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First build - any obvious issues?

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February 16, 2013 8:22:04 PM

Hi all, I'm trying to put together my first build. I was hoping you could look it over to make sure it is compatable and to see if you have other suggestions. The primary purpose of this rig is to play the Total War series, Europa Universalis and comparable titles.

As this is my first build, I'd also appreciate it if you notice a part I'm buying as being troublesome or difficult to work with.

I'd like to purchase this tomorrow, if possible, to take advantage of some sales this weekend. Thank you for your help!

The build is as follows:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DWjz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DWjz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DWjz/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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($423.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($132.72 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($33.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1599.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 17:19 EST-0500)


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Tomorrow - Sunday 2/17/13

Budget Range: 1750 out the door or less.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Basic word processing/microsoft office

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Entire Machine

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Location: Connecticut, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU/Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

More about : build obvious issues

February 16, 2013 8:36:15 PM

Made some changes, i rather get low profile ram for cpu cooler clearance, also there's cheaper ram as good as the vengeance, the 4GB vram on the 670 is useless, get a 670 GTX with 2GB with a good cooling system, i included the 670 windforce 3x because it's cheaper, if you prefer evga brand, get the signature 2, also changed for a better monitor, an ips ledbacklit one, the capstone 750M is a high quality psu, made by super flower, so if you want to add another 670 gtx, it will do, and it's a lot cheaper then the nzxt hale90.
Here's the link : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DWPf
February 16, 2013 9:38:55 PM

Hi, thank you very much for your help. I've incorporated most of your changes. I did stick with my monitor because it has a very good deal going on right now, and has 1000 reviews w/ a 5 egg rating. I understand the other one might be a little bit better but it wasn't worth the extra cash to me.

The only thing I'm curious about is the 4GB being useless. I understand right now there are only a few games that push past 2 (and nothing I plan on playing), but won't this start to change relatively soon? I just feel like it gives me a little more head room. Am I over-thinking things/flat out wrong here? It could save some more money going to 2. I wish they offered one w/ 3 but they don't.

Thanks again for your help!
February 16, 2013 9:45:51 PM

The reviews in newegg don't mean a thing, it's a good monitor, but there're better ones out there, if you want a cheaper get this : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vh238h
It's ledbacklit, get it in newegg, it has a 20$ promo code, so it's 119.99$ after promo code and mir.
For the 4GB vram question, this will prove what i just said :
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/08/asus_geforce_...
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/14/asus_geforce_...
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