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Old 09-27-2012, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've used the same terrible computer for the last sixish years, used it to play games and other uses.

I spent last Summer working and finally have enough money to build one. Being sixteen, it literally took the entire Summer to earn $1100, and I'm ready to spend it all on a custom PC.

I have a list of parts, but before I bought, I wanted to ask a few pros about how my specs are, so can anyone here check my specs and tell me if they're fine?

I want to be able to play any up to date game, Minecraft, Skyrim, BB3, CSS, Gmod, and others.

I also want to use it for family uses, like saving pictures, videos, Word documents, etc.

So here's my list, what do you think?

cpu - i5 3570k $215 - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

cpu cooler - cm hyper 212 evo $31 - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

mobo - asrock z77 extreme4 $128 AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4: Computers & Accessories

memory - corsair vengeance 8gb low profile $40 - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

hdd - wd blue 500gb $63 WD5000AAKX Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500G SATA3 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive (3.5 inch) - SATA Hard Drives -

gpu - msi 660 $237 - MSI N660 TF 2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
*** or maybe - EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card only $10 more ***

case - zalman z11 plus $50 - ZALMAN Z11 Plus HF1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

psu - antec 520w $47 - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

optical drive - lg $17 - LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - CD / DVD Burners

monitor - asus vh232h 23" $154 - ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI

os - windows 7 $90 Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack: Software

total is $1072ish

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Old 09-27-2012, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If I was you since that is so close to your budget I would order everything from Newegg to reduce on the cost of shipping.

Everything looks good but honestly I would drop the Hyper 212 if you aren't OCing, get the ASRock Z77 Pro 3 instead. That will give you enough money to buy a Corsair 650TX which is highly recommended.

For the GPU 660 or 660ti if in budget.
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