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Gaming computer for $730 - is it good?

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April 26, 2012 10:09:39 PM

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPX
EVGA GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM
Pareema 8GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Motherboard
MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Currently owed:
Case
NZXT Hades (Currently owned)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

500GB HD

Pretty much this is what I put together using feedback from my previous post (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332579-28-good-gaming...).

Multiple people said that my previous motherboard wasn't good so I changed it to an MSI supporting SLI ports so down the road I can fit in two 560 Ti's. I currently have a PSU supporting 500W and I'm wondering if that would be fine for what I have above or if I should get something higher. I know that my GPU and GPX are solid and I wouldn't have to change them but I'm wondering if the motherboard is fine and if not if you can suggest one within the same price range but not too high above it. With regard to the RAM does it really matter what brand it is? And if any of you have any experience with the above parts feedback would be excellent. Would I also need any additional fans? Recommendation on what to replace would be great. My main thing here is gaming and I think the CPU and GPX pretty much cover it. Budget 700-800

Thanks
April 27, 2012 1:15:19 AM

That's not a bad system for gaming at 1920x1080 and below with all the eye candy turned on. I would consider a heftier PSU though. 500Ws will suffice if it is a good quality PSU. But it will be too weak for adding a 2nd card in SLI. I would look for a good quality 850W or better. Here's a PSU calculator you can use to get a ball-park idea of the size you want.
http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/

The GTX 560ti only draws about 14 amps @ +12V at max load. So most 850W PSUs should have no problem with that amperage on their +12V rail(s). And be sure it has 2 x 6 pin PCIe power connectors for each card you have.
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April 27, 2012 2:46:11 AM

That's a solid build for anybody. Never heard of Pareema though.
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April 27, 2012 3:21:48 AM

I wouldn't buy another PSU unless you're certain that you're going to SLI. What you have so far is a good, solid build.
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