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January 30, 2013 7:04:20 AM

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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January 30, 2013 7:16:25 AM

pretty good
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January 30, 2013 7:22:57 AM

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.
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January 30, 2013 7:23:10 AM

It's good, but take a different HDD 500gb is good, but you can get a 1tb drive for few more dollars.
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January 30, 2013 7:24:28 AM

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.
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January 30, 2013 7:27:46 AM

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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 30, 2013 7:31:11 AM

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.
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January 30, 2013 7:48:28 AM

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.
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January 30, 2013 7:58:53 AM

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)
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
January 30, 2013 8:03:42 AM

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 .
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January 30, 2013 8:25:59 AM

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.
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January 30, 2013 9:13:08 AM

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
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January 30, 2013 9:41:55 AM

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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