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March 4, 2013 12:55:09 AM

Building my first gaming rig to replace my console gaming and will be running this PC on my TV probably. Strictly gaming and media.

Here's what I got

MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU: MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) x2
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HDD: WD Caviar Black WDBAAZ0020HNC-NRSN 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Around 1500 budget. Was looking at a CPU cooler but not sure if it's needed? I know next to nothing about this stuff so any advice is appreciated before i make a run at my first build!

Thanks!

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March 4, 2013 12:56:23 AM

Looks good to me.

You do not need an aftermarket CPU cooler because you will not be overclocking.
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March 4, 2013 1:09:03 AM

If you don't plan on overclocking, you can save money without losing performance. Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($382.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair C70 Arctic White (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1063.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 22:05 EST-0500)

If you don't plan on doing SLI in the future, you won't need a 750w PSU. The Corsair CX600 is a great PSU. I currently have one in my system, and it's running like a champ. You can use the above as a base build, and then you can fine tune it to your liking.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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March 4, 2013 1:59:24 AM

DeusAres said:
If you don't plan on overclocking, you can save money without losing performance. Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($382.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair C70 Arctic White (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1063.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 22:05 EST-0500)

If you don't plan on doing SLI in the future, you won't need a 750w PSU. The Corsair CX600 is a great PSU. I currently have one in my system, and it's running like a champ. You can use the above as a base build, and then you can fine tune it to your liking.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


I don't plan on overclocking or SLI but I wanted to plan ahead. I've had my current system for 5 years now and besides RAM and a GPU update it still runs everything I play (Dead Space 3 last). The PSU gave me issues though and limited my GPU selection so I wanted to make sure that didn't come up again.

Is there any advantage one way or the other with the GeForce over a Radeon?

Looking at this now http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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March 4, 2013 2:31:59 AM

I suggest this. That GPU has a great cooler and can be overclocked lots.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ho56
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ho56/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ho56/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: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1097.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 23:31 EST-0500)
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March 4, 2013 4:33:21 AM

AYBABTUS said:
I don't plan on overclocking or SLI but I wanted to plan ahead. I've had my current system for 5 years now and besides RAM and a GPU update it still runs everything I play (Dead Space 3 last). The PSU gave me issues though and limited my GPU selection so I wanted to make sure that didn't come up again.

Is there any advantage one way or the other with the GeForce over a Radeon?

Looking at this now http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

That solely depends on you and your needs. GeForce will typically run faster in nVidia favored titles. It also supports PhysX, Adaptive VSync, and CUDA. If you plan on rendering with Adobe Premiere or if you plan on playing games that use PhysX, I would go with the nVidia card. Otherwise, AMD all the way.
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March 4, 2013 4:56:55 AM

USB3 case and ASUS mb
Powercolor 7970 with a good cooler
Faster hdd
rest is pretty much repeat but got cheaper ram and cheaper PSU

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)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($370.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1062.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 01:56 EST-0500)
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March 4, 2013 10:04:27 PM

Best answer selected by AYBABTUS.
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