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Ok fellas, I will admit I am kind of a nub when it comes to actually building a rig, but I decided to give it a whirl with my brother. I read a bunch of WoW forums and wanted to build a decent gaming rig for around $1100. I realize that after putting it together and loading a few games on it, it really needs more storage. Besides that can anyone tell me what I could have done better while staying in the budget. It was just a simple single gpu rig that I didn't plan on overclocking. After I put the system together I didn't really know how to test the system specs. Not really worried about that though. That's something I will figure out for future rigs.

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  • 84 months ago
  • 3 points

At this budget I would have saved the ssd for a later upgrade and got a western digital 1tb blue. I also would have scratched the CPU cooler for a non overclocking CPU, and saved money on the overkill PSU. With the money saved you could have gotten a 7950.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

he got it for free its a combo but yes i agree with you

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

great build, especially for the money. I thin, the 7870 is the best choice for pcs in the 1000 dollar range. 750w is WAY overkill though, especially since you aren't overclocking. You would have headroom at 500-550. Besides that, great build. Also, the cable management is incredible.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

just add some 1-2 TB western digital caviar blacks for storage. Overall good build, the other have everything covered.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, he is going to add a couple HDD's later. Thank you for your feedback.

  • 84 months ago
  • 4 points

Don't add blacks... you wont notice a difference in performance over Western Digital Blues and they are cheaper... I don't know why so many people are stuck on black drives though the blue drives are cheaper and reliable. The black drives are only really beneficial if you aren't using an SSD.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

So, if I were to get an HDD now and upgrade with an SSD (For windows) later, which drive do you reccommend I get now?

  • 84 months ago
  • 4 points

same as I mentioned above. Since you stated you'll be putting windows on the SSD. The blacks really don't add much performance gain over blues.

The warranty is different but really that's the major difference.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

for $10 more you could have gotten a 7870 XT which would have performed 2x Better

  • 84 months ago
  • 4 points

2x

you kidding me

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

not im not "Kidding You" there is a big difference between a 7870 and a 7870 XT

  • 84 months ago
  • 5 points

Not quite 2x though.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

That is great build. Though comments about GPU are completely right. But now that you bought it already, don't feel bad about 7870, it is a capable enough GPU for most of the games out there on max. And for the aftermarket cooler, I would buy one for my non-overclockable build too, regarding noise and stuff. :)

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

I completely agree. I have always been told to keep the CPU as cool as possible. Given that statement I know it would have been a true waste for Liquid cooling, so the Hyper 212 Evo seemed to be good pick.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

If you aren't gonna overclock, you don't really need the cpu cooler and you DEFINITELY don't need 750w

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I would have went with the msi 7870 ghz edition for about $224 then for the monitor I would have went with a 23 inch asus VX238H that has 1ms response time and higher brightness at 250 cd/m² for about $160 or any 23 inch asus in the 130 to 160 range. Also u could have saved 25 to 30 on that psu like corsair builder series 600w is going for 53 right now and then got the 3570k but if this was truly my build I would have gotten the fx 8350 anyways but don't listen to me great build overall

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about building an AMD system, but I honestly have been hearing from a lot of friends that AMD hasn't been too reliable lately.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Either get an unlocked 'k' CPU or ditch the aftermarket CPU cooler. If you look hard enough you could have found a 7870XT for about the same price. The PSU is a little overkill but not a big deal. I would have went with a more reliable brand though. Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling are just a few good PSU makers and you could find a 600 or 650W PSU from a more reliable manufacturer for about the same price or probably less.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't be down on your system. Cable management looks OK and nothing you bought is in any way "bad."

As other have stated, in a non-overclocked Computer the CPU cooler could have been omitted and the PSU is overkill. But its not like you bought a full water cool system and a 1200 watt PSU.

Beyond those considerations, you really have a pretty balanced system that should run games very well.

As to storage, get a 2Tb storage drive when you do. You would be surprised how quickly you will burn through a 1TB. Good Luck!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel you, and def going to suggest 2Tb to my brother.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, very clean build with good cable management. +Upvote

To address what you could have done better while staying in your budget, I would have recommended dropping the aftermarket CPU cooler for a $27 savings since a $10 savings on the "K" CPU was good for you, and for just a few dollars more get a Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT at around $240 (a 7870 that is based on the 7950 chip). A small tweak that could have gave you a nice bump without changing your total cost.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I am gathering, that everyone is suggesting the 7870 xt is alot better. Thank you for your feedback.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, no problem. Yeah, the 7870XT is recommended highly because it's actually based on the 7950 chip. The XT is really like a "7930" that never was. And being just $10-20 more than the original 7870, it's a really great bump up to go with.

  • 84 months ago
  • -1 points

Please for the love of god remove that sticker on the motherboard. Its only going to trap heat and look weird. Also, for the price, you should have gotten (or tried if it wasn't in stock) to get a 7870 XT for 7950 like performance.

  • 84 months ago
  • 3 points

So the Xt is better performance. Got you.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, generally the problem with the 7870 XT isn't having the money to buy it though... it's almost never in stock.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I saw it in stock a week or so ago... They come and go a lot.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

"a lot"

Not really.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

True... True...

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

The difference isn't THAT great. I think this is just AMD's way of selling off all of the Tahiti components. :P

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  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is AMAZING!!! It was so easy to work with and the separate SSD cage makes that a dream to install. Now, I didn't feel that the 3570k was necessary since I wasn't going to overclock. $10 is $10.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

But then why did you get the aftermarket cooler? It's not really necessary. At least you didn't get a Z77 board, though, good choice there!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on building a cheap gaming rig in the near future, I plan on using a Z77 board, so, whats so wrong with 'em? Sorry, not that knowledgable, although I'm not an idiot on the subject.

tl;dr: Whats so wrong with Z77 boards? :L

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Nothing.

Z77 boards are the best (for LGA 1155). Their main advantage over, for example B75 or H77, is that they support overclocking of the processor. The only processors that you can REALLY overclock (I mean, besides pushing it up maybe 300 MHz) are (on the Intel side) the ones that have a K after their name. Eg 3570K, 3770K. If this builder got a Z77 board, it would be fine, but he'd be paying for features that he couldn't use. (Note how his processor has no K after it) If you get one of those, definitely get a Z77 board. But Z77 boards are more expensive than (for example) B75 or H77. If you get a Z77 board with a non K processor, you won't run into any issues, but Z77 boards cost a bit more than H77 or B75, and you'll be paying for features that you never use.

TL;DR: Z77 is great with unlocked processors, it's a waste with locked ones. (K means unlocked, no K means locked)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Still worth it to keep the cpu cold even at stock clocks. Stock coolers are just not very good. He only spent $25 on it, worth it imo.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I have had cooling issues with non-custom systems without OC and keeping them clean. I would rather be safe than sorry on the cooling.

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  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

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