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June 5, 2012 11:47:11 AM

Will primarily be used for gaming, not sure on overclocking but currently not planning on it.

CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer

ASUS P8Z77-V

EVGA Geforce GTX570

Corsair Enthusiast TX750 (750W)

Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600mhz

1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm

Intel i5-3750k @ 3.4 Ghz(unless someone can also recommend the 2550k or 2500K)


Is it a solid looking build? Should I get a smaller PSU? Thanks!

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June 5, 2012 11:52:46 AM

I would get a Radeon 7850. It will perform similar to that gtx 570 but will have better power efficiency and less heat.

You don't need 16 Gb of RAM for gaming. 8 Gb would do you well.

If you don't plan to SLI/xFire, you will be fine with a 550W PSU. Otherwise, just stick with what you have.

Just FYI, if you don't plan to OC, you can get an i5-3550 + h77 MoBo. It will save you some money. You forfeit any ability to do so though in the future. :) 
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June 5, 2012 12:19:04 PM

if the xfx 550w is cheaper than the corsair, get it. they are both made by seasonic

2: make sure that you get the drive wih 64mb of cache. there is a large diference
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June 5, 2012 12:42:01 PM

l0v3rboi said:
I would get a Radeon 7850. It will perform similar to that gtx 570 but will have better power efficiency and less heat.

You don't need 16 Gb of RAM for gaming. 8 Gb would do you well.

If you don't plan to SLI/xFire, you will be fine with a 550W PSU. Otherwise, just stick with what you have.

Just FYI, if you don't plan to OC, you can get an i5-3550 + h77 MoBo. It will save you some money. You forfeit any ability to do so though in the future. :) 



Thanks for quick reply! I'm keeping my options open, so I'm probably going to stick with the 3570k and p77.

And well, I've always been a nvidia loyalist sooo..... xP Benchmarks show 570 would give me 6-10 fps more in BF3 though (even though its 20 bucks more). Anyway, ill decide soon.

Just wanted to confirm my build worked, and thanks for the suggestions!
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June 5, 2012 12:42:12 PM

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June 5, 2012 12:49:43 PM

dracogas said:
Will primarily be used for gaming, not sure on overclocking but currently not planning on it.

CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer

ASUS P8Z77-V

EVGA Geforce GTX570

Corsair Enthusiast TX750 (750W)

Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600mhz

1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm

Intel i5-3750k @ 3.4 Ghz(unless someone can also recommend the 2550k or 2500K)


Is it a solid looking build? Should I get a smaller PSU? Thanks!


having seen first hand the difference between 2500k and 3750k, its not very impressive, if you wanted to save some cash you could just get a 2500k if you are over clocking, or as mentioned already just ditch the K model and get a standard with a non-overclocking board.

same with the 16GB of memory, unless you are doing some crazy stuff with VM's or mutliple applications and what-have-you you would be fine with 8GB

if you plan on only getting one video card you can always down that PSU to a TX650 or even lower.

and what i normally say about the 1TB drives now just spend the extra $20-$40 and get a 2TB especially if you are going to be saving some of your budget on the other parts. Just gives you less worry in the future of not filling up the drive so soon
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