First Time Gaming Build, Suggestions?

First time build. I'm looking for any suggestions or improvements. I'm mostly going to be playing a variety of games (FPS, MMO) as well as producing music with a hint of video editing, so I'm looking for a build that excels across the board. I already have a copy of Windows 7, a 1080p monitor, keyboard and mouse. Thanks in advance for your helpful advice.

Money is generally not an issue, although I would like to keep it around $1000 if possible.

CPU: i5 3570k $190 (microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo $30 (microcenter)
MB: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 $95 (microcenter)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 7950 $280 (newegg)
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB $50 (newegg)
HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB $80 (newegg)
PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 $90 (newegg)
CD/DVD: LG 24x DVD Burner $16 (microcenter)
CASE: HAF 922 $100 or Phantom 410 $80 (microcenter)
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  1. Make sure your RAM is 1.5V - don't bother with the low voltage Sniper on an Ivy Bridge build. And I'd personally vouch for the Phantom 410 - otherwise that's a pretty good build.
  2. g-unit1111 said:
    Make sure your RAM is 1.5V - don't bother with the low voltage Sniper on an Ivy Bridge build. And I'd personally vouch for the Phantom 410 - otherwise that's a pretty good build.


    Thanks for the suggestion, is there any specific ram you'd recommend? Also, does the ram make much of a difference in the system, or is any ram generally sufficient?
  3. Just build a similar computer to yours (should be on my profile). The Phantom 410 is very good. As for RAM I have 1600mhz Kingston HyperX that works well. Anything above 1600mhz isnt really worth it for gaming IMO.
  4. Bellular said:
    Just build a similar computer to yours (should be on my profile). The Phantom 410 is very good. As for RAM I have 1600mhz Kingston HyperX that works well. Anything above 1600mhz isnt really worth it for gaming IMO.


    Well anything over $40 shouldnt be worth it and those hyperx ram will void your warrenty
  5. Color said:
    Thanks for the suggestion, is there any specific ram you'd recommend? Also, does the ram make much of a difference in the system, or is any ram generally sufficient?


    RAM really isn't system specific. As long as it meets the motherboard guidelines you're fine.

    Quote:
    Well anything over $40 shouldnt be worth it and those hyperx ram will void your warrenty


    Not necessarily. I doubt Intel would target one specific brand to be warranty voiding. It depends on the speed and the voltage as to whether or not your RAM will void your warranty.

    Here's some that I would recommend:

    - G.Skill Ares: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546
    - Mushkin Blackline: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226295
    - Kingston Hyper X: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104255
    - Crucial Ballistix: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
    - Corsair Vengeance: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    - Patriot Extreme Master: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220705
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    RAM really isn't system specific. As long as it meets the motherboard guidelines you're fine.

    Quote:
    Well anything over $40 shouldnt be worth it and those hyperx ram will void your warrenty


    Not necessarily. I doubt Intel would target one specific brand to be warranty voiding. It depends on the speed and the voltage as to whether or not your RAM will void your warranty.

    Here's some that I would recommend:

    - G.Skill Ares: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546
    - Mushkin Blackline: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226295
    - Kingston Hyper X: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104255
    - Crucial Ballistix: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
    - Corsair Vengeance: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    - Patriot Extreme Master: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220705


    yea, i just said that because most of Kingston's stuff i seen that were priced "okay" in the market were 1600@1.65 volts
  7. boulbox said:
    yea, i just said that because most of Kingston's stuff i seen that were priced "okay" in the market were 1600@1.65 volts


    Yeah I don't know why Kingston jacks up the price of the 1.5V RAM but the 1.65V is priced the same as every other brand. I think that would be confusing to new builders.
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