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February 16, 2013 5:32:42 AM

This will be my first build. Pretty sure this build will work, but just wanted to make sure?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($213.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina Premium Ceramic Polysynthetic 14g Thermal Paste
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.37 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2S-122B-GP 39.8 CFM 120mm Fans
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.31 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($179.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1341.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 02:29 EST-0500)

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February 16, 2013 5:53:44 AM

I'd drop the artic silver paste . Despite the hype it does not work better than the stuff thats included with the cpu cooler .

A 3570 cannot overclock . A 3570K can

If you are gaming then 16 gig of RAM is not needed . Even 2 x8 gig is more than enough

Including an SSD as a boot drive , or as a cache drive will make the computer feel much faster
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February 16, 2013 6:44:58 AM

Also may as well change mobo to UD3H(which is cheaper but still good) and put that money into better gpu like 7970 for example
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February 16, 2013 3:47:10 PM

Outlander_04 said:
I'd drop the artic silver paste . Despite the hype it does not work better than the stuff thats included with the cpu cooler .

A 3570 cannot overclock . A 3570K can

If you are gaming then 16 gig of RAM is not needed . Even 2 x8 gig is more than enough

Including an SSD as a boot drive , or as a cache drive will make the computer feel much faster


Woops that was my mistake on parts picker. In my build I did have the 3570k selected as well as I jus completely forgot to put a ssd on parts picker I had a Kingston Hyper x 120gb SSD planned for the build.

So paste comes along with the cooler? Also with this build I will not need to buy and type of cables will I?

Thanks for the help. Much appreciated.
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February 16, 2013 4:26:23 PM

Just a few changes that I see (especially if you intend on overclocking).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2S-122B-GP 39.8 CFM 120mm Fans ($6.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1336.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 13:21 EST-0500)

1. You need a k-version CPU if you are going to overclock.
2. The 212 EVO is better than the Plus.
3. Modular PSU from reliable brand.
4. Added an SSD
5. Downed the motherboard without any loss in performance or CrossFire capabilities later if you choose
6. Changed the case but that is just my preference
7. Changed the RAM to 8GB (low profile). Plenty for gaming (and clearance for EVO).
8. Changed the monitor to an IPS one with 5ms response time.
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February 16, 2013 5:53:53 PM

There mal paste with the cooler , and all the SATA cables you need are with the motherboard .

Id recommend you dont use the rosewill challenger . It won an award from Tomshardware for being cheap . Under $50 , but because it won the award they put the price up .

Toms said it had cheap plastic and thin metal and they wished they'd had a big enough budget to buy an Antec 300 . The u3 challenger is the same cheap case with USB3 added

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February 16, 2013 8:43:17 PM

AT02 said:
Love that Rosewill case. Will be using that. I want a mobo that has wifi and think the one in my original post is the cheapest one with it built in. Instead of a 2x8gb ram would a 4x4gb fit if I got some like this

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058J1QYC/ref=ox_sc_a...


Unless you really want to spend the extra cash, you don't need it. I have 16GB (mistake before I realized) and now I have enough memory to load like 50 apps at once (haven't even tried it). I have like 12% usage with over 70 processes running and many services. It is way overkill.
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February 16, 2013 9:39:01 PM

Would a 4x2gb then be better than a 2x4gb? or does it matter at all? Thanks again for all the help.
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February 16, 2013 9:42:24 PM

AT02 said:
Would a 4x2gb then be better than a 2x4gb? or does it matter at all? Thanks again for all the help.


It is best just to go with 2x4 because with 4x2 it is still just dual channel. No need to use the extra power for 4 sticks to get the same with 2 sticks.
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February 17, 2013 12:35:09 AM

Best answer selected by AT02.
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