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May 6, 2012 5:06:56 PM

Hi there,

For a while now I've been thinking and planning a new build from the ground up as I currently only run on an aging laptop. At first I was aiming for an Intel i5-2500k, but as the new Ivy bridge is now out, I was thinking going for a i5-3570k with an Asus P8Z77 V Pro mobo.

I'm planning on doing mild overclocking, going to buy probably the Corsair 512 evo cooler, 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 RAM. But where I need the most help is in choosing the GPU, and to some degree the PSU.

Going Ivy and Z77 I was aiming for a PCI 3.0 GPU (might as well use the tech I'm paying for right?), but being on a budget, I was hoping to the best bang for my buck. Also, while I don't want to put too much money on the PSU, I don't want to get a cheap one that will blow in my face or not be powerful enough. What wattage should I aim for?

All feedback and suggestions will be appreciated, I am learning after all!

NeerieD20

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May 7, 2012 3:47:33 AM

You could get by with 450 watt or so but to have room for growth shoot for 600 to 750 watt. I see NE has Corsait 80+ Bronze 750 watt on sale for $85 with rebate. I usually get Antec or Seasonic. Watch the sales and save 30 to 40. You sould get at least an 80+ rated and Bronze like Corair above and 80+ silver and gold are even better. There is an Antec 430 D 80+ on sale for $40 but you would be nearly maxed out depending on the GPU you select and the number of drives etc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OCZ 750 modular.. I have never had one of theirs.
I am not a gamer so no advice on GPU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... a little more , not on sale now. Modular 80+ Gold by FSP good rating
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Sesonic 80+Bronze modular $70 not on sale
If not in a hurry, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Sesonic 80+Gold when on sale 90 to 100 650 watt
Lots of them have free shipping when on sale too.
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May 7, 2012 4:20:25 AM

From my perspective, there are two sweet spots when it comes to GPUs. The forst is at about 120 where you can get a radeon 6850. The second sweet spot is at about 220 where you can get a radeon 7850.
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June 6, 2012 11:04:39 PM

Unless ur goin with pcie 3.0 gpu ivy is not very useful so go for p8z68-pro/gen i5 2500k 650 w and hd 6850
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June 6, 2012 11:04:45 PM

Unless ur goin with pcie 3.0 gpu ivy is not very useful so go for p8z68-pro/gen i5 2500k 650 w and hd 6850
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June 9, 2012 12:41:16 PM

Best answer selected by NeerieD20.
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June 9, 2012 3:58:07 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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June 9, 2012 3:58:28 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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