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July 16, 2013 6:53:09 PM

Hey all,

I'm picking out the parts for my first PC build. My goal is a good gaming PC on a somewhat restricted budget. 1k is high but it's about where I am with the parts I've got picked out and that's doable. I was hoping you experts could check out what I have and give me an opinion. Anyhow, here's the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hcB1

I do have a couple questions.

-First, I may want to overclock when the performance starts lagging behind, or just when I have some spare time. Is this an overclock-friendly build?

-Second, The motherboard does not support crossfire, is that something I'll want considering I may want to run 3 monitors in the (distant) future. If so, are there any mobo's you'd recommend for a comparable or slightly more expensive price?

-Third, is the PSU reliable? It's pretty cheap, and I don't want things to burn out (obviously), but its great for my budget.

-Fourth, do i need a heat sink? The case I've picked has 5 fans, and if I'm not mistaken, the CPU and GPU generally comes with a fan. What about in the case of an overclock?

-Fifth, am I going to need more room than the case I have? I'm just assuming that a mid-size case is big enough

-Sixth, I also want to drop in a sound card soon after building with an optical out for my surround sound, will I be able to or is there something in this that would prevent that?

-Finally, am I going to have all the right connections here? I just used pcpartspicker as it seems that's the thing to do, but I don't know how strict or reliable that is.

Thanks in advance, I'm sure most of this stuff is common knowledge but I'm new at this. Advice is very much appreciated.

Derek

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a b K Overclocking
July 16, 2013 7:20:18 PM

I have a build quite similar to that :p 

1- Get yourself a CPU cooler and youll be able to easily overclock to 4.5GHz (I have with the 212 EVO)

2-Get the MOBO I have :p  I love it, its very reliable, and it supports SLI/Crossfire:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpr...

3- Id recommend this one (more reliable), but yes, the one you have is good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4-Answered in question 1. Also, you may want to buy another fan (Go for the same one) for your 212 to get a push/pull configuration

5- I have the same case, you should be fine. One thing to keep in mind, with the 212 you will need to take out the side fan. But that wont matter too much because usually the graphics card's (which I also have :p ) airflow sometimes gets screwed up by the side fan.

6- If you REALLY want a sound card. Its very easy to add it on later.

7- PC part picker is great! However, if you dont live near microcenter, dont buy parts from there :p 

Best of luck to you Sir!
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July 18, 2013 8:30:02 PM

Kingbob said:
I have a build quite similar to that :p 

1- Get yourself a CPU cooler and youll be able to easily overclock to 4.5GHz (I have with the 212 EVO)

2-Get the MOBO I have :p  I love it, its very reliable, and it supports SLI/Crossfire:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpr...

3- Id recommend this one (more reliable), but yes, the one you have is good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4-Answered in question 1. Also, you may want to buy another fan (Go for the same one) for your 212 to get a push/pull configuration

5- I have the same case, you should be fine. One thing to keep in mind, with the 212 you will need to take out the side fan. But that wont matter too much because usually the graphics card's (which I also have :p ) airflow sometimes gets screwed up by the side fan.

6- If you REALLY want a sound card. Its very easy to add it on later.

7- PC part picker is great! However, if you dont live near microcenter, dont buy parts from there :p 

Best of luck to you Sir!
If I helped you, please select this as the "best solution". Thanks!


I appreciate your input. I'm experimenting with an intel i5 3570k build as well, just to see what the price difference is between the two as I've heard intel is superior to AMD. The ASRock mobo I found for the i5 also comes with the audio output I want so I won't have to get a sound card. Anyhow, I'll keep what you said in mind. You did help, but unfortunately I didn't choose the solution thread option and it wont let me select a best answer or change the type of thread. Sorry about that.
a b K Overclocking
July 19, 2013 7:33:29 AM

Thats ok, good luck with the build!
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