Updated Build

Okay following advice, I'm getting an Intel Processor instead of an AMD processor. Surprisingly, the Mobo with intel was cheaper than I thought, so at $878.92, here is my latest build. Let me know if I chose a good enough Processor, and if everything is compatible. Let me know if I'm getting to much of one thing, or not enough of an other. Also, I plan on playing max graphics in games, do I need extra fans? I use a 1920X1080 Monitor with HDMI cable.

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

Mother Board - ASUS P8B75-V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Ram - Crucial Ballistix 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS4KIT2G3D1609DS1S00

Power Suppy - RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in ...

Graphic Card - XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD drive - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

So is that a good solid build? Its only at $880, I was planning on spending about a G. So I'm eithering switching to a 7950/7970 or getting a better CPU. Let me know which would make more sense :). I'm going to be doing pretty much only one or two things at once. It will be mainly for Gaming, and I really want to run max graphics with 50+ FPS, prefferably 60+ FPS.

Also, is that hard drive good enough? I don't really need an SSD for this build, but that HDD wont slow gaming down if the game has auto saving will it? Would an SSD making auto saving faster (provided I have the game stored on the SSD)? Thank you so much!
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  1. Get an XFX 550W as it is more reliable.
  2. azeem40 said:
    Get an XFX 550W as it is more reliable.

    Okay, I didn't want to go under 600W. Should I just go with a more reliable brand at 600/650? such as Corsair, or XFX?
  3. The SSD would help in load times in games, you wont see any more FPS out of it tho

    PSU maybe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703036 If you want 600W

    The MoBo is a single GPU MoBo so the 600W or 550W will be fine, no SLI/CROSSFIRE

    RAM i WOULD do 2x4 GB not 4X2GB
  4. Spend an extra $6 and get the Corsair 500R .... $95 after $20 MIR. HAF has no front USB 3.0 ports and the Corsair is simply a much better case.

    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4408/corsair_carbide_series_500r_arctic_white_mid_tower_case_review/index8.html

    The 900Mhz 560's are faster and cheaper than the 7850
    http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17

    You said max GFX ....which isn't going to happen even today in all modern games.....later on w/ games fo XMas 2012, you'll need more juice, I'd suggest a Z77 SLI MoBo and SLI capable PSU.

    More modules means higher load on CPOU memory controller, will get higher oC's with 2 x 4GB and can save money

    ======================================
    $287 Corsair 500R Case w/ Intel i5-2500k after $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937641

    $90 XFX Core Edition 750 watt PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207015

    $375 MoBo / Video Card ASUS P8Z77-V LK / Asus DCII TOP 560 Ti (900MHz) after $20MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.908430

    $50 Corsair Low Profile Vengeance
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    $80 Samsung F3 1TB - $30 off w/ promo code EMCYTZT1637, ends 5/24
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682215218

    $18 Asus DVD-RW
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Total is $20 extra or $ $900 for significantly improved build.... better performing and better looking case w/ front USB, SLI capable MoBo, SLI capable PSU w/ 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating, GFX card which can be OC'd to 30+% over reference speeds.

    If ya can spring for $80 over ya $1,000 limit, I'd get the Asus 670 DCII TOP
  5. Nice Advice ^^^

    I love your Sig :)
  6. JackNaylorPE said:
    Spend an extra $6 and get the Corsair 500R .... $95 after $20 MIR. HAF has no front USB 3.0 ports and the Corsair is simply a much better case.

    ......



    Thank you so much for the advice, really helpful. I switched out for the Corsair case. I switched out for 3X4 Ram instead of the 4X2 actually. The 3X4 was the same ram type, but only about $8 more than the 2X4. Anyways, what do you mean by "You said max GFX ....which isn't going to happen even today in all modern games"? Do you mean I can't play games on max settings? Also I'm probably going to stick with AMD graphics, since it has 2GB instead of 1, and a higher GHz rate (I don't want to over clock). I'll probably switch out for the SLI MoBo and PSU though.

    So last question, is the i5-2500k good enough for a gaming rig? or should I get a better one? Thanks!
  7. routanne said:
    Thank you so much for the advice, really helpful. I switched out for the Corsair case. I switched out for 3X4 Ram instead of the 4X2 actually. The 3X4 was the same ram type, but only about $8 more than the 2X4. Anyways, what do you mean by "You said max GFX ....which isn't going to happen even today in all modern games"? Do you mean I can't play games on max settings? Also I'm probably going to stick with AMD graphics, since it has 2GB instead of 1, and a higher GHz rate (I don't want to over clock). I'll probably switch out for the SLI MoBo and PSU though.

    So last question, is the i5-2500k good enough for a gaming rig? or should I get a better one? Thanks!



    I have a Question what do you mean you changed the ram to 3X4 gb ? 3 Sticks of ram in that MoBo wont be good!!!

    Stick to 2x4 So it uses the dule channal of your ram slots

    i5 2500K is a grate CPU that will last you awhile

    My i5 750 is still kicking and will be for a few more years :)
  8. Niklas_13 said:
    I have a Question what do you mean you changed the ram to 3X4 gb ? 3 Sticks of ram in that MoBo wont be good!!!

    Stick to 2x4 So it uses the dule channal of your ram slots

    i5 2500K is a grate CPU that will last you awhile

    My i5 750 is still kicking and will be for a few more years :)


    Okay great thanks :) I'll keep the 8GB of ram. As for the CPU, I decided to go for one thats $20 more, it has about 10-15% more power. It's still an i5, just something like 3570k or something like that. As for the GPU, I'm going with Radeon 7950 :)
  9. 550W can run any single GPU.
  10. routanne said:
    Okay great thanks :) I'll keep the 8GB of ram. As for the CPU, I decided to go for one thats $20 more, it has about 10-15% more power. It's still an i5, just something like 3570k or something like that. As for the GPU, I'm going with Radeon 7950 :)



    Should be a grate fast gaming PC, just take your time puting it together.

    Make sure you update the MOBO drivers and GPU drivers, update windows ( i even update my MOBO bios )

    ^^^ This way you have all the fixed issues
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