Kodak1K Feb 1, 2013 @ 4:56pm
[Build Ready] I just want this looked over. $1,000-1,250 price range.
This is my first ever build, it's obviously for gaming but ranged mid-high. (I'd like to play most games on medium or high settings.) I've chosen these parts with a lot of help, I just want this looked over to tell me if it would run how I'd like. Thanks, guys.

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Tuskan GA Feb 1, 2013 @ 6:27pm 
You're missing a few things. First of all, the stock heatsink for the i5 3470 is good enough for government work but it will run hot and loud. If you care about that sort of thing, you'll probably want an aftermarket one.

A Hyper 212 Evo can be had for dirt cheap and in my opinion, considering the fact that heat is a processor's #1 enemy, may be worth it for the longevity of your processor.

You also don't have a Windows license picked out. That'll add another $100 to the final price at least.

Other than that it's a good build. 16GB is overkill right now but if previous console generations are any indication, that could easily change later this year. Given the price, it's a solid buy.

I remember I paid the same price for 4GB of DDR2 not four years ago. Pretty damn crazy if you ask me.
Kodak1K Feb 1, 2013 @ 6:54pm 
What do you mean by windows license?
Wrench Feb 1, 2013 @ 7:07pm 
Windows 7 is what he means i think.
Tuskan GA Feb 1, 2013 @ 7:18pm 
Originally posted by Wrench:
Windows 7 is what he means i think.

Vista, 7, 8, whichever you choose (I advise 7). They're called licenses by the bean counters and the term's just trickled down into the rest of the industry.
gnoj Feb 2, 2013 @ 12:43am 
If you happen to be a student or know someone who works at a university you may be able to get a Window 7/8 key at a substantial discount. At my school I have gotten a couple copies of both operating systems (and MS Office Professional Plus) for free.

There are also various promotions out there right now for Windows 8 (particularly if you have an older version you're upgrading from) because, frankly, Win 8 is underwhelming and their trying to broaden the user base quickly. I recommend the Pro versions of Windows 7 or 8; Ultimate is overkill.

I definitely agree with Tuskan that if you will be gaming for extended periods, you'll want to throw out the stock cooler and put in a better one. Heat is the #1 enemy for computer hardware. The 212 Evo seems quite popular at the moment and indeed I have a friend who recently bought that very same model for his build (with an overclocked GTX 680 and i7-3770K) and it's worked great. Highly recommended.

I prefer WD Black hard drives myself, but that is a very good price for a 2TB drive so it's alright. You may wish to add a small SSD (128-256GB) for Windows and your favorite games if you find things a bit sluggish. The Crucial m4 (about to be replaced by the m500), Samsung 840 Pro, OCZ Vector, and Plextor M5 are probably the most well regarded of the bunch, so just pick the cheapest among those for the capacity you need and can afford.

You can never have too much RAM.
Last edited by gnoj; Feb 2, 2013 @ 12:57am
Kodak1K Feb 4, 2013 @ 6:44pm 
Thanks guys.
falkor Feb 4, 2013 @ 7:04pm 
Go with 8GB RAM. Make sure it's 1600MHz. Your 16GB at 1333MHz will likely lose performance. 1600MHz is faster than 1333MHz. You will likely get a few more FPS if you switch to 1600MHz. You will probably never use the extra 8GB anyway. Don't listen to the otehr people about getting an aftermarket cooler. With that non-overclockable CPU you won't need it, even after prolonged gaming sessions. Change the case to an Asrock Z77 Extreme4 and you'll be good to go.
Kodak1K Feb 5, 2013 @ 2:33pm 
You mean the motherboard?
_I_ (Banned) Feb 6, 2013 @ 1:48am 
1k build, no ssd?

$80 more, and you get a ssd with the 3570k and 1866 ram

are you near a microcenter/
the 3570k is $190+tax
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Kodak1K Feb 6, 2013 @ 4:40am 
Is this better? I don't really want to change everything, I changed the CPU, though.

_I_ (Banned) Feb 6, 2013 @ 6:25am 
1333 cl7 ram isnt bad, but 1866 cl9 is better (intel prefers speed vs timings)
and if you have room in the budget get a ssd
Kotipelto Feb 6, 2013 @ 8:36pm 
that ram your buying is expensive for 1333. thats like 40 dollar ram.
Kodak1K Feb 7, 2013 @ 3:32am 
Well, too late.
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