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1st Gaming PC Build, HELP !

Discussion in Hardware Hangout started by Ant-Dub, Apr 27, 2013

  1. Apr 27, 2013
    New to this site and love it so far, I'm hoping I can get a bit of advice on setting up my 1st gaming PC, dreading it.

    So far I have the following picked out.

    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5( €72,don't ask [IMG] )

    Hard Drives:
    Samsung 128GB 840 Pro Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive €125
    WD 1TB CAVIAR BLUE 64MB 7200RPM 3.5" €56

    The rest I'm not 100% sure on and hoping someone can give a little advice, I'm starting to go around in circles [IMG]

    Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Micro-ATX/ATX Tower Case (Black) @ €89
    Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer - USB3 @ €80
    Gigabyte GZ-G2 Gaming Case Plus with USB 3.0 Ports & 2 Front Fans @ €59

    Asus P8Z77-V LK S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX @ €59
    MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING (B3) Motherboard 4 x DDR3 LGA1155 Intel Z77 ATX RAID Gigabit LAN @ €125 [IMG]
    MSI Z77A-G45 Motherboard Core i3/i5/i7/Pentium/Celeron LGA1155 Intel Z77 ATX RAID Gigabit LAN @ €92

    Intel Core i5-3470 S1155 3.2GHz 6MB @ €176
    INTEL CORE i5-3450S 2.8GHz QUAD-CORE 6mb @ €179
    INTEL CORE i5-3550 3.3GHz QUAD-CORE 6MB @ €193
    Then someone in work threw in a spanner and suggested this one.
    Intel Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 ( No price yet)

    Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2133Mhz CL11 Vengeance Red Performance ( €77 )
    Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 Vengeance Low Profile Blue Performance Desktop Memory Kit ( €62 )

    I'll choose the PSU once I know what the demand is.

    I'm going to be using it for gaming, probably Arma 2+3 and DayZ and similar games.

    Sorry for this being so long but I always see people asking for details, so knock yourself out!

    Any advice is welcome, even knocking what I've chosen so far.

    Thanks in advance guys.
  2. Dec 6, 2011
    Nice snag on the GPU, the SSD and HDD look nice, but remember, 128GB is only enough for a few games + OS.

    For the motherboard I'd recommend an ASRock Z77 Extreme4, being that it's cheap and the #1 motherboard to get right now (room for SLI/Crossfire and 4 x SATA III ports) while the others you listed are about the same price and only support 2 x SATA III and only 2 USB 3.0, but they're OK if you don't plan on adding on anymore drives/using many USB ports. I generally tell people to go for the future-proofing Extreme4 because it's the same/less price than the others and it's just as good.

    With the CPUs go for the 3570k, it's the best processor for your money and is the predecessor to the holy, godlike 2500k. FYI, Haswell series CPUs (4670k) and Z87 motherboards release the 6th of June, so if you want to wait for newer hardware @ about the same exact price, I'd do it. Remember to grab a CPU cooler, whether it's a sexy $60 closed-loop, zero maintenance watercooler, or a $25 CM Hyper 212+, you're going to want one so you can get the most out of your CPU.

    For RAM, any speeds above 1600Mhz is completely useless and a marketing scam. Just find some good 2x4GB kit with some type of heatsink and you'll be fine, the Corsair low profile ones look good, but try to find something cheaper if you can.

    As for the power supply, depending on if you're going to add on down the road, such as a 2nd GPU, or more HDDs, or you'll overclock your 3570k (it will beg you to), a great budget power supply would be the TX Series from Corsair. The TX650 should be find, but if I were you, I'd pony up 1-2 hours of work worth of cash and grab the TX750 for more headroom, just in case you want to keep your computer running top-notch down the road (people usually SLI a year after so they don't need to buy another GPU for a few years because it saves them huge money).

    Cases are mostly personal preference, and since this isn't a supercomputer, I'm not going to get into this too much. Basically anything from Corsair/Cooler Master will be awesome for you, look through any of them and pick out whichever one fits your budget and your style.
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    • Apr 27, 2013
      Cheers Bret,
      From going through other peoples posts I was hoping you were going to reply, I'll go and see what I can get ans see how it looks.
      Thanks again.
    • Apr 27, 2013
      Hi Bret,
      I can get my hands on a Coolermaster Seidon 120M, 120*27mm radiator, PWM 600~2400 RPM (RL-S12M-24PK-R1) through work for around €38-€40, seems ok, what are your thoughts?
    • Dec 6, 2011
      That one is an older model, but it's a pretty decent cooler nonetheless. Is there a way you can get the upgraded version (Seidon 120XL 38mm)? If so, I'd go with that instead.
    • Nov 11, 2011
      Brett is pretty much on point. As far as the SSD, I have the original 830 MLC (which is 27nm NAND). The 840 Pro, from what I can see, uses 21nm NAND (also MLC). Endurance wise, the 830 will last you longer, but speed wise, the 840 Pro seems to much quicker in certain tests. Your choice, I've been running my 830 daily for 15+ hours and it's still running fabulous since it was released.

    • Apr 27, 2013
      Hi all,

      With a little help from Brett and a few others we’d almost decided on a build but decided to hold off until the Haswell CPU’s and the Z87 Mobo’s were out, now there out I’m ready to go ahead and start this bl**dy build!

      I’m looking for some advice if I can for the below area’s in red.

      Tower :Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer (SGC-1000-KWN1) ( Already have this )

      I was going to buy an ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 €123.89 but wanted to hold off until the new Z87’s were out.
      I know they're only out but what's the general feeling on the Z87 motherboards? Any suggestions for this build.

      I was going to buy an Intel Core i5-3570K €205.99 but again wanted to hold off until the Haswell CPU’s were out.
      Do you reckon I should get the 4670k?

      CPU Cooler :
      Cooler Master Seidon 120XL Liquid CPU Water Cooling System €35
      Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO €30

      Graphics Card
      EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2GB ( already have this, might SL another one, not sure yet )

      G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws-X DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz CL9 F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL €59.14
      G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) Sniper DDR3 PC3-14900U CL9-10-9-28 1866MHz @ €63

      PSU :
      Corsair 750W Enthusiast Series TX750 Modular Power Supply CP-9020040-UK €116.55

      Samsung 120GB 840 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive MZ-7PD128BW €81.99

      WD 1TB CAVIAR BLUE 64MB 7200RPM 3.5" D WD10EALX €58.36

      Cooler Master Trigger Gaming Keyboard ( Blue Key ) SGK-6000-GKCL1 €99.90

      Cooler Master Inferno Gaming Mouse SGM-4000-KLLN1-GP €39.46

      Also looking for a Monitor, others are guiding me towards the 1440 Catleap Korean monitors, any advice?
      If not this one any suggestions?

      Cheers in advance

    • Mar 19, 2011
      I would say if you can't get a really good deal for a z77 Motherboard + 3570k combo then you should go for a z87 board + 4670k.

      Also I would probably pick up the EVO instead of the Seidon due to the fact if you have a hardware failure with the Seidon then there goes your CPU that you just purchased, less risk good performance with the EVO.

      As for the memory I doubt you will notice any gains going with the 1866 Mhz RAM so the 1600 Mhz Ripjaws are plenty fine.