First PC Build Need feedback!

Hey everyone i'm a new member to the forums but not new to the website, i have spent plenty hours researching parts and what not and have completed my first gaming rig, I would love if you can leave me some feedback on it.


Coolermaster HAF 912

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD

DVD Burner

G.Skill Sniper series 8GB Ram

ASUS Maximus Gene V Mobo

Intel i5-2500K

H50 Liquid Cooling Unit

I already have a 550ti Graphics card and a 700w PSU from Corsair or thermaltake

Let me know what you all think
- Greg
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  1. The H50 is not a great cooler

    the rest works but why use a mid tower case and a micro-ATX motherboard?
  2. What kind of budget do you have? You could go with the i5 3570k and you dont really need that high end mobo you could go with a asrock extreme 4 and still get a good overclock. Also that graphics card is pretty old now and will not run games on full graphics, do you have the type of money to upgrade that?
  3. no reason to get a 2500k over a 3570k. especially if you are buying a z77 board. you don't need to spend so much on a motherboard unless there is a specific feature you need. also 2133 ram has diminishing returns for the price. save some money and get 1600. i also added a 128GB ssd. watch this video for why you want a ssd. the HAF 912 also doesnt have USB 3.0 on the front. not sure if that's important to you. this comes out to pretty much the same price as all the components you listed.

    newegg has the ZALMAN LQ-310 Water Cooler for $29.99 after MIR. i believe this is the newest version of asetek's sealed liquid coolers. compared the the H70 which is an old model. i added it as a custom part because pcpartpicker doesn't have it listed.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: ZALMAN LQ-310 Water Cooler ($29.99)
    Total: $631.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 16:11 EST-0500)
  4. You know, if you discard the DVD drive, get a cheaper motherboard (seriously, what is up with people buying expensive motherboards these days??) somewhere around the $120-130 mark and get a cheaper cooler like CM Hyper 212+ (H50 is terrible for the price), you can actually get a decent 120GB SSD. I'm just sayin

    I just checked newegg and there are a lot of options for 120GB SSDs below $100.
  5. If you're going to go with a water cooler, go with a H55 or better yet an Antec 620.
  6. samuelspark said:
    If you're going to go with a water cooler, go with a H55 or better yet an Antec 620.

    or go with the zalman i linked which is a newer version and for $30 after MIR.
  7. Get a i5 3570k, CM Hyper 212 Evo, ASRock Z77 Extreme4.
  8. ive read that the 2500k is better for overclocking because the sandy bridges can withstand more heat and are better queality then the ivy bridge

    and i know the graphics card is old i want to get two 660ti or 7770s for Xfire or SLI
  9. sandy bridge can get a higher overclock but ivy bridge is faster clock for clock it makes up for it. ivy bridge gets hot when you start adding voltage. there is no reason to get a 2500k over a 3570k unless its a lot cheaper. especially if you are buying a z77 board.

    660ti and 7770 are in completely different classes. usually between a 7950 and a 7870.
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