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First time builder ~$1300 gaming buid, feedback much appreciated

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December 23, 2012 6:25:38 AM

Hello everyone,

After much anticipation I've decided to finally try and build my own computer! I want to build a gaming computer, in addition to that I plan to use this as a home office to connect remotely to a server for (tax programs, excel sheets, some but not excessive file storage). When playing games I want to play on all the high settings without having to concern about my computer handling it. I would also like to be able to have the ability to hook this up to a HD TV if I so choose

After a few weeks of research I've decided I want the following parts:

CPU: ~$200 Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W - I plan on overclocking this a bit (~4.2), a little weary as I have not overclocked before.

GPU (open to other suggestions): ~<$300 there are too many cards to choose from, but from my research I've picked the following two:

1) SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

2) Galaxy 67NPH6DV5ZJX GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0 x16, DVI-D, DVI-I, HDMI, Display Port, DirectX 11, 3-Way SLI


MOTHERBOARD(open to suggestions): ~120. Here there are so many choices I haven't had the time to narrow it down a lot, but I looked at this one:

ASRock Z77 Extreme4


I also want an SSD around ~250GB

Here is a build I like:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($182.94 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.27 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1380.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 03:07 EST-0500)

* I would ideally like to drop the price to around $1,200. If it doesn't notably interfere with the performance of the computer I don't mind switching some parts.

* As this is my first build ideally I would like to stay away from parts that are hard to install

I plan on purchasing these parts and building this computer ASAP! I would highly appreciate any recommendations you may have.

Thank you!!

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December 23, 2012 6:54:40 AM

+1 you have a great taste in gaming build

but let me correct some
you choose wrong RAM, for 3570k, you should use ddr3-1600. for gaming, 8Gb is plenty enough
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/corsair-memory-cmz8gx...

you could swap PSU for a better one at the same price, And get 2Tb hdd for the same price too
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/antec-power-supply-ea...
http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/ncixus/seagate-internal-hard...
and swap SSD to Intel 330 series
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December 23, 2012 6:55:25 AM

Also my recamend is Buy "TRANSCEND" ram .reason other manufacturers give only 1year warenty but transcend give "lifetime warenty" so no need to warry about problems. Then cost "no more dealer and distributer " because anyone can "buy directly in TRANSCEND.COM" so cost lower then other.
Buy transcend ssd , hdd ,axeram.
My recamend is fill all slots dont see capacity. see mhz in board and ram.Reason mhz is the key to achive speed. if board support 1600mhz u insert 1333mhz its waste because not get full speed of ram slot. if board support 1333mhz u insert 1600mhz its also waste of money (1333mhz ram is cheaper than 1600mhz)also u not utilise full speed of ram. (4x1600mhz=6400mhz =6.4ghz) vs (2x1600=3200mhz=3.2ghz). think.
U r board support 2000+mhz ram.
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December 23, 2012 7:06:54 AM

this, i fix it for you :) 

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 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1314.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 04:11 EST-0500)
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December 23, 2012 1:10:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.10 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1356.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 10:18 EST-0500)
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December 23, 2012 7:30:35 PM

AMD Radeon, thanks for the memory compatibility update, i completely overlooked that!

mrdowntownk I really like the case, and power supply you showed me. As for the XFX 7970 card, its reviews shows a lot of problems on newegg so I think i'm going to steer clear from that.

All in all thank you so much for the quick and extremely informative replies!!! Looks like i'll begin ordering soon :bounce: 
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December 23, 2012 7:41:47 PM

also for ssd , don't get any except those ( kingston , ocz vertex 4 , samsung 830 , 840 pro )
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December 23, 2012 8:49:16 PM

is AMD Radeon a real amd employee?

i disagree. get the biggest ssd you can afford. you will barely notice a difference between ssd's. get capacity over performance.

the galaxy 7950 you listed has a reference blower. listen to how loud and annoying amd's reference coolers are. its definitely something to be aware of when buying a reference card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-revi...
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December 23, 2012 8:58:32 PM

hytecgowthaman said:
Also my recamend is Buy "TRANSCEND" ram .reason other manufacturers give only 1year warenty but transcend give "lifetime warenty" so no need to warry about problems. Then cost "no more dealer and distributer " because anyone can "buy directly in TRANSCEND.COM" so cost lower then other.
Buy transcend ssd , hdd ,axeram.
My recamend is fill all slots dont see capacity. see mhz in board and ram.Reason mhz is the key to achive speed. if board support 1600mhz u insert 1333mhz its waste because not get full speed of ram slot. if board support 1333mhz u insert 1600mhz its also waste of money (1333mhz ram is cheaper than 1600mhz)also u not utilise full speed of ram. (4x1600mhz=6400mhz =6.4ghz) vs (2x1600=3200mhz=3.2ghz). think.
U r board support 2000+mhz ram.

Every ram manufacturer gives lifetime warranty... G.Skill, Corsair, Mushkin, Kingston etc
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December 23, 2012 9:02:29 PM

ohmasto said:
AMD Radeon, thanks for the memory compatibility update, i completely overlooked that!

mrdowntownk I really like the case, and power supply you showed me. As for the XFX 7970 card, its reviews shows a lot of problems on newegg so I think i'm going to steer clear from that.

All in all thank you so much for the quick and extremely informative replies!!! Looks like i'll begin ordering soon :bounce: 

Don't listen to newegg reviews. Most of the time the problems have nothing to do with the product itself. If you really don't want XFX, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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