Building my first PC! Could use some tips, recomendations etc
My PC will be used mainly for gaming..I'll also be just doing internet browsing with it.
Budget I don't really want to go over $1300..I'd say 1350 would be Max. Of course any areas to lower cost is always a good thing!
Live in Canada
First time builder so I probably won't be over clocking (I know I can't with this set up anyways)
I would just like it to be able to play games for the next few years..I don't need to play them on ultra high settings. I'd be happy with good fps on med-high graphics.
I'm new this this and have spent a lot of time reading and doing research. I could use a look over what I have for any advice or recommendations (nothing is set in stone, and I'm open to changing any parts)
CPU-Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (BX80637i53470) - PCPartPicker Canada
Motherboard- ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (Z77 Pro3) - PCPartPicker Canada
Memory- Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (CMV8GX3M2A1600C11) - PCPartPicker Canada
Storage- Seagate Momentus 5400.6 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (ST9320325AS) - PCPartPicker Canada
-Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (SH103S3/120G) - PCPartPicker Canada
GPU- Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (11196-02-40G) - PCPartPicker Canada
Case- Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (200R) - PCPartPicker Canada
PSU- Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (RG630-S12) - PCPartPicker Canada
Monitor- Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor (VS239H-P) - PCPartPicker Canada
Keyboard- Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard (JQD-00001) - PCPartPicker Canada
Just getting a basic optical drive, and I have for the build I put Windows 7...but I may get 8 need to do more research in this area.
Full build here: Intel Core i5-3470, Sapphire Radeon HD 7950, Corsair 200R - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada
Any help advice etc would be greatly appreciated!
Thank in advance
Looks like a decent setup except for the hardrive... part you have listed is a 5400 rpm laptop drive. I'd go for a larger capacity 7200 rpm desktop drive...
I didn't OC for the longest time, and even now I'm only using the AI suite tool which using presets to achieve a 4.2ghz over 3.4 stock. For me it's a no brainer to spend $40 to have the option of spending literally 5 minutes to see a decent gain in performance potential, even if you don't use it you have resale...not too many people want a second hand locked mid-range processor from what I've seen.
Also, swap that PSU out for something from a more reputable company like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX
You've picked a slow laptop drive. Get a 7200 RPM 3.5" drive for your storage.
I'm not familiar with Rosewill PSU's. I'd really recommend going to a Corsair or Seasonic if they fit your budget.
Overall solid picks. The only thing I would for sure change is the hard drive. It's a laptop hard drive. I would go for a wd black, but if its just for storage you could go for a blue or a green (that get slower in that order).
7200rpm HDD better,BE QUIET or Corsair PSU
tips: install the cpu and cpu cooler first so you can grab the motherboard by the CPU cooler to put it in the case.
touch the back of the case to discharge static electricity,don't work on synthetic cloth but cotton,careful there is static on the antistatic bags but not inside,put the motherboard on the motherboard box to install CPU ,ram and stuff...
You can overclock that graphics card as hell without any problem,as long as its fresh and stable.But its a different subject...
Intel Core i5-3570K, MSI Radeon HD 7950, Corsair 200R - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada
Little more expensive ($1316 vs $1234 on yours), over double the storage on the HDD and it'll be faster and double on the SSD too. And a 3570k..
This will give you the option to oc in a few years once you need a boost in performance and make your rig last you longer..
it's really easy to do, you can get a bit on the stock cooler but drop in a after-market one when you want to oc.
I have nothing against the Asrock boards, I've built 3 solid machines with them But MSI could be a good choice for you too with a RMA center in Canada (also why I picked MSI GPU)
As a general rule don't touch Windows within the first year of release. Also tend to do a good a bad good bad and they are on a bad with win8 so far(metro interface)
Also yeah I do agree best not to cheap out on the PSU.
Looking at DZZOPE build looks pretty nice. But why the change in the GPU card? Also, would that PSU be enough for gaming and Ocing?
Again thanks for all the help guys!
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