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June 28, 2012 4:05:09 PM

Hello,

This is my first gaming rig, I have done some research and asked a few friends and think I've got a decent system put together here, I just wanted to see what the experts thought :)  Thanks in advance to every one

Here is it is:

Mobo: ASUS P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1Ghz (3.5Ghz turbo)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8Gb 1600 Mhz

Gpu: Viziontek 900505 Radeon HD 7850
or Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 (OC edition)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500Gb

PSU: Apevia Iceberg 680w

Case: XCLIO Nighthawk

I'm very new to gaming rigs so please be gentle :) 

I also two quick questions:

Which graphics card would fit better with my system, Visiontek 7850 or sapphire 6950?

and

should I get my CoolMasters hyper 212 now, or is that something I could wait on for a bit?

I was going to get an SSD, as Ive heard they're all the rage, but I was unable to find a reasonably priced one that didn't have bad reviews about burning out inside of a year

all suggestion are welcome, thanks again to all those who help me on my journey to gaming bliss :) 

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June 28, 2012 4:18:47 PM
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I wouldn't touch that case or PSU with a 10 foot pole - absolutely terrible brands.

What's the budget here? I can suggest a better system if I knew that.
June 28, 2012 4:52:05 PM

g-unit is correct, even in the least that PSU has got to go, and be replaced with a Corsair or above.
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June 28, 2012 5:22:37 PM

eddieroolz said:
g-unit is correct, even in the least that PSU has got to go, and be replaced with a Corsair or above.


I had an Apevia PSU that had neon green cables - that does not belong in a modern PC. :lol: 
June 28, 2012 6:24:13 PM

Glad I asked then, guess I shouldn't pick things totally off looks, thanks

I don't really want to spend more that $100 on a case

as far as PSU, about the same $100

I don't think that's totally unrealistic, if it is then set me straight

As I had it set up originally it came out to $854, id like to keep it under $950 to leave room for OS and monitor

Thanks to everybody for their help so far :) 
June 28, 2012 6:43:02 PM

SolidSnake12 said:
Glad I asked then, guess I shouldn't pick things totally off looks, thanks

I don't really want to spend more that $100 on a case

as far as PSU, about the same $100

I don't think that's totally unrealistic, if it is then set me straight

As I had it set up originally it came out to $854, id like to keep it under $950 to leave room for OS and monitor

Thanks to everybody for their help so far :) 


Yeah - Apevia and Xion are brands that are notorious for producing a lot of crap - I think people buy their junk because they go to Fry's and see that it looks pretty. I'd rather take function over form any day of the week.

For an ~$800 build get this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $776.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
June 28, 2012 7:14:02 PM

Cool colors and flashing lights may have swayed me to choose the XCLIO and Apevia :p 

Funny story about the Corsair PSU, I actually had that choose for my build but chose the apevia cause of its fancy UV reactive cables

Would I need a 650w PSU? or could I go Lower wattage and be fine? IM defintely gonna go with Corsair though, thanks

Thanks for the build g-unit, your genius inspires me :)  and shows me there are lots of places for great prices
June 28, 2012 7:25:51 PM

Opinions on these cases?
NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer


June 28, 2012 7:53:12 PM

Both of those cases are excellent choices. The NZXT has lots of style, while Nine Hundred has been a gamers' favorite for years. You can't go wrong with either.
June 28, 2012 8:32:09 PM

SolidSnake12 said:
Opinions on these cases?
NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer


Go with the Phantom - the Antec is old and outdated, and lacks cable management. If you want Antec I'd suggest their far newer 1100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Cool colors and flashing lights may have swayed me to choose the XCLIO and Apevia :p 

Funny story about the Corsair PSU, I actually had that choose for my build but chose the apevia cause of its fancy UV reactive cables


Apevia is horrible - that's why you should never rely on strictly stores for product advice - if you go to Fry's they sell so many products that most of the clerks there usually don't know what they're talking about. Xclio's cases are slightly better than Apevia's but they're still junk and aren't nearly as good as a lot of modern cases.

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Would I need a 650w PSU? or could I go Lower wattage and be fine? IM defintely gonna go with Corsair though, thanks


The PSU I chose gives you more than enough room to add a second 7850 down the road. I always try to plan builds for longevity and I include components that will help that. Corsair does have an excellent RMA department - I had a dead CX430 and they sent me a brand new one in box.
June 29, 2012 10:57:01 AM

So here is where I'm at now, hopefully moving in the right direction.

MoBo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo)

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

GPU: Sapphire Radeon hd 6950 2GB (OC edition)

PSU: Seasonic 520w

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb or 1tb

Case: leaning towards NZXT Phantom 410

Would the 520w PSU be able to handle a second 6950 as well as another 4-8Gb of ram in the future?


Thanks for every ones help so far



June 30, 2012 1:58:05 AM

PSU calculator for the win, very helpful :)  thank you fpoon

One last case question, after this i will bother yall no more with cases

COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Cool or Crap?
June 30, 2012 10:29:08 AM

So I think I've have finally settled on this setup

MoBo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo)

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

GPU: ASUS Radeon hd 7850 2GB

PSU: Seasonic 520w

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1tb

Case: NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 Elite

Just looking for any last minute ideas or suggestions

Thanks for all the help :) 
July 2, 2012 4:57:32 AM

So I finally hit the point where I realized I could keep looking at reviews and reading different comparisons and changing my mind, or I could make a decision.

So I ordered the following last night

MoBo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 (Thanks for the find fpoon)

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM


Overall very happy with my decision, only set me back $780 :) 
Still looking at cases, and possibly thinking about changing to the 2gb 560 ti but i don't know if its worth it :/ 

I wanted to see if anyone could point me in the direction of a first start up and Bios kinda guide. I have total confidence in my assembly abilities, but have very little knowledge of software and such.

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and help through my new guy questions :) 
July 2, 2012 7:47:27 PM

He's already ordered the parts, so there's probably no going back.

Either way though, the 7850 is not the same price as 560 Ti. It's about, on average, $30 more than the 560 Ti - and that's just in the States. Elsewhere, the gap may be wider.
July 3, 2012 1:26:10 AM

Read my mind fpoon, I am currently in talks with neweeg about exchanging the 560 ti that I ordered for and HIS 7850.

from my understanding, I can send the 560 ti back as an exchange, especially since it wont even be opened.

I guess i got a little trigger happy with the whole superclocked business, and jumped the gun on the GPU, but I'm still very excited about everything else.

I ordered my Gunmetal NZXT Phantom 410 today :D 
July 10, 2012 5:09:06 AM

Was able to exchange my 560 Ti for a HIS IceQ X 7850 :D 

Waiting to receive the last of my parts on Wednesday

Thanks again to everyone for their help.
July 10, 2012 5:10:14 AM

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