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January 14, 2013 3:43:33 AM

Hello, I was looking for some advice on setting up my first computer build. I want to be able to run new games at high settings with the possibility of Crossfire in the future. I also am looking for the ability to run more then one monitor at some point. I also am debating on overclocking but, I want to read up on it and see how it runs first off. I also am not sure what to do for a CPU cooler. I chose ram with out large heatsinks to prevent problems with an aftermarket cooler. I was also thinking about switching out the DVD drive for a BluRay.
Any comments, suggestions, ideas, etc are greatly appreciated seeing at this is my first build and I have a lot to learn still.
Also any recommendations for a mouse and keyboard. I like to play MMORPG games and FPS so I was thinking a mouse with multiple side buttons but, I am open to any opinions you may have.

I also currently have the case, PSU and HDD. I just put them in the list so you can see everything together.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1239.75

Thanks for your time :) 

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January 14, 2013 3:53:12 AM

1. I suggest a hyper 212 evo for your cooler.
2. At that budget, I suggest upgrading that video card to atleast a 7950. if you can't shell out more cash, maybe dropping the ssd first will do. And just add it anytime you have the money for it.
3. DVD vs blu ray, it would matter on your preference and budget.
4. Dropping the ram to 8gb will be better. 8gb is more than enough for gaming.
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January 14, 2013 3:54:18 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xw4J
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xw4J/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xw4J/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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($296.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $966.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 00:54 EST-0500)

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January 14, 2013 4:00:02 AM

admbautista said:
1. I suggest a hyper 212 evo for your cooler.
2. At that budget, I suggest upgrading that video card to atleast a 7950. if you can't shell out more cash, maybe dropping the ssd first will do. And just add it anytime you have the money for it.
3. DVD vs blu ray, it would matter on your preference and budget.
4. Dropping the ram to 8gb will be better. 8gb is more than enough for gaming.

Would I have to worry about the ram heatsinks with the 212 evo or could I get a set with large heatsinks?
I was thinking about putting in this card and asking for the SSD for my birthday.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Do you think this card would be a good choice.

Also any recommendations on a OS?
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January 14, 2013 4:01:23 AM

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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1203.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 01:01 EST-0500)

fix psu, gpu, cooler, mobo, ssd
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January 14, 2013 4:02:41 AM

i got ur the sapphir vaporx theres no design imo thats better than the vapor x and stays as cool, its the cream of the crop of amd cards and coolers.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xw7X
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xw7X/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xw7X/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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $972.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 01:04 EST-0500)



what case and powersupply do u have?
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January 14, 2013 4:08:54 AM

iceclock said:
i got ur the sapphir vaporx theres no design imo thats better than the vapor x and stays as cool, its the cream of the crop of amd cards and coolers.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xw7X
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xw7X/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xw7X/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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2450 24.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $972.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 01:04 EST-0500)



what case and powersupply do u have?


I have the Corsair 500R case and the Corsair HX750 PSU.
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January 14, 2013 4:09:17 AM

everything should fit nicely than :) 

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January 14, 2013 4:15:18 AM

You're spending too much money on the mobo just get an asrock extreme4 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007KTY4A6/?tag=pcpapi-20
Then get a better gpu like this one sapphire hd 7950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I have this card and I'm happy with it.
For the mouse and keyboard if you can fit these into your budget get the razer deathadder mouse http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002Q4U5DK/?tag=pcpapi-20 and microsoft sidewinder x4 keyboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 14, 2013 4:18:17 AM

read above strife, this has already been suggested, but shur whynot :) 

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January 14, 2013 4:30:59 AM

iceclock said:
read above strife, this has already been suggested, but shur whynot :) 

You didn't tell him why you changed the mobo and I was just backing you up Dude :p 
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January 14, 2013 1:24:01 PM

oh right no problem strife :) 

and i changed mobo so it supports crossfire and sli yeah.

better for a few bucks more to future proof.

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January 14, 2013 2:03:39 PM

Thank you guys for the quick advice. :)  I really appreciate it. I'm sure I'll have more questions along the way and am glad I found this forum.
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January 14, 2013 2:17:06 PM

+1 for iceclock
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January 14, 2013 2:36:33 PM

thanks :) 

im more than welcome to help u brogz, private message me anytime and ill help u.

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January 18, 2013 6:42:58 PM

Best answer selected by brogz42.
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