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[Build Ready] My first gaming PC build. How dose it look?


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cd_wizard

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This is my first Pc build jumping in full swing will probably play with overclocking. Booting from ssd. Any conflicts or any problems with it.




[Part list permalink](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2NFQ) / [Part price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker....NFQ/by_merchant)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker....-bx80623i52500k) | $179.99 @ Microcenter

**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker....-cooler-cwch100) | $101.72 @ NCIX US

**Motherboard** | [ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker....z68extreme3gen3) | $114.99 @ Newegg

**Memory** | [Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker....mx8gx3m2a1600c9) | $35.99 @ Newegg

**Hard Drive** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker....ve-st31000524as) | $129.98 @ NCIX US

**Hard Drive** | [Corsair Performance Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker....e-cssdp128gbpbk) | $206.98 @ NCIX US

**Video Card** | [Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker....-card-1003113sr) | $319.99 @ Newegg

**Case** | [Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker....ase-cc600twmwht) | $159.99 @ Amazon

**Power Supply** | [SeaSonic 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker....y-ss850htsilver) | $134.64 @ Newegg

**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker....rive-ihas124-04) | $18.99 @ SuperBiiz

**Monitor** | [Dell U2312HM 23.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker....monitor-3202807) | $288.98 @ Newegg


| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping and discounts when available. | $1692.24
| Generated 2011-12-03 20:11 EST-0500 |
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RAM. Should you decide to over-clock in the future, consider changing to this, low profile, 1.5v, less likely to interfere with orientation of after market heatsink or instalation and removal of RAM once the cooler is installed. (can be a major pain with RAM that has large heat fins) http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233197


Info. the stock heat-sink and fan supplied by both lintel and AMD, are designed and warranted to keep the CPU within it thermal specs when used in a suitable enclosure.
If you use an after market cooler and/or overclock the CPU, you will void your warranty, so you do so at your own risk.
I would choose a good quality air cooler over liquid cooling as it takes regular maintain-ants and is fraught with dangers. It is also more involved, thn just sticking in a water cooler system
Fluids for cooling system. http://www.lytron.co...-Liquid-Cooling and this is just one aspect.
I would build the system, see how it performs, monitoring temps, and then make a decision. Use the money elsewhere for better performance.

SSD. Good idea for the OS giving better overall performance, faster load timesfor games. There is plenty of evidence that overall game-play is smoother with the elimination of stutter in some games. I can find no firm evidence backed up by performance benchmarks that there is any increase in fps.
I would buy a less costly SSD and again put the money elsewhere in the system. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233206

Monitor. You need better response time for gaming.

You have not listed an OS.

Do you have speakers? mouse and keyboard?
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RAM. Should you decide to over-clock in the future, consider changing to this, low profile, 1.5v, less likely to interfere with orientation of after market heatsink or instalation and removal of RAM once the cooler is installed. (can be a major pain with RAM that has large heat fins) http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233197


Info. the stock heat-sink and fan supplied by both lintel and AMD, are designed and warranted to keep the CPU within it thermal specs when used in a suitable enclosure.
If you use an after market cooler and/or overclock the CPU, you will void your warranty, so you do so at your own risk.
I would choose a good quality air cooler over liquid cooling as it takes regular maintain-ants and is fraught with dangers. It is also more involved, thn just sticking in a water cooler system
Fluids for cooling system. http://www.lytron.co...-Liquid-Cooling and this is just one aspect.
I would build the system, see how it performs, monitoring temps, and then make a decision. Use the money elsewhere for better performance.

SSD. Good idea for the OS giving better overall performance, faster load timesfor games. There is plenty of evidence that overall game-play is smoother with the elimination of stutter in some games. I can find no firm evidence backed up by performance benchmarks that there is any increase in fps.
I would buy a less costly SSD and again put the money elsewhere in the system. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233206

Monitor. You need better response time for gaming.

You have not listed an OS.

Do you have speakers? mouse and keyboard?



Thank you for the well written reply and info.

For the ram from reading up on it seems going from 8gb to 16gb is pointless. Also i never played with liquid cool and i can see how it could be a pain so i will look into some air cooled system any suggestions? Seeing as i wont be needing to overclock anyways i guess i can just do that in a 3 years or so. As for the OS i am going to be using windows ultimate. Also do you have any suggestions on Monitors been looking for awhile was told LED was the way to go i can put up to around 350 in one. What type of response time would i need 8ms seems rather decent on that one with 1080p.

Using Astros a40's with mixamp for the speakers/headset will be looking to get a mechanical keyboard and already have a mouse that works well g9x logitech.


will be playing mostly diablo 3 possibly some fps in the future and starcraft 2. Also whatever titan is from blizzard lol.
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it seems going from 8gb to 16gb is pointless


You are correct, Sorry I gave you the wrong link, This is where you should have ended up. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233196

so i will look into some air cooled system any suggestions?


I am using a Noctua NH D14, but there are new ones on the market all the time. You want good cooling and reasonable low sound.

Good comparison info.http://www.hardwares...r-Review/1371/6
Brownse from this page. https://www.google.c...l2190l2-2.5l7l0


Also do you have any suggestions on Monitors been looking for awhile was told LED was the way to go


No, I cannot recommend a specific monitor only point you in the general direction, what would be great for one would be rubbish for another. This one is a good example for a gaming monitor and plenty of other reeding on the site.
http://www.topcomput...hd-pc-monitors/

I suggest that if you can get to a store where you can actually see displays and make comparisons, that is the way to go.
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Hi.


How are things going? An update would be welcome.
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