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June 7, 2012 11:33:22 PM

I'm trying to build the best gaming computer I can for under 1,100$ and this is what I've come up with. (I already own the HDD) But will this make a gaming computer that will last for a good while? More specifically will it run modern games on max graphics.



GPU - Evga GTX 670
Processor - Intel I5 Ivy Bridge 3570K
Cooler - cooler master hyper 212 PLUS or EVO
MB -asrock z68 extreme3 gen 3
Ram - g.skill ripjaws x 8gb(2x4gb)1600mhz cl9
HDD -wd caviar blue 500gb 7200rpm
CD Drive - asus cd/dvd rom
Power Supply: corsair cx500 80plus certified =psu
Case - Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)
Os - Win 7 home premium

Monitor Resolution: 1386x768 (I'm pretty sure)

Total - 1056.90 (HDD Excluded, Already own it)

Thanks in advance,
Markus
June 7, 2012 11:40:22 PM

you should get a PSU something thats more powerful, especially if your going to use it for gaming.

something like this one:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TXV2
http://www.eio.com/p-42152-corsair-cmpsu-750txv2-enthus...

the power gets sucked up a lot by the video card and the cpu, so you want something thats powerful to supply all the power it needs, plus a little more for headroom. 750W should be enough, but if you ever decided to go SLI, you'd probably want to look for an upgrade on the psu.
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June 7, 2012 11:44:59 PM

If you are getting a Z68 board, go to an 15-2500K. You will save a few bucks on the CPU.

Gaming is based almost solely on GPU and you are buying one of the top cards on the market so you won't have any problems on max settings especially at such low resolution.

Save $20 on the CPU and upgrade to this PSU for $30 more. Slightly more power and higher quality and will offer you some additional wattage if needed down the line.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 7, 2012 11:56:17 PM

Conversely - with that cpu you should get z77 board - new feature will be wasted unless you go z77 - usb3 pcie3.
-Bruce
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June 8, 2012 12:05:50 AM

target50 said:

the power gets sucked up a lot by the video card and the cpu, so you want something thats powerful to supply all the power it needs, plus a little more for headroom. 750W should be enough, but if you ever decided to go SLI, you'd probably want to look for an upgrade on the psu.


Um... no. Just no. That system is a 400W system Max. 750W is only needed if he were going to SLI, and you don't SLI 670s to game at 1366x768
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June 8, 2012 12:10:48 AM

@Dish Not true.

The Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 has Gen3 which when paired with Ivy gives the board PCI 3.0 support. Also USB 3.0 is also already on all the Sandy Bridge boards... THe only difference is a native controller. All give the same performance.

Your build looks solid. Would probably go with the Antec EA650:
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA-650D-Green-BR...
Gives enough power to SLI/CF in the future.

As for your Monitor, I wouldn't suggest the 670 at that resolution. You're going to bottleneck with how much power the 670 offers vs. the pixels on the monitor. Would suggest either upgrading monitors or going with the 7850.
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June 8, 2012 12:11:14 AM

dish_moose said:
Conversely - with that cpu you should get z77 board - new feature will be wasted unless you go z77 - usb3 pcie3.
-Bruce


LOL, Why didn't I think of that? :sleep: 
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June 8, 2012 12:27:41 AM

I plan on getting a new monitor as soon as I can. What resolution would you suggest? And I see alot of talking about how much power my computer will need. So do I -have- to upgrade the psu or is it fine?

By the way my current monitor is an Acer G185H
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June 8, 2012 1:47:10 AM

At least 1680x1050. But generally people just get 1080P.

For a single 7850/7870 or single GTX 670, you're looking at maybe a good 500w if you're running those with an overclocked i5 2500K/i5 3570K. Probably even a 450w would do but that's an odd wattage.

For future SLI/CF I'd suggest at least a 650w.

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June 8, 2012 3:32:28 AM

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June 8, 2012 3:32:42 AM

Alright thank you for the help.
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June 8, 2012 4:08:18 AM

No probably good luck.
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