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My first Gaming Rig Build! Input would be great. Thanks!

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January 3, 2013 3:03:53 AM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Onyx 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1019.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 03:51 EST-0500)
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 3:09:06 AM

Looks good to me. The only thing that I would suggest is getting a case that utilizes USB 3.0 on the front ports because the motherboard has USB 3.0 headers.

Good build.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 3:27:14 AM

Looks good
January 3, 2013 3:32:48 AM

Congratulations! Welcome to the club on building your first machine.

I couldn't agree more on getting a case with USB 3.0 in the front. I bought the Antec DF-85 case. No USB 3.0 connections, it has a work-around where i have to run a USB 3.0 from my front panel through my Case, out of the water-loop holes in the rear and then plug them into my I/O panel.

So take it from first hand experience, get a case that support front USB 3.0.

Good luck, and have fun with your build.
January 3, 2013 3:34:43 AM

Which case would you get I want something with a lot of air flow? Also, what would you get for lighting and maybe something on the front to control fans/see temp?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 6:16:14 AM

legendassassin said:
That one is great I would love to use that one instead! Thanks!
Your very welcome!
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 6:40:08 AM

Just checking, what version of the 670 is that? The only two that EVGA makes that are worthwhile are the original FTW (not FTW + or le!) and the signature 2, which has incredible cooling.

If that's just the plain 670, you're better off buying a different brand that will have a better cooler.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 6:50:38 AM

Your welcome!
January 3, 2013 6:52:07 AM

Updated the first post with the new parts!
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 6:55:41 AM

Looks good you can save a few dollars on cheaper ram that's on par quality wise if you want it's up to you RAM:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 6:58:38 AM

It's five dollars cheaper lol other then that no difference The big heat sinks have already been proven to be a marketing gimmick.
January 3, 2013 4:19:39 PM

I wanted to know is there anything I should put in the extra bay drives? I thought about a fan controller and trying to find something so I could use a remote control on my PC as well. Thanks!
January 7, 2013 3:55:16 AM

Not sure if this is still active (it's been a couple days) but if could spend literally just 5 bucks more ($55) you could step your SSD up to this 40GB Mushkin:

That is currently the best bang-per-buck in SSDs around $50 (you'd have to spend $65 for the next step up).

DISCLAIMER: I even own and do not regret owning three separate OCZ Onyx 32GB SSDs.