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Which Case? Enough Power?

I'm building my own pc for gaming and general usage, i plan on overclocking and i am looking for a power supply and a case as i have no clue as to how to figure out how much wattage i will need and im even more so lost as to what case i will need (cases really confuse me for some reason). I am trying to keep this build money friendly as you can see, id like to keep it around 1000 but if i have to go over im not worried. so any case and power supply suggestions are helpfull thanks my setup is below.


Processor:i5-3570k($217.99)
Motherboard:ASUS P8Z77-V($149.99)
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212($29.99)
HDD:TOSHIBA MK1001TRKB 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s($134.99)
Case:
RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB($91.99)
Video Card:nVidia GTX 480($199.99)
Power Supply:
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X($19.99)
=$844.93
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  1. I have a few recommendations...

    1) Swap out your HDD for a WD Caviar Black. It will perform better, if not the same as the Toshiba you have selected, and they're proven to be very reliable. Also it's about $30 cheaper.

    2) Drop down your RAM to 8GB..16GB is HIGHLY overkill for gaming.

    3) Why a GTX480? It's a great performer, however, it's not something I would recommend for a gaming rig today due to how old it is.

    CM HAF 912 (not fond of this case due to how it looks, but it's a great case for it's price. You may want to choose something else) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=HAF%20912

    ASRock Extreme4 Z77 motherboard (It's a little cheaper so we can invest money in some other parts of your rig) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    WD Caviar Black 1TB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    Gigabyte Radeon HD7870 (one of the latest GPU's from AMD, proven performer for the money) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

    PC Power and Cooling 500w PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703035

    Corsair Vengance Low Profile 8GB 1600Mhz RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    These are my recommendations.
  2. mocchan said:
    I have a few recommendations...

    1) Swap out your HDD for a WD Caviar Black. It will perform better, if not the same as the Toshiba you have selected, and they're proven to be very reliable. Also it's about $30 cheaper.

    2) Drop down your RAM to 8GB..16GB is HIGHLY overkill for gaming.

    3) Why a GTX480? It's a great performer, however, it's not something I would recommend for a gaming rig today due to how old it is.


    Thanks i will certainly do the hdd swap and the ram swap but the reason i picked 480 is because i was told it could be easily overclocked to 580 specs. aslo what card do u recommend a 560?
  3. vtcramennoodle said:
    Thanks i will certainly do the hdd swap and the ram swap but the reason i picked 480 is because i was told it could be easily overclocked to 580 specs. aslo what card do u recommend a 560?


    Actually I'll make you a parts list :) It'll give you a good idea of how to base your system, to be honest.

    The GTX480 CAN be OC'd to GTX580 performance, however, it's very old, runs EXTREMELY hot, and is a power hog. All of which could limit your OCing ability.

    Something more modern such as a GTX660 Ti, Radeon HD7950, or Radeon HD7870 are what I would personally recommend.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $931.63
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 20:32 EDT-0400)

    This is personally what I would purchase with a $1000 budget :)

    The Radeon HD7950 is a GREAT performer for it's price range. The GTX660Ti is a very nice option, however, the Radeon HD7950 has so much overclocking potential it can easily win the crown for the $300 price point.

    If you don't need an operation system, you may also want to consider a small SSD :) If you wished, I can try and incorporate that into this rig for you!
  5. Unless you have a specific purpose for 16gb of ram you really only need 8gb , unless your doing photo editing or video encoding or video editing. Gaming will not use more than 6 gb.

    Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 Fractal Design Silent Fans
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352008

    SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
    $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106

    You can go with this top quality setup or you can shave some bucks off and go with a lower quality set.

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    $89.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $79.99.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
  6. mocchan said:
    Actually I'll make you a parts list :) It'll give you a good idea of how to base your system, to be honest.

    The GTX480 CAN be OC'd to GTX580 performance, however, it's very old, runs EXTREMELY hot, and is a power hog. All of which could limit your OCing ability.

    Something more modern such as a GTX660 Ti, Radeon HD7950, or Radeon HD7870 are what I would personally recommend.



    First off thanks for all the help. and second do you believe that a gpu like that would take me over 1000
  7. mocchan said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $931.63
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 20:32 EDT-0400)

    This is personally what I would purchase with a $1000 budget :)

    The Radeon HD7950 is a GREAT performer for it's price range. The GTX660Ti is a very nice option, however, the Radeon HD7950 has so much overclocking potential it can easily win the crown for the $300 price point.

    If you don't need an operation system, you may also want to consider a small SSD :) If you wished, I can try and incorporate that into this rig for you!



    I have a copy of win 7 so i dont need an operating system but i believe you forgot a hdd
  8. vtcramennoodle said:
    First off thanks for all the help. and second do you believe that a gpu like that would take me over 1000


    Not at all :) check out the parts list.

    If you don't want the Corsair Carbide 400R (pretty pricey) and if you can live with the CM HAF 912, I can integrate an SSD in this rig :)

    **EDIT**

    Thank you for pointing that out, I'll fix that right away ;)
  9. Best answer
    **EDITED PARTS LIST**
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $994.63
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 20:38 EDT-0400)
  10. Best answer selected by vtcramennoodle.
  11. mocchan said:
    **EDITED PARTS LIST**
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $994.63
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 20:38 EDT-0400)



    Thanks this is deffinately a huge help i am glad you suggested the video card thanks
  12. You're very welcome!
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