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Hey guys. I am going to be building my very first gaming PC very soon, in like a week and a half or so, and I have spent the last 4 weeks researching everything you could possibly think of for every part. I am very excited! biggrin.gif I want this PC to fulfill my exact needs while getting the best parts for the money. This will probably be my final rough draft for the parts that I am going to get, unless someone can convince me otherwise. My budget is $1300, but the more money I can save, the better smile.gif I will be gaming at 1080p and be playing games on max settings such as Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, Arma II, Guild Wars 2, Planetside 2, etc. So what do you guys think? Is this a good $1300 gaming PC? Let me know what you guys think! Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Lian-Li PC-K62 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1268.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
post #2 of 21
Yup, pretty much perfect. I would go for a Crucial M4 128GB over the Kingston though. Other than that I can't see anything wrong with it, good job thumb.gif
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I would get samsung wonder ram, i also get a higher end mobo, but then again not all of us are in high overclocks.
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I would go with a samsung SSD, more reliable and i think slightly faster for the same of of price
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Avoid that video card, high chance to get a card with terrible coil whine. They also seem to have bad clocking memory modules, my current sapphire 7950 cant even get 1400 stable. RMA'ing again because the card I got in return is louder than the first. Look for a 7950 that specifically states it has solid caps, or go for another card maybe a 670 if the budget will allow for it. And the coil whine is not solely on menus, in borderlands 2, league, and crysis 2 in game I can hear the coil whine.
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post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by GfhTattoo View Post

I would get samsung wonder ram, i also get a higher end mobo, but then again not all of us are in high overclocks.
I don't really plan on going into crazy OC's. I just plan on OCing the 3570k to 4.2 GHz on the EVO, and the 7950 to around 1100 MHz. This board seems like a solid board for what I'm going to do. What board would you recommend though?

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Originally Posted by Dylanren99 View Post

I would go with a samsung SSD, more reliable and i think slightly faster for the same of of price
Which Samsung SSD do you recommend?

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Originally Posted by AndyM95 View Post

Yup, pretty much perfect. I would go for a Crucial M4 128GB over the Kingston though. Other than that I can't see anything wrong with it, good job thumb.gif
Thank you! smile.gif
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Originally Posted by colombianjesus View Post

I don't really plan on going into crazy OC's. I just plan on OCing the 3570k to 4.2 GHz on the EVO, and the 7950 to around 1100 MHz. This board seems like a solid board for what I'm going to do. What board would you recommend though?
Which Samsung SSD do you recommend?
Thank you! smile.gif
That board is fine, it won't hold your OC back at all because heat will be the limiting factor.
The Samsung 830 is the best value for money Samsung SSD but it's a bit more expensive ($25 more)
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post #8 of 21
I'd say it is perfect as it stands!
And the mobo is good enough, gonna get good oc out of it! smile.gif
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I can vouch for the HyperX SSD. I have one and it's been nothing but amazing.
    
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Originally Posted by AndyM95 View Post

That board is fine, it won't hold your OC back at all because heat will be the limiting factor.
The Samsung 830 is the best value for money Samsung SSD but it's a bit more expensive ($25 more)
Oh okay! Thanks for your help! smile.gif
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