How is my build?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aqek

Budget is a little over $1000. Any advice on what I could improve on in the build would be greatly appreciated. Will be used almost mainly for gaming (BF3, Diablo 3, etc)..
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  1. pretty good
  2. I think so to :]

    This is my first build so just getting some reassurance before I pull the trigger. I'm going to add an SSD in a about a month or so.
  3. It's good, but take a different HDD 500gb is good, but you can get a 1tb drive for few more dollars.
  4. rezervesizeja said:
    It's good, but take a different HDD 500gb is good, but you can get a 1tb drive for few more dollars.


    Yeah I was looking at that. The WD Blue's are pretty cheap for the 1TB's but I heard that they are a little louder and slower than the Black's.
  5. wllder said:
    Yeah I was looking at that. The WD Blue's are pretty cheap for the 1TB's but I heard that they are a little louder and slower than the Black's.

    Not notably louder or faster. And if you buy a SSD there should be no problem with the speed. That is, of course, if the SSD is the boot drive with OS and all the programs.
  6. I would change the power supply though. I'd rather get the Corsair TX650 V2 at that price. The rest of the parts seems fine.
  7. Cooler Master Silent Pro series is great unlike any other series from CM, this build needs a SSD, a better case compatible with the USB 3.0 header of the ASRock, I would get the Extreme 4 instead of the Extreme 6, the additional features doesn't matter and I would get GTX 670.
  8. Here's my take on the build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.68 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1011.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 04:58 EST-0500)
  9. The scorpio hard drive is a 2.5 inch model for a laptop
    Use a 3.5 inch drive

    Windows 8 has improvements and a better license for home builders because you can re-use it .
  10. I agree that windows 8 would be a better choice, only put 7 as that's what the op originally chose.

    The case i picked has 2.5" drive bays and as it's a 7200rpm not a 5400 like most laptop drives it should be acceptable.
  11. mikerockett said:
    I agree that windows 8 would be a better choice, only put 7 as that's what the op originally chose.

    The case i picked has 2.5" drive bays and as it's a 7200rpm not a 5400 like most laptop drives it should be acceptable.


    Even at the same rpm data transfer will be slower
    Theres no good reason to use a 2.5 inch drive in a desk top computer , unless its an SSD
  12. Not that i'm saying you're wrong, im just curious as to how you came to that conclusion?

    As far as i can see, it has the same rpm, both a sata connection. The fact that it's a 2.5" drive would mean a denser platter than a 3.5" drive of equal volume, which if anything, should be faster.
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