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Noobie Building a Gaming Rig

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January 9, 2013 8:06:10 PM

Hey Guys and Girls,

I'm pretty much as new to the computer building scene as you can get. I have basic knowledge about computer hardware, but I'm lost when it comes to advanced components. Anyways, I'm building a gaming pc with some tax money I'm getting, and I need to make sure I'm getting the best performance for my money. The price has me sitting at $1500 but I'll shop around to knock some off that off. Anyways, here's the link to the build and the parts so let me know what you think. :bounce: 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wJES

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($422.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($101.97 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1473.85
January 9, 2013 8:12:23 PM

i see a bunch of places you can save money. no need for a $200 motherboard. also yoiu wont need more then 8GB of ram for gaming. you can get a 180GB intel 300 for the same price. you can get a cheaper cpu cooler but thats up to you. i would see if the onboard sound is good enough first. if you dont like it then you can get an asus sound card for $40-60.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($72.99 @ 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: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.68 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.13 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1184.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 17:10 EST-0500)
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January 9, 2013 9:15:00 PM

Holy *** jonjonjon that was a fast reply :D  so I'm changing all of it to your build including a cheaper cooling unit. Regarding the sound card, I don't care about sound at all tbh but I'm a beginner an didnt know sound was included v.v thank you so much for the help. If you have any other recommendations, I'm all ears.... Errrr eyes.
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