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~$700-$800 Gaming/Multi-Use Build

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December 30, 2011 3:32:14 AM

Hey there.

I'm looking to build a PC for heavy usage with multiple programs after hours and high quality gaming.

This is what I have thus far come up with:



Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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Processor : Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

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RAM : 8GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Ripjaw Series Dual Channel kit for Intel LGA1156/AM3

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Video Card : SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM

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Casing : COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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~$666 + PSU, also running on Windows 7 Ultimate x64, "20 monitor.



...However, what I'm now sceptical on is the power supply. I was recommended [this] originally, and then also Seasonic S12II 620. Corsair TX650 / XFX Core 650. I want to keep the price moderate, but have no clue what to look for. I'm not even sure how many watts this build will want.

So what power supply should I look for, and are there any changes I should make to this build? Also would it be able to smoothly run Skyrim on ultra high settings?

Thanks in advance.
December 30, 2011 3:42:00 AM

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December 30, 2011 3:45:37 AM

I would go for the ASRock Extreme3 because it has a lot more features, better build quality, and PCI GEN 3 ready.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - ASRock Extreme3

I would settle for the Corsair CX600 because your rig only requires 500w. 600w is a bit of an overkill but I'm sure you're going to OC to eliminate that problem.

The rest of the parts look fine to me.
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December 30, 2011 3:46:27 AM

A 500 watt psu will run that computer well. It will only draw around 250 watts so its possible to use even less ..just not ideal
December 30, 2011 4:43:28 AM

Thanks. I'm leaning towards the Corsair CX600. For a mere $10 extra the ASRock Extreme3 does seem well worth it, though it is totally compatible with all of the other parts right?

And for quality assurance, I see this machine suitable if it can pass well on ultra high settings for Skyrim. So if anybody is familiar with Skyrim's demands, that'd be great.

Any other changes, or it's pretty solid?
December 30, 2011 5:16:14 AM

what resolution will you be playing at?
December 30, 2011 4:48:18 PM

Yes ASRock is compatible with all other parts.
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