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[Build Ready]Someone rate/critique/pull apart my gaming PC?

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December 26, 2012 5:53:21 AM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5P Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($411.18 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Full (32/64-bit) ($246.94 @ Adorama)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($100.78 @ B&H)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1941.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 02:52 EST-0500)

My budget is at absolute max 2000 for the PC and then extra for the monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc. So I could certainly upgrade in a few areas, but only if it is necarssery and worth the money (looking for good value here :) )

My main concerns:
-Enough RAM?
-Case too small (how can I tell if it is too small?)
-Lack of sound card and network card (are these supposed to be included in my parts list? Im confused about selecting these. Significant help in this area would be great)
-Insufficient cooling

Any help in these areas would be great, but I'd really love if you could just attack my build, find flaws, and help me to improve it for performance and value. Its still very flexible

THANKS GUYS
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December 26, 2012 6:00:55 AM

truly great build.....

u may need improvement in following parts
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...
samsung 840 is better choice

and for 7970... gigabyte windforce has similar price for better cooling performance :) 

-Insufficient cooling ??? cmon noctua nhd14 are top tier A air cooling, almost similar to h100 for less noise (liquid cooling is noisy)
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December 26, 2012 6:02:04 AM

for gaming you won't really need anything over 8 gb.

The case should be fine a little small though. I see that case running rather hot honestly.

i've always found sounds cards on the boards good enough for my needs in gaming but to each his own. and as far as the networking card as long as you don't need wireless practically all boards come with onboard lan.

i've never used the cpu cooler you have, of course i use the stock intel one with the 3570k and i still get cool temps so i think it should be fine.

overall looks like it might run a little hot but otherwise very nice.
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December 26, 2012 6:11:04 AM

AMD Radeon said:
truly great build.....

u may need improvement in following parts
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...
samsung 840 is better choice

and for 7970... gigabyte windforce has similar price for better cooling performance :) 

-Insufficient cooling ??? cmon noctua nhd14 are top tier A air cooling, almost similar to h100 for less noise (liquid cooling is noisy)


Thanks for the help :) 
Just quickly, could you help me find the gigabyte windforce you are talking about? I can't seem to find one for a similar price. Is this the best make of the 7970?
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December 26, 2012 6:11:41 AM

ultimatedragoon6 said:
for gaming you won't really need anything over 8 gb.

The case should be fine a little small though. I see that case running rather hot honestly.

i've always found sounds cards on the boards good enough for my needs in gaming but to each his own. and as far as the networking card as long as you don't need wireless practically all boards come with onboard lan.

i've never used the cpu cooler you have, of course i use the stock intel one with the 3570k and i still get cool temps so i think it should be fine.

overall looks like it might run a little hot but otherwise very nice.


Thanks a bunch as well :D 
To elaborate, could you specifically state why you think it'll 'run a little hot'?
Could I fix this issue with a larger case do you feel?
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December 26, 2012 6:15:12 AM

Most of my previous build use to use mid tower cases. With high end video cards and processors you produce a lot of heat within the case. The main reason i believe this will produce a lot of heat is because how much air flow there is. I tend to go with full tower cases to give plenty of room to bundle cables and make sure everything can neatly be tucked away for maximum airflow. This is just my opinion I've never used that case before so it might have efficient airflow I'll let someone else come in on this if they will.
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January 2, 2013 8:37:55 AM

Best answer selected by nolanb13.
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January 2, 2013 1:03:33 PM

If you haven't already ordered the parts, I agree with ultimatedragoon6 on trying to get a full tower case. Mid tower cases will be more of a hassle to work your cable management to make it look pretty (if you care), as well as giving less optimal airflow. You're trying to get a computer as good as you can get, from your budget, and I'd definitely recommend a full tower case just because it'll save you headaches down the road when you run out of overclocking headroom on the GPU due to temperatures. For a little more, and still fitting it within your budget, you could get the case I have (and works well for me) at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Comes with a 200mm fan on top, and 3 120mm. Add in another 2 more 200mm fans, one on top, and one on the side, and you'll have very nice airflow.
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