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January 7, 2013 9:15:51 PM

Hello all I am building my first gaming pc this month and after debating over parts with the helpful people here on the forum, I have come up with what I believe to be my final build. It will be used mainly for gaming/video editing on World of Warcraft. If you see any room for improvements please let me know trying to keep budget around 1100.00 below I will list links to parts

AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Editiion 3.4 Ghz, GeForce 660 gpu , 16gb memory, 650watt psu

case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


hdd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ssd for os and wow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

heat sink http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I will be running windows 7 64bit home edition, also not listed dvd burner, extra fan cases


alot to take in but if anyone has time to check it out I sure would appreciate it. )
January 7, 2013 9:45:55 PM

You can delete the Arctic Cooling heatsink from your list. The heatsink that comes in the box with the processor is much better than the one you have listed, I also doubt the Arctic Cooling heatsink would be good enought to cool a 125W processor.
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January 8, 2013 2:08:51 PM

I didnt even think to look at that, lol thank you for the advice anyone else see room for improvement?
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January 8, 2013 2:18:50 PM

Here is a much, much better build for your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.71 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $988.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 11:42 EST-0500)

Even threw in overclocking abilities, but if you want to save some cash you can get the non "k" 3570 and drop the motherboard to an H77 or B75 chipset.
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January 8, 2013 2:29:18 PM

I do like that card going to have to take a serious look at this.
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January 8, 2013 2:40:20 PM

The i5 crushes any AMD CPU out right now. Even at stock speeds you would have to seriously OC the 8350 to get close to the i5 (for gaming any way). AMD's extra cores do help with multithread applications that can utilize more than 2 or 4 cores. And I accidently add the CD\DVD burner and OS. Edited the list with that out. If you live near a Microcenter, you can get the 3570k for $169.99 and save $40 on a motherboard.
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January 8, 2013 2:48:18 PM

And if you really want to save some cash without the OC, here you go, under $900 after mail-in rebates.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.71 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $896.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 11:47 EST-0500)
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