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May 10, 2013 5:10:34 AM

i need some help im building a gaming computer but i need too know if this is a good build im going to be using it for browsing, gaming on max settings, video editing/rendering adobe photoshop and making website in the future i want to buy another graphics card i need to know i can do crossfire on this build if u want to change something in this build then add a comment my budget is £800 and i dont want to go other that thanks

Case: Corsair 300D

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Z77 Socket 1155

Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K

Ram: Vengeance x1 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Unbuffered CL9

Graphics Card: XFX HD 7870 Black Edition 2GB GDDR5

Power Supply: Corsair TX750w

SSD: Samsung 128GB 840 Pro Series SSD (For operating system and video editing ect)

Storage drive: Seagate 1TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive (for movies games music software)

DVD Rw: Liteon Ihas124 24x Dvd±rw

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

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May 10, 2013 5:19:57 AM

driftking19 said:
i need some help im building a gaming computer but i need too know if this is a good build im going to be using it for browsing, gaming on max settings, video editing/rendering adobe photoshop and making website in the future i want to buy another graphics card i need to know i can do crossfire on this build if u want to change something in this build then add a comment my budget is £800 and i dont want to go other that thanks

Case: Corsair 300D

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Z77 Socket 1155

Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K

Ram: Vengeance x1 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Unbuffered CL9

Graphics Card: XFX HD 7870 Black Edition 2GB GDDR5

Power Supply: Corsair TX750w

SSD: Samsung 128GB 840 Pro Series SSD (For operating system and video editing ect)

Storage drive: Seagate 1TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive (for movies games music software)

DVD Rw: Liteon Ihas124 24x Dvd±rw

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit



Build is nice. One thing though, you have 1 x 8gb ram module. Its a dual channel mobo and so would only operate in single channel, reducing bandwidth to CPU. 2 x 4gb or 2 x 8gb would be a better move.
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May 10, 2013 5:25:03 AM

keith12 said:
driftking19 said:
i need some help im building a gaming computer but i need too know if this is a good build im going to be using it for browsing, gaming on max settings, video editing/rendering adobe photoshop and making website in the future i want to buy another graphics card i need to know i can do crossfire on this build if u want to change something in this build then add a comment my budget is £800 and i dont want to go other that thanks

Case: Corsair 300D

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Z77 Socket 1155

Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K

Ram: Vengeance x1 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Unbuffered CL9

Graphics Card: XFX HD 7870 Black Edition 2GB GDDR5

Power Supply: Corsair TX750w

SSD: Samsung 128GB 840 Pro Series SSD (For operating system and video editing ect)

Storage drive: Seagate 1TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive (for movies games music software)

DVD Rw: Liteon Ihas124 24x Dvd±rw

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit



Build is nice. One thing though, you have 1 x 8gb ram module. Its a dual channel mobo and so would only operate in single channel, reducing bandwidth to CPU. 2 x 4gb or 2 x 8gb would be a better move.


ill add another 8gb i think then
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 5:26:18 AM

I'd choose Asus, ASRock, or Gigabyte over MSI, especially if you plan to do any overclocking.
Be aware that although AMD is aware of the problem and is working on fixes, FCAT testing has indicated that Crossfire is currently broken.
You also want a 2x4GB RAM kit, not 1x8GB, so you can run in dual-channel mode.
If you're interested in overclocking, pick up a 120mm tower-style cooler. I use Xigmatek Gaias, and get good results from them. Though not currently, they are often available for as little as $20, considerably cheaper than their similarly-performing (but noisier) CM competitor (the Hyper212 family).
I have a XFX HD7870 and I've been happy with it (I just don't plan to run it in Crossfire). Your SSD is also a good choice. The vanilla 840 does not perform well in that size (per HardOCP review).
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May 10, 2013 6:17:12 AM

Onus said:
I'd choose Asus, ASRock, or Gigabyte over MSI, especially if you plan to do any overclocking.
Be aware that although AMD is aware of the problem and is working on fixes, FCAT testing has indicated that Crossfire is currently broken.
You also want a 2x4GB RAM kit, not 1x8GB, so you can run in dual-channel mode.
If you're interested in overclocking, pick up a 120mm tower-style cooler. I use Xigmatek Gaias, and get good results from them. Though not currently, they are often available for as little as $20, considerably cheaper than their similarly-performing (but noisier) CM competitor (the Hyper212 family).
I have a XFX HD7870 and I've been happy with it (I just don't plan to run it in Crossfire). Your SSD is also a good choice. The vanilla 840 does not perform well in that size (per HardOCP review).


thanks for all the info could u link me to a descent motherboard and not to pricey im gunna order all these bits today
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May 10, 2013 6:54:01 AM

Any one know if this be a good motherboard for my build?

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard LGA1155 DDR3 ATX THX 7.1CHHD HDMI AMD UEFI PCIE
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 7:08:10 AM

Here's a Gigabyte: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
...or this ASRock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: but if you're willing to spend a little more (MSI is cheap for a reason), the ASRock Extreme6 would be an EXCELLENT choice. The Extreme4 is similar, but has weaker VRMs; use that one if you don't intend particularly high overclocks.
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May 10, 2013 7:27:49 AM

Not that there is anything adverse/ wrong with 16 gb of ram (hey, if you can afford it get it!) but just keep in mind that anything above 8 gb is generally viewed as overkill in the gaming realm. Games now a days rarely utilize more than 4 gb (usually 2). So unless you are video editing/ rendering or some other high performance task, you dont need that much.
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May 10, 2013 7:49:28 AM

Onus said:
Here's a Gigabyte: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
...or this ASRock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: but if you're willing to spend a little more (MSI is cheap for a reason), the ASRock Extreme6 would be an EXCELLENT choice. The Extreme4 is similar, but has weaker VRMs; use that one if you don't intend particularly high overclocks.


thank you for all this help man im over the moon, im gunna order these

Intel Core i5 3570K
asrock z77 extreme6
vengeance x2 4gb ram
XFX HD 7870 Black Edition 2GB

and the rest of the stuff what it said in the thread what watts power supply would u recommend on the site on on it dont give you the details for minimum watts for the power supply
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May 10, 2013 7:54:53 AM

That TX750 will be ample + room for expansion -- good pick, those are made with Seasonic components, just make sure to get the modular one to prevent cable mgnt headaches
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 8:22:34 AM

A TX750 will run two of those cards, no problem. If you want something smaller, check out a Seasonic in the 500W-560W range. Most of the Seasonics are modular now, like my own X560.
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