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Is everything in my build compatible? (First $1000 Gmaing Rig)

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January 25, 2013 9:22:37 AM

My very first build. Is everything fine with it? BTW, I do not plan to overclock. :) 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ztPs
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ztPs/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ztPs/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.51 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.42 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($68.70 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1027.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 25, 2013 9:36:39 AM

My thoughts would be this:

If you're not oc'ing grab a 3470, cheaper and little performance difference.

If you're not oc'ing you dont need a z77 mobo and could save some dollar there.

If this is a gaming rig 8gb of ram is plenty, 16gb is not necessary.

With those changes you could get a better GPU.

I think that PSU could be better, would advise seasonic, xfx pc power and cooling etc.
January 25, 2013 9:51:45 AM

mikerockett said:
My thoughts would be this:

If you're not oc'ing grab a 3470, cheaper and little performance difference.

If you're not oc'ing you dont need a z77 mobo and could save some dollar there.

If this is a gaming rig 8gb of ram is plenty, 16gb is not necessary.

With those changes you could get a better GPU.

I think that PSU could be better, would advise seasonic, xfx pc power and cooling etc.


Noted. Maybe a stupid question but, if not a z77, what's a good replacement for that still on budget? Oh, and I'll still keep the 16 gb of RAM, I do a lot of video editing and vfx so I need that for the renders.
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January 25, 2013 9:57:00 AM

B75 or H77 would be cheaper options for you.
January 25, 2013 4:59:13 PM

bambronzo said:
Noted. Maybe a stupid question but, if not a z77, what's a good replacement for that still on budget? Oh, and I'll still keep the 16 gb of RAM, I do a lot of video editing and vfx so I need that for the renders.


Go with H77 - B75 is very limiting in terms of what it can do, plus it has outdated ports and very limited expansion.

I don't know why you would need 3TB for your uses - get a 1.5TB hard drive and use the difference for a good SSD like a Vertex 4 or Samsung 830.
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