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June 14, 2012 5:49:08 AM

Hello guys,

Here is my first gaming build in cyberpower, around $1000. Basically it is for gaming, and I choose a 1000w power supply because want to leave some power for crossfire in the future. The specs:

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*BASE_PRICE: [ 935]
CAS: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage (Black Color)
CD: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD -R/ -RW CD-R/RW Drive [-32] (BLACK COLOR)
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [ 9]
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
HDD: 120 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 525MB/s Read & 500MB/s Write [-12] (Single Drive)
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS with Heat Spreader)
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, XFast Technologies, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [ 49]
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
NOISEREDUCE1: Power Supply Gasket [ 5]
NOISEREDUCE2: Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [ 9]
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: 1,000 Watts - Raidmax RX-1000AE 80 Plus Gold Power Supply [ 44]
TEMP: NZXT Sentry-2 Fan Touch Screen Fan Control & Temperature Display [ 29]
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [-5] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11n 150Mbps Network Interface Card [ 19]
_PRICE: ( 1050)
June 14, 2012 6:16:18 AM

You don't need liquid cooling. The Cooler MAster Hyper 212 EVO will cool your CPU very well.

You don't need those extras for noise reduction. Your PC will run quietly even without them.

I would suggest Mushkin Chronos instead because of reliability.

Get a Radeon 7850 instead. Sapphire, MSI, and XFX are all good brands.

650W would be enough even for xFire'd Radeon 7850. I would not trust Raidmax (mainly because I am not familar with their brand). Remember that if your PSU fails, you can fry your entire system. Get something from a known reliable brand like Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, and PC Power and Cooling.
June 14, 2012 2:13:11 PM

Thank you for your advice!
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June 14, 2012 2:43:59 PM

i agree with loverboy there... lose the noise reducers, lose the liquid cooling (if you do end up keeping it, make sure its Push-pull config).

and i concur wholeheartedly on the PSU, both the wattage, 650 -750 range is the sweetspot, and brand, i like Corsair, thermaltake enthusiast series... etc.

Good mobo choice. Also, if you dont plan on using the card reader, lose it. i wish i did. you can get an external usb one for $5. but this will block a whole bay and CP does not give you the bay door. so if you will need to get a baydoor to remove it .
June 14, 2012 2:47:45 PM

Oh... almost forgot. the fan controller will not work.

they will connect all the fans and heatsink to the mobo and thus the fan controller will be useless. i know from experience.

so i would remove that but you can download Speedfan for free which will regulate the fan speed of the heatsink.

June 14, 2012 4:36:28 PM

mojorisin23 said:
i concur wholeheartedly on the PSU, both the wattage, 650 -750 range is the sweetspot, and brand, i like Corsair, thermaltake enthusiast series... etc.


Thank you for the advice, it's really helpful. But do you think ~750 PSU is enough even for a crossfire? Say 7850 with 6950? I want to make sure that because when I try to add second videocard to the configure of cyberpower website, the power requirement indicator immediately go up to ~800w, so I guess 1000w is safe.

Also I probably going to buy these in newegg and assemble myself, I did that before long time ago. I heard that there are something new now, such as connect wires backwards in the case, never do that. But I think I can find some tutorial online and try. :) 

Thanks again!
June 14, 2012 5:00:06 PM

7850 cannot Crossfire with 6950. However, even a 650W should be enough for 7850 Crossfire. So you're good to go.

Building a PC will be better than Cyberpower, they overprice their configurations a lot.
June 15, 2012 2:28:43 AM

fpoon said:
7850 cannot Crossfire with 6950. However, even a 650W should be enough for 7850 Crossfire. So you're good to go.

Building a PC will be better than Cyberpower, they overprice their configurations a lot.


Depends, you can get a pretty good deal if you hunt around, close to building it yourself. Yes, you could use an SSD or a faster GPU, but for under $1000, I think this is a rock solid build, with lots of upgradeability, esp when the price of SSDs comes down:

$945-$30coupon code(MYSPACE)+$75ship=$995

CAS: Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ front USB 3.0 [+0]
CD: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [-32] (BLACK COLOR)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
FAN: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan [+4]
HDD: 500GB SATA-III 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-17] (Single Drive)
KEYBOARD: (Keyboard & Mouse Combo) Logitech Wireless Desktop MK320 Keyboard & Mouse Combo [+33]
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS with Heat Spreader)
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, XFast Technologies, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+49]
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+56]
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [-80] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
June 15, 2012 2:38:21 AM

Moving up to a GTX 570 would only be $121 more, with this current sale. A good bargain if you want more gaming muscle and don't want to upgrade your GPU as soon.

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June 15, 2012 2:22:50 PM
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Right... best to xfire/ SLI two of the exact same cards.

also, 650W would probably do it but i would go to 750W just in case. I want some head room bc you never know what you'll add in the future and you dont want to have to buy a new PSU... i'd rather spend the extra $30 now and never worry about it. thats why i got an 850w.

also, i find CP's prices very competitive, almost to the point of what it would cost if you built it yourself. most important thing with them is to never pick something "unbranded". make sure its a good brand and you'll be fine. no "...or major brand" or "standard" items.... like RAM, GPU, and PSU.
June 15, 2012 9:09:03 PM

I wish they would let you choose smaller PSUs for some extra savings. 800 watts is ridiculous, unless you do something like quad SLI, which is out of the realm of most mid budget builds for obvious reason. Most people are surprised to find just how little power a modern computer uses:

PSU wattage needs calculator

With a i5-3570k, 2 sticks of memory, a geforce GTX 680(!), 1 HDD, 1 SSD, 1 DVDRW, 1 case fan @ 140mm, 1 @ 120mm, and accounting for PSU capacitator aging of 20%, the whole system only draws 386w. Overclock the CPU to 4 Ghz @ 1.5v and you still only draw 428w.
A quality brand 550 watt PSU should be plenty sufficient for single GPU systems, and 650 watt for most SLI/Crossfire systems.
June 16, 2012 2:22:55 AM

Thank you for your advice, but I think I would like to prefer a better graphics card.
June 16, 2012 8:28:28 AM

walkingguy said:
Thank you for your advice, but I think I would like to prefer a better graphics card.


For the price-point of your budget (I'm assuming its around 1000), the best in terms of price and performance is the Radeon 7850. If you want to increase your budget to about 1200, you can upgrade your GPU to a GTX 670.

The GTX 670 is a card that is capable of beating their reference, top-of-the-line GTX 680 while being $100 cheaper. If neither one of those fit what you want, here is an article by Tom's Hardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... . It points out what they believe are the best graphics cards are for several price-points.
June 26, 2012 2:02:53 AM

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August 22, 2012 5:31:23 PM

Re PSU, currently there is a sweet spot on the CoolerMaster SilentPro M 850W for right at $100. I grabbed one.
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