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Advice for my build

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January 14, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Not sure where to put this but I am building my dad a computer and was wondering what y'all thought of this as a gaming computer I would like it to be able to run most MMORPG's and some FPS games


Thanks in advance

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January 14, 2013 7:30:44 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
January 14, 2013 7:42:01 PM

Get the i5-3570k, not the i3, you're spending too much with that mobo, which doesn't bring anything to any good 130$ z77 mobo

Get the asrock z77 extreme 4 :

And the proper cpu :

Drop the thermal paste, get a cooler :

Also i recommend going with a 128GB SSD drive, like the plextor :

Get a 1TB drive :

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January 14, 2013 8:00:31 PM

This is pretty much exactly what djangoringo said, as I agree with all. Just layed it out and if you can order from different vendors, you would save some $$$.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1033.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 16:59 EST-0500)
January 14, 2013 8:12:16 PM

For gaming, my rule of thumb is to spend twice your cpu budget on the graphics card.
You are spot on there with a $150 I3 3240 and a $300 GTX660ti.

I happen to like the EVGA direct exhaust coolers better. They get heat out of your case directly.
This superclocked unit is cheaper and has a higher boost clock:

We all have a budget.
If you used a 3570K a GTX670 would be appropriate.

OCZ can be mixes quality, it looks to be a tier 3 unit on this list:
You can do better from a quality point of view.

A GTX660ti needs only a 450w psu. A GTX670 needs only 500w.
I would suggest a unit in the 550-650w range from Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, PC P&C, or XFX.

The sabretooth is nice, but overpriced. You can use any Z77 based motherboard at half the price.

90gb is about minimum for a ssd. 120gb will hold the os and a handful of games.
If you used 180gb or 240gb, you may never need more.
I might defer on the hard drive and use a larger ssd up front.
Intel and samsung are my picks for reliability.

There is little value in ram faster than 1600 for real apps or fps.
Read this:
Use a low profile 1600 ram kit.

If you need wireless, buy one that attaches via an internal pci or pcie slot.
USB attached dongles are not as strong.

I would defer on extra fans. cases usually have sufficient cooling and you can always ass some later.