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New gaming rig, 1k - 1200~, opinions?

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March 13, 2013 4:27:11 PM

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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($483.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.80 @ Amazon)
Total: $1222.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 19:08 EDT-0400)

I was wondering if I'd experience any bottlenecking with this build, since the gpu is easily the most high end component in here.

I'm going to hijack an old optical drive put off getting an SSD for awhile, this is already stretching my budget and well, I'm an anime dork, and running out of space on my painfully slow SATA 1 hdd already so I need the storage. But I was considering a Kingston HyperX when I do.

It's possible I may end having to shave a couple hundred dollars. My plan B was either EVGA GTX 670 FTW or a Sapphire Radeon 7970 and a Zalman Z5 mid tower case, but I'm concerned about the space being cramped and overheating with a mid tower, not sure. Either that or a MSI Radeon 7950 Twin Frozr 3

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March 13, 2013 4:33:54 PM

I'm sort of new to building pcs, but from my knowledge maybe your CPU Cooler may prevent you from OC'ing your 3570k to a certain level. Don't take my word for it though!
March 13, 2013 4:56:06 PM

GMPoisoN said:
I'm sort of new to building pcs, but from my knowledge maybe your CPU Cooler may prevent you from OC'ing your 3570k to a certain level. Don't take my word for it though!


Well you're not wrong. There is some truth to that. However when a CPU gets really hot is when you start playing with voltages other than stock. On stock voltages most CPUs can overclock to 4.3 - 4.4 GHz easily with just switching the multiplier. But when you start getting into advanced overclocking (in the 5.1 - 5.2 range) that's where the fancy cooling solutions start coming in handy.

On a $1200 build the original looks pretty good but I'd get a 670 over a 680 and then add a good SSD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($148.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1235.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 19:53 EDT-0400)
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