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July 13, 2012 7:30:54 PM

Hello everyone, been putting this together for a while...it is going to be my first build. However, I've been doing a self check on things so far and thought I should have some others take a look to make sure my things are in order.

Also I'm still in need of a power supply, I was thinking something around 700W, but I don't know if that's far over what I'd need or not. I figured it would be fairly high. At the moment I'm sticking to Newegg on my parts...just got a wishlist put together. It's purpose is to play games, and some CAD.

I'm open to all comments and rants. Thanks in advance! :pt1cable: 

Here is what I got lined up right now:
I5-2500k (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Asus Mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
7850 Radeon (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
8GB Ram (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
120G SSD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
1TB HD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
912 HAF case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
H60 Hydro (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Again, all opinions and comments welcome!

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July 13, 2012 7:42:43 PM

Drop the Hydro and go with a Hyper 212 Evo - you'll get the same results and it's far safer.

I'd also say drop the SSD and upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7870 or 7950.
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July 13, 2012 9:39:49 PM

Alright, I'm guessing the 2500k is reaching the end of its life, and the 3570k is picking up in its place?

Thank you for the calculator. Will have to bookmark that one.

What do you mean by safer in terms of the Hydro g-unit?

And is the performance difference between the 7850 and 7870 enough to justify a $50 price difference?

Thanks for the replies guys!
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July 13, 2012 10:35:16 PM

Speedanimal said:
Alright, I'm guessing the 2500k is reaching the end of its life, and the 3570k is picking up in its place?

Thank you for the calculator. Will have to bookmark that one.

What do you mean by safer in terms of the Hydro g-unit?

And is the performance difference between the 7850 and 7870 enough to justify a $50 price difference?

Thanks for the replies guys!


1. Yes - it's pointless to go Z77 unless you're getting a 3570K - you lose quite a bit of functionality with it.

2. Air coolers are *ALWAYS* safer than liquid ones - it's too much risk for not a lot of payoff. If an air fan breaks - you just replace the broken fan. If a water pipe breaks, well, there goes your system. And most manufacturer's warranties don't cover liquid damage. There's very few instances where I recommend a liquid setup - if you're running say - the EVGA Classified SRX with dual Xeons where no combination of air coolers can work, then I'd recommend liquid. But otherwise no.

3. That's debatable. You can overclock the 7850 - to match the 7870 and in some cases match the 7950 but if you don't know what you're doing then go for the 7870.
July 13, 2012 10:44:52 PM

Just thought I'd chip in: The MSI 7950 is only $320, and the performance gain is more than enough to justify the $60 price difference imo. I believe the 7950 has around 75% more shaders in relation to the 7850, and also has plenty of overclocking headroom, arguably more than the 7850's already incredible overclocking capabilities.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 13, 2012 11:19:04 PM

CPU - 2500K is good for gaming definitely, but if you want the best performance for AutoCAD, it would be suggestible to get a 3570k because you will see a boost in CPU performance, not anything staggering, but you will see an increase. And the CPUs are only 10$ apart

MOBO - Go Z77 only if your going Ivy Bridge. They are compatible with Sandy and will do more for future proofing by but isn't really necessary at that moment in time, unless your big on USB 3 or something..

GPU - A 7850 is definitely a good card, I'd say best in the 200s but you could go a little better with a 7950, a recent price job puts it in it's price-point.

RAM - Your'e OK there.

SSD - Prices have recently taken a plunge, try and find the best deal possible.

HDD - Your'e fine

Case - Your'e good

Cooler - Go with Hyper 212 EVO

As far as PSU, you can definitely go safe with about a reliable 650W PSU if your'e not looking to CrossFire anytime soon.


As far as 7850 vs 7950 - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=550

You can see there's a 10-30% so range increase . Whether it is worth it or not is your decision. Your decision has to fall in line with your priorities.

July 14, 2012 12:03:47 AM

OH I see haha, the 3570k option is because of the mobo. Didn't see that at first.

So changes will be:
i5 - 3570k
Hyper 212 Evo
Radeon 7870 or 7950 depending on the deals I can find.
And a 650-700W power supply

Other than that, any one issues I should address?

Thanks again everyone, you have all been a big help.
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July 14, 2012 5:19:54 AM

Speedanimal said:
Alright so I swapped out the parts;

Added MSI 7950 listed above (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) Seemed reasonable...
And a Corsair 650W supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Also, you guys have been talking about Z77 mobos, but the motherboard I have on my list is an H77. I'm really not sure what the difference is. If I'm using the Ivy-bridge now does that need to be changed as well?


Z77 unlocks the multiplier where H77 doesn't. If you're going to overclock, you will need to get the Z77. If not then get the H77.
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