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First time buying a pre-built. Need opinions on my setup

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March 26, 2013 6:09:34 PM


Thanks!!Hi guys,

This is my first post and also my first time buying a pre built desktop. I wont be doing any video editing but will be using it for casual gaming nothing too intense. I'm not looking to build a super gaming machine but something that I aim on keeping for the next 5 years. So I've picked a motherboard that has some room for upgrade.

This is my current build spec:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Loki SDS963
Operating System: Windows 8
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77-D3H
Memory: 8GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)
Hard Drive: Sandisk 128GB SSD S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Case: Xigmatek Asgard 382 Window
PSU: 550W Corsair VS

Let me know what you guys think. Particularly if my chosen components will work well together or if you feel I need to change anything.
March 26, 2013 6:16:14 PM

Everything is good together and should work fine though I would make a couple changes.

I would NEVER recommend getting windows 8, I have it and I HATE it, it is buggy and an overall pain in the knee (yes knee) to work with. It is one of the most unintuitive operating systems I have ever used, I want the Desktop back! With that out of the way, stick to windows 7 64bit.

And I would also change your GPU, the 7870XT is a MUCH better card at the same price as the 660. If you want to get better performance at the same price get the 7870XT simple as that.
March 26, 2013 6:29:22 PM

burritobob said:
Everything is good together and should work fine though I would make a couple changes.

I would NEVER recommend getting windows 8, I have it and I HATE it, it is buggy and an overall pain in the knee (yes knee) to work with. It is one of the most unintuitive operating systems I have ever used, I want the Desktop back! With that out of the way, stick to windows 7 64bit.

And I would also change your GPU, the 7870XT is a MUCH better card at the same price as the 660. If you want to get better performance at the same price get the 7870XT simple as that.


Thanks for the quick reply!

I've been using Windows 8 for around 5months now and I've actually grown to like it! I wouldn't say it's better than Win 7 but it's been a pleasant experience.

Also, can this motherboard be over clocked? I've never tried over clocking before but it would be interesting to have a go. And is this psu Ok? I couldn't really find any reviews for the VS model so wasn't too sure
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March 26, 2013 7:29:50 PM

You cannot overlcock the motherboard XD, you can however since the chipset is z77 and you have an aftermarket cooler overclock your CPU. Your PSU choice is fantastic, XFX is a very reputable brand and you should not need more than 550w anytime soon.
March 27, 2013 9:17:54 AM

burritobob said:
You cannot overlcock the motherboard XD, you can however since the chipset is z77 and you have an aftermarket cooler overclock your CPU. Your PSU choice is fantastic, XFX is a very reputable brand and you should not need more than 550w anytime soon.


What case would you recommend? And how complicated is it to overclock?
March 27, 2013 11:55:44 AM

mo123456789 said:
burritobob said:
You cannot overlcock the motherboard XD, you can however since the chipset is z77 and you have an aftermarket cooler overclock your CPU. Your PSU choice is fantastic, XFX is a very reputable brand and you should not need more than 550w anytime soon.


What case would you recommend? And how complicated is it to overclock?


In the $50 - $75 range these are the cases I would recommend:
- Rosewill Challenger
- Corsair 200R
- NZXT Source 210
- Antec 302
- Cooler Master HAF 912
- Fractal Design Core 3000
March 27, 2013 5:46:25 PM

Ok so ive decided to ditch the pre built system and take the plunge to build my first ever system! Ive selected the following components.

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
SanDisk 120GB Extreme SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 550MB/s Write 510MB/s
Corsair 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Red Vengeance Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V
CM Storm Enforcer Case with Coolermaster 650W GX PSU
Coolermaster HTK-002-U1 White Thermal paste
Corsair Hydro Series H60 2013 model High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Your input is very much appreciated. Are all these compatible?

Thanks!

March 27, 2013 7:58:03 PM

mo123456789 said:
Ok so ive decided to ditch the pre built system and take the plunge to build my first ever system! Ive selected the following components.

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
SanDisk 120GB Extreme SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 550MB/s Write 510MB/s
Corsair 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Red Vengeance Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V
CM Storm Enforcer Case with Coolermaster 650W GX PSU
Coolermaster HTK-002-U1 White Thermal paste
Corsair Hydro Series H60 2013 model High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Your input is very much appreciated. Are all these compatible?

Thanks!



That looks a lot better. You're throwing money away buying extra thermal compound. Ditch the H60 for a stronger Noctua fan like the U9B.

Cooler Master PSUs are also horrendous, this would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then instead of the Sandisk SSD get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-227-...
March 27, 2013 8:14:59 PM

g-unit1111 said:
mo123456789 said:
Ok so ive decided to ditch the pre built system and take the plunge to build my first ever system! Ive selected the following components.

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
SanDisk 120GB Extreme SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 550MB/s Write 510MB/s
Corsair 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Red Vengeance Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V
CM Storm Enforcer Case with Coolermaster 650W GX PSU
Coolermaster HTK-002-U1 White Thermal paste
Corsair Hydro Series H60 2013 model High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Your input is very much appreciated. Are all these compatible?

Thanks!



That looks a lot better. You're throwing money away buying extra thermal compound. Ditch the H60 for a stronger Noctua fan like the U9B.

Cooler Master PSUs are also horrendous, this would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then instead of the Sandisk SSD get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-227-...


Will the cooler fan come with its own thermal compound? I wasn't too sure which is why I opted to buy additional compound.

The reason I was buying the cooler master psu is because I am getting a good deal with the enforcer case and psu as a bundle. But if theyre really that bad I better look at for something else. The seasonic psu is 520w, will that be sufficient?
March 28, 2013 9:43:50 AM

mo123456789 said:
g-unit1111 said:
mo123456789 said:
Ok so ive decided to ditch the pre built system and take the plunge to build my first ever system! Ive selected the following components.

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
SanDisk 120GB Extreme SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 550MB/s Write 510MB/s
Corsair 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Red Vengeance Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V
CM Storm Enforcer Case with Coolermaster 650W GX PSU
Coolermaster HTK-002-U1 White Thermal paste
Corsair Hydro Series H60 2013 model High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Your input is very much appreciated. Are all these compatible?

Thanks!



That looks a lot better. You're throwing money away buying extra thermal compound. Ditch the H60 for a stronger Noctua fan like the U9B.

Cooler Master PSUs are also horrendous, this would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then instead of the Sandisk SSD get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-227-...


Will the cooler fan come with its own thermal compound? I wasn't too sure which is why I opted to buy additional compound.

The reason I was buying the cooler master psu is because I am getting a good deal with the enforcer case and psu as a bundle. But if theyre really that bad I better look at for something else. The seasonic psu is 520w, will that be sufficient?


I'm personally not a fan of closed liquid loops. If you buy a strong air fan like the Noctua U9B or the Cooler Master Hyper 212 they both come with really good thermal compound, there's no need to buy extra.

The Seasonic 520W will be perfectly sufficient for a single GPU solution. If you plan to upgrade and add a second one later on you will need higher wattage.
March 28, 2013 9:51:43 AM

great advice from gunit. the CM psu has to go. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair for psus. I would think twice before buying the psu especially if you are going to crossfire/sli in the future might as well spend the extra $$$ to get yourself a better psu.

Air Cooling def also. Liquid cooling = scary (personal opinion).
March 28, 2013 9:59:57 AM

n3cw4rr10r said:
great advice from gunit. the CM psu has to go. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair for psus. I would think twice before buying the psu especially if you are going to crossfire/sli in the future might as well spend the extra $$$ to get yourself a better psu.

Air Cooling def also. Liquid cooling = scary (personal opinion).


Yeah I just took advantage of that Newegg deal yesterday and scored a Seasonic X750 modular PSU for $99. Can't beat that!
March 28, 2013 10:33:20 AM

g-unit1111 said:
n3cw4rr10r said:
great advice from gunit. the CM psu has to go. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair for psus. I would think twice before buying the psu especially if you are going to crossfire/sli in the future might as well spend the extra $$$ to get yourself a better psu.

Air Cooling def also. Liquid cooling = scary (personal opinion).


Yeah I just took advantage of that Newegg deal yesterday and scored a Seasonic X750 modular PSU for $99. Can't beat that!


Ok so ive ditched the psu and fan and this is the revised spec:

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
SanDisk 120GB Extreme SSD - 2.5" SATA-III - Read 550MB/s Write 510MB/s
Corsair 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Red Vengeance Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V
CM Storm Enforcer Case with Corsair TX 750W V2 PSU
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Is this all I need?
March 28, 2013 10:37:31 AM

Looks good.

Also keep an eye out for AsRock Z77 Extreme4. They are both great motherboards. Get the one that's cheaper or on sale.
March 28, 2013 10:41:20 AM

n3cw4rr10r said:
Looks good.

Also keep an eye out for AsRock Z77 Extreme4. They are both great motherboards. Get the one that's cheaper or on sale.


I have an Asrock extreme4, and my friend has the gigabyte board, I feel that if they cost about the same you should go with the gigabyte board only because it feels a bit stronger, less bendy.
March 28, 2013 10:46:00 AM

burritobob said:
n3cw4rr10r said:
Looks good.

Also keep an eye out for AsRock Z77 Extreme4. They are both great motherboards. Get the one that's cheaper or on sale.


I have an Asrock extreme4, and my friend has the gigabyte board, I feel that if they cost about the same you should go with the gigabyte board only because it feels a bit stronger, less bendy.


Thanks for the advice guys! For some reason I feel nervous to order. Like i'm missing something....

March 28, 2013 10:51:16 AM

I read through the post again and the only thing you didn't mention was the Monitor. Everything else is there.
March 28, 2013 10:53:50 AM

n3cw4rr10r said:
I read through the post again and the only thing you didn't mention was the Monitor. Everything else is there.


I have the Win 8 DVD from my old system and a monitor too. My first build so just a little hesitant!
March 28, 2013 10:56:26 AM

Will an IDE optical drive work or does it have to be SATA?
March 28, 2013 10:59:30 AM

I am 99.99% sure you are going to need a SATA optical drive. You can pick one up for less than $20.
March 28, 2013 11:02:57 AM

n3cw4rr10r said:
I am 99.99% sure you are going to need a SATA optical drive. You can pick one up for less than $20.


Thanks.
!