So latly i've been working on my first pc build. I am going to say now: i want to stick with Intel and Nvidia. I am actually familiar with intel/ Nvidia unlike AMD/ATI, and the games i want to be playing tend to prefer Nvidia. I've been researching for a long time now, and came up with a build that suits my fancy, though I am almost certain that i overloocked something along the lines. I was also hoping to not do so much overclocking that i have to use watercooling, because, this being my first build, i want to have as little worries as possable. Maybe i'll go with a watercooled build for my second, but for now, i'm keeping to air cooled. My build is meant to center aroung gaming, preferably something like running Planetside 2 on high in battle and acheiveing a minimal of 45 frames per second. I also hope to stream on twitch.tv a bit and some (FOR FUN) YouTube. Also, i would like the price to not go over ~$1400 maximum. Thanks if you can spot a hole or give me a tip or two.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uQb4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uQb4/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($100.49 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH242H 23.6" Monitor ($163.37 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($137.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($46.00 @ B&H)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Nice rig! Just bought similar build to urs some weeks ago. I spent $1200 but i bought essentially a CPU,GPU,SSD, RAM and Mobo (the remaing parts i reused from my previous rig). Considering that you're buying an entire rig i must say u've chosen the parts well, though if u have some extra money laying around i'd get a 670 over the 660Ti. Either way, you'll play planet side 2 confortably way over the 45 fps ure asking.
Thank you, I have looked at the 670 as well as the 680 recently, but ofcourse the 680 is out of my range, and the 670, from what i had found, was said to be not that much better than a 660 Ti power edition, but still cost signifficantly more. I will certainly consider changing it. If you (or anybody else) can clearify on the true situation on the 670/ 660 Ti pe that would probably finalize it.
Bonus points: I know that the SSD is supposed to ramatically improve speed, but how? I keep tring to find the answer, but with no luck.
Sir i can help you cut some of the extra trim and save you enough for you to get the GTX670 without losing any performance.
CPU Cooler: I have a 612 and honestly if you are not going to OC, the stock intel cooler will do well. If you want a hair less noise under heavy cpu loads, the 212 EVO will save you about $8 over the 612 for essentially the same performance. Use the factory heatsink and you will save even more.(Note) The ram will have issues fitting under that 612, i have corsair low profile ram and it just barely fits under that massive heatsink. A ram adjustment will have to be made, they LP vegeance kit is the same price as the regular.
The Corsair 750, is modular a requirement for you? Are you planning on adding a second card for SLI? This is a place we can save you well over $50 depending on your requirements.
Everything looks pretty shinny
Id definetly go over John Cs sugestions. Regarding your SSD question, i believe since SSDs have incredably faster read/write speeds over a mechanical drive you'll suffer less efects of an eventual bottleneck from the operation of reading an information off of ur mechanical drive. consequently, the operation of caching memory will be lightning fast. Overall, your powerful rig will not be limited by the time ur system would take to access an information in ur drive and cache it (performance while the memory is already cached in ur ram would be essentially the same using an SSD or a HDD, however, whenever ur system reaches once more to cache an aditional info, youll take way less time to access this info in a SSD). Starting ur Os, starting programs, editing and loading times will be greatly optimized. I must say this diference is ridiculously big. Youll feel by urself. Install all of ur most used apps in the SSD. But again, keep in mind that whenever the info is already cached in the RAM there will be no improvements thanks to the use of SSDs. Thats why gaming is so little affected by SSDs. Games start, cache everything on ur RAM during loading screens and run from there. These loading times will be obviously reduced, however actual fps gains will not happen during gameplay because youre using an SSD.
As to John C.: Yes, i do plan on adding in a second 660 Ti later down the line in SLI, and the corsair should not only be fine with the greater power requierment, but also, since it is modular i can remove the exess cables to prevent clutter, making sure i don't get confused when i am putting it together. Also, I do plan on over clocking later down the line, hence the cooler.
Does anybody else have the concern of the RAM not fitting under the cooler? This worries me, but I wish to stay as close to my build as i can. Is there any major difference between the lp vengence and the regular? And thanks to all of you who are helping :)
As far as I know the Cooler Master Hyper is freaking huge. It was designed for LP memory sticks. I don't know if the regular Vengence would fit under it or if the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 's DIMMs slots are somewhat far from the CPU socket making it possible to use the both regular Vengence and the Cooler. If you want to keep the cooler, go with the Vengence LPs just to make sure everything will fit - the only difference between the regular Vengence and the LPs is the heatsink and this diference is purely asthetic. Maybe, just maybe, if you dont have some good air flow, the lps would run 1ºC hotter but i really doubt it.
Thank you, I'll go ahead and get the lp's then. Thank you, I think that's all the info i need then. If i don't get any more suggestions i'll go ahead and order then.
I went and took a few measurements just to make sure, Corsair LP heatsink height: 27mm
Corsair Vengeance HP: 47mm
Clearence between the 612 and the top of the LP Heatsinks: 12.7mm
So 39.7mm total for your ram, your HP Vengeance kit would hit the fan/ and or plastic mounting bracket. You can move the fan up about 12mm or so and get the clearence you need for your HP kit, but you need to have the clearence on your case side panel to do it. Also take note that the plastic mounts for the 612 fan, it is fairly wide, with the fan adjusted 12mm up i am not too sure it would clear the tall HP sink on the first ram slot nearest to the cooler.
This is on a AM3 Asus board, my 1155 board seems to have similar ram locations.
Thank you, i will just use the lp vengence.
I also noticed you are planning to OC, the unlocked 3570 is $10-20 more but the unlocked multiplier makes is so easy to OC and not to mention OC it further then the locked 3570.
Once again I'd agree with John C. OCing FTW! :D