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Is this a good build for a gaming pc? This is my first time

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April 7, 2013 9:43:27 AM

optical drive: LG GH24NS95 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM

cpu cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212X CPU Cooler

psu: Thermaltake litepower 700w

case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer

motherboard: ASUS P8H77-M Motherboard

cpu: Intel Core i5 3470

gpu: ASUS GeForce GTX 650 DirectCU 1GB

memory: Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3

hdd: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

wireless networking: TP-Link TL-WN751ND Wireless PCI Adapter

total price (excluding shipping and gst): $778

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April 7, 2013 10:10:18 AM

All in all pretty good.
You might want to switch to a 550 to 600W PSU. Use Corsair instead.
If you want ultimate graphics then change your Graphics Card choice.
April 7, 2013 10:13:54 AM

You don't really need an aftermarket cpu cooler, because that cpu is locked, so it won't oc much. Put that into getting a better video card, such as a 650 ti or 650 ti boost.

You don't need 700 watts. Get a good quality 450 watt psu, and make sure it is 80+ certified.

You may want to take a look at asrock's motherboards. They often are as good as asus' and cheaper as well.

That ram looks a bit expensive for 4 gb, look for 8 gb for only $5-10 more of a different brand, because corsair's prices just increased recently.

I can't really tell if that case comes with a power supply, but if it does, don't get it. Psu's that come with cases are always crappy, and since you are buying one anyways, it would be a waste.
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April 7, 2013 10:19:02 AM

Thank you for the advice :)  the case does not come with a psu. I will look at the asrock motherboards as well as another brand of psu :) 

Much appreciated :) 
April 7, 2013 10:25:58 AM

sharingan5 said:
All in all pretty good.
You might want to switch to a 550 to 600W PSU. Use Corsair instead.
If you want ultimate graphics then change your Graphics Card choice.


Corsair psu's are a bit pricey at the moment :(  i am trying to make around an $800 budget pc :) 
I'm not intending on using top notch graphics cards as I'm a "casual gamer". I just wanted the best mid-range gpu I could find at a good price :) 
April 7, 2013 10:33:38 AM

Norlag said:
You don't really need an aftermarket cpu cooler, because that cpu is locked, so it won't oc much. Put that into getting a better video card, such as a 650 ti or 650 ti boost.

You don't need 700 watts. Get a good quality 450 watt psu, and make sure it is 80+ certified.

You may want to take a look at asrock's motherboards. They often are as good as asus' and cheaper as well.

That ram looks a bit expensive for 4 gb, look for 8 gb for only $5-10 more of a different brand, because corsair's prices just increased recently.

I can't really tell if that case comes with a power supply, but if it does, don't get it. Psu's that come with cases are always crappy, and since you are buying one anyways, it would be a waste.


Should I stick with the thermaltake psu?
I have had a look and I have switched my motherboard to the asrock h77m.
And what brand of ram should I use? I heard that g-skill are good, but also hit and miss.
April 7, 2013 10:44:24 AM

I don't know if I should get an antec or seasonic power supply :/  would you be able to give some advise?
April 7, 2013 10:46:29 AM

ad golden turkey said:
Norlag said:
You don't really need an aftermarket cpu cooler, because that cpu is locked, so it won't oc much. Put that into getting a better video card, such as a 650 ti or 650 ti boost.

You don't need 700 watts. Get a good quality 450 watt psu, and make sure it is 80+ certified.

You may want to take a look at asrock's motherboards. They often are as good as asus' and cheaper as well.

That ram looks a bit expensive for 4 gb, look for 8 gb for only $5-10 more of a different brand, because corsair's prices just increased recently.

I can't really tell if that case comes with a power supply, but if it does, don't get it. Psu's that come with cases are always crappy, and since you are buying one anyways, it would be a waste.


Should I stick with the thermaltake psu?
I have had a look and I have switched my motherboard to the asrock h77m.
And what brand of ram should I use? I heard that g-skill are good, but also hit and miss.


No, you only need 450 watts, so get something like a seasonic. Just make sure it is 80+ certified and has good reviews.

G. skill is good, corsair vengeance would be my pick if they hadn't bumped up the price. Kingston's hyperx line is good, most of patriot's ram is good...
April 7, 2013 10:55:35 AM

Thank you :)  I have changed the components:

optical drive: LG GH24NS95 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM

cpu cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212X CPU Cooler

psu: Seasonic S12II 430W Power Supply

case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer

motherboard: ASRock H77M Motherboard

cpu: Intel Core i5 3470

gpu: ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB

memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3

hdd: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

Have I fixed everything up?
April 7, 2013 10:56:50 AM

Wait. Did u recommend taking the cpu cooler out?
April 7, 2013 11:05:08 AM

ad golden turkey said:
Wait. Did u recommend taking the cpu cooler out?


You don't need it, but it won't hurt. If you take it out, you might be able to afford the 650 ti boost version, which would be better.

If you do go with the 650 ti boost, get a psu with higher wattage, such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 7, 2013 11:10:27 AM

Norlag said:
ad golden turkey said:
Wait. Did u recommend taking the cpu cooler out?


You don't need it, but it won't hurt. If you take it out, you might be able to afford the 650 ti boost version, which would be better.

If you do go with the 650 ti boost, get a psu with higher wattage, such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I think I'll stick with just the gtx 650 ti, as I am on a strict $800 dollar budget and I'm at $791 right now (excluding the cpu cooler), so I don't think I'll make it with adding a bit more money :( 

Thank you for the advice and recommendations!! :D 
Also could you tell me if this build is fairly good for gaming at all on high settings?

Much appreciated :) 
April 7, 2013 11:25:05 AM

At 1920x1080 you should get playable frames on high settings on every game I can think of. Just don't put all of the setting s up, such as aa.
April 7, 2013 11:30:32 AM

Ok thank you for everything!! :D 
That's all I needed, and I hope to talk with you in some of my later projects in the future?

Thanks
April 7, 2013 11:42:50 AM

I'd be happy to help you with anything.
April 8, 2013 2:24:50 AM

Excuse me. But my friend had told me I should have at least a 600w psu to run all of my components, is this true?
April 8, 2013 12:30:47 PM

ad golden turkey said:
Excuse me. But my friend had told me I should have at least a 600w psu to run all of my components, is this true?


Cannot say about 600W but about 500 to 550 will be better.
Consider getting a Hyper TX3 EVO instead of the 212, that should lower your budget.
If your PC will be in an air conditioned or a cold environment, konck off the aftermarket cooler and use the stock one provided by Intel. :) 

You can check for yourself...

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js...
or
http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index....

In general, a power supply with a higher wattage is desirable for any future upgrades.
April 8, 2013 12:35:13 PM

ad golden turkey said:
Excuse me. But my friend had told me I should have at least a 600w psu to run all of my components, is this true?


You only need 400 watts, but having extra is always good. 500 would be fine, 550 might be too much, 600 is not needed.
April 8, 2013 4:45:25 PM

Thank you for both your answers, they have helped me a lot :D 
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