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April 9, 2013 2:06:31 AM

I'm still in the planning phase but would like to start grabbing parts soon, I will be getting my stuff online as no local dealers can compete with newegg or amazon for prices. This is not my first build but is definitely my most specialized

This will be a gaming system, and tho I am only grabbing 1 GPU now I'd like to be able to add a second for crossfire later. Also I have never OCed before but I would like to with this system, maybe not right away, but once it no longer runs everything at the highest it would be nice to get a little boost when necessary.

This wil also be in a low profile HTPC case which is why I'm going with a watercooler as I havent found a low profile air cooler that I think will do the job efficiently. And for RAM I know 16 gb is overkill but I plan on setting up a RAM drive.



CPU i5 3570k
MB ASUS P8Z77-M PRO LGA
GPU SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950
RAM Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600
PSU Raidmax Hybrid 730W EPS12V RX-730SS
Cooling Corsair Hydro H60 CW-9060007-WW


So will my RAM compatible with the MB?
any other suggestions?

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April 9, 2013 2:14:11 AM

Dont you need a sfx size PSU like silverstone 450w or something?
If its standard size then Get a XFX550 instead and if xfire later then XFX750
All looks good to me.
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April 9, 2013 2:33:16 AM

Looks good, but change the PSU as mentioned above by imomun.

Look at something in the range of 500-650W from Seasonic, Corsair or XFX. They are a bit more expensive but come with a 5yr warranty and probably the best PSUs out there.
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April 9, 2013 4:09:38 AM

When do you plan to crossfire? because if it's more than a year or two from now don't bother.if you plan to crossfire and overclock you should get 750w PSU from Seasonic, Corsair, XFX or Antec.
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April 9, 2013 5:36:55 AM


I suspect you should wait a month or so and see how Haswell shakes out.

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April 10, 2013 1:47:50 AM

imomun said:
Dont you need a sfx size PSU like silverstone 450w or something?
If its standard size then Get a XFX550 instead and if xfire later then XFX750
All looks good to me.


Nah, my case supports standard PSUs. I checked out that XFS750 and it looks pretty good.

Thanx for the replies
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April 14, 2013 12:58:00 AM

Don't forget an SSD for that build :) 
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