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July 9, 2012 4:07:38 PM

Im trying to build a budget gaming pc that is around the $800-950 mark or less if possible. The price of this build is around $800. So far the components I have are:

Case: NZXT Guardian 921

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K

Mobo: Gigabyte Intel Z77

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance PSU

I plan on using my hdd and optical drive from my previous pc. Links for any of these can be provided if needed. I would like advice on anything that needs to be changed. Im also not sure about the psu and if the 560 would fit in the case. And is the mobo good?

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July 9, 2012 4:10:16 PM

I didn't realize that there is a guideline for asking for build advice. Sorry about that if anyone wants me to rewrite this in that format just tell me
July 9, 2012 4:11:35 PM

Get a 7850 2GB instead, its much faster, it consumes less power and it's only going to get better. :) 
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July 9, 2012 5:19:58 PM

Thanks for the advice. I was looking at 7850's but I chose the 560 because it has PhysX. And the 560 I chose is OC'ed and is only about $190. The 7850 costs $250+ for a good one

EDIT: I was looking at the 7850s again and I might get it rather than the 560 because of the lower power consumption and higher performance. Here's the link
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...
Would I need to switch my psu?
a b 4 Gaming
July 9, 2012 7:01:53 PM

The PSU is OK if you aren't stressing it. If you were going to add a second GPU it would not be a good choice. That particular design works better for the lower wattage versions.

"Gigabyte Intel Z77"
There are 11 different boards fitting that description.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Your case selection does not include front USB 3.0 ports.
July 9, 2012 7:15:19 PM

Proximon said:
The PSU is OK if you aren't stressing it. If you were going to add a second GPU it would not be a good choice. That particular design works better for the lower wattage versions.

"Gigabyte Intel Z77"
There are 11 different boards fitting that description.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Your case selection does not include front USB 3.0 ports.


Here's the link for the mobo: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R21JJK/ref=as_li_s...

And for the case do you have any suggestions that would have front usb 3.0 ports? preferrably around the same price. I probably will add another gpu later on probably another 7850 so how many watts should i get?
I need to get a tower thats no bigger than 18.5 inches lengthwise
a b 4 Gaming
July 9, 2012 7:40:10 PM

Read my PSU guide linked in my sig... it's not about the wattage of the PSU so much.

NZXT Tempest 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

But I think I would go with the Tempest.... you need the extra air flow for the crossfire.

This PSU will work very well:
Antec 620W modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

July 9, 2012 9:44:34 PM

Proximon said:
Read my PSU guide linked in my sig... it's not about the wattage of the PSU so much.

NZXT Tempest 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

But I think I would go with the Tempest.... you need the extra air flow for the crossfire.

This PSU will work very well:
Antec 620W modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You said the PSU i chose would be ok if I dont stress it out. What did you mean by that (I dont know a lot about psu's)? The one you chose is only 620W. Is that enough to power everything even when i crossfire? or maybe sli if i choose to upgrade to nvidia in the future?
a b 4 Gaming
July 9, 2012 9:59:04 PM

I can't explain everything about PSUs in this thread. That's why I wrote the guide linked in my signature.

If you add a second 7850 the total draw will still be under 500W. The PSU I linked is high quality and has a good warranty and the proper connections for 2x7850.

If you wanted to do 2x7870 or 2x560ti then you might need a bit more.

The Corsair 750TX V2 is an excellent choice with the current promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 9, 2012 10:40:46 PM

I looked through the guide and it was helpful. Im going to go with the antec because I don't think I will crossfire or sli unless I feel that it is really necessary. Is the mobo I chose good? And should I get more fans for the tempest case?

EDIT: Is there a cheaper alternative to the mobo but isnt missing all the essential features? I'm still in my budget range so I can buy this mobo but who doesnt like to save money? And should I get 2500k or 3570k?

Which 7850 should I get:

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

http://www.amazon.com/HD7850-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili...
July 9, 2012 11:39:29 PM

Thanks for all the help. I've finalized my build but if you feel that there is something better I can do feel free to tell me:

Case: NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K

Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 GA-Z77X-UD3H

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2 GB

PSU: Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz

HDD: Already Owned

Optical Drive: Already Owned

Fan Filter: SilverStone 120mm Fan Filter with Grill FF121B
a b 4 Gaming
July 9, 2012 11:52:25 PM

Seems good.
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