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January 1, 2013 9:55:02 PM

Hi, I'm doing a gaming pc build for <$1000 and this is my first time doing it so I'm quite nervous as I don't want to mess anything up or miss some parts. So I'm here to get critique on my build and recommendation for parts.

Graphics card- SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version $165 or EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, Graphics Card $230

Mobo-ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $140

Ram-G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR $50

Processor-Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K $230

Tower-AZZA Toledo 301 (CSAZ-301) Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $45

PSU-CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $90

HDD-Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $100

Disk drive-ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $24

Anything i missed? If so please leave a message in the comments.
January 1, 2013 11:24:38 PM

The motherboard is old and not worth using .The P67 has too many limitations compared to a more recent Z77 chipset board

The asrock extreme 4 is a good budget choice

You have two graphics cards listed

The build will run well with a 500 watt psu
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January 1, 2013 11:25:01 PM

You should go with a z77 mobo if you are using a 3570k, this way you can overclock. I would also recommend a couple other changes like the hdd, graphics card and cheaper ram. Look at this build, this is what I built for my friend and he loves it. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vnWx
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January 1, 2013 11:28:15 PM

you can get a GTX670 for $230? if you really can i would buy it. a 7850 1GB isn't even remotely close to the 670. if you did go with a 7850 i would suggest the 2GB version.
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January 1, 2013 11:34:56 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza Toledo 301 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $949.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 20:32 EST-0500)

Don't know if you plan to overclock (wouldn't see why not). If no, then you can go with the i5-3570 and loose the cooler. Could throw more into GPU or PSU if you don't/do plan the CrossFire.
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January 1, 2013 11:48:48 PM

vtcramennoodle,that looks like an amazing PC I'll probably use that, the Radeon 7950 is really a plus, i might just change the case though.
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January 1, 2013 11:51:31 PM

I just used the same case that you had in your original post. Cases are for your choosing. Look for one that has the USB 3.0 header for the front ports. And the CPU from Microcenter might only be store pick-up only but you do get a combo deal with CPU and the RAM I chose from Newegg. CPU is ~$209 at Newegg.
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January 1, 2013 11:56:55 PM

I usually don't trust sellers on ebay for components but at that price I would probably take the chance.
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January 2, 2013 12:06:59 AM

Thanks it has worked well for my friend. And I would stay away from ebay for electronics like this. And I just choose that case because it works go with what ever you think looks the best. Good luck with your pc.
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January 2, 2013 12:19:58 AM

every time i look on ebay the cards are always selling at and even more then retail. even when i search for 'completed listings' the cards are consistently sold for more then the prices on newegg and amazon. i can not figure it out. with newegg you are guaranteed to get a new card, 30 day returns and no bs scams. for me to buy something on ebay it better be a lot cheaper before i would consider it.
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January 2, 2013 12:22:28 AM

Just curious, but would a liquid cooling system for the PC be a good investment at some point in time?
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January 2, 2013 12:25:48 AM

are you talking about a sealed liquid cooler like the H80 or a custom loop?
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January 2, 2013 12:30:02 AM

At this point it would be a waste of money but if you are looking to upgrade in the future it could be a good idea but a custom loop is just overkill if you wanted to go with something like an H80 it could be a good investment.
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January 2, 2013 12:31:42 AM

depends which one is easier to maintain and setup, relative to the efficiency of the system and how much it can cool...I really don't know much about them I just heard they were pretty good at cooling just a B**** to maintain.
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January 2, 2013 1:10:54 AM

he builds a pretty nice custom loop. i would love to build a loop like this but i'm too lazy to deal with it. not to mention they are not cheap.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHNFhTAvvBA - Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpo3y7B2jMo - Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krgK2dcxJ5g - Part 3

on the other hand the sealed coolers are zero maintenance and can be a lot cheaper but don't come close to cooling like a custom loop.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h100i-elc240-seidon...
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January 2, 2013 1:13:09 AM

hmm thanks for the information i will try to keep what you guys said in mind
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January 2, 2013 1:50:01 AM

Here are my idle temps with Corsair H80. Phenom II X4 925 2.8 GHz OC'd to 3.5. Cool beans all day. I like my H80.
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