First Gaming Build

This is my first time piecing together a gaming pc and my first building one. This is my list. Its gonna run me about 1200$, i was tryna shoot for a little less but being im tryna get a decent rig that'll last me i settled for a bit more. can anyone make suggestions and help finalize this...is there anything i don't need?


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card

Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)



http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IeDy
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  1. Better bang for buck
    EVO cools better (though you will have to put ram in slots 2 &4 instead of 1&3)[can opt for low profile ram without issue if you want]
    Better quality PSU
    ASUS mb that is as featured and with better power delivery for cheaper
    I personally like the enforcer a lot :)
    On board sound is just fine, no need for an dedicated sound card unless you really need it
    I personally take the 7870xt or the 7950 over the 660ti but you might want CUDA/PhysX

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($276.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1128.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-07 20:38 EST-0500)
  2. Are you overclocking?
  3. stickmansam said:
    Better bang for buck
    EVO cools better (though you will have to put ram in slots 2 &4 instead of 1&3)[can opt for low profile ram without issue if you want]
    Better quality PSU
    ASUS mb that is as featured and with better power delivery for cheaper
    I personally like the enforcer a lot :)
    On board sound is just fine, no need for an dedicated sound card unless you really need it
    I personally take the 7870xt or the 7950 over the 660ti but you might want CUDA/PhysX

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks



    by opting low what would i be looking at? i was initially going to go with a 16 and settled for an 8...lower would be what? other than that i like your setup.
  4. stickmansam said:
    Better bang for buck
    EVO cools better (though you will have to put ram in slots 2 &4 instead of 1&3)[can opt for low profile ram without issue if you want]
    Better quality PSU
    ASUS mb that is as featured and with better power delivery for cheaper
    I personally like the enforcer a lot :)
    On board sound is just fine, no need for an dedicated sound card unless you really need it
    I personally take the 7870xt or the 7950 over the 660ti but you might want CUDA/PhysX

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($276.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1128.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-07 20:38 EST-0500)


    Might as well drop the Z77 board, if you're going with a non-K CPU.
  5. Shockeray said:
    Are you overclocking?


    Yea, ill more than likely be overclocking. Im putting in alot of gaming on this as well as editing video and photo...
  6. I don't think Intel even makes overclockable i3's

    "1156 i3's were overclockable, but 1155 are not (aside from a ~ 5% o/c)"
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1260070/can-you-overclock-an-i3

    EDIT: Sorry, I was reading multiple forums.
  7. But i'm not getting an i3 i'm building with an i5...the 3570. That's not overclockable?
  8. The 3570k is oc'able. The 3570 is not.
  9. For a $1200 build you should be looking at something like this.
    It includes i5 3570k for beast OCing potential, Low profile ram for the 212 EVO, Modular PSU and one of the best single GPU's on the market.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IfJu
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IfJu/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IfJu/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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($392.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1154.89

    I suggest if you already have an optical drive / HDD you opt to keep them and save yourself a pretty penny for an SSD and quieter case fans, not hat these are bad.

    "Im putting in alot of gaming on this as well as editing video and photo..."
    you can choose this bundle for a better "editing" build.
    Newegg Combo 1224909
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard$139.99
    AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor$199.99
    Total:$339.98
    Combo Discount:-$20.00
    Combo Price:$319.98
  10. how is this build? i don't have older op drives everything would be new. is the ssd necessary right now. i was getting it for my OS so i have the hdd for everything else.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IfMb
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IfMb/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IfMb/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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77 WS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($329.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($276.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($37.28 @ TigerDirect)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1289.12
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-07 21:33 EST-0500)
  11. Take the excessive $$ off the mobo and put it into the GPU / PSU, drop the SSD and I'd be happy, lol.

    EDIT:
    "is the ssd necessary right now. "
    No, it's not. They're only for impatient people who cannot wait the extra few seconds it takes off :)
    but really no you don't NEED one.
  12. marqol said:
    Take the excessive $$ off the mobo and put it into the GPU / PSU, drop the SSD and I'd be happy, lol.

    EDIT:
    "is the ssd necessary right now. "
    No, it's not. They're only for impatient people who cannot wait the extra few seconds it takes off :)
    but really no you don't NEED one.


    what mobo would you suggest? i switched up for a "http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77professional"
  13. I actcidently hit the 3570 instead of the 3570k
  14. NEW BUILD. I APOLOGIZE FOR ALL OF THIS, IM JUST TRYNA PUT TOGETHER A WELL ROUNDED SYSTEM THAT'LL LAST ME.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ih8I
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ih8I/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ih8I/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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

    Total: $1164.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-07 23:42 EST-0500)
  15. I'll choose the LK over the LE, the lk was better placement for the sata ports
    The XFX 650W is slightly cheaper and also made by seasonic
    I would grab this cheaper yet better 7970 from sapphire or better yet drop to the cheaper powercolor one

    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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($392.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1120.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 00:02 EST-0500)
  16. alright. thanks, im gonna keep the cooler i have but ive switched out everything else.
  17. Looks good then :)
  18. How's your build going?
    Sorry I haven't been able reply. Work is just killing me right now.
    The motherboard suggestion is quite a tough one. I've chosen a commonly used mid-high end mobo for myself, in the form of an asrock z77 extreme 4. The price ranges from about $125-$140. Can hold more than enough ram for an gaming rig, 32GB and obvious added everything else with 3.0 USB ports and the works.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extreme4
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