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Build Check w/ Questions
04-03-2012, 01:49 PM,
Build Check w/ Questions
I'm getting ready to do my first build. Gaming PC Tier 5-6ish. I would like to be able to play games such as Starcraft 2, Skyrim, Civilization 5, or Diablo 3 on a single monitor 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. This is my first build, so any and all feedback is welcomed. This would include upgrade or downgrade suggestions, if I'm wasting money on a component that is overshooting my goal. I really appreciate you taking the time to read this. :-)

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad Core 3.3GHz with Turbo Boost / LGA 1155 / 95W / Intel HD Graphics 3000

I'm not 100% sure I want to overclock, or if I'll overclock right away or wait until I need the boost, but I figure the minor cost increase between 2500 and 2500K is worth leaving the option open.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Is it worth the extra ~$25 to get the Extreme4? I do not plan to upgrade to Ivy Bridge -- I don't want to make any changes for several years minimum. I am also going to be using a single GPU. I'm not sure if the other features of Extreme4 are worth the price difference, but then again I don't know just how much better Extreme4 handles overclocking.

GPU: This is where I could really use some advice. The GPU market has been changing rapidly and I can't keep up in terms of optimal price point. I've listed the games I want to play and desired resolution above as examples. I would prefer to be in the $200-$300 range of cards, rather than $400-$500. Those seem like two distinct classes in the market -- I don't think I need the ultra class. I do know that I want a single-card solution.

RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB 2.5" SATA3 MLC

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA3 3.5"

Optical: LG 22x Super-Multi DVD Burner SATA

PSU: Rosewill HIVE 550W or 650W depending on GPU / final wattage estimates

Case: CoolerMaster Silencio 550

Cooler: Corsair A50

Audio: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Sound Card

Finally I would love some recommendatins on keyboard, mouse, speakers, and monitor. To give some guidelines:

Keyboard: Would prefer backlit keys. I'm not a mechnical keyboard person. Doesn't need to be crazy, but good for playing games in the dark.

Mouse: Fairly standard, not looking for one of those bizarre gaming mice with a million buttons, but willing to pay for good qualtiy and relevant features.

Speakers: 2.1 system. Just enough to be enjoyable in a small office for games.

Monitor: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. Probably 23-27". For games.
04-03-2012, 01:55 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-03-2012, 01:59 PM by Brandonsr.)
RE: Build Check w/ Questions
The asrock extreme 4 is suppose to have better voltage cooling for overclocking so if your not planning on overclocking to high just save money and get the extreme3, also the 7850 is a great card in the 250$ range or you could wait to see what nvidia does with their mid-range Geforce GTX 6xx cards.
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Samsung 840 120gb
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
04-03-2012, 03:14 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-03-2012, 03:21 PM by Roy.)
RE: Build Check w/ Questions
The extreme 4 is great if you overclock. There are a dozen videos on how do Overclock in that bios. I just copied the settings on those videos and in 10 min was runnning stable at 4.5. It is worth overclocking especially because the games you mentioned are relatively CPU heavy compared to some FPS which may be more GPU heavy. The 7850 should work well for your needs. It has nice overclock headroom if you want more power out of it. the 6xx series in that price range will probably work as well if not better but it is still a few weeks or maybe months in the future at this point.
04-03-2012, 03:49 PM,
RE: Build Check w/ Questions
Thanks for the feedback. Reviewing the 7850, it does seem like the card I'm looking for. Sapphire makes one that goes for about $250.

Even with a fairly significant overclock (4.5GHz) it seems that I would be perfectly fine with 550W PSU. the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator recommends 370W (and 430W with capacitor aging).
04-03-2012, 03:56 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-03-2012, 06:34 PM by Roy.)
RE: Build Check w/ Questions
That's what I picked up. A sapphire duel fan 7850. Works great. I would consider getting a 600 watt minimum but I would defer to others opinion on that i'm running a 620watt corsair
04-05-2012, 03:05 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-05-2012, 03:09 PM by Larriman.)
RE: Build Check w/ Questions
as for the motherboard the extreme3 says it has usb 3 but it's only on the back, it doesn't have a slot to plug in the front panel ports while the extreme4 does other than that, i wouldn't see any other reason to upgrade besides ivybridge. as for the mouse do you have any preference as far as wireless or cable? otherwise i would recommend the logitech M705, a great not too expensive 5 button mouse with a 3600dpi laser and a brilliant batery life (i'm 8 month's into mine and still using the batteries it came with!!!)

04-05-2012, 04:28 PM,
RE: Build Check w/ Questions
I prefer wired mouse since I wouldn't be taking advantage of the wireless anyway. I've read good things about the Sidewinder X5 so that's where I'm leaning right now. Decent balance of gaming features without being bizarre or expensive.

The Sidewinder X4 keyboard also seems nice.
04-05-2012, 04:57 PM,
RE: Build Check w/ Questions
Regarding mice I recommend the one I got for myself thanks to someone else recommending it to me. It's the Logitech G400 great quality, sturdy, feels comfy, just 2 side buttons, of course a DPI switch and the scroll wheel snaps into place, it isn't a free scroll type. Great for FPS games in that regard. But it overall itself is great. For it's price I think it's the perfect mouse. It's built to last, they have even taken in account intense clickers for games like Diablo.
For such a price I say it's definitely a killer deal.
04-05-2012, 05:41 PM,
RE: Build Check w/ Questions
I'm also considering Logitech G500 and G9X. I don't need the absolute precision for FPS but I would like some programmable buttons, that's why I'm looking at the gaming models.
04-05-2012, 05:43 PM,
RE: Build Check w/ Questions
I've used the G500 a few times and absolutely love it. Its a good balance between practicality and usefulness in gaming. I plan on grabbing one once I put together my build.
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CPU: Intel i5 2500k Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68 Video Card: Sapphire Radeon 6870 Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8gb Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550w Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Case: Antec 300 Illusion Monitor: ASUS 23" 5ms 1080p Mouse: Logitech G500

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