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Need Advice Gaming Build €1400-€1600

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February 5, 2012 10:45:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 days

Budget Range: 1400-1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(wow,skyrim,bf3,swtor,mw3), Live streaming games(wow and swtor), Game Recording, video editing,

Parts Not Required: Mouse, 24 inch monitor , Keyboard, speakers,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.alternate.be/html/index.html

Country: Belgium

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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These are the parts that i've been thinking about :

CASE: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus = €74,90
http://www.alternate.be/html/product/Behuizingen_Midi_T...

MOBO: ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 = €129,90
http://www.alternate.be/html/product/Moederborden_Socke...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 = €194,90
http://www.alternate.be/html/product/CPUs_Socket_1155/I...(R)/Core_en%20_trade_i5-2500/493113/?tn=HARDWARE&l1=Processoren+%28CPU%29&l2=Desktop&l3=Socket+1155

HDD: Samsung HD502HJ 500 GB = €89,90
http://www.alternate.be/html/product/Harddisks_3,5_inch...

SSD: Crucial CT128M4SSD2 = €169,90
http://www.alternate.be/html/product/Solid_State_Disk_2...

MEMORY: Corsair 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit = €54,90
http://www.alternate.be/html/product/Geheugen_DDR3-1600...

DVD: LiteOn IHDS118 = €17,99
http://www.alternate.be/html/product/DVD-drives_Serial-...

OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit = €99,90
http://www.alternate.be/html/product/Software_System_Bu...

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750HX = €144,90
http://www.alternate.be/html/product/Voedingen_meer_dan...

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD7970 = €549
http://www.alternate.be/html/pcbuilder/productDetail.ht...

TOTAL : € 1.526,19



Some Questions:
1) Is the PSU enough for this build or do i need to get a 850 for when i go crossfire HD7970(in a month or 2) ?
2) Am i allowed to buy the OEM licensed version of windows 7 or do i need to buy the more expensive one ?
3) Do i need to get a different CPU cooler or is the stock cooler good enough ?
4) Is the case big enough?
5) first time builder so just wondering is there anything extra that i need to buy?

I'm not sure whether i should get the HD7970 or the HD7950 since its a €100 difference
so i am wondering is the €100 more on the HD7970 worth it over the HD7950?
February 5, 2012 10:54:38 PM

I would go with a 850w psu for dual 7970's, but to be honest a 7950 will max out any game atm.
February 6, 2012 3:17:43 PM

should i go for the 7950 then and use the extra money on a better cpu for editing/recording/streaming?
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February 6, 2012 3:45:18 PM

mrvancraen said:
should i go for the 7950 then and use the extra money on a better cpu for editing/recording/streaming?

I would. A 2600K would do just fine for that.
February 6, 2012 4:45:55 PM

i dont plan on overclocking so should i get the normal 2600?
and would it be possible to add a second 7950 gpu(in a couple of months) and put em in crossfire?
February 6, 2012 5:17:49 PM

mrvancraen said:
i dont plan on overclocking so should i get the normal 2600?
and would it be possible to add a second 7950 gpu(in a couple of months) and put em in crossfire?

As easy as it is to over clock these days I would spend just a few more Euro's and get the 2600K. You never know when you might want to give it a try. Big gain for little effort and not much more money.

That board and psu will allow you to run dual cards @ 8x so your good to go if you ever want to add another one of those cards later on. :) 
February 6, 2012 5:59:57 PM

That's a tough call. I like the after market cooling much better than the stock cooling, but 30 Euro's...that's some money. If you have the extra money...that is a nice cooling set up on that card.

As for that case...it has plenty of room. That's a big case, what that case does lack is extra case fans. That case allows you to add 200mm, 140mm, and 120mm case fans to it giving you a much better airflow (cooler temps).
February 6, 2012 6:50:43 PM

Thanks for all the help
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