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April 17, 2013 11:23:24 PM

I recently decided to build my own gaming pc and I know shat about the process. I am very computer illiterate. After doing some research I think I have the parts that I want, but I dont know how good they are and if they are compatible. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.

Cpu: i5 3570k
Gpu: Sapphire 7950 (100352-2L)
Motherboard: AsRock Z77 extreme4
Ram: G Skill RipJaws x series 8Gb (2x4Gb)
Power Supply: Corsair HX 750W

I understand I need some sort of hard drive or ssd or something, any help picking one out would be great. I am willing to spend around 100$ on a good case as well so any advice would be helpful. Like I said this is trial by fire as I know nothing, so if I sound like I dont know what im talking about its because I dont. If I am missing any components let me know. Thanks in advance for any help.

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a c 275 4 Gaming
April 17, 2013 11:39:42 PM

The parts you listed are all quality parts and is compatible with each other, though if you'll need those top quality parts is another question.
Please answer these questions to help us assist you:
1. Do you plan to overclock?
2. Country of origin? Any preferred websites?
3. What's your full budget for the pc?
4. Do you need a monitor/os?
5. Do you plan on crossfire in the future?
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April 17, 2013 11:58:27 PM

Thanks for a super quick response.
1. I read about overclocking but dont know too much, from what I understand it means maxing out your card for performance beyond stock. I guess I would if it was safe and usefull.
2. USA, Newegg and Tigerdirect I suppose, they seem reputable
3. I was thinking 1000$, but this seems unrealistic with these parts. 1500$ max. I want to do it right, but I dont need a baller rig, something quality that I wont need to upgrade for a couple years.
4.) Yes on the monitor and OS, but im thinking I can figure that out on my own hopefully.
5.) If it figures to be a quality upgrade for a good price down the road I would grab a second card.

Thanks again.
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a c 275 4 Gaming
April 18, 2013 12:09:57 AM

Something along the lines of this is good:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1371.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 03:07 EDT-0400)

-i5-3570k paired with a z77 motherboard and hyper 212 evo allows for decent overclocking when you do more research on it.
-Cheap 8gb ram
-Standard 1tb HDD for storage purpose with a 120gb SSD for fast booting.
-7970, AMD's top of the line gpu.
-Great case. Good cable management, clean look, tons of room.
-Modular cabling for better cable management. 80+ gold for energy saving. 850w for a future crossfire set-up and headroom for overclocking.
-Cheap optical drive.
-Put in windows 7, but you can go with windows8.
-Very good monitor at a very cheap price due to a promo. I would really suggest buying it before the promo ends.

About stores, check out ncix.com. They price match popular retail stores like amazon, newegg, tigerdirect and such. Great place to order from.
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April 18, 2013 12:17:52 AM

Wow!!! Looks like the only thing I got right was the processor. Sweet, thanks for the advice. Next question is how easy is it to put this stuff together, and in your opinion
is the rig you described pretty quality?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 18, 2013 12:20:46 AM

It's easy to put together. Just watch some youtube vidoes and especially any videos for your case.

OP, can you update what you want to buy now?
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a c 275 4 Gaming
April 18, 2013 9:54:09 AM

@OP, the parts you chose were good.
-ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is a good motherboard, but I don't like having a cheap pcb. The Asus one I chose is about the same quality and a bit cheaper.
-The Sapphire 7950 is a great card, but since you can fit in a 7970 then why not?
-G.skill Ripjaws is good quality ram, but I decided to just go for more cheaper ram.
-The corsair hx series are good, but you could get a same quality and higher watts for cheaper.

Anyways, newegg.com has a very helpful 3-part video on how to build your own pc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
Part 1 is picking your parts, part 2 is the building process and part 3 is what to do once its built.

My build should be able to run most games maxed out on a single 1080p monitor with room for upgrading due to the huge 850w psu.
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April 18, 2013 5:47:01 PM

Thanks a ton for the info, Im going to check the parts out and read some reviews but Im probably going to pull the trigger within the next week or so. One more question, would it be possible to run 3 monitors with these parts? Probably never going to do it, but down the road you never know. Thanks again, extremely helpful.
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a c 275 4 Gaming
April 18, 2013 6:33:30 PM

Yes you can run a triple monitor set-up with the 7970. You should use one DVI cable, one hdmi and one mini-display port.
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