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#1 Aug 18 2012 at 11:47 PM Rating: Decent
Hello everyone!

I've been following this board for quite some time, since around launch. I've always wanted to get into the game, but never had a computer up to the task. Well, the time has come for me to build my first rig with my bare hands, and I need a little feedback before I start in about a month. I'm going to list all the parts, case and everything:

Case: Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Motherboard: ASUS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 80 Plus Gold Modular
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 2.5" 128GB
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Optic Drive: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive

So, how does that look? I'm wondering mainly about the video card and power supply. I wonder if the Card will be up to par, and if the PSU will be running at max capacity or will have some room to spare.
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#2 Aug 19 2012 at 12:05 AM Rating: Decent
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SSD isn't really necessary and won't provide much boost relating to gaming, but if you like the extra 20 seconds or so on boot up and you have the dough, why not?

You don't really need the superclocked version of your GPU. Overclocking GPUs is incredibly easy so you could save a bit of dough there too. As far as performance, no one will be able to tell you until 2.0 is released. As always, I'll suggest that you wait because some of the components you might be considering could be cheaper then or there may be something better for the money. EVGA is the best brand for the money though so either way it's a great choice.

I didn't check, but you might take a look at the RAM list for your motherboard. If the RAM you selected isn't on the list of supported RAM that doesn't mean it won't work, but in my opinion it's always best to go with supported RAM especially for your first build. BSOD is a pain to deal with and is usually caused by memory issues.

Other than that, build looks pretty solid.
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#3 Aug 19 2012 at 12:14 AM Rating: Decent
The GPU price difference (superclocked or not) was $10, thought it wouldn't really matter. I wasn't sure if SSD would help beyond boot and some start-ups here and there, so thanks for the heads up. I'm also wondering if upgrading the GPU to the 670 is worth the +$100, or if the 570 will do just fine.

I don't have a ton of knowledge in this arena, so all the info is much appreciated. Unfortunately I can't wait until release, since I need this computer for school. Thanks Filth

EDIT: I looked at the Mobo and RAM. Mobo spec is 4×240pin DDR3 with /1600/ in the list. RAM is DDR3 1600. Is that what you meant, or do I need to check name-brand compatibility?

Edited, Aug 19th 2012 2:19am by IKickYoDog
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#4 Aug 19 2012 at 2:39 AM Rating: Decent
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IKickYoDog wrote:
The GPU price difference (superclocked or not) was $10, thought it wouldn't really matter.


The software you need to overclock the GPU yourself is free. Whether or not you want to spend the extra money is up to you I guess.

IKickYoDog wrote:
I'm also wondering if upgrading the GPU to the 670 is worth the +$100, or if the 570 will do just fine.


Again, no one will have the answer to this question until the new graphics engine is released. Even then, people all have different ideas about how much performance $100 is worth. You'll have to wait until 2.0 to get any informed opinion on what would be the best bang for the buck.

IKickYoDog wrote:
Unfortunately I can't wait until release, since I need this computer for school. Thanks Filth


If I recall correctly EVGA has a program called the Step-Up program that allows you to upgrade your GPU. I think you have like 6 months and it allows you to send them the difference in cost between the GPUs(+ cost of shipping it to them) and they mail you the upgrade. You might check into that. If it turns out that you do want better performance then this might be a good option.

IKickYoDog wrote:
EDIT: I looked at the Mobo and RAM. Mobo spec is 4×240pin DDR3 with /1600/ in the list. RAM is DDR3 1600. Is that what you meant, or do I need to check name-brand compatibility?


Well there are like 20 boards made by ASUS that fit the description you gave...

Click this link. It's a link to all the Z77 boards. Find the specific one you are thinking about buying and click it. On the next page there is tabbed box in the middle with a tab that says 'Memory Support List'. Click that tab and then open the list and look for the RAM you wanted. Personally when I build, I select the RAM I want based on this list. It's all been tested and known to be stable so for a first build I would start here first.

Edited, Aug 19th 2012 4:40am by FilthMcNasty
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Only hips + boobs all day and hips + boobs all over my icecream

HaibaneRenmei wrote:
30 bucks is almost free

cocodojo wrote:
Its personal preference and all, but yes we need to educate WoW players that this is OUR game, these are Characters and not Toons. Time to beat that into them one at a time.
#5 Aug 19 2012 at 4:57 AM Rating: Default
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750w is way more than enough.

Your gfx card is also good enough. XIV 2.0 will be a lot more forgiving than 1.0 hardware wise. Your rig looks good really. If you have the money for a better gfx card then sure why not, but you're good to go as it is.
#6 Aug 19 2012 at 8:41 AM Rating: Decent
Thanks for the info guys. I really appreciate it. Now let's see if I can get everything not DOA Smiley: oyvey
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Rafoot - Asura (Formerly of Lakshmi (Garuda)) - THF SAM BRD
#7 Aug 19 2012 at 11:51 AM Rating: Good
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Yep, that looks like a great set up.
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#8 Aug 19 2012 at 2:50 PM Rating: Decent
Thanks. Glad I got it pretty close to right on the first try. I've decided to switch out the CPU for a Core i5-3570K (it's about 20 bucks more here) and might do an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard. Local shop here has a bundle pack that will lower the price overall, so I'm looking at $800 before tax for the tower at this point. I'm excited.
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Rafoot - Asura (Formerly of Lakshmi (Garuda)) - THF SAM BRD
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