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First PC build help!

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February 3, 2013 5:57:01 PM

I'm working on my first build and I decided to go with a gaming/editing PC I've been apart of the PC gaming scene for a while but this time I want to have a computer specifically designed for gaming. This is what I have so far:
However I'm fully open to suggestions I want to keep the build under $1200 for everything excluding the monitor. I plan to be doing some overclocking on my cpu and bring it up to 4.0 GHz as well as overclocking my graphics card once I learn how to. This is going to be a really important thing for me so I want to get my monies worth. Being 15 it's not the easiest to get money. Thank you!

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a b B Homebuilt system
a c 438 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 6:00:06 PM

You don't need all those cables. The motherboard will come with them. Your motherboard is way more expensive than you need. Get a $100 board and put the money towards a better GPU.

The cooler will come with past so don't worry about that either.

For max settings at 1080p try to get a gtx670/HD7950
February 3, 2013 6:03:35 PM

I was looking at both the GTX 670 and the Radeon HD 7950 but I can't find one cheap enough to be in my budget. Also I know the Cpu comes with a heat sync but I want an aftermarket one for better cooling.
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a b B Homebuilt system
a c 438 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 6:07:54 PM

The aftermarket cooler comes with thermal paste. Are you overclocking the CPU?
February 3, 2013 6:11:38 PM

I know it does but it isn't high quality and yes I want to overclock to 4.0 GHz at least.
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 438 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 6:12:39 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.04 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.66 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1123.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 15:12 EST-0500)

Didn't include a mouse or keyboard but here is a build with a 7950 and a SSD.
February 3, 2013 6:16:30 PM

Wouldn't the price difference of the motherboard with the cpu and gpu cause bottlenecks?
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 438 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 6:19:53 PM

Nope. Even an i3 and $45 motherboard will bottleneck a 7950.

Gaming is about 90% GPU and 10% CPU.
February 3, 2013 6:43:48 PM

The SSD you picked out is only 120gb not 128
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 438 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 6:45:11 PM

I meant 120gb. Sorry
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 438 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 7:06:52 PM

Don't do that. Its a lower quality supply. You don't want to risk all your components to a supply that is known to fail. Stick with Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.