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I want to build a gaming desktop for around $1100. Please let me know what you think of my parts i have chosen and what i should improve on.

Processor- Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ($229.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM ($85.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

Wireless Adapter- Linksys WMP600N Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI WPA2 ($45.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124342

Motherboard- ASRock Z87 PRO3 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157370

Hard Drive- Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

Optical Drive- ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818AAT (DVD-E818AAT/BLK/B/GE) - OEM $18.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135304

Graphics Card- EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card ($269.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130932

Power Supply- RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($64.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152042

Case- NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC Steel, ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070

Cooling- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan ($34.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
 

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well the I5-3570K is only usefull if you want to overclock. If your not planning to overclock i suggest just getting a non K processor

otherwise its a solid build
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keep in mind you chose a 3570k with a haswell motherboard....you would want the 4670k not the 3570k as its a z77 board.

Where do you live do you live near a microcenter or even a Fry's??

if you live near microcenter or frys do price matching to microcenter will save you prly 60-70$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

other than that looks good..maybe grab a SSD in the future and another 760 for sli as long as your staying on 1080p resolution
 

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the case looks a bit cheap and you might want to consider looking up for other cases too, like HAF series from coolermaster.
I also don't like that CPU cooler, i would rather save up some more and go with higher end air cooler, it will be better on the long run, trust me. I swapped my 212 evo long time ago it just didnt feel worth if for high end CPUs
Also the CPU does not work with the motherboard you want i5-4670k as mentioned before.
 

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I want to build a gaming desktop for around $1100. Please let me know what you think of my parts i have chosen and what i should improve on.

Processor- Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ($229.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM ($85.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

Wireless Adapter- Linksys WMP600N Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI WPA2 ($45.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124342

Motherboard- ASRock Z87 PRO3 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157370

Hard Drive- Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

Optical Drive- ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818AAT (DVD-E818AAT/BLK/B/GE) - OEM $18.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135304

Graphics Card- EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card ($269.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130932

Power Supply- RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($64.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152042

Case- NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC Steel, ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070

Cooling- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan ($34.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

As stated, you'll need to change the Mobo to a Z77 board or change the CPU to a 4670K.

The PSU is pure Crap! It's built by Andyson and has only one 8pin and 6pin connectors (for a 700w unit, really?).

Choose one from this list that's on sale.
The Capstone 750 is a quality unit with four 8-pin connectors (as in most quality PSUs of the same range).
You don't need more than a 500w unit for your setup, but the Capstone can handle two 780s in SLI for future upgrades/builds.

Adding an SSD as a boot drive would give you a much better experience.
 

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Don't cheap out on that PSU, if it isn't in the OCN Recommended Power Supplies FAQ, you probably shouldn't get it.
Here's my recommendation: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650 G 80 PLUS GOLD - $79.99 w/ $20 rebate.
Also, don't get that wireless card, it only supports up to draft-N by the looks of it.
Get this one: Intel 7260HMWDTX1 Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 PCIe - $49.99.
Don't get that cooler, and if you don't mind average cases stick with that one.
Are you interested in overclocking?

EDIT: As already stated, the i5 3570k is for LGA 1155 motherboards, but you've selected a LGA 1150 motherboard. You should choose a i5 4570k instead. Also, ninja'd, kinda
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With other aspects (PSU, socket) already discussed I would say that it might be worthwhile also to see if you can get R9-280x for the same price perhaps? It's identical to 760 in performance but has extra 1 GB of vRAM as its in a nutshell a re-branded 7950. Not familiar with the prices on US side though, last I heard AMD offerings were somewhat overprices in there because of mining or supply issues or something like that.
 

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With other aspects (PSU, socket) already discussed I would say that it might be worthwhile also to see if you can get R9-280x for the same price perhaps? It's identical to 760 in performance but has extra 1 GB of vRAM as its in a nutshell a re-branded 7950. Not familiar with the prices on US side though, last I heard AMD offerings were somewhat overprices in there because of mining or supply issues or something like that.
For the record, the 280X is a rebranded 7970Ghz. I believe the prices of the 280X are still massively inflated in the US, especially on Newegg, which appears to be his preferred vendor. He might be able to squeeze in a 770, but otherwise a 760 should be the best for his price range. This could change if he needs/wants a more expensive CPU cooler.
 

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For the record, the 280X is a rebranded 7970Ghz. I believe the prices of the 280X are still massively inflated in the US, especially on Newegg, which appears to be his preferred vendor. He might be able to squeeze in a 770, but otherwise a 760 should be the best for his price range. This could change if he needs/wants a more expensive CPU cooler.
Yeah - 760 is quite strong card so it's a good pick for that kind of budget build. Ofc 770 would be a bit better if possible, but if not 760 is nothing to sniff at.
 

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Don't cheap out on that PSU, if it isn't in the OCN Recommended Power Supplies FAQ, you probably shouldn't get it.
Here's my recommendation: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650 G 80 PLUS GOLD - $79.99 w/ $20 rebate.
Also, don't get that wireless card, it only supports up to draft-N by the looks of it.
Get this one: Intel 7260HMWDTX1 Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 PCIe - $49.99.
Don't get that cooler, and if you don't mind average cases stick with that one.
Are you interested in overclocking?

EDIT: As already stated, the i5 3570k is for LGA 1155 motherboards, but you've selected a LGA 1150 motherboard. You should choose a i5 4570k instead. Also, ninja'd, kinda
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EVGA SuperNova NEX650G is also crap

Why its still on the list i dont know
 
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Hello Joshbones,
Welcome to OCN!
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I want to build a gaming desktop for around $1100. Please let me know what you think of my parts i have chosen and what i should improve on.

Processor- Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ($229.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
As mentioned, this is not compatible with the Z87 chipset or 1155 socket. Switch this to either an i5-4670K if you want to overclock, or an E3-1230V3 if you are not overclocking. Or an E3-1220V3 if the Hyper-threaded "30" version is too expensive. The i5 series comes with an iGPU, which you won't be using, so shouldn't pay for unless you have to (buying K models for overclocking forces the matter). The E3 series often offers better value outside of the overclocking chips for builds with discrete GPUs.
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RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM ($85.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445
This is an excellent choice of memory, either for overclocking or not, as it should have overclocking headroom with looser timings and more voltage to play with, while still offering a stable good performing easy to set XMP profiled speed/timing for quick setup when it is not overclocked.

Consider a combo special with this kit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1568662
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Motherboard- ASRock Z87 PRO3 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157370
This Z87 board has been stripped of most of what makes the Z87 platform "good." With a weak VRM configuration (not ideal for overclocking) and no SLI support, this board may as well have been an H87 chipset. The Extreme3 is usually only a few bucks more, but really does justice to the Z87 in the budget price class with double the VRM configuration and SLI support. Spend the extra $20 if you want the board to actually be able to do the things that the Z87 chipset offers. (IMO it doesn't matter if you want to overclock, or have SLI support, or both, you pretty much have to make that $20 step up at minimum).

Also, if you don't plan on SLI support for this rig, there's probably not much need for anything larger than a microATX build. Taken a step further, if you're only planning on 1 GPU and just need Wifi, there are ITX boards with built-in Wifi that would also work, allowing you to shrink down the size of the case considerably.
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Hard Drive- Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
YES!
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Graphics Card- EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card ($269.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130932
This is a good choice from a great name in GPUs. The next "batch" of the same card is available in the combo special above with the RAM kit you're interested in, either way works fine.

The logical step "down" would be to the R9 270X, if you wanted to shave ~$30-40 off the price, the logical step up would be to the GTX770, if you could spring for more. (The competing R9 280+ series is priced out of it's competitive range for gaming right now)
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Power Supply- RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($64.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152042
If you're not planning to overclock or scale the system to a dual GPU, then the best value at this price point would be the RoseWill Capstone 450W. Raidmax is the flea market of computer hardware. Avoid when possible. (They have a few cheap but entertaining looking cases that can be worthwhile if looks are more important than build quality but I would never trust them with a PSU).
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Case- NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC Steel, ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070
This is an area of personal preference. I will say that when the novelty and fun of a "flashy" case wear off, you're usually left with a lot of flimsy plastic that busts and breaks over the years. Cases with extravagant exteriors often end up looking trashed and effectively being trashed over the long haul. If you're not planning to SLI this machine, I really think it's worth looking at small form factor builds as they are much more portable, less likely to be damaged in transit, and simply take up less space on or in the desk.
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Cooling- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan ($34.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
This is the best performing 4-pipe 120mm traditional rifle CPU cooler under $40 on the market. It's also the most commonly recommended, and the most boring
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For only ~$10-15 more, the Zalman 9900 Max (B version = blue LED) offers the sort of excitement level in the looks department that you might be after to match the case you are interested in. It's also a strong performing cooler that will have no problem handling any practical levels of overclocking possible on this class of build.

I can offer build ideas if you are interested.

Best of luck with the build,
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What do you think about
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/37qU2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/37qU2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/37qU2/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Zalman ZM-CNPS14X CPU Cooler ($41.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1167.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 12:48 EDT-0400)
 

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JoshBones,

Here's a nice non-overclocking non-SLI-path newegg based build that focuses on high quality parts and cool/quiet operation. It is a microATX build with a handsome white/black theme.

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
This is an i7 haswell, clocked to 3.3ghz, minus the iGPU. Sold as an "E3" series Xeon, a very powerful CPU for gaming or any demanding workload.

CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACFZI30 74.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
This will run at the lowest fan speed pretty much all the time. Set it in quiet mode and enjoy the silence.

Motherboard + PSU COMBO: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H + Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Semi-Modular ($120 @ Newegg)
Basic B85 board done right. Heat-sunk VRMs. No frills just a basic reliable board that will work fine for a traditional gaming machine with a couple HDs, a single GPU, and a stock clocked high end CPU.

Save $20 in combo with the modular version of the capstone PSU, one of the finest PSUs in this price class. Don't worry about the wattage, this machine is never going to draw more than ~300W under worst case conditions anyway, so this has plenty of headroom for comfort.

Memory: G.Skill ECO 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Set it to 1600 speeds @1.5V. Fantastic quality memory that can get the most out of a non-overclocking setup.

Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Single platter WD black FZEX. Top performing 1TB drive, period. 5 year warranty, white/black color theme. Good drive for a system that is going to forgo the SSD in favor of performance elsewhere. These are wicked fast by mechanical standards.

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
There's nothing wrong with the EVGA option but this one is $20 less expensive and the GigaByte Windforce models are very competitive for cool/quiet operation.

Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($109.58 @ Newegg)
A nice quality case with just enough flare to be handsome but geeky-fun. Fractal is known for making solid cases with damped characteristics (they don't "ring" like cheap cases). Also, this case has an integrated adjustable support mechanism for the CPU cooler. A really nice feature that is lacking in most cases.

Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-07 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $961.50 SHIPPED. No mail-in rebates.

(Generated by PCPartPicker, edited by mdocod 2014-03-10 18:05 EDT-0400)

I tried to leave enough budget for an OS and Wifi Card. (not included in list above).

If you'd like an example of an overclocking build with an SLI upgrade path instead, let me know, I'll be happy to edit one in.
 

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How does that xeon do in games?
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This is an i7 haswell, clocked to 3.3ghz, minus the iGPU. Sold as an "E3"
96% of the performance of an i7-4770, 80% of the price.
 

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I would get a any other PSU than that. Rosewill Capstone, Cooler Master V700 if your budget allows. If the PSU dies then no PC lol
 

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Well, scratch that then! That is quite confusing, you should probably PM whoever runs that thread and tell them to remove it!
Sorry about that
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Its a group regulated FSP Aurum so voltage regulation flatout sucks

Think it has some of the worst voltage regulation i have ever seen on a big brand name unit

Which is why its so cheap its not very good

On the other hand besides the crappy voltage regulation its not that bad ripple is alright and so is overall build quality

Word for it is mediocre and overpriced but its not that crappy you can find far worse
 
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