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I've got $1100, need advise on chosen components for new PC

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March 7, 2013 10:30:18 AM

Hi Everyone,


I hope I can get some expert advice here on deciding on components for a new Gaming PC. First, let me just say that I last bought, and assembled a PC about 7 years ago, so I a a bit out of touch, Iv'e been reading this site more often trying to get up t speed with the changes (I've just been through the Q1 213 $100 build topic), but obviously still rusty when it comes to choosing the RIGHT components together for a new PC. Any help would be great, here's the items I have chosen, with questions below:

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570, 3.4GHz, LGA1155, Quad Core (with 4 threads), 22nm, 6MB L3 ca

Graphics - ASUS HD7850-DC2T-2GD5, HD7850, 2GB 256bit 4 channel DDR5, 32RoPs, 153.6Gb/sec me

SSD - Kingston SV300S37A/120G SSD, MLC Solid-State Drive, 2.5" 120GB, SATA6G, sandforc

RAM - Kingston ValueRam KVR16N11/4, 4GB, DDR3-1600, CL11, 1.5v, 240pin, lifetime warra

Motherboard - ASUS P8H77-M PRO: all-in-one LGA1155, Intel H77 chipset, 4x dual channel DDR3 22

PSU - Cooler Master Thunder, 600w (12v, 564w), Eps12V V2.91 + ATX 12V V2.31, single 12

CASE - Cooler Master Elite 334U, Mid Tower, Black, with Windowed side panel, no PSU (bo

Am I missing something? Do I need a CPU cooler? Are the components all compatible? any recommendations?

Thanks!

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March 7, 2013 11:45:49 AM

Seems good, I take it you don't want to overclock, which is fine of course. Since you're not overclocking you don't really need a CPU cooler, unless you really want to push for a quiet build or something like that.

Don't get a Cooler Master power-supply, they really tend to suck a lot. I'd recommend the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... from Seasonic. This is the semi-modular flavor, there is also a normal model for a few bucks less (the S12II).

Otherwise you aren't really missing anything. If it was within your budget I'd go for a 7870 and/or 8 gb of RAM. Speaking of which the RAM you've picked is pretty slow, are there no 1600 and CL9 kits, or is there price difference quite a bit?

The Asus GPU models are very good, but they can be a bit more pricey than the rest. I'd rather go with a lower end 7870 than a higher end 7850. Gigabyte has some good models.

Everything is compatible, yes.

All the best,

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March 8, 2013 5:21:52 AM

Tanks! Really appreciate the feedback,

-Unfortunately the place I am looking at buying does not have the Seasonic PSU.

-My knowledge of RAM is very limited, do you recommend something else? Still DDR 3, higher than 1600?

-For the Graphics card, I found this one for the same price as the ASUS one. GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD, HD7870 OC, 2GB 256bit 4 channel DDR5, 32RoPs, 153.6Gb/se. Looks exactly the same? so go for this one rather?

Thanks again, really appreciate the help!
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March 8, 2013 5:36:50 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($113.79 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell S2240L 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1121.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 02:35 EST-0500)

if you don't need an SSD then you can cut off about 110$ off from final price
Its pointless to go higher than 1333mhz since cpu support only 1333mhz!
Add whatever case you like and go with a 60GB ssd if you want or remove it
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March 8, 2013 7:34:57 AM

Get i5-3570K version if you want to overclock, otherwise the motherboard get a cheaper motherboard
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March 8, 2013 10:48:02 AM

@TheFran Where are you buying from? Do they hae anything from Antec/Corsair for the PSU?

Higher than 1600 Mhz is not really important, it's more the CAS latency. The RAM you've linked is CAS 11, which is about as slow as it gets. Something like CAS 9 would be a bit faster, and probably about the same price.

Yes Gigabyte also make good graphics cards, the only after-market vendor I would avoid at the moment is XFX, they tend to be a very noisy.

You might want to save a bit of money on the CPU if you can and get either a 3350P or a 3470 if possible, the clock difference is minimal.

@chairmansaab You don't really need a Z77 if you don't have an unlocked CPU (K series), it only adds over-clocking support. Also Intel CPUs do support 1600 Mhz RAM, and I'm pretty sure there's some 1600 for cheaper than that G.Skill kit you linked. I don't think a monitor is needed either.

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March 8, 2013 5:17:48 PM

marshallbradley said:
@TheFran Where are you buying from? Do they hae anything from Antec/Corsair for the PSU?

Higher than 1600 Mhz is not really important, it's more the CAS latency. The RAM you've linked is CAS 11, which is about as slow as it gets. Something like CAS 9 would be a bit faster, and probably about the same price.


It's not necessarily the speed but the voltage. Kingston RAM is generally rated at 1.65V, Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge requires 1.5V.

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Yes Gigabyte also make good graphics cards, the only after-market vendor I would avoid at the moment is XFX, they tend to be a very noisy.


The Gigabyte Windforce 3X are among the best of the best.
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March 9, 2013 11:50:33 AM

Yeah they can be 1.65v, if you use PC part picker though it does filter all the 1.65v kits if you have an Sandy/Ivy CPU. The stuff he picked was 1.5v anyway.

Unless you can find a significantly cheaper MSI or Asus card (doubtful), as these are the other two top options in my opinion, I'd go with the Gigabyte one.

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