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First time building a gaming computer!
07-17-2013, 12:17 PM,
#1
First time building a gaming computer!
Hello, I am building a gaming computer for the first time and have come up with a list of parts. I was wondering if this setup looked good to you guys? If not good you give me some recommendations? Thank you.

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 Ghz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i33220

Motherboard: I'm really not sure what what I should get for this.

Ram: ADATA Gaming Series DDR3 1600Mhz 8 GB Kit 2 x 4 GB CL9 Desktop Memory AX3U1600GC4G9-2G

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

Optical Drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 (Black)

Power Supply: Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply

Case: NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Cooling (Not sure if included with case, is the cooling fan worth buying?): Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

So how does It look? Suggestions would be appreciated, especially for cooling and motherboard. Thanks for your time and help!
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07-17-2013, 08:31 PM,
#2
RE: First time building a gaming computer!
I'd check out the budget and mainstream gaming PC build articles on this site. (Tier 2, 3, or 4) I'd also consider adding an SSD if you can afford it. They're a lot of fun, and really cut down on game and windows loading times.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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07-18-2013, 07:40 AM,
#3
RE: First time building a gaming computer!
IMHO you can buy as well a SATA II hard drive, just because mechanical drives can't saturate even SATA II bandwidth and they are a bit cheaper Wink.

For the cooling part, you're talking about case cooling or CPU cooling? Because the Hyper 212 Evo is a CPU cooler, not a case fan.
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07-18-2013, 11:57 AM,
#4
RE: First time building a gaming computer!
Here's the motherboard recommended for tier 2.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...067296&SID=
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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07-18-2013, 12:45 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-18-2013, 12:57 PM by sonicsloth.)
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RE: First time building a gaming computer!

(07-17-2013, 08:31 PM)Rapajez Wrote: I'd check out the budget and mainstream gaming PC build articles on this site. (Tier 2, 3, or 4) I'd also consider adding an SSD if you can afford it. They're a lot of fun, and really cut down on game and windows loading times.

Could you recommend an ssd that would fit in my price range (want to stay around 650)
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07-18-2013, 03:07 PM,
#6
Re: First time building a gaming computer!
Lots of people here would recommend the Samsung 840 series. 120 GB for under $90. Enough for Windows, and most of your games.

The best SSD for your money guide here is also pretty up to date. You can benefit from even a tiny SSD. Say, just for Windows and 2 often played games, but less than 120GB can start to get inconvenient.

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GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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07-18-2013, 05:53 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-18-2013, 05:57 PM by Brandonsr.)
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RE: First time building a gaming computer!
An SSD is a great addition, but with a $650 budget it would be best to wait on that. Put the money into the main hardware. Keep in mind you windows will cost you around $100.

As for the CPU, It comes with a stock cooler and the temps don't get that hot. The only benefit from going with an aftermarket cooler is it will be slightly quieter
Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 CPU: i5 3570K Cooler: Water Loop Motherboard: ASrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 Z68
Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Storage:
Samsung 840 120gb
Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid 23" Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder 3.5G Keyboard: Ducky DK9008G2 PRO MX Cherry Blue
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07-18-2013, 08:46 PM,
#8
RE: First time building a gaming computer!
(07-18-2013, 03:07 PM)Rapajez Wrote: Lots of people here would recommend the Samsung 840 series. 120 GB for under $90. Enough for Windows, and most of your games.

The best SSD for your money guide here is also pretty up to date. You can benefit from even a tiny SSD. Say, just for Windows and 2 often played games, but less than 120GB can start to get inconvenient.

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Do you need an ssd and an hdd, or can you get one or the other?
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07-18-2013, 08:52 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-18-2013, 08:58 PM by Rapajez.)
#9
RE: First time building a gaming computer!
You can get just an HDD, and pick up the SSD down the road (or visa-versa). They're both just different drives to store your OS and data.

I suppose Brandonsr makes a valid point. Smile At $650, the SSD should probably be saved for later, so you can focus on getting the best gaming performance for your $$$. The SSD just cuts down on loading times, and makes the system feel snappier in general.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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