Building a Gaming Desktop - First Timer Question


Dec 6, 2012

I'm planning to get a desktop for entertainment, mainly for pc gaming/movies.

I was leaning toward to getting pre-built desktops from well-known websites such as ibuypower and cyberpc.

However, many people out in the community suggested me to build one myself.

I've never built a computer myself so this will be quite challenging...sorry I'll get right into questions now lol

***Could someone tell me if all these components will be compatible for each other and work without problems?

**Do I have a sufficient cooler for my CPU/GPU? (I'm more concerned with my gpu since it's OCed)

*What fps would I get from playing crysis2 or bf3 on ultra settings?

I would really really appreciate all your comments!

The desktop components are listed as in the following.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Item #: N82E16819116504

GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814125418

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157293

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231314

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139027

Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate
Item #: N82E16820223103

CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835181010
Everything looks very nice, except for the cooler. Liquid cooling is always a hassle. I'd get something like Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, which is a very nice cooler and is cheaper.

Or, if you want to spend more on the cooler, I can recommend some more expensive ones as well. Though, by saving $30 on the cooler, you can enable yourself to get a better graphics card:

It would increase the price of the build by $10, but will result in huge performance boost.

Lastly, do you really need the card reader/dvd drive? Think about it, you could save money there as well.


Dec 6, 2012
Thanks for the reply.

I think I will be switching the liquid cooler to CoolerMaster Evo 212 as you suggested!

And for the card reader/dvd drive, I use camera cards and CDs for photos and software uses. I think I'll need it.

I'd like to add one more question that came across my mind not too long ago; will the case fit motherboards, gpu, and cpu cooler?

I've been reading some reviews for the case and it looks like some people were having trouble fitting in some motherboards and graphics card.

I'm not sure what would be the circumstance for the Gigabyte HD 7870, since it's quite gigantic for a card. LOL


Dec 6, 2012

Sorry to keep bother you but, just curious about hd 7950.

How much difference would I get from that card compare to Gigabyte Hd 7870? (in terms of game fps? ex) crysis2)

And should I spend few more dollars on soundcards?

I heard that 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound is crucial but I'm not sure if the motherboard's sound chip is sufficient.

Thank you for your time!

The motherboard is sufficient. HD 7950 would be around 15% faster in games. Crysis 2: