Final parts and upgrade path questions for my i3 build (300-400$)

Hey guys. I want to make this quick so i hope you guys dont mind me being straightforward. :) Here is what I currently have for my rig:

Intel Core i3 3210
ASUS Radeon HD 7770 GHz
8 GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE 1600mhz 4x2
CM Storm Scout II Black

Here is what I plan to buy:
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LK
WIFI ADAPTER: TP-LINK USB ADAPTER MINI
HDD: SATA 2 WD 500GB 7200RPM
PSU: THERMALTAKE LITEPOWER 600W
OS: WINDOWS 8 SL 64 bit
DVD: ASUS DVD WRITER LIGHTSCRIBE

Here are the reasons to why I chose these parts:
I chose an atx mobo because I kinda want my case to look cool and I already have a kick ass case so why not spend a bit more to make the inside look and perform good. I chose this specific mobo because of the price and features. I need a Wifi adapter because im not wired (insert sad face here). 500GB is enough for me cos I have an external 1TB for my music and videos. I chose a TT litepower 600W cos amd usually overestimate their psu requirements due to the number of crappy 600Ws available out there. Ive seen reviews of this psu so i think this is fine. Im choosing windows 8 SL because i want a refresher, its cheaper and i wont be using microsoft office (ill be using open office cos im a cheap bastard). Ill be needing a dvd writer because of school. (Low tech bastards lol)

Some things to know :) :
Im kind of torn between these two mobos: ASUS P8Z77-V LK & Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H (micro atx). The gigabyte one is cheaper but it doesnt have as much features as the asus one. Help me choose between the two. :) i plan to crossfire the 7770 with another one so ill be needing two pcie slots. I think the psu is enough since ive seen benchmarks of two 7770s putting out around 278w on full load. Also which should i upgrade first? When i get the money, do i get an i5 or another 7770?

Thanks so much for reading guys. I tried to make this as short as possible but i guess i failed. This is my first build and i am very excited and nervous for it. Cant wait. :)
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  1. RenzoGuzi said:
    Hey guys. I want to make this quick so i hope you guys dont mind me being straightforward. :) Here is what I currently have for my rig:

    Intel Core i3 3210
    ASUS Radeon HD 7770 GHz
    8 GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE 1600mhz 4x2
    CM Storm Scout II Black

    Here is what I plan to buy:
    MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LK
    WIFI ADAPTER: TP-LINK USB ADAPTER MINI
    HDD: SATA 2 WD 500GB 7200RPM
    PSU: THERMALTAKE LITEPOWER 600W
    OS: WINDOWS 8 SL 64 bit
    DVD: ASUS DVD WRITER LIGHTSCRIBE

    Here are the reasons to why I chose these parts:
    I chose an atx mobo because I kinda want my case to look cool and I already have a kick ass case so why not spend a bit more to make the inside look and perform good. I chose this specific mobo because of the price and features. I need a Wifi adapter because im not wired (insert sad face here). 500GB is enough for me cos I have an external 1TB for my music and videos. I chose a TT litepower 600W cos amd usually overestimate their psu requirements due to the number of crappy 600Ws available out there. Ive seen reviews of this psu so i think this is fine. Im choosing windows 8 SL because i want a refresher, its cheaper and i wont be using microsoft office (ill be using open office cos im a cheap bastard). Ill be needing a dvd writer because of school. (Low tech bastards lol)

    Some things to know :) :
    Im kind of torn between these two mobos: ASUS P8Z77-V LK & Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H (micro atx). The gigabyte one is cheaper but it doesnt have as much features as the asus one. Help me choose between the two. :) i plan to crossfire the 7770 with another one so ill be needing two pcie slots. I think the psu is enough since ive seen benchmarks of two 7770s putting out around 278w on full load. Also which should i upgrade first? When i get the money, do i get an i5 or another 7770?

    Thanks so much for reading guys. I tried to make this as short as possible but i guess i failed. This is my first build and i am very excited and nervous for it. Cant wait. :)


    I would recommend using this PSU instead of the Thermaltake: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096
    SeaSonic is the best brand in power supplies, no contest.

    For upgrades, I really wouldn't recommend CrossFiring 7770s. You're exposing yourself to all the annoyances of CrossFire without getting a terribly large amount of power out of it. In your shoes, I'd just sell the 7770 and buy a new GPU. Low-tier CrossFires are generally not wise, to my mind.

    Lastly, I would go with the ASUS, although my default recommendation for low-mid motherboards is the ASRock Extreme4.
  2. 1. Don't get a Z77 board unless you plan on upgrading your processor and overclocking in the future.

    Get this. Looks good, packed with features and costs only $75.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00863R2K4/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00863R2K4&linkCode=as2&tag=banforbucga08-20


    2. Don't crossfire. When your HD7770 is insufficient, just sell it and buy a better card. Keep doing that until a better card is not available. Always a better option than CF. That also reduces your motherboard requirement.

    3. If your planning on upgrading, graphics card first. 3rd Gen i3's can push upto a HD7850 or GTX660. Get that first. Then look at upgrading your CPU.

    4. TT PSUs aren't that great. Get the Seasonic.
  3. Few things: Haswell coming in a few weeks - might as well wait, just in case you can stick a Broadwell chip in later.

    TT aren't the best manufacturer of PSUs, and ideally I'd go for at least 650W for CF 7770. Look at Antec, be-quiet, Corsair, PCP&C, SeaSonic, or XFX.

    Get a PCIe WiFi adapter if at all possible.

    Suggest getting 2x4GB for upgradeability - 4 DIMMs can also slightly reduce your speed, not increase it. If that's what you meant, then sorry.

    Do you need a LightScribe drive? Only if you want to print a label on the top of certain extra-expensive lightscribe discs using it.

    You'd probably go for a second GPU, though you might find it's cheaper to get a gen-after-next GPU when that rolls around.
  4. Okay so ive taken most of your suggestions and made a another list (this is the best i can do for the psu because of the availability and price).

    MOBO: ASUS P8B75-M LE
    WIFI ADAPTER: TP-LINK USB ADAPTER MINI
    HDD: SATA 2 WD 500GB 7200RPM
    PSU: THERMALTAKE LITEPOWER 500W
    OS: WINDOWS 8 SL 64 bit
    DVD: SAMSUNG DVD WRITER SATA
    MONITOR: LED 18.5" Acer V193HQL

    What do you guys think?
  5. RenzoGuzi said:
    Okay so ive taken most of your suggestions and made a another list (this is the best i can do for the psu because of the availability and price).

    MOBO: ASUS P8B75-M LE
    WIFI ADAPTER: TP-LINK USB ADAPTER MINI
    HDD: SATA 2 WD 500GB 7200RPM
    PSU: THERMALTAKE LITEPOWER 500W
    OS: WINDOWS 8 SL 64 bit
    DVD: SAMSUNG DVD WRITER SATA
    MONITOR: LED 18.5" Acer V193HQL

    What do you guys think?


    You definitely need to scrap that PSU. The one thing that we all agreed on was that you're going to want a better brand.
  6. Jack Revenant said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    Okay so ive taken most of your suggestions and made a another list (this is the best i can do for the psu because of the availability and price).

    MOBO: ASUS P8B75-M LE
    WIFI ADAPTER: TP-LINK USB ADAPTER MINI
    HDD: SATA 2 WD 500GB 7200RPM
    PSU: THERMALTAKE LITEPOWER 500W
    OS: WINDOWS 8 SL 64 bit
    DVD: SAMSUNG DVD WRITER SATA
    MONITOR: LED 18.5" Acer V193HQL

    What do you guys think?


    You definitely need to scrap that PSU. The one thing that we all agreed on was that you're going to want a better brand.


    Alright, alright. I guess i'll just spend a bit more on a different brand.

    Here are some good looking psus available in my area (cebu, philippines):
    AeroCool Strike X 600watts Modular
    Silverstone Strider Plus 500watts Modular
    Silverstone Strider Essential 500watts
    Coolermaster Extreme Power 500watts (ive seen this in duncan's builds)

    The last one i think is crap but probably not as crappy as my thermaltake choice. Thanks for the comments guys. :)
  7. Go for either of the Silverstones.
  8. Which one the essentials or the modular? I kinda want the modular one since its modular. But its pricey.
  9. RenzoGuzi said:
    Which one the essentials or the modular? I kinda want the modular one since its modular. But its pricey.


    That's upto you. Go for whatever you can afford.
  10. Alright man. Thanks. I think ill be going with the modular one if i find more money.
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