Dec 17, 2012
I'm building a PC for the first time, and I'm very worried that I did/will do something wrong. I already own the case, processor, and motherboard but I will get the rest of the parts next week. I also already own the two hard drives listed below under "other". Is this a good build for gaming for games like Minecraft, APB, DC Universe Online, Fallout 3, Amnesia, and probably recording? I'm willing to scale the resolution down to record if that matters.
I also have a few questions 1.) I have a SATA3 designed cable that came with my motherboard. To use the two notebook hard drives, if I buy another, can I use that cable to use the two notebook hard drives? 2.) I didn't use a static band when I installed my motherboard and processor, does it matter since it's been sitting around for a week or two in a metal/steel case? 3.) If question 2 was something to worry about, what can I do to fix it? 4.) Anything else I should worry about?


Well, it looks fine to me. Not sure if you need another cable. I believe the Sata 3 cables will work just fine with your HDDs. It's not the cable that determines the speed; it's the device. The only problem is you're wasting the cable's potential. It's meant for faster drives.

As long as no static electricity passed through the motherboard, you should be fine. The only way to find this out is to turn the computer on. If it doesn't boot, then a fried computer part could be the culprit. Although, don't always assume this. It could just be a loose cable. Did you frequently touch the metal chassis of your computer case during the CPU installation process? This is a good alternative to a static wristband.

I think you could have done better with your parts list. I believe you're overpaying for some parts. Try to save as much cash as possible so that you can allocate it towards your graphics card. Give me a few minutes to see if I can come up with something better.


Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Powerspec TX-606 Micro ATX Case ($24.99)
Other: TOSHIBA MK1652GSX(HDD2H03) 160GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Other: Fujitsu MHY2120BH 120GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 1.5Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Total: $947.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 20:32 EST-0500)
I agree for changing the psu for a better one like the xfx 550w instead of the other one, the cooler i don't think it will fit on the case and if he doesn't plan to overclock it the stock will be fine.
For the card, it's recommended changing for a 660 gtx or 7850, i wouldn't get the sapphire 7870 ghz not only cause of the size, but most important it has black screen problems, screen lock ups/freezes.



Noted and revised. If he plans on overclocking, he's going to need an aftermarket heatsink. If his case doesn't allow for that, then his i5 3570k and motherboard purchase will be a waste.