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First custom-built PC; looking for feedback, please.

#1Acky_316Posted 6/12/2012 4:51:55 AM
Hey guys, I have been in the process of configuring a custom-built PC meant for gaming, simple Windows applications, general internet browsing, watching movies, and perhaps AutoCAD. I think I have it narrowed down, but was wondering what fellow gamers would think of it. Also, as of right now it is priced at about $1,850, not including taxes or shipping. I would like to stay UNDER $2,000.

INTEL Core™ i5-3570K Quad-Core 3.4 - 3.8GHz TB, HD Graphics 4000, LGA1155, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm, 77W, EM64T EIST VT-x XD, Retail

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/FM1/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum

ARCTIC SILVER Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, Polysynthetic Silver, Electrically Non-Conductive

ASUS Sabertooth Z77, LGA1155, Intel® Z77, DDR3-1866 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+1*, SATA 6Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 3Gb/s /4, DP + HDMI, USB 3.0 /6, HDA, GbLAN, ATX, Retail

CRUCIAL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Elite PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL8 (8-8-8-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

EVGA GeForce® GTX 670 915MHz, 2GB GDDR5 6008MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI + HDMI + DP, OEM

CRUCIAL 256GB M4 SSD, MLC Marvell 88SS9174, 500/260 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail

WESTERN DIGITAL 250GB WD Caviar® Blue™ (WD2500AAKX), SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache, OEM

RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives

ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA, OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF X (RC-942-KKN1) Black Tower Case w/ Window, EATX, 9 Slots, No PSU, Steel/Plastic

CUSTOM WIRING Standard Wiring with Precision Cable Routing and Tie-Down

LOGISYS 12" Single Cold Cathode Case Light Kit, Red

CORSAIR TX850 V2 Power Supply 850W, 80 PLUS® Bronze, 24-pin ATX12V v2.31 EPS12V 2.92, 4x 8/6-pin PCIe

MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM

I would like to keep any future upgrades as simple as adding more RAM or SLI-ing the video card. Thanks for your time!
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#2ShubPosted 6/12/2012 4:57:33 AM(edited)
- You can safely get a 650W PSU and still have enough power for a second GTX 670.
- Don't waste money on CAS 8 RAM unless the price difference is minimal. CAS 9, 1.5V DDR3 1600 is fine.
- Are you sure you want a massive HAF X full tower? I don't see much need for it with this setup.

Looks like you're getting this from avadirect.com, am I right? Do some price comparison with ecollegepc.com, or even by picking the parts on newegg.com, you'd save money by putting it together yourself.
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#360secondAssasinPosted 6/12/2012 5:02:07 AM(edited)
INTEL Core™ i5-3570K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO a decent cooler, but a build this price almost demands better.

ARCTIC SILVER Arctic Silver 5 artic cooling MX-4 offers similar performance without the curing time.

ASUS Sabertooth Z77 not quite worth it's price. P8Z77-V is a better buy. Asrock Z77 Extreme 6 is a much better buy.

CRUCIAL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Elite PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL8 (8-8-8-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

EVGA GeForce® GTX 670 don't get a reference model.

CRUCIAL 256GB M4 SSD

WESTERN DIGITAL 250GB WD Caviar® Blue not a great drive and too small. pointless. replace with something else.

RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives

ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA, OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF X another item not worth it's price anymore.

CUSTOM WIRING Standard Wiring with Precision Cable Routing and Tie-Down

LOGISYS 12" Single Cold Cathode Case Light Kit, Red

CORSAIR TX850 V2 Power Supply 850W overkill even for SLI. a 650w or 750w tops would be more than enough.

MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM

what site are you configuring this on?
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#4Acky_316(Topic Creator)Posted 6/12/2012 5:03:26 AM
Yessir, it is from AVADirect. I have thought about building my own, but after weighing the options, I decided to have it built for me. Although I am very careful with my electronics, I am pretty heavy-handed when it comes to using tools.

Would you consider the HAF XM? It came out after I started researching towers. I wanted a tower that was great for cooling, since I am not getting liquid cooling, and looked pretty awesome.
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#5Acky_316(Topic Creator)Posted 6/12/2012 5:06:22 AM
60secondAssasin posted...
INTEL Core™ i5-3570K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO a decent cooler, but a build this price almost demands better.

ARCTIC SILVER Arctic Silver 5 artic cooling MX-4 offers similar performance without the curing time.

ASUS Sabertooth Z77 not quite worth it's price. P8Z77-V is a better buy. Asrock Z77 Extreme 6 is a much better buy.

CRUCIAL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Elite PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL8 (8-8-8-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

EVGA GeForce® GTX 670 don't get a reference model.

CRUCIAL 256GB M4 SSD

WESTERN DIGITAL 250GB WD Caviar® Blue not a great drive and too small. pointless. replace with something else.

RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives

ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA, OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF X another item not worth it's price anymore.

CUSTOM WIRING Standard Wiring with Precision Cable Routing and Tie-Down

LOGISYS 12" Single Cold Cathode Case Light Kit, Red

CORSAIR TX850 V2 Power Supply 850W overkill even for SLI. a 650w or 750w tops would be more than enough.

MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM

what site are you configuring this on?


Would you recommend liquid cooling? Also, if I get liquid cooling, how important is high airflow cases? And, what do you mean by not getting the reference model for the GPU?
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#660secondAssasinPosted 6/12/2012 5:20:10 AM
you could simply get a better air cooler like the thermaltake frio or a closed loop wc unit like the corsair H80/H100. "high air flow" is a gimmick. cases that come with 3 quiet fans like the nzxt phantom 410 offer similar cooling or better than these "high air flow" cases (not to mention the various other improvement on those old designs). only the 912 is a really good buy compared to everything else out there. the gtx670 comes on a small pcb with a terrible little heatsink. the cards throttle clock speeds when the temps hit 70c and this of course lowers performance and can sometimes cause little issues here and there. go for a non reference design like the gigabyte windforce,asus dc2 or evga FTW. of course you may have no control over what brand and model 670 you get since you're not building yourself.
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#7Acky_316(Topic Creator)Posted 6/12/2012 5:30:25 AM
60secondAssasin posted...
you could simply get a better air cooler like the thermaltake frio or a closed loop wc unit like the corsair H80/H100. "high air flow" is a gimmick. cases that come with 3 quiet fans like the nzxt phantom 410 offer similar cooling or better than these "high air flow" cases (not to mention the various other improvement on those old designs). only the 912 is a really good buy compared to everything else out there. the gtx670 comes on a small pcb with a terrible little heatsink. the cards throttle clock speeds when the temps hit 70c and this of course lowers performance and can sometimes cause little issues here and there. go for a non reference design like the gigabyte windforce,asus dc2 or evga FTW. of course you may have no control over what brand and model 670 you get since you're not building yourself.


You'll have to ignore my ignorance, but is the FTW the Superclocked version? Does liquid cooling make a huge difference, in terms on how many degrees cooler it keeps the PC?
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#8ShubPosted 6/12/2012 5:43:53 AM
No, FTW is a super-superclocked version.
Real, custom-built liquid cooling can make a difference, but those all-in-one kits from Corsair and the like are on par with good air coolers.
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#9Acky_316(Topic Creator)Posted 6/12/2012 6:20:40 AM
Shub posted...
No, FTW is a super-superclocked version.
Real, custom-built liquid cooling can make a difference, but those all-in-one kits from Corsair and the like are on par with good air coolers.


Oh ok. If I get it overclocked from the manufacturer, is it safe? How much does it shorten the life expectancy of the card? Also, how much more heat does it produce?
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#10TravisCombsPosted 6/12/2012 6:23:36 AM
Do you want it to be more gaming focused or more AutoCAD focused? AutoCAD will do better with an Nvidia Quadro card, not a GeForce, but I believe the opposite is true for gaming.
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