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May 22, 2011 7:48:32 PM

Hello, I am new to building PC's and to these forums, and I was wondering if the build that I have looked into would work alright. Any input would be great. The biggest question that I have is that I'm not sure if the power supply would work with the rest of the set up.

Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate SV35 Series ST31000526SV 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: C13-6165 ::Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 XMS 8GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 2x 4GB

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Disk Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am also planning on running Windows 7 Home Premium Full on the PC as well. Again, any help in this would be great because I have wanted to get a good gaming PC for a long time.

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May 22, 2011 9:52:19 PM

What's your budget? I'd recommend going with an Intel i5 P67 setup as opposed to an old AMD setup. You'll get much better performance for the price.

Your PSU should be good with the 570, but keep in mind you won't be able to add a second without upgrading the PSU. I'd look into the AMD HD 6970 as well, since it is similar in price and performance.

Swap that Seagate HDD for the Samsung F3 1TB. It's the fastest desktop platter drive and it's one of the cheaper hard drives as well.

Other than that, you should be good.
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May 22, 2011 11:23:08 PM

Thanks. I wasn't sure if all of the components would work well together. My budget is about $1500....maybe a little higher. Everything I listed above was around $1350 after shipping. I will look into the other parts a little later tonight. Thank you for the advice.
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May 23, 2011 1:18:36 AM

$1500 should easily get you an i5-2500K and a good P67 motherboard like the ASRock Extreme4. People have been doing it on $1000 budgets.
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May 23, 2011 2:31:21 AM

Would all of the other components still work with the i5 and P67 motherboard?
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May 23, 2011 4:56:46 AM

I already did make the swap of the HDD...that was a very good suggestion by Boiler. Striker, by advising me to look at that RAM, would you say that getting the Intel setup Boiler recommended would be better as well? I have looked around online and a lot of people recommend the AMD's because they are cheaper, but are just about as good in quality. If the Intel mobo and CPU are worth the extra money, then that RAM would significantly help in the final price. The reason I ask if that's the one you recommend is becuase that RAM is designed for Intel only. Just to get more than one person's opinion, which setup should I go with; Intel (CPU/Processor costing more) or AMD (RAM costing more)? Any input would be great because like I said, I am kind of new at this.

Boiler, I noticed in your signature that your PSU is 950W. Would that cover 2 of the 570's? I also have a couple more questions. Would this setup look fine on my 32'' Sony television or should I go with a monitor? Also, would all of the components fit in the case that I listed in the first post? I just want to make sure.
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May 23, 2011 6:59:36 AM

smithcincireds said:
I already did make the swap of the HDD...that was a very good suggestion by Boiler. Striker, by advising me to look at that RAM, would you say that getting the Intel setup Boiler recommended would be better as well? I have looked around online and a lot of people recommend the AMD's because they are cheaper, but are just about as good in quality. If the Intel mobo and CPU are worth the extra money, then that RAM would significantly help in the final price. The reason I ask if that's the one you recommend is becuase that RAM is designed for Intel only. Just to get more than one person's opinion, which setup should I go with; Intel (CPU/Processor costing more) or AMD (RAM costing more)? Any input would be great because like I said, I am kind of new at this.

Boiler, I noticed in your signature that your PSU is 950W. Would that cover 2 of the 570's? I also have a couple more questions. Would this setup look fine on my 32'' Sony television or should I go with a monitor? Also, would all of the components fit in the case that I listed in the first post? I just want to make sure.

Buddy, AMD used to be pretty darn dominant in the lower priced area of the market, but right now, intel is literally dominating each segment of the processor market. The previous generation 'mid' ranged cpu's (i5 750/i5 760) are better than the best AMD processor out now...

The i5 2500k and i7 2600k are the fastest processors on the market at the moment, both just beating the i7 980X ($1000 previous generation processor), at a price of $225 for the 2500k, and $329 for the 2600k. The 2500k is much better value; in gaming it gives 99% of the performance of the 2600k, but for $100 less. The 2500 k vs the better AMD's can be seen here:

I5 2500k vs AMD 980BE (Fastest quad core, and fastest overall amd processor). Totally dominated..
A game shows 55fps on the 980x, 79 on the i5 2500k. Processors aren't meant to define performance in most games... but really, for any build above $450, you gotta go intel.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/362?vs=288


Heres the i5 2500k vs the 6 core 1100BE.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/362?vs=288

Again, dominated utterly.

Against the top 2 processors of AMD, the intel wins each and every benchmark. Note, so benchmarks are set so that a 'lower' score is better, i .e. encoding time (time taken to encode something) 3 seconds is better than 100 seconds.
Secondly, i'd recommend this ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100 AR. Its much faster.
Get the HDD everyones recommending (The samsung spinpoint 1TB).

Heres a link to the same graphics card you listed, but for $30 cheaper.... (remember to add in the $20 promo code at the checkout which finishes in 2 days.. plus the card is $5 cheaper, plus theres a $10 more rebate.. all in all, my link is $35 cheaper for the same card).

Next, psu, theres 2 options. Either you plan to SLI in the future or you don't.

Either way, the 750W TX is pointless; you can't sli the 570s with it, and a cheaper, smaller psu will fit 1 570 easily. So either get a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... If you don't EVER intend to SLI.. or get this GREAT PSU THAT IS EXCELLENT VALUE if you do intend to or hope to in the future.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the HCG900 is $9 more than the tx750, allows SLI (And about 100W headroom), and is a better quality psu according to jonnyguru (it got 9.6/10.. thats pure excellence in terms of quality) and is 150 more Watts. 150watts more, a better quality psu for $9more than your option.. thats a deal in my book. Either the sli or non sli option however... i recommend the hcg900, unless ur definitely not going to sli in the future (get multiple GPUs = sli).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

btw 800 w is plenty for overclocked sLi 570 system, esp as the new intel processors are very efficient..
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May 23, 2011 1:30:12 PM

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I have looked around online and a lot of people recommend the AMD's because they are cheaper, but are just about as good in quality.

Vibhas broke down the AMD vs. Intel game. It really just would be silly to go with AMD at this point.

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If the Intel mobo and CPU are worth the extra money, then that RAM would significantly help in the final price. The reason I ask if that's the one you recommend is becuase that RAM is designed for Intel only.


RAM isn't really "designed" for one manufacturer or the other, since most of the voltage requirements and tolerances are similar. Those statement usually mean that it has been tested to run with that manufacturer's chipset, but as long as the RAM specifications are within the motherboard's RAM accepted RAM specifications, it should work.
The G.Skill RAM Striker linked is good stuff. I have the 1600MHz version in my build.

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Boiler, I noticed in your signature that your PSU is 950W. Would that cover 2 of the 570's? I also have a couple more questions. Would this setup look fine on my 32'' Sony television or should I go with a monitor? Also, would all of the components fit in the case that I listed in the first post? I just want to make sure.


950W would easily cover 2 580s. I had actually purchased it when I upgraded to 3-way SLI a while back, but I decided to keep it in my 6950 build (love the Corsair "black box"). The High Current Gamer that vibhas discussed would be a good choice. I've got an older Antec Earthwatts that worked really well.

The resolution of the TV is what is important, and is the same as the resolution of a monitor (e.g. 1920x1080 on a TV is the same on a monitor and vice versa). The 570 will easily run well at 1080.

The HAF 922 is a very large case for a mid-tower, so everything should fit just fine. The 570 is also not *that* big of a GPU; my 6950 is almost too long for my full tower...
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May 23, 2011 4:31:46 PM

Best answer selected by smithcincireds.
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