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Is this a solid gaming pc build before i order the parts?

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June 17, 2013 7:38:47 PM

alright, im about to order the parts for my first pc build (in about a week) and im just going to a couple websites to make completely sure that this is a solid build for gaming, for being able to play bioshock infinite, bf3, skyrim, etc. on max settings, so here it is :) 

CPU- i5-3570k 3.4ghz (3.8 OC)
Graphics card- Sapphire Radeon 7850 hd 2gb (already ordered, can't change)
Motherboard- ASrock extreme4 1155
cpu fan- CM hyper EVO
HD- Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200rpm 6gb/s
Case- Zalman Z9 plus
Power supply- Corsair 600w builder series 80plus bronze
RAM- G.Skill ares 1600 8gb (2x4)
OS- windows 8

will this handle what i want it to do? and i have a few questions as its my first pc build, so they might be stupid questions and it would be great if you could answer as many as you can!

-how hard is it to properly set up BIOS and install drivers?

-will all of these parts be compatible together, especially with windows 8 (i realize 7 is better for gaming, but i plan on keeping this computer for quite a while, to the point where 7 might be the equivalent to XP)

-my motherboard has a deal to get 8gb of corsair RAM, meaning i can get another 8gb stick and have 16gb total, but will that make a difference? should i just have the 8gb stick and get a 4gb stick or something?

- what are the chances of getting a DOA part? im really scared of getting something DOA, and im not gonna know what is dead (first build!)

anyways thanks for reading, sorry if im a noob, PLEASE answer as much as you can, if you want to suggest any parts, please do, and if you have any extra tips for a first time builder then please leave them! anyways, thanks. ill probably think of more questions later lol
June 19, 2013 5:37:19 PM

A_Walrus said:
alright, im about to order the parts for my first pc build (in about a week) and im just going to a couple websites to make completely sure that this is a solid build for gaming, for being able to play bioshock infinite, bf3, skyrim, etc. on max settings, so here it is :) 

CPU- i5-3570k 3.4ghz (3.8 OC)
Graphics card- Sapphire Radeon 7850 hd 2gb (already ordered, can't change)
Motherboard- ASrock extreme4 1155
cpu fan- CM hyper EVO
HD- Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200rpm 6gb/s
Case- Zalman Z9 plus
Power supply- Corsair 600w builder series 80plus bronze
RAM- G.Skill ares 1600 8gb (2x4)
OS- windows 8

will this handle what i want it to do? and i have a few questions as its my first pc build, so they might be stupid questions and it would be great if you could answer as many as you can!

-how hard is it to properly set up BIOS and install drivers?

-will all of these parts be compatible together, especially with windows 8 (i realize 7 is better for gaming, but i plan on keeping this computer for quite a while, to the point where 7 might be the equivalent to XP)

-my motherboard has a deal to get 8gb of corsair RAM, meaning i can get another 8gb stick and have 16gb total, but will that make a difference? should i just have the 8gb stick and get a 4gb stick or something?

- what are the chances of getting a DOA part? im really scared of getting something DOA, and im not gonna know what is dead (first build!)

anyways thanks for reading, sorry if im a noob, PLEASE answer as much as you can, if you want to suggest any parts, please do, and if you have any extra tips for a first time builder then please leave them! anyways, thanks. ill probably think of more questions later lol


1. It's not that hard to set up the bios or install the drivers.
2. Yep
3. Not needed unless games in the future start using more than 8 gbs of RAM as of right now 8 gigabytes of RAM is fine.
4. Honestly, the chances your gonna get a DoA part is sorta high..... your ordering a lot of parts one of them is bound to be dead. now don't get freaked out. In PC building it teaches you how to find the problem, diagnose it, and then find a solution. When I built my first PC I lucked out and didn't get any DoA parts. But first time upgrading video card and I end up getting a DoA video card. Don't let this story scare you it's not meant to. If you need help the citizens of Tom's Hardware will always be here for you . Good Luck!
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