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February 10, 2013 12:33:54 AM

Hello,

I looking to build a PC for gaming. I have a list of parts I have in mind and would like to ask for some feedback and suggestions. Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 900-1,100 after rebates/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, watch youtube, editing video

Are you buying a monitor: No, currently using one 27" and one 24" monitors

Parts to Upgrade: Only reusing the HDD and sound card

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Seattle, WA USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Building this new PC mainly for playing GW2, FFXIV:ARR (when it's out), Sims3, and Diablo3

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Been planning this for the release of FFXIV:ARR. Over the last few weeks, was playing GW2 WvW and was so laggy. So decided to build a new PC for gaming.

Currently I have these parts in mind, anyone have any suggestion for improvements?

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower $39.99
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $214.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI free Corsair 8gb ram, $134.99
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250KW 2.5" 250GB SATA III $149.99
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready$59.99
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $369.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99

Total: $1,069.93

Thank you!

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February 10, 2013 12:37:45 AM

If you are not overclocking, i think you should go with with this CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
less money almost same power

Edit: I take back my advice. I receive some good advice about z77. maybe you want to check it. here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/384268-31-need-approv...
you should go for that cpu and motherboard if you are overcloking. if not maybe reconsider both.


if you are overclocking maybe buy a better fan
i had that cpu in mind and was considering this fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
because of reviews here in tomshardware
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February 10, 2013 1:09:27 AM

Looks good but like i keep preaching, get a two or three fan gpu unless you like having a hairdryer on during gaming.
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February 10, 2013 1:51:26 AM

tarus said:
Hello,

I looking to build a PC for gaming. I have a list of parts I have in mind and would like to ask for some feedback and suggestions. Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 900-1,100 after rebates/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, watch youtube, editing video

Are you buying a monitor: No, currently using one 27" and one 24" monitors

Parts to Upgrade: Only reusing the HDD and sound card

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Seattle, WA USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Building this new PC mainly for playing GW2, FFXIV:ARR (when it's out), Sims3, and Diablo3

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Been planning this for the release of FFXIV:ARR. Over the last few weeks, was playing GW2 WvW and was so laggy. So decided to build a new PC for gaming.

Currently I have these parts in mind, anyone have any suggestion for improvements?

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower $39.99
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $214.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI free Corsair 8gb ram, $134.99
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250KW 2.5" 250GB SATA III $149.99
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready$59.99
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $369.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99

Total: $1,069.93

Thank you!


Case has bad cooling, go better instead for both a clean look and 4 fans.

SSD is fine but I prefer the 840Pro, and 2 128s in raid on a z77 build. That said, Plextor is my ultimate choice atm. It'd be a bit more expensive though so I won't really argue it but think about it. Raid doubles the r/w speed and iops which is nice as ssd degrades over time and starting with a 1000mb/s read is better than 500 3 years from now. Food for thought.

GPU is bad get this I would prefer sli 660s but it'd be about 100 bucks more for cards.

PSU is good

MOB is good but I would look @ zat

Memory to match mobo Corsair nom nom

This CPU is fine I agree with you

MSI motherboards come with OC genie which is a feature on MSI bios that make it extremely easy/stable to go 4-4500mhz on the overclock with 3 clicks if you are someone that is iffy about OC, it'd be a good board for you even it wasn't cheaper.
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February 10, 2013 3:14:08 AM

Funny... Just built my computer for the same game (FFXIV:ARR (2.0)). Here's what I suggest. I built nearly an identical system. The RAM is out of stock at newegg, and expensive at amazon, microcenter has it for $55. Supposed to be the most overclockable Ram. I'm sure you can substitute crucial, corsair, etc. Power supply is rock solid. Here's a review . That said, if you want to crossfire/SLI, it won't be enough (though I doubt you need to crossfire/SLI for those games). At that point, I'd suggest This or This .

That said, this is basically what I bought. I think a case is a personal thing. I got a Fractal Design Define R4 case. I put a decent cheap one on here, you can pick your own.

Maybe I'll see you inside FFXIV.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.02 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC) Total: $1083.91 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 00:13 EST-0500)
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February 10, 2013 4:41:25 AM

@Eyeage what do you think of the R4? Is it as quiet as you expected?
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February 10, 2013 4:44:08 AM

I'm waiting for a cable extender to completely put it together. The 8 pin is stretched over my GPU/MOBO instead of being routed behind. Send me a PM and I'll let you know what I think of it when I get it together this week.
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February 10, 2013 5:45:59 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($106.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1122.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 02:45 EST-0500)
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February 10, 2013 4:45:31 PM

Thank you guys for the feedback. :) 
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February 10, 2013 4:45:47 PM

Best answer selected by tarus.
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