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June 15, 2012 4:55:09 PM

Hi. I am going to be build a PC for the first time this fall. I have gone ahead and picked out some parts on Newegg, and would like to make sure they are compatible with each other, there will be no bottlenecking, and other little problems like that. Here are the parts:

Processor: Intel Core i5-3550 (3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo, Ivy Bridge, LGA 1155 socket)
Graphics: 2x MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC (AMD/MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition in Crossfire)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 (LGA 1155 socket, Z68 chipset, ATX)
SSD: OCZ Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-64G (64GB, 2.5-inch, SATA III)
HDD: Seagate Barrachuda Green (1.5TB, 5900 RPM, SATA III)
RAM: Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Cooler: Corsair H60
Case: Antec Gaming Series One Illusion
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE-550 (550W, 80PLUS Gold Certified)
Bridge: XFX CrossFire Bridge
Case Fans: 2x Rosewill Hyperborea 120mm
SATA Cables: 2x Link Depot 19.69" SATA III Round Cable


So, here are some concerns I have:
-Are these good graphics cards? Good gaming performance? Reliable? Long-lasting?
-Is ASRock a good motherboard manufacturer? Long-lasting?
-Is the OCZ Petrol Series SSD's fast?
-Will the H60 keep my processor cool (I won't be overclocking)
-Is the CAPSTONE-550 a good PSU?

Thanks for putting up with me! I'm a n00b at this!

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June 15, 2012 5:40:40 PM

You picked a Z68 and a Ivy Bridge processor. You want a Z77 for Ivy Bridge.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I see no reason for watercooling. The stock fan would be fine, if you need better cooling, buy a coolermaster hyper 212+ or EVO.

I also question dual 7770's?? Why not one faster card?

Asrock is a great brand, one of the top 3 manufacturers of mobo's.

Don't know anything about Rosewill psu's, do you really need gold?

Someone on another thread pointed out this deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's made by Channel Well which makes psu's for corsair and antec among others, not too shabby for $35.
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June 15, 2012 9:16:57 PM

for 200 bucks your better off with a 6950 or a 560ti
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June 15, 2012 9:23:24 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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June 15, 2012 9:35:45 PM

eheminger said:
Hi. I am going to be build a PC for the first time this fall. I have gone ahead and picked out some parts on Newegg, and would like to make sure they are compatible with each other, there will be no bottlenecking, and other little problems like that. Here are the parts:

Processor: Intel Core i5-3550 (3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo, Ivy Bridge, LGA 1155 socket)
Graphics: 2x MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC (AMD/MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition in Crossfire)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 (LGA 1155 socket, Z68 chipset, ATX)
SSD: OCZ Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-64G (64GB, 2.5-inch, SATA III)
HDD: Seagate Barrachuda Green (1.5TB, 5900 RPM, SATA III)
RAM: Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Cooler: Corsair H60
Case: Antec Gaming Series One Illusion
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE-550 (550W, 80PLUS Gold Certified)
Bridge: XFX CrossFire Bridge
Case Fans: 2x Rosewill Hyperborea 120mm
SATA Cables: 2x Link Depot 19.69" SATA III Round Cable


So, here are some concerns I have:
-Are these good graphics cards? Good gaming performance? Reliable? Long-lasting?
-Is ASRock a good motherboard manufacturer? Long-lasting?
-Is the OCZ Petrol Series SSD's fast?
-Will the H60 keep my processor cool (I won't be overclocking)
-Is the CAPSTONE-550 a good PSU?

Thanks for putting up with me! I'm a n00b at this!

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <----- copy & paste this on here please
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