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My First DIY Gaming Computer


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Helboy239

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Hey! This is going to be my first PC build and I am centering it around gaming. I’m very ignorant of quality parts and which are compatible with which so any and all feedback is appreciated. And if you have any changes you’d like to suggest please do. I plan to be able to upgrade this in the future, and not spend much more than 1000 on it now. Thanks.

Specs: PC Parts Picker

Case: Rosewell Blackhawk ATX Mid Tower Case
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 ZT-60901-10M
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5” 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive
PSU: Raidmax 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

Peripherals and Software:
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Mouse: Undecided
Keyboard: Undecided
Monitor Undecided

Other Notes:
-Not planning to overclock
-Could install a SSD for booting but I have not decided on that either, so any suggestions...
-The SSD doesn’t need to be huge. I was thinking the Samsung 830 or 840 Series with a capacity of 32GB-128GB

EDIT: I have found this SSD with a price that I find attractive, does it look like it would work to you?

Edited by Helboy239, 17 June 2013 - 12:49 PM.

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phillpower2

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:welcome: Helboy239

Your ideas are sound but certain elements can be improved upon such as longer warranties, better quality brands and performance as a couple of examples.

I will go through your list of selected items and add some notes for you, they are not criticisms they are for information purposes to help you.

Case: Rosewell Blackhawk ATX Mid Tower Case
Limited 1 year warranty other than that it is a good choice.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Great CPU which is presently available at the same price as the stock 3570 which cannot be OCd, this makes it a sensible option as you may change your mind about OCing in the future.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155
Motherboard Supports AMD Crossfire but not Nvidea Sli which means that you will not be able to add a second GTX 660 in the future.
GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 ZT-60901-10M
Not recognized as one of the top brands, not the fastest for what it cost and it only has a 2 year warranty. Newegg says it requires a 600W PSU which I think is an error but it is unhelpful.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Memory You can get slightly better performing CL 8 Ram for $11 less other than that very good choice of Ram.
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5” 7200rpm Internal Hard
Drive Small capacity and for $12 more you can have a 1TB HDD.
PSU: Raidmax 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Does not have a bronze rating which is the minimum you should choose + the warranty is only 2 years. A minimum bronze rating and a 5 year warranty goes a long way to protecting your assets.
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Good value device.

An alternative list of parts, it is over your budget but does include an SSD + other improvements http://pcpartpicker....wer2/saved/1NgS

NB: Your choice of monitor could be better, it is too small for gaming, 5ms response time and is rather expensive when you consider what you can get for an extra $16.
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iammykyl

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Gday.
Great build from Phillpower2.

You could save over $100 (CPU+MB) if you are within a reasonable distance to one of these 23 stores, pick up only bundle.
> http://www.microcent...es/default.aspx
Bundles, > http://www.microcent...or-bundles.aspx

To get a little closer to your budget,
Get the SSD at a later date.
Use a standard Optical drive.
Consider this case, > http://www.antec.com...394&fid=5022074
> http://www.newegg.co...Id=1&name=Antec




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phillpower2

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Thanks iammykyl :thumbsup:

Great find those prices Michael, I wonder if we will ever have micro center stores worldwide!
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I have ordered parts from MC and they ship,something to consider.... Bought a nice PSU at a very good price from them...The closest store to me is in Virginia...
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iammykyl

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Your welcome Phillpower2.
Don't think so and sure as Hades, not here, wish we had something approaching Newegg.,
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Your welcome Phillpower2.
Don't think so and sure as Hades, not here, wish we had something approaching Newegg.,



Maybe you should look here.... http://www.microcent...ng-options.aspx
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phillpower2

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Nearest we have is Misco who are owned by the parent Co of TigerDirect http://www.misco.co.uk/

Sorry for hijacking your thread Helboy239 :whistling:
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