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March 4, 2013 12:17:07 AM

Hi, I want to build a gaming pc on a $1000~ budget I already have all the parts chosen I just want some feedback on it. This is my first build so bare with me

ASUS Intel Z77 Motherboard and Intel Core i5-3570K
MSI R7870 HAWK Radeon HD 7870 Video Card
Corsair CW-9060002-WW Hydro H70 CORE High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply
Toshiba HDKPC03 DT01ACA100 1TB Hard Drive
Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid-Tower Computer Case

Anything I should change? :) 

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March 4, 2013 12:22:12 AM

I would instead get this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($32.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $938.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 21:21 EST-0500)

You can change the PSU if you want to CrossFire later.


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March 4, 2013 12:23:35 AM

Looks good. Honestly though unless you really want it, I'd go with a high end air cooler over the H70. The Noctua NH-D14 is a VERY good air-cooler, out performing even the H100. Unless you really want water cooling, this is probably the best way to go. On that budget as well I'd try and get an SSD if you can. No one realises how good they are til they have one ;) . I've never heard of Ultra LSP power supplies, but as long as they're a trust-able manufacturer with good reviews you shouldn't worry. Personally I'd stick with Corsair/Seasonic/Antec for peace of mind.

Otherwise looking pretty solid.

Best of luck,

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March 4, 2013 12:38:09 AM

Thanks for the quick responses :)  and I kind looked forward to liquid cooling but it's really not a problem to switch to air cooling I'm just trying to OC so whichever you think is better. I guess I don't really know the importance of a ssd I know theirs no moving parts so it is faster but what are the real benefits of it?
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March 4, 2013 12:42:57 AM

Faster speeds for less capacity, essentially. You get much better speeds then the HDD, but you can't really put many things on it. Personally, I only have Windows and the stupid default Windows 7 programs on it, and that takes up like 40 GBs from my 128GB SSD so yeah. I only recommend storing programs you use often and maybe some games. But I don't recommend Steam on it if you have a lot of games, because most games you can't change the directory of the installation, so it clutters up the SSD and makes it slower.
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March 4, 2013 12:44:43 AM

Everything loads so much faster. The computer just feels responsive and zippy, much more so than upgrading your CPU or RAM does oddly enough. Boot times are super fast, probably sub 15 seconds, and gaming loading times are nothing.

Yeah liquid cooling is a big attraction for a lot of people, but honestly you gain almost no performance at all, unless you go the route of a custom loop (which I would NOT recommend for a first time build). A lot of people swear by the Cooler Master 212, but the Noctua DH-14 is without a doubt a better cooler, competing with the best prepackaged water cooler kits availiable, whereas the 212 is simply good value for money.

@SHORYUKEN You can now make library folders on your SSD for Steam, so you can have the newer, slower loading games on it, and all the older stuff on the hard drive.

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March 4, 2013 12:47:01 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HmG2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HmG2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HmG2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1005.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 21:46 EST-0500)
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