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Building Myself A Gaming Computer?

Postby Kirkly » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:13 pm

Okay so this is my first time building a gaming computer and I need some help. This is the motherboard I have picked out.
"ASUS Intel LGA 1155 - Z68 PCIe 3.0 - SLI/CrossFireX Support Intel Z68 Micro ATX DDR3 2200 Motherboards Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3" , this is the processor I picked out Intel Core i5-3470 Quad-Core Processor 3.2 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53470", this is the graphics card i picked out "EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR" Now my questions. What type of ram should I get I was thinking this one but I didn't know if it would work or not.
"Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9". Also what else do I need to get? I don't know what type of case I should get and what type of fans or dvd drives and power supply i need. I also don't know what else I'm supposed to have haha. The total has to be $248 or less because I only have $1,000 and all that other stuff I posted is $752. So if you could let me know what all else I need/should get that would be great thanks :D
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Postby Christos » Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:43 am

I think you should consider the Radeon HD 7870 instead of 660 sc. HD 7870 even beats 660 ti and 670.

I own both HD 7870 and 660M oc. 660 is nice but with the new drivers coming out from AMD, you'll get even more fps with the HD 7870. LINK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as... . FIND YOURSELF SOME RAM FROM CRUCIAL.COM. You're gonna need a power supply with 4 x PCIE 3.0 x 16 (+2 each) if you are Crossfiring/SLI- ing in the future. You gonna need a blu- ray burner.
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Postby Rainer » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:10 am

Get yourself a Z77 motherboard, that Maximus is a high-end premium part, but an older chipset.
Not worth it.

CPU and GPU are fine.

RAM? Depends on your motherboard, if you want to be safe, pick from the QVL.

You can get any ATX case you want, it should come with fans.
PSU make sure it has 80+ Bronze certification.
500Watts would be sufficient.
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Postby Gorry » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:18 pm

You chose a downlevel expensive motherboard in your price range total. The bios usually needs updating to support the Ivy Bridge 3470, and the bus speed and PCIe for graphics is slowed. You chose a motherboard that supports CPU overclocking, but a CPU with a locked clock and no aftermarket cooler.

PCPARTPICKER.COM is a shopping site that helps compatibility.

PC Consists of:

CPU, CPU Cooler but can use the included one if not overclocking, Motherboard, DRAM, HDD, optional SSD, Video Card, Sound Card - optional as can use the motherboard sound, Wireless adaptor optional, Case, Power Supply, Optical Drive, Monitor, Operating System, Keyboard, Mouse, audio output system (amplified speakers and/or headphones/headset

You show only 4 parts. I don't know where you are shopping or if you added anything not shown, but your total is $587.83 after rebates: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uL8o

Unless you are in Australia or New Zealand or some other country with higher prices and using their dollars.

Filling in some missing parts $883.77 after rebates. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uLf2

with a decent power supply, HDD, optical drive, case, and WIndows added.

Missing keyboard, mouse, monitor, audio devices http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uLhP

Changed motherboard to ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M with the free RipjawsX memory that will end soon. Get it fast:


added a 32GB SSD for Intel HDD acceleration

raised video card to MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card 941MHz with Free Assassin?s Creed III

Total $894.91 after rebates.

still missing kb, mouse, speakers
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Postby Hrytherford » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:38 pm

EDIT:the guy who said the 7870 is better than the 660 ti and 670 is as wrong as can be.heres a comparison of the 660 ti and the 7870



I would strongly suggest getting a different motherboard.

you could easily find one for the same price or cheaper that is better.along with that micro-ATX motherboards cram everything into a small space causing excessive heat to build up.also the quality of the motherboard is limited by them having to cram everything into such asmall place.

something like this is much better -$45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...

and for the processor I'd recommend switching to the 3570K since it can be overclocked. +$20 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SZ0E1K/?tag...

for the ram I'd go with something cheaper,same speed,and lower latency,like this -$4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...

for the case I'd go with something that is highly upgradeable,but at the same time not uber expensive.like this for example. +$50


or this


for the power supply this is great.650 watt,modular,and 80+ gold efficiency for +$90


the dvd drive doesn't need to be anything special,it's just needed to install the bios,anything works.

something like this is fine,matte black finish to blend with the case. +19


for the fans I'd replace the frontal intake fan and rear exhaust fan with corsair sp120's +23.99


I'd recommend using the remaining $100 on the following.

spend $20 and upgrade to a gtx 660 ti


then spend $25 on the hyper 212+ so you can overclock the i5 3570K suggested above.


then spend the last $50 on anything.

this is assuming you have a hard drive and you left it out.

if not then do not get the hyper 212+ and instead spend $70 on this 1TB hdd.


what you need for a computer as a checklist for you is this.




-storage drive (solid state or hard drive)

-dvd drive


-power supply

-graphics card (optional)

-mediacard reader (optional)



the total price for what I suggested,including what you save on by getting a cheaper motherboard and ram,is

$243.95 if you buy the hard drive

$198.96 if you already have one and go with the heatsink.

if you need anything else feel free to go on my profile and click email bloodyhair for further assistance.
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Postby Meara » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:59 am

Do you have an antistatic wrist strap? If not, that's something I'd recommend. As for your other questions, I'm afraid I can't be of much help. Sorry.
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