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post #1 of 12
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I went to Microcenter and pulled the trigger on the below and figure I can wait to put together until I get a little feedback ... did I get taken or make a huge mistake on any of it? Some I went in knowing and some I took their advice ... What say you?

I want to build a decent gaming computer and work computer and want to OC (and learn it!)

I'm more interested in good value (rather than having the absolute top line) and can go up more if needed ... with that said ... am I lacking on any parts either?

INTEL BOX INTEL CORE I5-3570K 189.99

Thermaltake Frio OCK Universal CPU Cooler 69.99

http://www.microcenter.com/product/365242/Frio_OCK_Universal_CPU_Cooler

FROZENCPU 7 CARAT THERMAL COMPOUND 6.99

ASROCK ASROCK Z77 EXTREME4 79.99

SAMSUNG E 256GB SSD 840 PRO2.5SATA3 204.99

ASUS HD7870 DCUII 2GB D5 PCIE3 254.99

http://www.microcenter.com/product/405812/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2_AMD_Radeon_HD_7870_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card

SEAGATE 2TB 3.5 7200RPM INT SATA 99.99

CORSAIR 750W PROSERIES GLD MOD PS 169.99

8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL11 UDIMM Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) 47.99

MS OEM WIN7 PRO 64BIT SP1 OEM 129.99

ASUS 23.6" LED VE247H MONITOR 169.99

COOLMAST HAF XM MIDTWR ATX CASE 119.99

Thanks for looking and your time!
post #2 of 12
for the core components it seems like a solid build, only thing i would look at is getting some ram with better timings (somewhere in the CL9 range) and for the cost of that cooler id add a few more dollars and go to this, youll probably get better cooling and itll probably be quiter too.
    
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Thats a pretty good build. The PSU is overkill, and the motherboard isnt exactly choice, IMO.

Why not take the PSU back, get something along the lines of http://microcenter.com/product/365238/TR2_Series_600_Watt_ATX_Power_Supply, and replace the motherboard with a http://microcenter.com/product/386359/GA-Z77X-UD5H_LGA_1155_Z77_ATX_Motherboard.
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Thanks Zerocool ... I was a bit apprehensive about water cooling and originally asked for the Noctua NH-D14 or the hyper 212 EVO but they said don't carry NH-D14 and the other one better than 212 EVO ... for the RAM I read something about the Samsung being low profile - thought that was good and lower voltage - will have to look about CL9 ... still new to me.
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Thanks Arkenex ... your PSU recommendation will save me about $100! but see you found the way to put it back in the new mobo ... im unsure of what features I gain/lose from the swap ... they did try to sell me some Z77 OC edition that seemed nice but I was unsure if I could realize its potential.

I was thinking my graphics card selection was going to receive the first critiques ... guess I have much more to learn about building the systems.
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Thanks Arkenex ... your PSU recommendation will save me about $100! but see you found the way to put it back in the new mobo ... im unsure of what features I gain/lose from the swap ... they did try to sell me some Z77 OC edition that seemed nice but I was unsure if I could realize its potential.

I was thinking my graphics card selection was going to receive the first critiques ... guess I have much more to learn about building the systems.

Actually, that graphics card is remarkably good. I'll look around to see if I can find a better motherboard.
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post #7 of 12
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Thanks! I appreciate the help - seems as my trip to Microcenter is set for tomorrow ... hope to do all the swap outs - really want to build this but figure there is not much I can return after I open the box - ohh and I did not buy their 2 year warranty ... never believed in the insurance plan.
post #8 of 12
If you want to swap out the motherboard (and there's nothing really wrong with the one you picked) just get the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H. It's more than enough motherboard for what you need, and is normally about the same price as the ASRock.

I'm also not sure about that Thermaltake - if it's the TR-600P (or the 500P, which would be enough power for you) it's okay, but I wouldn't get it otherwise. If it isn't 80 Plus Bronze certified, it's not the good model.

You could get the modular Antec HCG-520 instead for a little more:
http://microcenter.com/product/383860/High_Current_Gamer_520_Watt_ATX_Modular_Power_Supply
Edited by Forceman - 2/2/13 at 7:32pm
post #9 of 12
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Thanks Forceman - Arkenex mentioned he was looking at other mobo's as well, that he liked more than the one I picked (but as you said - sufficient) ... seems I really overshot the power supply - focus seems to be on the 80 plus bronze certified along with getting the wattage range correct.

The salesman mentioned that I should flash update my SSD - and that it was easy but he could not tell me how due to store policy ... then got to thinking ... I really need to search for the proper build technique ... I was just going to slap everything together one at a time and power it up, then update drivers as I went through the installation.
post #10 of 12
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Thanks Zerocool ... I was a bit apprehensive about water cooling and originally asked for the Noctua NH-D14 or the hyper 212 EVO but they said don't carry NH-D14 and the other one better than 212 EVO ... for the RAM I read something about the Samsung being low profile - thought that was good and lower voltage - will have to look about CL9 ... still new to me.

the nice thing about those all in one units is that theyre about as easy to install as an air cooler and you get better temps. the OP didnt say that was samsung wonder ram, ive heard good things about that so youd be ok keeping that as it overclocks pretty well.
    
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