First time builder need help.

Sorry I posted my other one in the wrong section.

I was previously looking at prebuilt but ran the numbers and I think I can get a way better system if I build myself. This would be my first time ever attempting it so I would like advice. It's basically solely a gaming computer first, and everything else computer 2nd. Also am I missing any parts? I had to buy windows 7 (full install) for a previous computer so I already have the operating system. Keyboard and mouse I can get at wal-mart and I'll use my old monitor.



Graphics: = Crossfire (2 x GPU)

Power Supply: Is this overkill? Can I get away with less? Also will this fit in a mid tower or would I need a full tower? I think the wattage for crossfire 7950's is 448 alone. Processor is low though at 77w. I could not find wattage for any of the other devices.

Ram:(2 x 8gb) to leave room to upgrade to 32 in the future. Probably never will.

DVD-CDROM drive:

Harddrive:180gb SSD

Tower:Again, is midtower enough for my rigg or do I need full size?

If I do need a fullsize tower:
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  1. First off the PSU is a good choice. Second - you really only need a single GTX 670 or Radeon 7970 to max out everything - add a second one when they drop in price.

    On a gaming system - 32GB will be completely useless, you'll never use it all. The high RAM capacities there are for high end video and audio editing applications - not for gaming systems.

    Mid tower is plenty, the HAF X is major overkill.

    I'd also add a second 1TB hard drive to the mix for extra storage.

    What's the budget? I can suggest a more balanced system if I knew that.
  2. Trying to stay around 1800$ but will go up to 2000$ if its worth it. Also I think switching to a 7970 is a good idea instead of crossfire.

    What powersupply would I need with 7970 if I never plan to crossfire and what powersupply would I need to crossfire it later in the future?
  3. phunky_21 said:
    Trying to stay around 1800$ but will go up to 2000$ if its worth it. Also I think switching to a 7970 is a good idea instead of crossfire.

    Go with the GTX 670 - it runs circles around even an overclocked 7970.

    Try this build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1620.95
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Add monitor and/or peripherals and you're good to go.
  4. Some thoughts:

    1) A 3570K will game just as well as a 3770K and be $100 cheaper. Few games use more than 2 or 3 cores, so the extra hyperthreads will go largely unused.

    2) Build without planning on cf/sli. Your initial costs will be less. A GTX670 or 7970 will be plenty for a single monitor.
    If you should need more in the future, there is the GTX690, and higher end cards are due out by the end of the year.
    3) 8gb is plenty for just gaming; no game can use more than 2-3gb.

    4) Antec 300 illusion is fine. 2000 reviewers can't be far wrong.

    5) I would buy an aftermarket cpu cooler. It need not be expensive; a $30 cm hyper212 will keep your cpu cooler and run quieter than the stock intel cooler. The backplate mount is easier for the novice to install too.

    6) A 700w psu is fine. Stick with quality. Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec, and PC P&C.

    7) Love the ssd choice. You can always add a hard drive later if you need to.

    8) if you have any budget left, spend it on a great monitor. It is one of the few "future proof" components you can purchase. Keep your old monitor for added real estate. I keep e-mail and monitors active while gaming.

    9) Take the time to download and read, cover to cover, the case and motherboard manuals. Much will be learned.

    --------good luck--------------
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