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Is my build good for a gamer?

MEM 4Gx2|PATRIOT PGV38G1333ELK R $69.99

CASE RAIDMAX|HELIOS BK ATX-819WB R $79.99

PSU RAIDMAX | HYBRID2 RX-630SS 630W $49.99

MB MSI|P67A-C43 (B3) P67 LGA1155 R $114.99

VGA EVGA|01G-P3-1556-KR GTX550 TI R $134.99

CPU INTEL|CORE I5 2500K 3.3G 6M R $219.99

FLASH 8G|PATR FLDRV PEF8GUSB R $14.99

HDD 1.5T|ST ST1500DL003 5.9K % - OEM $64.99

Bought this at the end of summer last year and I feel like something is wrong. This is my first build and I was cheap buying parts but this summer I want to do it right. I need a new CPU fan, I'm using stock. Can anyone recommend any change in parts? Thank you for reading. Thanks for any help.
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    You have a great cpu, but the power supply is a pretty poor brand, also your graphics card is pretty low end for quality gaming. Everyone says the best cpu cooler is the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 plus or hyper 212 Evo, they are $30-$35. You should be running something like a GTX 560Ti,or better for a gpu to get the most out of that cpu. Your case has to be 7.5" wide at least to fit the coolers I mentioned..they are quite tall
  2. GI_JONES said:
    You have a great cpu, but the power supply is a pretty poor brand, also your graphics card is pretty low end for quality gaming. Everyone says the best cpu cooler is the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 plus or hyper 212 Evo, they are $30-$35. You should be running something like a GTX 560Ti,or better for a gpu to get the most out of that cpu. Your case has to be 7.5" wide at least to fit the coolers I mentioned..they are quite tall


    Hey, thanks a lot I'll get a GTX 560Ti or higher. I think my case is that wide. I'll measure tomorrow. Can you recommend a good power supply?
  3. This is a really good one, but you can also consider ones by Antec, Seasonic,or XFX. They are top notch powersupply manufacturers. I linked to a 600 watt, which would be good for up to GTX560Ti, or so(not sure of AMD equivalent off hand)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Here is a Corsair 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
    And an Antec 620W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031
    last an XFX, at 550W, it has a strong 12v railand is just as good as the corsair 600W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031
    Any of these would be fine for your set up
  4. GI_JONES said:
    This is a really good one, but you can also consider ones by Antec, Seasonic,or XFX. They are top notch powersupply manufacturers. I linked to a 600 watt, which would be good for up to GTX560Ti, or so(not sure of AMD equivalent off hand)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Here is a Corsair 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
    And an Antec 620W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031
    last an XFX, at 550W, it has a strong 12v railand is just as good as the corsair 600W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031
    Any of these would be fine for your set up


    Thank you so much :)
  5. Here is a suggestion for a really good gpu. Its a limited edition ( has 448 cores) and is basically only a 1/2 step below a GTX570. I bought one a few weeks ago and it was $20.00 more then :cry:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608

    Here are some cards for a bit less, a regular 560Ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121445
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500190
    I know for a fact the first one (448 core) will play BF3 at ultra, at 1600 X 900 resolution.
  6. wait for 7850 and 7870. gonna come out this week or next week.
  7. Hello.

    GI_JONES said:
    Here is a suggestion for a really good gpu. Its a limited edition ( has 448 cores) and is basically only a 1/2 step below a GTX570. I bought one a few weeks ago and it was $20.00 more then :cry:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608

    Here are some cards for a bit less, a regular 560Ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121445
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500190
    I know for a fact the first one (448 core) will play BF3 at ultra, at 1600 X 900 resolution.

    For the love of the God, the first one is not a 560ti 448 cores. Its just a 560ti with 2GB ram.
    This one is an MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC and costs $279. But at the moment 560ti 448 doesnt worth the money. Since you can buy a gtx570 for $10 more: Galaxy 57NKH3HS4GXK GeForce GTX 570
    On the other hand, you can buy a Zotac gtx560ti for just $209 .


    Anonymous said:
    wait for 7850 and 7870. gonna come out this week or next week.


    After the price cuts from nvidia, amd needs to cut their prices too. An EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD which is clocked at 797Mhz, has the performance similar to 7870 but costs $50 less (amd priced 7870 at $350 while EVGA soc gtx570 costs $299). But for people that want to play gaming beyond 1920x1200/1080 (for res like 2560x1440 and up) 7870's 2GB of RAM will be more reliable than 570's 1280MB.
  8. gtx 570 are also going on "sale" as we speak. for around $270 depending on your budget.

    If not stay with 560ti.

    Everyone else has covered the psu problem. CJ_Jones recommended some great units.

    and the hyper 212 or 212 is the best price/performance cooler. so you get your money's worth.
  9. GI_JONES said:
    I linked to a 600 watt, which would be good for up to GTX560Ti, or so(not sure of AMD equivalent off hand)

    A good 600watt from corsair, antec etc etc can power up any single gpu.
    You can just add a gpu from here: tpu GPU and the rest system from here: tpu Rest system + CPU and in the worst case scenario you will use max (with GTX480 and core i7 950) you will use 530 watt +-10.
    Also you can see this from newegg which is a nice tool to measure what psu you need.
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