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First Gaming Build Done!! Need an OK from system's experts!!

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March 24, 2013 2:57:47 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $962.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 17:54 EDT-0400)


If there are any way that i can manage to save money for the same performance, please let me know i will be very grateful:) 

NB: this is a gaming pc (dota2, diablo3, bf3)
March 24, 2013 3:00:51 PM

You should change the Nvidia GTX 660 TI for a Radeon 7950 because it performs better. You can change that gigabyte mobo for a Z77 DS3H version of itself unless you need the improved sound the mobo gives and the rest looks good :) 
March 24, 2013 3:41:36 PM

Cyanide Reverse said:
You should change the Nvidia GTX 660 TI for a Radeon 7950 because it performs better. You can change that gigabyte mobo for a Z77 DS3H version of itself unless you need the improved sound the mobo gives and the rest looks good :) 


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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1102.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 18:39 EDT-0400)

Som1 told me that this motherboard is better and easier if I eventually overclock it...

I changed the case too.. better quality i think!

Any other ways to save money? (for the GPU, i really like the 600 TI with the intel cpu..)

Are you sure the 7950 is better?:p 
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April 10, 2013 12:05:38 AM

Here is my build with HD7950, cpu-watercooler and 128GB SSD. It's a bit more expensive but it's worth it. if you want to go cheaper change the PSU to the one you had original and you will come to close to the price you have. If you want to save you can also take AMD Tahiti; the 7870 before in some case better than 660TI and in some a bit worse, meaning that the Tahiti LE, also referred as 7870 XT, will perform better at a lower price. 7950 vs 660Ti

Next question is if you will overclock otherwise you can go with a lower cpu. All non-overclocking cpu can be +400MHz or similar and here is build of an Non-overclockable system.

I hope this helps! :) 
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April 10, 2013 4:46:36 AM

much better build. get the 7950. no reason to go 660ti unless you do CUDA based work or play borderlands 2
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PI6r

-you dont really need the ud3h but if you want it, go ahead. the z77-LK is fine for most
-ram is way cheaper
-you need a SSD
-highest end 7950 you can get while being the lowest priced 7950 you can get. matching a nvidia GPU with a intel based system doesnt increase performance
-way better case. the 400R doesnt compare
-better psu
April 10, 2013 7:40:07 AM

TheBigTroll said:
much better build. get the 7950. no reason to go 660ti unless you do CUDA based work or play borderlands 2
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PI6r

-you dont really need the ud3h but if you want it, go ahead. the z77-LK is fine for most
-ram is way cheaper
-you need a SSD
-highest end 7950 you can get while being the lowest priced 7950 you can get. matching a nvidia GPU with a intel based system doesnt increase performance
-way better case. the 400R doesnt compare
-better psu


Or if for some reason you absolutely MUST stay with an nvidia card, you might as well get a 660 instead of a 660 ti. The ti will cost you 15-20% more for only about 5% increased performance over a 660.
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