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May 4, 2012 7:18:42 AM

Hi to all the gurus and gamers alike!

I just need advice on this pc I'm looking at getting. Unfortunately, I used to know quite a fair bit about cpus and vidcards and motherboards back when the pentium first arrived, but now - pffft. So if someone could comment on the specific parts I am hoping to get - if they are compatible or is there a better alternative - price vs. kickass-wise.

I would use it for casual gameplay (i.e. Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Deus Ex 3 and driving games) - not ultra-ultra resolution.

CPU - Intel I5 2500K (this seems the mid-range level especially when OC'd)
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V-LX (I have no idea if this will work with the cpu)
Memory - Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) 8-8-8-24 Dual Channel Vengeance Red
Vidcard - Gigabyte Radeon HD7770 (1000MHz) 1GB GDDR5 or Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 OC (975MHz) 2GB GDDR5
Hardisk 1 - Kingston 120GB SSD
Hardisk 2 - any 1TB 7200
CPU Cooling - Noctua NH-D14
Power Supply - Antec HCG-520M 520W (will this be enough?)
Case - Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 (since it is on special)

Would I also require any additional cooling?

Thanks.


May 4, 2012 9:11:56 AM

My recommendations are as follows:

CPU: i7 3570k $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock extreme 6 or MSI Z77A-GD65 or ECS Z77H2-A2X....MSI is $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skills 2x4 gb (8GB) $41
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Seasonic x750 Gold $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: CM Hyper 612 Evo $50 (or Noctua NH-D!4 or Corsair H100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung 830 128gb $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

SATA HDD: WD Caviar Green 1 TB $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

SAMSUNG F4 2TB 32 MB cache

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GPU: GTX 680 $500 (out of stock) - pick when in stock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

If you do not want to wait

AMD Radeon HD 7970 £510

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal paste $12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Optical Drive: your choice
Case: Plenty to choose from
OS: MS Windows 7 Professional OEM
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May 4, 2012 9:20:38 AM

SSri, try reading what the OP is actually after. Your recommendations are high-end, and not optimised towards gaming either (i7 CPUs are excessive, for instance).

To the OP, your build is really good. I'd echo kensingtron and recommend as good a GPU as you can manage...the 77xx series aren't as good as the 78xx, which are solid mid-range GPUs that have succeeded the 6950s and 560Tis of the world. I'd also go with a 600 - 650W PSU that is 80+ certified, from a reputable manufacturer. I'm not 100% sure if Antec PSUs are good quality, so try XFX, Seasonic, Enermax or Corsair. A wee Google will point you in the right direction. I'd also watch the clearance of that heatsink with the RAM...I personally don't like large chunks of metal, so perhaps look at a closed-loop water cooler for a similar price (Antec and Corsair do reliable units).

Your build should play the majority of current games on max settings at 1080p (assuming you get a 78xx series card) so you should get a lot of life out of that.
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May 4, 2012 9:46:13 AM

@kensingtron & @diellur,

I'll definitely consider looking into the 78xx GPUs and PSU recommendations.

Cheers from Down Under!
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May 4, 2012 10:18:29 AM

diellur said:
i7 CPUs are excessive, for instance



That recommendation is an i5 3570K, which is obvious from the link I provided. The headline i7 was a typo (Soz...).
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May 4, 2012 10:32:03 AM

diellur said:
....the 77xx series aren't as good as the 78xx,


I agree 78xx is better than 77xx....My recommendation was 79xx...!

diellur said:
...600 - 650W PSU that is 80+ certified,


Seasonic PSU is the brand I would go for. I am a little unsure if 650W is sufficient with some insurance/leg room for the future deterioration...One probably have to plug in and sum up the numbers to get the W consumption and add a buffer. Presumably, 750W is a very safe margin...The Seasonic x650 is $140, while the seasonic x750 is $150 ($40 saving). I would rather pay $10 more and get the x750..this is my personal view and it is up to the new builder to decide the best fit for the use in mind.
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May 4, 2012 11:02:45 AM

SSri said:
I agree 78xx is better than 77xx....My recommendation was 79xx...!


...but not ideal for a mid-range system. ;) 

SSri said:


Seasonic PSU is the brand I would go for. I am a little unsure if 650W is sufficient with some insurance/leg room for the future deterioration...One probably have to plug in and sum up the numbers to get the W consumption and add a buffer. Presumably, 750W is a very safe margin...The Seasonic x650 is $140, while the seasonic x750 is $150 ($40 saving). I would rather pay $10 more and get the x750..this is my personal view and it is up to the new builder to decide the best fit for the use in mind.


You can estimate the power consumption of your PSU at this site: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

A decent PSU will last 4+ years easily, and 650W will be fine for a single GPU system even when overclocking. By the time a 650W PSU deteriorated to the point it wasn't providing sufficient power, the whole system would be getting upgraded which would include a new PSU anyway. Also need to factor in that the 78xx GPUs are based on a 22nm process, which means they don't suck as much power as an equivalent performance 69xx card, which edges more in favour of a 650W PSU.
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May 14, 2012 12:16:24 AM

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