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~$900 Gaming Computer -not good?

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April 3, 2012 8:06:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: Right around $1000, leaving some room right now for a SSD most likely

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and general usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: using amazon because I'm a prime member, but newegg or anything reputable for a good deal

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe at some point

Additional Comments: Just looking for a cheap gaming computer that can handle newer games and will last me awhile, especially through all the diablo 3 exapansions!!
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HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal
MOBO: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 Intel Z68 ATX
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2 GB DDR5
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz
COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
CASE: Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)
OPTICAL: Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive
PROC: Intel Core i5-2500K

TOTAL: $ 867.95
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April 3, 2012 8:13:52 PM

IMO 500W does not give much headroom for expansion - a second 7850 would probably be too much for it.
Do get the SSD for system drive - 64GB is plenty, fairly cheap right now

My 2cents worth
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April 3, 2012 8:16:57 PM

gary1 said:
I would get more than 500W if you're going to OC to leave yourself some room. I personally got a 650, 600 or 650 would work.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2T2U6/ref=ox_sc_a...

Everything else looks good to me.

Also, you may want to consider a HAF 912 instead of the 430.


Just noticed that the 600W is less than $2 more than the 500 so I will definitely get that. Thanks.
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April 3, 2012 8:18:48 PM

C12Friedman said:
IMO 500W does not give much headroom for expansion - a second 7850 would probably be too much for it.
Do get the SSD for system drive - 64GB is plenty, fairly cheap right now

My 2cents worth


Would the 600 be enough for dual cards or still more? Secondly, if I did choose to add another GPU, would 2 7850's be a nice setup or are 2 other similarly priced cards better?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 3, 2012 8:19:35 PM

You will need a 750W PSU for dual 7870s.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 3, 2012 8:49:51 PM

Something to consider for X-fire or SLI is the connectors the PSU provide. Many PSU's say they are X-fire/SLI ready but only have one 6 pin and one 6+2 pin connector - that's their X-fire/SLI sloution. Most new Graphics cards will use 2 6 pin connectors (both of those) per card so check the cords that come with the PSU you want to buy - that'll be a good starting point for if you'll have enough power
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April 3, 2012 9:18:29 PM

nikstykal said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: Right around $1000, leaving some room right now for a SSD most likely

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and general usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: using amazon because I'm a prime member, but newegg or anything reputable for a good deal

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe at some point

Additional Comments: Just looking for a cheap gaming computer that can handle newer games and will last me awhile, especially through all the diablo 3 exapansions!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal
MOBO: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 Intel Z68 ATX
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2 GB DDR5
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz
COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
CASE: Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)
OPTICAL: Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive
PROC: Intel Core i5-2500K

TOTAL: $ 867.95


Reviewing my MOBO, does this one support crossfire of two 7850s? How can I tell by looking over the specs of the board and how can I find an affordable one that does support crossfire?
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