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MATX Gaming PC Advice Needed

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1100 after taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, and Internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU / Motherboard / RAM / HSF / OS / Case / PSU / GPU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Micro Center / Newegg

Location: Garland, TX, US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Never

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 on a 24' Monitor

Additional Comments: Prefer mATX due to me only ever needing 1 GPU / 1 SSD / 1 HDD.

Why Are You Upgrading: Ready to get rid of my 8 year old computer!

-=Build=-
CPU: i5 3570K $190 Micro Center
MOBO: ASUS Maximus V Gene $155 Micro Center
RAM: Samsung 8GB $48 Micro Center
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $30 Micro Center
OS: Windows 7 $95 Micro Center
Case: SilverStone SG09B $95 Newegg
PSU: Silverstone ST55F-G/PP05 Short Cable Kit $145 Newegg
GPU: ASUS 7950 DC2 V2 $340

Total: $1098
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  2. djangoringo said:


    I have a Corsair TX750 V2 but didnt know if it would fit in a mATX case but if it does that saves me money on a new PSU! Also I dont plan on doing extreme overclocking so would getting the asus maximus v gene be a waste or would I be better off getting the Asus P8Z77-M Pro?
  3. The gene has more features and it's better for overclocking, but yes, you can get a cheaper motherboard.
    And it fits, the corsair psu, so you'll save some.
  4. djangoringo said:
    The gene has more features and it's better for overclocking, but yes, you can get a cheaper motherboard.
    And it fits, the corsair psu, so you'll save some.


    Ill be overclocking to 4.5ghz on air for sure and i plan on OCing probably everyday for gaming only and I want this computer to last about 3-5 years so i think the -50 discount i get at micro center is worth it then. Will the Hyper 212 EVO be good enough for 4.5 or should I get the Noctua NH-D14 or H80i?
  5. The hyper 212 evo might do, but if you can get the Noctua NH-D14, i recommend that one or the phanteks PH-TC12DX.
    Also for that stay with the gene board.
  6. djangoringo said:
    The hyper 212 evo might do, but if you can get the Noctua NH-D14, i recommend that one or the phanteks PH-TC12DX.
    Also for that stay with the gene board.


    So the NH-D14 is better than the H80i even though the H80i allows better airflow in the case?
  7. The noctua nh-d14 is a better cooler, yes, the h80i is a good alternative for that kind of setup.
  8. If you are going with that motherboard, a Noctua NH-D14 may allow you to overclock above 4.5 GHz with decent temps. There's no point in getting a CM Hyper 212 EVO if your motherboard is capable of so much more. That being said, if you just want to reach 4.5, you can get a better cooler, such as the Noctua, and a cheaper motherboard, such as an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (it costs the same as the matx version. Since space isn't an issue, this is a straight upgrade). The money saved can be spent on a better GPU/ whatever you want
  9. djangoringo said:
    The noctua nh-d14 is a better cooler, yes, the h80i is a good alternative for that kind of setup.


    Updated Build based on your suggestions:

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Own:
    PSU: Corsair TX750 V2
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CPU: i5 3570K $190 Micro Center
    MOBO: ASUS Maximus V Gene $155 Micro Center
    RAM: Samsung 8GB 1600 $48 Micro Center
    GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr OC $310 Micro Center
    OS: Windows 7 $95 Micro Center
    Case: SilverStone TJ08B-E $100 Fry's Electronics
    HSF: Noctua NH-D14 $81 Newegg
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total: $1059.77 w/taxes

    Would I get the same performance out of the build below but cheaper?

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Own:
    PSU: Corsair TX750 V2
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CPU: i5-3570K $190 Micro Center
    MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $80 Micro Center
    HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $30 Micro Center
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB $42 Micro Center
    GPU: MSI 7950 Twin Frozr OC $310 Micro Center
    OS: Windows 7 $95 Micro Center
    Case: HAF 912 $55 Fry's Electronics
    Case Fans: 2 Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm $30 Fry's Electronics
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total: $900.64 w/taxes
  10. It's all good.
    Yes, you'll have the same performance, i thought, you wanted a matx build, but the second one will be cheaper and as good.
  11. djangoringo said:
    It's all good.
    Yes, you'll have the same performance, i thought, you wanted a matx build, but the second one will be cheaper and as good.


    Yeah was just considering what someone pmed me. But I rather spend the extra money on a mATX build :D
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