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Old August 24, 2012, 02:42 AM
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Default First time build

  • Will mainly be using the PC for gaming (Borderlands 2, Sleeping Dogs, Diablo 3, other upcoming games) and school
  • Budget: ~$1100 not including peripherals
  • Will mainly be getting parts from memory express
  • No previous experience building a PC/overclocking etc.
  • Planning to finish building it by end of September/early October
  • Will be running on 1920x1080 resolution on one screen and planning on having graphics max/high

Here is my current proposed build:

Processor: i5-3570k
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-z77-d3h
Memory: Kingston Hyper X Genesis 8GB DDR3-1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB) w/ Intel XMP
Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA III w/ 64MB Cache
Intel SSD 330 Series SATA III Solid State Drive Kit, 120GB
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD-RW Drive, SATA, Black, OEM
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M Modular Power Supply
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus Case w/ Fan Controller

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Old August 24, 2012, 03:01 AM
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Looks great to me, other than the case (personal preference) I wouldn't change a thing
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Old August 24, 2012, 03:52 AM
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Very good overall, but I'd change that mobo (if you'll want to SLI in the future, the SATA ports will be blocked by the cards) and generally didn't had as much OC success with Gigabyte & IVB. look for a Asus P8Z77-V for example, Asrocks aren't bad this round either.
Other than that a very solid build, good choice of parts.
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Old August 24, 2012, 04:24 AM
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Could knock the PSU down to 600~ watts without issue but other than that and whats said above it looks like a good choice of parts..

Too add.. Gigabyte do some good boards but are a nightmare IF you have a problem.. and problems happen with all manufacturers.
Asus would be first choice, Asrock if on a budget (Building with an extreme4 for my brother at the moment)
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Old August 24, 2012, 04:33 AM
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You may get some comments on the lack of motherboard features and case, but its a solid build as is as long as you are happy with the case and motherboard features. I agree the PSU could go down to a 650w model if you don't plan on going SLI in the future.
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Old August 24, 2012, 11:18 AM
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Alright thanks for the input.
If i dont plan on using SLI or overclocking the processor, will I be okay with the Gigabyte board? Also I think i'll bump down the PSU to the 650w model.
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Old August 24, 2012, 11:59 AM
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I wouldn't bother with SLI at those resolutions, and that Gigabyte boards PCI Express slots are x16, and x4. This board doesn't support SLI, however, with good case and CPU cooling and the power supply listed, it should handle a fairly moderate overclock. Temper your expectations, but 4-4.5 GHz could probably be attainable. Enjoy your first build.
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Old August 24, 2012, 12:36 PM
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Alright thanks for the input.
If i dont plan on using SLI or overclocking the processor, will I be okay with the Gigabyte board? Also I think i'll bump down the PSU to the 650w model.
The GIGabyte board will be fine for your needs, but I would get an msi or asus as they have canadian RMA centers. If your gigabyte board is DOA you have to send it to the states.

Here is a nice little bundle deal from NCIX, board and 3570k. gd-65 beats a ud3 anyday of the week IMHO.
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Old August 26, 2012, 01:24 AM
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Will i have a problem with the mother board if I wanted to install a sound card later on? Like will there be enough slots for a sound card?
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Old August 26, 2012, 06:51 PM
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There should be plenty of room if it's an atx board
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