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December 18, 2012 11:11:21 PM

Firstly, if I have posted this in the wrong section, I apologize. I rarely post in forums and am unfamiliar to how it works.

I have done searches on the internet, this forum, watched countless videos and am still slightly confused about my build. My intention is to have a gaming build that can take on the maximum graphics settings of intensive games and will be able to play games released throughout the next 4-5 years.

Here is my build:

Cooling System: Intel Stock Cooling System
Dedicated Graphics Card: GeForce GTX680/670/580
Motherboard: ASUS/Asrock Z77
Processor: Intel i5 3570K
Power Supply Unit:
Random Access Memory: 8/16 GB 1600MHz(depending on remainder of budget)
Read Only Memory: 2TB Hard Drive 7200 rpm

Here are my questions:
1) Can you suggest a case and a psu I can use as I am completely lost in this section? I'm looking for something just to house the components. Nothing big and fancy. Cool aesthetics are a bonus but not necessary. How do I know how much power I need for the psu? Can I damage anything with too much power?

2) I know I have an unlocked processor which I can overclock, but I won't be doing so anytime soon. Can I use the stock intel cooling fan with the basic clock speed without it overheating?

3) can you suggest a motherboard? I understand that I should use z77. I have read people recommending the Asrock extreme 4 in this thread but have also read that users have error 55 memory issues with them so I'm not so sure on getting that one.

4) any suggestions on which graphic card I should choose? I am on a tight budget but like I said before I want to be able to play intensive games on max settings.

The only thing I seem to be so sure on is the processor. Also I'm not so sure if anything will be 'bottlenecked' in this build.

I know it may seem that i am basically asking you to give me a build but I am very lost in this. :??:  And sorry for being so long winded.

Any help is appreciated :) 

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December 18, 2012 11:31:14 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($154.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $1214.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 20:30 EST-0500)
December 19, 2012 7:14:42 AM

Thanks for the help, Xlerator.

So from your build, you wouldn't use the stock intel cooler?

December 19, 2012 12:42:16 PM

The stock cooler generally isn't recommended if you plan on overclocking. If you're getting the 3570K it implies you will be overclocking.
However, from a budget point of view you can easily hold off on this part of your purchase as you won't need to OC for a year or so.