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Former mac user, first PC build, needs to be overlooked and checked for bottlenecking

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Hello everyone. This is my first PC build. I'm upgrading from a 2006 iMac that is five years old now. I'd like to use it for general, gaming (Skyrim mainly), graphic design and light video editing. I need to make sure there are no inconsistencies, bottlenecking, etc.

Please tell me what you think of the build and let know if it could be upgraded for practicability or downgraded cost.


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 TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($66.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($156.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 800W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($192.98 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($136.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech K800 Wireless Slim Keyboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Sony SRS A3 Speakers ($19.45 @ Sony)
Total: $1,949.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I will be checking in. Thanks so much.
Edited by notawizard - 7/2/12 at 3:29pm
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first of all- 2006 was 6 years ago, not 5.

second, you have a major bottleneck in the hard drive departemnt. 5400rpm? slug. nice storage drive, you need to add an ssd to this.
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Originally Posted by jrl1357 View Post

first of all- 2006 was 6 years ago, not 5.
second, you have a major bottleneck in the hard drive departemnt. 5400rpm? slug. nice storage drive, you need to add an ssd to this.

Well, I didn't say I bought it in 2006.
I forgot to add the SSD drive. Here it is: OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Do you have another a suggestion for a nicer HHD?
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Originally Posted by notawizard View Post

Well, I didn't say I bought it in 2006.
I forgot to add the SSD drive. Here it is: OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Do you have another a suggestion for a nicer HHD?
that ssd was on sale for like $115. only time i would have bought it. go for a cheaper crucial m4, samsung 830 series, or mushkin chronos enhanced/deluxe
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first of all- 2006 was 6 years ago, not 5.
second, you have a major bottleneck in the hard drive departemnt. 5400rpm? slug. nice storage drive, you need to add an ssd to this.
Agreed.

Also, you need to skrimp abit on the psu and the optical. A 550watt is more than capable of powering any single gpu settup(even something like a 680 and 7970).
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http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-17-553-004-_-07022012_4 Just went on sale, quality 128gig(better than a crucial even) for 95 bucks. Its a daily deal, goes off sale at the end of the day. As for agility 3's you can get them as low as 70$ for 120, you want to go that low budget, go ahead.
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Just a word of advice for around these parts... don't mention you are a Mac user... or a fan of Apple in general. It incites rage into people.

Other than that looks solid biggrin.gif
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Go with a CoolerMaster Evo cooler, save you $30, AND better performance!
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that ssd was on sale for like $115. only time i would have bought it. go for a cheaper crucial m4, samsung 830 series, or mushkin chronos enhanced/deluxe
I have it listed as $89.99 after rebates/savings in this spreadsheet I made. I'll check it out. I will take a look at some of the ones you've suggested.

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Agreed.
Also, you need to skrimp abit on the psu and the optical. A 550watt is more than capable of powering any single gpu settup(even something like a 680 and 7970).
I hear a lot of conflicting advice about the PSU. If money isn't an issue for now, wouldn't it make more sense to buy one with a higher wattage if I plan on upgrading and overclocking in the future?
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Originally Posted by thehidecheck 
ewegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-17-553-004-_-07022012_4 Just went on sale, quality 128gig(better than a crucial even) for 95 bucks. Its a daily deal, goes off sale at the end of the day. As for agility 3's you can get them as low as 70$ for 120, you want to go that low budget, go ahead.

That looks like an excellent deal! But that's a PSU, not SSD. eh-smiley.gif
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Originally Posted by HighwayStar View Post

Just a word of advice for around these parts... don't mention you are a Mac user... or a fan of Apple in general. It incites rage into people.
Other than that looks solid biggrin.gif

I would assume the switch from Mac to PC would be welcomed.
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Go with a CoolerMaster Evo cooler, save you $30, AND better performance!

Thanks! Do you have a link to a good one? smile.gif
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