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Planetside 2 Gaming PC Build

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November 16, 2012 6:40:09 PM

Hello everyone,

As you can tell from the message title I'm interested in building a gaming pc to play planetside 2 on max settings(or close to it). I've been doing research on different hardware components, and I've picked out the the ones that I feel would help me achieve my goal of having great performance at a reasonable price.

What I would like from this post is advice about compatibility of hardware components, whether I'm over-killing with certain components( or coming short), experiences from using said components, if there is a more affordable option to replace any of the components on my hardware list, and any other helpful advice will be greatly appreciated, thank you.

Here are the parameters for the build I'm looking for....

Price point:
Under $750( the current part build is $756.92 on Newegg.com)...Prices as of 11/16/12

Primary Uses:
Gaming(mmo style games)... Planetside 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVxsWuFlgiE&feature=rela... (gameplay not in max settings... I think)
browsing web
watching movies, shows
Videochat(optional if you want to advise on a great value cam, but it's not part of the build)




List of hardware:

CPU- $219.99
Intel Core i5-2500k

MOBO- $104.99
AsRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6GB/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU- $189.99
SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version

RAM- $43.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH

HDD- $49.99
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OPTICAL DRIVE- $17.99
LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

PSU- $69.99
Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply

Case $59.99
ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I tried my best to educate myself on the hardware for my desired build but I still need assistance to make sure all the parts are compatible and supplied with enough power, or not to much. I hope I gave enough information for everyone. Thanks again for your time.

November 16, 2012 8:01:02 PM

I can't say off the top of my head that your power supply will be too small, I would imagine it being ok. Your electrical components will only draw as much power as they require to run. I'm not an expert with PC's, but I design electrical control panels for a living, and I always oversize my DC power supplies but there is reason behind that. Basically if having a larger PSU won't cause an increase in your electrical bill that you can't afford then don't worry about it. Also, if youre only utilizing 50% of your power supply, it will last longer as long as it stays cool.
November 17, 2012 9:32:54 AM

Jhawth said:
I can't say off the top of my head that your power supply will be too small, I would imagine it being ok. Your electrical components will only draw as much power as they require to run. I'm not an expert with PC's, but I design electrical control panels for a living, and I always oversize my DC power supplies but there is reason behind that. Basically if having a larger PSU won't cause an increase in your electrical bill that you can't afford then don't worry about it. Also, if youre only utilizing 50% of your power supply, it will last longer as long as it stays cool.


Thanks for the feedback! The PSU is definitely one of my biggest concerns. I picked this wattage because of the builds I had seen that ran the same MOBO and sometimes the same CPU. Usually though their components seemed better so I'm hoping that the PSU will be more than enough.
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