1. #1

    First Build Check

    Just looking for some advice on my first build.

    Here is the build pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/a68h

    CPU: Intel i5-3570k 3.4GHz Quad-Core ($240)

    Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM ($58)

    MoBo: Asus P8Z77-V LGA1155 ($188)

    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB(2x4GB) ($51)

    Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 1 TB 7200RPM ($110)

    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB ($437)

    Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower($100)/ NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 Elite

    Power: Corsair 750W ATX12V ($130)

    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST ($21)

    Totals to about $1322 and want to keep it near this total.
    I am considering an SSD if it is really recommended. Any opinions/changes would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    I Highly recommend the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835181016
    It's a great water cooler it's a bit more expensive but you should be able to easily overclock your CPU without much heat

  3. #3
    Along with the suggested cooler above, I'd swap the power supply for a Corsair AX650. You can find the AX650 for the same price or if you really think you need a 750W the AX750 is about $30 more. Gold certified, 100% modular and will power your system with ease. If you really want to make your system look great you can purchase these optional cables as replacements for the ones that come with the PSU. These are only available for the AX and HX series PSU's.


    I would also get an SSD. A 120gb Crucial M4, Corsair Force, etc are all under $130 now. They make a huge difference that you really have to see to believe.
    Last edited by Perderder; 2012-06-14 at 06:36 PM.

  4. #4
    First of all, i support both the comments above, regarding the 750w PSU, get it only if u plan to reuse the PSU in a future build. Now to the point of SSD-s, installing one in your pc will greatly improve the loading time of the OS and other programs installed on it. If u plan to install games on it i would advise to reconsider, mainly because ssd-s dont improve loading times in all the games ( wow and bf3 are one of those exceptions ). Also i am big fan of the 2500 k, so if u plan to heavily oc your pc go for the 2500k (less heat )

  5. #5
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    These are the changes I would make with my notes below.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.99 @ NCIX)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.34 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $1302.94
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-14 15:12 EDT-0400)

    * The cooler you had was more expensive and offers little performance increase

    * This GPU offers better cooling

    * This PSU offers room for SLI in the future and saves you $40

    * This motherboard is cheaper and should provide all the features you need with no performance loss.

    * I saved you enough money for one of the best SSD's on the market and would highly suggesting getting it

    Lastly, I disagree with the people above saying you should get the H80. It hardly cools better then the average air cooler and costs 4 times the amount.

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