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June 10, 2012 9:15:23 PM

Hi guys this is my first build ever and i need help choosing my PSU im going to crossfire in the future so need your advice. Thanks in advance for reviewing this.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month

Budget Range: 800-830

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (BF3, Diablo 3, Skyrim, dofus, Starcraft 2), surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon only

Country: Dominican Republic

Parts Preferences: Intel CPUs and AMD GPUs

Overclocking: Yes, in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, i really want the crossfire option available, going to buy a second radeon hd 7770 in Christmas.

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: i want this pc last for about 4 years minimun with some upgrades and im not gonna change my GPU choice.


here is my build:

-CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k - $169.99 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
-Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - $96.53 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00518M74I/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Ram: corsair vengeance 8GB - $49.98 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RFGALC/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_a...
-PSU: Corsair TX650 80 plus - 89.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=ox_sc_a...
-HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB- $74.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Optical drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B - $17.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057FRTPW/ref=ox_sc_a...
-GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB - $134.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00782U10W/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Monitor: ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED - $129.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=ox_sc_a...

Total: 814.44

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June 10, 2012 9:30:45 PM

Swap the z68 for a z77. I would recommend gettung newer tech so the 3570k instead of the 2500k but if you can get it that cheap go for it, i cannot see any thing else you can improve on.
This should give you an idea of how powerful 7770 CrossFire is:
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1405/pg11/sapphir...
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June 10, 2012 9:41:33 PM

The 3570k is not much of an upgrade from the 2500k. I would go with the 2500k if possible, it will run cooler and overclock better. The 6850 is a slightly better card which you can find for the same price, but really it doesn't matter, as the 7770 will win in the end with overclocking. If you want to save $20, take a look at the NZXT Source 210, it is also a good ATX mid tower case. It doesn't look quite the same, but will still be capable of housing 2x HD 7770s in SLI.
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June 10, 2012 9:47:47 PM

WatchOut said:
Swap the z68 for a z77. I would recommend gettung newer tech so the 3570k instead of the 2500k but if you can get it that cheap go for it, i cannot see any thing else you can improve on.
This should give you an idea of how powerful 7770 CrossFire is:
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1405/pg11/sapphir...

what about this build with no overcloking option?

-CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 - $149.99 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
-Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H - $129.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R21JX6/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Ram: corsair vengeance 8GB - $49.98 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RFGALC/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_a...
-PSU: Corsair TX650 80 plus - 89.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=ox_sc_a...
-HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB- $64.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Optical drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B - $17.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057FRTPW/ref=ox_sc_a...
-GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB - $134.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00782U10W/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Monitor: ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED - $129.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=ox_sc_a...

Total: $827.9
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June 10, 2012 9:52:08 PM

fb39ca4 said:
The 3570k is not much of an upgrade from the 2500k. I would go with the 2500k if possible, it will run cooler and overclock better. The 6850 is a slightly better card which you can find for the same price, but really it doesn't matter, as the 7770 will win in the end with overclocking. If you want to save $20, take a look at the NZXT Source 210, it is also a good ATX mid tower case. It doesn't look quite the same, but will still be capable of housing 2x HD 7770s in SLI.

You don't need a better OC to have good gaming fps.
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June 10, 2012 9:54:28 PM

fb39ca4 said:
The 3570k is not much of an upgrade from the 2500k. I would go with the 2500k if possible, it will run cooler and overclock better. The 6850 is a slightly better card which you can find for the same price, but really it doesn't matter, as the 7770 will win in the end with overclocking. If you want to save $20, take a look at the NZXT Source 210, it is also a good ATX mid tower case. It doesn't look quite the same, but will still be capable of housing 2x HD 7770s in SLI.


I'm aware that there is not much of a step between a 3570k and 2500k i didn't say anything that argues that i simply stated that i would recommend newer tech and the 3570k is just that. And I recommended the 7770 over the 6850 because of its CrossFire scaling and its the lower power consumption. But the source is a great value case.
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June 10, 2012 9:56:53 PM

jcec92 said:
what about this build with no overcloking option?

-CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 - $149.99 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
-Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H - $129.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R21JX6/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Ram: corsair vengeance 8GB - $49.98 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RFGALC/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZM7YTA/ref=ox_sc_a...
-PSU: Corsair TX650 80 plus - 89.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=ox_sc_a...
-HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB- $64.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Optical drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B - $17.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057FRTPW/ref=ox_sc_a...
-GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB - $134.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00782U10W/ref=ox_sc_a...
-Monitor: ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED - $129.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BZNDOO/ref=ox_sc_a...

Total: $827.9



If you are not going to overclock then you should get H77 but stay with the 2500k $169 is great value and the are no problems with running it on a z77 board.
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June 11, 2012 4:04:22 PM

-CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 - $139.99 http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0354590
-Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H - $129.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
-Ram: corsair vengeance 8GB - $49.98 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
-Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
-PSU: Corsair TX650 80 plus - 89.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
-HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB- $64.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
-Optical drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B - $17.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
-GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB - $134.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
-Monitor: ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED - $129.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER
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June 12, 2012 6:04:55 PM

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