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$~ 1500 Completed Build, need help with compatibility and bottlenecks (First Time).

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May 14, 2013 7:09:24 AM

I've been saving up for a long time and have done a ton of research, but I am worried that I could do better on the mobo or case. I also am curious if the power supply will be enough if I want to crossfire in the future. I will obviously game on it but I mostly want a dependable computer I can count on for a while. I am also curious as to what connectors, mounting brackets, and other miscellaneous hardware I might need. Price is flexible and I have no brand loyalty. Thanks everyone!

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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($125.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($120.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($12.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($55.25 @ Newegg)
Other: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($109.99)
Total: $1504.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-14 10:00 EDT-0400)

*Edit: Here is the link to the power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 14, 2013 7:17:40 AM

Your build is fine except the PSU will be pushing it if you intend to X-fire, PSU's degrade with capacitor aging. Also if you are using the rig for only gaming an i5-3570k will be suitable as game don't benefit much after an i5.
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May 14, 2013 7:23:14 AM

no 650 might hit the wall try going 750 watts or more. and you also don't need a 80plus gold PSU unless power is really expensive at your country. also if you wanna save some cash id recommend core i5-3750K for the best bang for buck. but if your doing other tasks like video editing or something core i7 is the way to go
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May 14, 2013 7:24:40 AM

coolguy12 said:
u are gaming so you should go for this one instead of i7 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k everything else is good
P. S : Go for a 800W for future..!!


I went for the i7 because of the price and mild future proofing, will it harm my system or be detrimental to have it or just overkill? I will definitely get an 800w then, thanks!
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May 14, 2013 7:26:46 AM

see your power supply is good but for future go for a 800W PSU because u can crossfire with it easily and i5 will be good for future and for present as well it might save u some bucks too :D 
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May 14, 2013 9:50:01 AM


i recommend not using cooler master PSU's. go with antec or seasonic. corsair will work too.[/quotemsg]

Thanks for the advise, switch to this then?

>Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i3, i5, i7 and platforms - TX850

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...
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May 14, 2013 10:07:36 AM

ThetaPro said:

i recommend not using cooler master PSU's. go with antec or seasonic. corsair will work too.


Thanks for the advise, switch to this then?

>Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i3, i5, i7 and platforms - TX850

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...[/quotemsg]

That is good see its cheaper than cooler master too and better
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