How'd I do?

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 3-4 months

Budget Range: $700-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet browsing, possibly editing in the future

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything, brand new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm buying some of my parts from a local Microcenter, notably the 2500k because it's significantly cheaper, but I'm also buying from Newegg.

Location: St Louis, MO

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU for sure, as for GPUs I've flip flopped from Nvidia and AMD. Right now I'm for AMD as it's a better price/performance than the 560 Ti I was originally going to get

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Current native resolution on this monitor is 1366x768 which I'm fine with. Might get a new monitor in the future but no plans as of right now.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Computer is slowly becoming dated and I'm over due for an upgrade. Figured it was time to try my hand at building on my own as well.


How's this look?

Case - HAF912 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

GPU - Sapphire 7870- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202010

PSU - Antec 520W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202010

RAM - 8GB GSkill - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308

MOBO - ASRock Z77 ATX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

CPU - i5 2500k - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Heatsink - Hyper 212 Evo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099


Comes to around ~$740 after Windows 7. How's everything look? No bottlenecking? Any improvements that could be made? Thanks for any feedback.
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  1. Take a look at the thread below, fill out the template there and post back. That way we'll be in a much better position to help you.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/353572-13-build-upgrade-advice
  2. Updated OP with template
  3. Thanks for that, if you could edit your links to give a description of the item so we dont have to go through clicking all the links that'd be helpful.
  4. mikerockett said:
    Thanks for that, if you could edit your links to give a description of the item so we dont have to go through clicking all the links that'd be helpful.


    Done and done :).

    My bad, should've read one of the stickies, I'm usually good about that sort of thing.
  5. Odpp said:
    Done and done :).

    My bad, should've read one of the stickies, I'm usually good about that sort of thing.


    Ok i like it. Only a few comments.

    If you can change out that RAM for low profile RAM such as Corsair vengeance lp. Some RAM with tall heatsinks can obstruct the CPU cooler.

    Other comment is about getting the older generation i5 2500k. I notice you said you're getting it significantly cheaper though, if it's a good deal then i dont see anything wrong with getting it, i have one and it's a great CPU when oc'd.

    Only other thing is if you can squeeze the budget for an SSD, that would be great.
  6. mikerockett said:
    Ok i like it. Only a few comments.

    If you can change out that RAM for low profile RAM such as Corsair vengeance lp. Some RAM with tall heatsinks can obstruct the CPU cooler.


    I was most likely going to go with this one from my Microcenter

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/382099/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1333_%28PC3-10600%29_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_%28Two_4GB_Memory_Modules%29

    I just posted all the parts from Newegg for convince.

    mikerockett said:
    Other comment is about getting the older generation i5 2500k. I notice you said you're getting it significantly cheaper though, if it's a good deal then i dont see anything wrong with getting it, i have one and it's a great CPU when oc'd.



    $150 from Microcenter as compared to $220 from Newegg :o

    www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0406960

    mikerockett said:
    Only other thing is if you can squeeze the budget for an SSD, that would be great.
    I might look into SSDs in the future, but it's nothing I see myself needing as of right now. I think that this significant hardware boost will make a huge impact. I've never even had a 64bit OS before :lol:
  7. Odpp said:
    I was most likely going to go with this one from my Microcenter

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/382099/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1333_%28PC3-10600%29_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_%28Two_4GB_Memory_Modules%29

    I just posted all the parts from Newegg for convince.


    $150 from Microcenter as compared to $220 from Newegg :o

    www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0406960

    I might look into SSDs in the future, but it's nothing I see myself needing as of right now. I think that this significant hardware boost will make a huge impact. I've never even had a 64bit OS before :lol:


    That RAM should be fine then. It's probably discounted because its out dated now. Still a good CPU though.

    SSD' are a fantastic upgrade, one to consider for the future.

    Good luck with your build and post back when it's up and running :)
  8. Going to bump this up just so I can hopefully get a little bit more feedback as I will be purchasing this within the next few weeks.


    Also, any first timer builder tips would be greatly appreciated. I've watched/read a lot of guides on how to build but some extra advice wouldn't hurt I think. Just anything you can think of that you wish you knew your first time building/advice that could help me from destroying my new computer. Thanks a lot!
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