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Is my pc build good?

Ive recently wanted to become a pc gamer and im wondering if all the parts i have are good or if i should get something else. im going for a $1200 bulid so dont give any ridiculously expensive tips!

cpu- i53570k
graphics card-ASUS Radeon HD 7950 800MHZ
cpu cooler- Cooler Master Hyper 212
ram-Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (switched to 8GB ram cuz i got lots of replies to do so)
hard drive- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
power supply- Antec High Current Pro 750W 80 PLUS Gold (switched to 750W cuz i got lots of replies to do so)
optical drive-LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
Monitor-Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor
motherboard-Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
case-NZXT Guardian Black SECC
AULA BEFIRE Backlit keyboard
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  1. Best answer
    Are you planning on overclocking? I would say you should go with the Z77. I am not an Intel wiz but I hear the the Z77 are used for overclocking while the H61/H77 are meant for normal usage, no overclocking or crossfire/sli.

    Edit: If you are just gaming 8 gb will be enough, 16 gb is for hardcore enthusiasts if you ask me or people who do a lot of rendering or anything that uses a lot of ram. I have not come across any video games yet that use over 8gb of ram.
  2. No it is unbalanced! For the 3570K select a Z77 motherboard so you can overclock. Your 850watt PSU is good quality but the 750watt version would be plenty even if you add another HD7950 for crossfire. As stated above 8GB is plenty for a gaming rig.
  3. Swap out your PSU for a 650w unit. You won't need anywhere near 850w unless you're planning to Crossfire your HD7950 in the future. Even then, 750w is more than enough.

    Other than that, I would most likely add in an SSD to make your rig a bit peppier. Everything else is very balanced and is something I would most likely purchase.

    Great parts list ;) Someone did their research.


    I didn't even notice the 'H' in the model name :lol: +1 to previous posters.
  4. I think you can cut down a bit more on the power supply, you could go for a quality 500-600 watt power supply if you are not crossfiring. With the 8gb ram and lower power supply wattage you should have saved a bit of money to upgrade to a Z77 board. If you don't want to overclock then you will be fine with the normal 3570 (non-k) and the H77, you would also not need the hyper 212 since the CPU will come with a stock cooler.
  5. A system with a single HD7950 only needs 500watt PSU so a the High Current 520watt would be plenty if you plan to stay with one card.
  6. ok so if my motherboard is not good for overclocking which one should i get? under $100 and full name plz
  7. switched to 8GB ram and can you give the full name of the motherboard your talking about.
  8. For under $100, there aren't a lot you could choose from. ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 <- stellar budget overclocking board for $130.
  9. Well here is one under $100:

    However since you did save up if you did take the advice on the power supply and the ram then I would urge you to get this:

    I like to stick with Asus for my motherboards since they are pretty reliable and are honest with warranty/rma.
  10. i downgrade to 8GB ram and 750W psu. can u give the full name of the motherboard your talking about thx
  11. ^ second link doesn't work.

    Looking at that board makes me cringe at the thought of someone overclocking with it... Though at least it'll allow you to squeeze a few hundred Mhz.
  12. Guys for motherboard what should i do based on the build?

    ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 OR ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA

    Thx guys
  13. Odd it works fine for me, try this link from the Canadian part of Newegg.

    Anyways you are talking about the MSI one right? I won't lie but I don't like MSI boards that much. What do you think of Asus motherboards though?
  14. I recommend this Asus Z77v LK if you are planning a second card later
    Here is another popular option from Asrock
  15. ASRock Extreme 4 gets my vote. No beefy power phase or any VRM heatsinks on the P8Z77-V LX is a huge turn off.
  16. Well the Asrock sure does have a lot of features and I did hear that Asrock came from Asus or something like that. If you are looking to utilize all the features go for it. If not then try the Asus. The Asrock does look very solid and will probably give you a good time.

    Edit: Oh wait for the price of the Asrock it does look like a bargain, it says it comes with a $40 dollars gift card which is real nice. May want to go for the Asrock board then.
  17. socialfox said:
    Odd it works fine for me, try this link from the Canadian part of Newegg.

    Anyways you are talking about the MSI one right? I won't lie but I don't like MSI boards that much. What do you think of Asus motherboards though?

    Yeah, that first link didn't work for me. This one works now, though.

    Look at my siggy :lol: I personally use an ASUS board :)

    I love ASUS to death, but only when it comes to their higher-end motherboards. Their lower-end boards I find to be quite expensive due to the fact that you won't be able to push OC's to the max. ASRock definitely has them beat in this department with their Extreme 4 Z77.
  18. also someone said that the stock intel fan is fine and i shouldnt get the cooler master hyper 212 is this true?
  19. Yep like I stated above, stock cooler is fine for stock clocks. Hyper 212 is generally if you want to overclock or just want cooler temperatures.
  20. They were saying that regarding your motherboard selection. I'm sure they meant you wouldn't need a CPU cooler since you wouldn't be able to take advantage of overclocking with an H77 chipset to begin with.

    Now that you're switching to Z77, you will want the Hyper 212.
  21. ok im switching to asrock z77 extreme 4 and im keeping the hyper 212 thx for the tips.
    Now do you guys think the peripherals are good or should i get something else?
  22. Well are you planning on crossfiring? If not you could save a lot of money if you step down to a 500-600 watt power supply. If you don't that's fine but I think your build is very good now.
  23. do you think i should crossfire? and what psu's do you recomend for my build then thx
  24. Well I personally don't like the idea of crossfiring video cards, too much heat in the case and usually the card on the top takes a real bad beating from the card below. By beating I meant the temperatures of the first card increases a lot compared to the single card. Anyways that being said I would go with a stronger/better video card rather than crossfiring.

    Here is one power supply compatible, if you do not like it feel free to look for others but make sure you have 2 pci-e connectors since I hear the HD 7950 requires both.

    Edit: I will be looking for more and will post them up in a bit.
  25. If all you're going to do is game @ 1080p, there's no reason to Crossfire. It's simply a waste of money since the HD7950 will be able to pump out enough frames for almost any modern title :lol:

    Only invest in a second card when you plan to do Eyefinity or in the future when you feel you aren't getting enough performance.
  26. ACTUALLY i think ill stick with the 850W antec gold certified because there is a 40 mir so the price of it is now about $120 which is the same as the 750W antec gold certified
  27. Okay that is still fine, it's good to have extra wattage since you can re-use the power supply if you do want to upgrade. I just wanted to save you some money and get a power supply that will be a right fit for that build.
  28. do you guys think this is good?
  29. Ok so can you guys give me some links to good mice and keyboards that together are less than 100 dollars. Also comments on the mouse and keyboard i already picked out
  30. OK so after talking to you all this is my new build-

    cpu-i5 3570k
    cpu cooler-Cooler Master Hyper 212
    motherboard- ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    memory- Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
    storage- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    graphics card- Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
    power supply- Antec High Current Pro 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified TFX12V Power Supply
    optical drive-LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
    monitor-Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor

    total: about $1050

    So with around $150 what case, mouse, and keyboard do you guys recommend.

    Thx guys especially socialfox and mocchan :)
  31. Well I would recommend a Cooler Master Haf 912 (I recommend that too much :lol:):

    You could also go for the Antec 300 which has better airflow right off the bat thanks to its 140mm stock rear fan and 120mm intake fan.

    Lastly, I just wanted to admit I am no wiz when it comes to keyboards and mouses and I like any keyboard/mouse as long as its functional. Anyways maybe you would like this logitech keyboard that is on sale right now:
  32. Ram go with minimum 1600MHz rest looks good and make sure it is 1.5volts.
  33. yeah i heard a lot about these cases but i want some stylish pieces that look good
  34. what ram do you recommend then?
  35. Best answer selected by thefaraz01.
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