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June 30, 2012 12:39:45 PM

Hello everybody, I would like to ask you for help in choosing parts for my first, Gaming PC build.

Approximate Purchase Date: After 4th August (I get the money that day)
Budget Range: 500 LVL, That's ~1000$ American Dollars or £500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy Gaming (BF3, MW3, WoT, Skyrim, AC3, all new games), Gameplay Recording, Minor Video editing (Very Minor such as re-coding formats, Merging several videos in one piece), Internet
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, Operating-System, Optical-Drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter, I mostly need advice on parts.
Country: Latvia but web-site can be from any country.
Parts Preferences: Well, I would like to use Intel CPU and an ASRock motherboard with an Nvidia Videocard ( GPU doesn't matters it can be ATI but I would prefer Nvidia)
Overclocking: Yes, In future when Performance of CPU will not be enough
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (Benq GL2240)
Additional Comments: I would like to have powerful PC for gaming. I'm not an expert of PC building, and all it's parts but I already picked some parts to buy (List below), Could anyone please reccomend what should be kept, and which part I should change, and which parts are not compabitable, since I still have month to choose which parts I need.

So here's the list:

CPU: Intel core i5-2500K (With possible overclocking in future)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 (Not sure if this is MB is okay for OC)
RAM: Kingston HyperX 2x2GB 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM
HDD: Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 3.5" 1TB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB
GPU: Leadtek GeForce GTX 550 Ti, 2GB GDDR5 (192 Bit)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430, Midl tower
PSU: Cooler Master GX- series 700W ATX v2.3/2.91

I need serious advice on PSU choosing, cuz I don't know if 700W is enough for i5 2500k? Aswell I don't understand Amperage on Rails. How much is enough?

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a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 12:50:39 PM

Get IB I5-3550K
Hyper 212 evo cooler
If you do not plan to SLI or Xfire the psu can be smaller
550Ti is not great for gaming especially BF3
The psu is very dependent on gpu(s) that you decide on.
-Bruce
June 30, 2012 6:16:31 PM

550ti isn't good for gaming? Well..
Any suggestions on picking GPU?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 6:57:12 PM

You could do better.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Switch the CPU to the i5 2500K or i5 3570K.
Get the Asrock Pro3 Z77.
I don't know LVL prices so I can't comment on my build being the right conversion.
a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 7:04:39 PM

Yea I would agree in saying that the 550Ti is not that great of a card.
June 30, 2012 9:02:42 PM

aznshinobi said:
You could do better.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Switch the CPU to the i5 2500K or i5 3570K.
Get the Asrock Pro3 Z77.
I don't know LVL prices so I can't comment on my build being the right conversion.


Thanks for this option, I checked on your build and to be fair it's verry verry good as it goes for me. Acoording to it I made an new list and it even saves me some money somewhere :D 

Anybody, would this be best Performance/Price? :

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k - 145 LVL, 290$
MB: ASRock Z77 Pro3 - 63 LVL, 126 $
RAM: Kingston 8GB, DDR3, 1600MHz, CL9, Kit Of 2, Limited Editon Black - 39 LVL, 78$
HDD: Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 3.5" 1TB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB - 57 LVL - 114$
GPU: Radeon HD 6870 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 2.1 - 92 LVL, 184$
PSU: Corsair GS800, 800W, 80+ - 70 LVL, 140$
Case:Cooler Master Elite 430, Midl tower - 26 LVL, 52$

Overall this build costs for me ~492 LVL and it's ~984$

P.S. I added LVL prices so you can get an orinteur of prices in Latvia. They are pretty high comparing to USA or to be fair any other part of world, but what else to do ? :) 


a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 9:24:00 PM

You don't even need close to that much power. A CX500 would do just fine especially since you don't want to SLI Crossfire.
June 30, 2012 9:30:29 PM

But I plan to overclock CPU heavily in future when it will lack performance. Is 500W enough for OC up to 4.0 Ghz and higher?
a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 9:44:45 PM

Yes. It will be just fine. Also if that is what you plan to do. The i5 2500K will give you more comfortable temps. If you've noticed, the TDP for SB and IVB is very low. Even at 4ghz+ The TDP will only be around 125w. Add that the 160w of the GPU and the headroom of about 50w for the whole system that's only 335w. A good 500w will give you more than enough headroom.
June 30, 2012 10:02:29 PM

Now I see the point. Very thanks to you again :) 
Well if we started conversation, umm, do you know if CX500 has 24+8 pin connector don't you?
a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 10:36:57 PM

? Why would the CX500 need to have a 24+8? Most boards are only 24-pin.
June 30, 2012 10:45:29 PM

After Z68 series most of boards have 24+8 pin connection types. Z77 Pro 3 aswell has 24 pin ATX connector, and 8 pin 12V rail. I guess, I can't use CX500 with this board, correct me if I'm wrong. (I might be wrong as my first post says I don't really understand which PSU would be good)
a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 10:46:17 PM

It does have the 20+4 pin if that is what you are asking.
a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 11:04:30 PM

Oh I see what you mean... -_- All PSUs have a 24 pin for the main and the 8 pin for the CPU... The PSU is just fine... You should also learn to look at the specs of a PSU as well as it would be faster since on the website they should say the connections the PSU has.
June 30, 2012 11:07:32 PM

Disregard my question about PSU. I just didn't get that at first but now I got it.

Thing I was worring about is if PSU have thoose 4+4 pin connector needed for the CPU cuz most of PSU's have only one. But re-readed descriptions of PSU's like 20 times I now got it :D 

This PSU is very good. Checked some unboxing on yt aswell, the cable lenght is just great!

Thanks everybody once again for help especially aznshinobi for showing his build and giving me main concept of my future build :) 
June 30, 2012 11:09:11 PM

aznshinobi said:
Oh I see what you mean... -_- All PSUs have a 24 pin for the main and the 8 pin for the CPU... The PSU is just fine... You should also learn to look at the specs of a PSU as well as it would be faster since on the website they should say the connections the PSU has.


They said but believe me, Latvian web-sites make completely weird descriptions for PSU's. I hardly found out that I need :D .
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2012 1:20:52 AM

Haha I see, if the specs are messed up on the website, a lot of the time it is, try going to the manufacturer's website. Usually what I do if Newegg has the specs a little wonky.

Anyways glad we could help. Perhaps select the best answer to close out the thread.
July 1, 2012 8:15:04 AM

I would do that, but I started this thread as a discussion, and can't edit my first post anymore. All it says you're not allowed to edit this post. As far as I know, I can't select best answer on discussion type thread, only question right?
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2012 5:41:53 PM

Ahhhh yep. Oh well! Hope your build works out!
July 1, 2012 6:43:05 PM

aznshinobi said:
Ahhhh yep. Oh well! Hope your build works out!


Hey aznshinobi,

While chekcing on parts prices today I realized that ASRock Pro3 motherboard have a PCI-E 3.0 slot. Can I plug HD 6870 which is PCI-E 2.1 Card in that slot? I'm not sure if that's possible, just wan't to clarify. I guess, it will just run at 2.1 speeds right?
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2012 6:44:50 PM

Yes, it is compatible, and it will run at 2.1 speeds.
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2012 6:45:29 PM

Yes, all PCI-e Anything slot is backwards compatible. As for the speeds, you don't upscale speeds/bandwidths. The 6870 is a PCI-e 2.0/2.1 card, it's going to run at that bandwidth. The PCI-e 3.0 cards don't really even take advantage of the bandwidth difference from 2.0-3.0 so it's whatever.
a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2012 6:51:01 PM

Yep, it will be a while before it saturates 3.0.
July 2, 2012 4:21:41 PM

Ou, thanks everybody for answers, actually I though the same thing just wanted to clarify :) 

You might see me once again asking questions when I get all the parts, cuz I feel that I won't handle this alone :D  Thanks for current help anyways.
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