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My first gaming computer build


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#1 vaaan

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 09:28 PM

Hey,

I decided to experiment a little and sell my Macbook Pro to buy my first Windows machine. All in the name of science. I already have a display, mouse and keyboard. What I want is a good, reliable, future-proof gaming PC for about 1100€, that is 1400$, but I guess in my country things are a bit more expensive, so lets say 1300$.

I already have build something:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68MA-D2H-B3
CPU: INTEL Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz 6MB BOX LGA1155
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LP CML8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3
GPU: eVGA Geforce GTX670 2GB PCIe
HDD: SEAGATE ST1000DM003 1TB 7.2/64M/S600
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 25/S600
Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 370
Optical disc drive: NEC AD-7283S DVD-+RW 24x
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-600G Gaming 600W

I think everything is fine, but I am a bit unsure about motherboard, case and PSU. And what about CPU cooling? Is stock Intel CPU fan good enough?

What do you guys think?

PS: sorry if my english is bad, I am not from english speaking country.

Thanks a lot!:)

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 03:30 AM

You can save some money by getting the non-K 2500 if your not overclocking. I would get a Intel SSD because it is far more reliable then the OCZ Agility 3. For gaming, i would get a ATX motherboard as things get quite cramped up together. The Intel stock cooler should be fine. Other then that, everything else looks fine.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:44 PM

You'd want to upgrade your PSU. The card takes up 500Watts and the CPU takes 95Watts. Go with a 700 watt PSU.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 05:20 PM

That power supply is more than enough. The 500W required by the graphics card is for the entire system, besides, it is very unlikely to ever reach its maximum power draw anyway.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 07:28 PM

At maximum load for the 670, it draws 299W, so a 600W power supply is more then enough. 700W+ power supply are used to power dual graphics cards.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:11 PM

Thanks for this information, everyone just tells me, it will be fine...And I need to know 100%.

Yay, my build is finished. Btw, I ditched SSD to lower cost, I can still buy it few months later.

Thank you for your help. I still have to sell my Macbook, so it can take some time for me to buy new machine. Till then, I am all ears for your opinion on this build.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 05:43 PM

I was changing build a bit, but I'm not sure if its better.

"old" build:
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68MA-D2H-B3
CPU: INTEL Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz 6MB BOX LGA1155
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LP CML8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3
GPU: eVGA Geforce GTX670 2GB PCIe
HDD: SEAGATE ST1000DM003 1TB 7.2/64M/S600
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 25/S600
Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 370
Optical disc drive: NEC AD-7283S DVD-+RW 24x
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-600G Gaming 600W

New build:

*Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
*CPU: Intel® 3570K "Unlocked"
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LP CML8GX3M2A1600C9B 8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3
GPU: eVGA Geforce GTX670 2GB PCIe
HDD: SEAGATE ST1000DM003 1TB 7.2/64M/S600
*No SSD
*Case: Corsair Carbide 400R
Optical disc drive: NEC AD-7283S DVD-+RW 24x
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-600G Gaming 600W

So, I changed MOBO, CPU, Case and ditched SSD.

What do you guys think?

I am still very confused about motherboards. Many people told me to go for Z77 and ATX size. What is the difference between this MOBO I picked, and one that is 80$ more expensive?? What do I have to ask myself when buying motherboard? What do I need?
And about the case, I picked this one because of the looks and I guess Corsair means quality. Mistake?

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:17 AM

Your gonna need a aftermarket cooler if your gonna overclock with the 3570K and Ivy Bridge runs much more hotter then Sandy Bridge. The difference between the original board and the new board is the chipset which makes it significant. Usually when i'm looking for a motherboard, i would look at the socket for the CPU i have chosen, the appropriate chipset for the uses, the features on the motherboard, the form factor and the price. The case is fine and Corsair's case are pretty will built as far as i know.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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