

What is your reasoning behind changing the psu? Better quality, or just 850w is not needed? i was trying to go a bit over the top with the wattage just for future proofing, if i ever wanted to add an extra gpu or what not.

Thanks again


Thermaltake is really not a recommended manufacturer - they're probably a tier 3 or tier 4 at best. The power supply I recommended is from a tier 1 manufacturer.

I wouldn't go SLI unless you want to.

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and i would maybe go for this GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 38566&SID=


If you go the 7970 route - it's a great GPU - but only if you get the GHz edition. But that will be quite a bit more. I'd recommend sticking with the 670.
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December 23, 2012 5:19:54 AM

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