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Alabama Slim
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Member since Jul 2007
9575 posts

re: New Case for PC Gaming Build.
I'll post this here since this seems to have turned into the "rate my build" thread. I'm thinking of getting started ordering parts once finals are over. I would like to stay around the $1300 - $1400 range.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

I'm not married to that case, juts threw it in there for giggles, been going back and forth. I would like a case with good stock cooling because it's my first build and I don't trust myself judging it and would hate to overheat a $1400 system.

is that good RAM? should I bump up to 16GB? anything that isn't compatible? Also, will I need to order anything separately, like cables etc. I know I'll need some heat sink for the CPU fan.
This post was edited on 11/29 at 8:04 pm

New Orleans
Member since Feb 2008
5360 posts

re: New Case for PC Gaming Build.
slim, that's not a terrible price man. My current system is very similar. When I was initially picking parts I focused on picking really nice but reasonable parts. I ended up spending 1800 shipped. I fricked up the motherboardand ended up buying the motherboard you have listed and i really like it. I also got double the ssd space.

My advice would be to really comb newegg an pcpartpicker for less expensive parts, particularly the psu, ram, and case. you can get some really good stuff on deep discount if you keep an eye out. ram is ram and if you can find some reputable stuff at cut price you'll save a good 20 bucks there from neweggs normal prices. also, the case market is pretty vast and you can find cases that offer similar features and widely varied price points. Love my fractal. I have a gigabyte 670 and I like it but you can save even more cash with a 660ti or second hand gpu. For instance, coyote sold 2 overclocked 680s with 2 gb more memory for the same price as the new 670 I ended up with. Don't be afraid of second hand gpus. Power supplies are also a very wide market. For example, I initially picked a corsair 750w non modualr psu for like 100 bucks thinking it was fine. I ended up finding a modular 850w thermaltake on clearance at bestbuy for 90. I also recently bought a very nice 80 plus platinum 450w for like 60 bucks for a different build! Patience pays dividends as long as you are willing to forego the immediate gratification premium.
That 212 evo is rated as one of the best value cooling options out there and I agree with it especially if you don't care about a lot of overclocking.

Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2011
8177 posts

re: New Case for PC Gaming Build.
Looks really good. I would save money and get the Seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm drive.

RAM is RAM and I actually have the same exact set now (I'm going with a different set now since I want blue heatsinks instead of red). It'll be perfect.

With that budget, I would look into getting a radeon hd 7970 or gtx 680. I would ditch the optical drive... Used mine once to put on Windows and it was never used again

Overkill? Yes. In your price range? Yes.
This post was edited on 11/30 at 1:07 am

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