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July 13, 2012 10:53:10 PM

CPU: i7-3770k(3.50GHz)-might overclock because it is liquid cooled, but I don't know yet.
GPU: GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB
PSU: 600W (No idea about the company -_- I assume it is custom by iBUYPOWER)
Ram: 16GB DDR3 1333 (4GB x 4)-also no idea who makes these cards....
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H
HDD: 1TB SATA III-yet another miscellaneous HDD ~_~
SSD: OCZ RevoDrive RVDHY-FH-1T PCI-E 1TB Hybrid Solid State Drive PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Case: NZXT PHANTOM 410 GAMING CASE WHITE
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
+ 2x
Hanns-G HL269DPB Black 26" 5ms Widescreen LED-Backlit LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 30,000,000:1 (800:1) Built-in Speakers


First off; any problems with this build? Anything, like not enough power, etc...?

Secondly, will this be able to run a game like Skyrim @ Ultra 1920/1080 with a decent framerate without the video card overheating? (I term decent as approximately 40 fps, but I can live with 30 fps).

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2012 11:12:40 PM

The graphics card should run Skyrim and BF3 on Ultra with no problems.

Honestly though, the CPU and RAM is overkill for a gaming comp, and you probably can't OC with that PSU because the 480 does suck up a lot of power. A rough estimate of power consumption on Newegg's Wattage Calculator has it at 590 Watts.

You'd probably be better off building your own (assuming you haven't bought it yet). What is you're budget and how much is this going to cost?
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July 13, 2012 11:17:59 PM

moornix said:
The graphics card should run Skyrim and BF3 on Ultra with no problems.

Honestly though, the CPU and RAM is overkill for a gaming comp, and you probably can't OC with that PSU because the 480 does suck up a lot of power. A rough estimate of power consumption on Newegg's Wattage Calculator has it at 590 Watts.

You'd probably be better off building your own (assuming you haven't bought it yet). What is you're budget and how much is this going to cost?



it's pretty cheap; just around $1989.95 counting the monitors or $1589.97 without counting, plus I am going to sell the AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB that comes with the pre-built version so thats about another $100 less right there to around $1489.97, plus it comes with a free xbox 360 which I will sell to further cheapen this build, so say around $1289.97 as the total cost W/O the monitors.

Here is the stuff I am buying (all off of newegg)

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

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

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

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 13, 2012 11:23:37 PM

Skyrim is a CPU-Intensive game, which means it will benefit the most from an upgrade in CPU power. So, in a way, that sort of justifies the 3770K, if your that committed to getting the best Skyrim performance.

This build will easily blow 60+ FPS on Skyrim in almost all areas with the exception of towns, where the most CPU power is used up. Everywhere else, you'll be liquid smooth.

The 16GB RAM is completely pointless here. 4GB will run you enough for any game, 8GB is good for future-proofing. 16GB is for people with hex-core Intel Processors running Multiple Monitors, all doing some sort of 3D application work simultaneously.
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July 13, 2012 11:25:20 PM

bctande1 said:
Skyrim is a CPU-Intensive game, which means it will benefit the most from an upgrade in CPU power. So, in a way, that sort of justifies the 3770K, if your that committed to getting the best Skyrim performance.

This build will easily blow 60+ FPS on Skyrim in almost all areas with the exception of towns, where the most CPU power is used up. Everywhere else, you'll be liquid smooth.

The 16GB RAM is completely pointless here. 4GB will run you enough for any game, 8GB is good for future-proofing. 16GB is for people with hex-core Intel Processors running Multiple Monitors, all doing some sort of 3D application work simultaneously.

I get 16g ram free with the pre-build I buy, so it's not really a problem ;) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2012 11:42:32 PM

Since you get so much in savings I have a couple of different suggestions.

See if you can sell the PSU and get a better one with a higher wattage, especially if you want to OC eventually.
Today's Shell Shocker: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W ($99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Mobo that comes with this build only allows for really limited OC of the base clock. You will want to switch it to a z77.

Edit: Oh, and if you're willing to forgo the Hybrid SSD. You could just use the money to buy a 670.
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July 14, 2012 12:01:55 AM

I will see what it can do; as long as there is nothing really wrong with the desktop, I am okay.
I will see if I can upgrade the power supply later. Since I am not going to OC any time soon, I will probably just keep the current mobo and get the z77 (or better?) later.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2012 3:20:27 AM

I suggest upgrading the PSU first, because the desktop was originally designed for a 7770 which takes a lot less power.

I think a 750W will be enough, and generally speaking Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling and Antec are the most reliable brands.

You want something that is 80 PLUS Certified. Here's an explanation: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/742

The Shell Shocker link I provided earlier was a really great deal for an excellent PSU. If you do not want to purchase soon, you'll have to wait on deals in Newegg's subscription or the like.
Also consider these two
Corsair 850W ($105)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-Te...
Seasonic 750W ($120)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-Te...
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July 14, 2012 5:51:49 AM

Okay; the only problem is that I cannot scrape up the money until I get a bit more. Should my PSU still be able to handle the load of my desktop 'til then? From what I have pieced together, the amount of watts that I need is around 600 and the PSU is also 600W, I know that I should have a lot more available than the bare minimum, however I was wondering if I could scrape by on this for at least around a month?
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2012 6:49:12 AM

The thing about prebuilt PSUs is that they don't usually deliver the amount of power they say they do. I don't think you could run the 480 on that PSU at all. You could try using the onboard graphics or the 7770 for the month.
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July 14, 2012 9:41:33 PM

moornix said:
The thing about prebuilt PSUs is that they don't usually deliver the amount of power they say they do. I don't think you could run the 480 on that PSU at all. You could try using the onboard graphics or the 7770 for the month.

okay; I'll do that then. Here's hoping I get the money soon ;) 
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July 15, 2012 5:26:21 AM

Oooh, i was replying at your psu question thread, i didn't realize you were buying from ibuypower, i did recognize that you weren't labeling the brands of certain items so i did consider it, but i really didn't bother to ask. I originally was going to buy my first pc from cyberpowerpc and i was getting a great deal. I found some videos on how to build your own computer, and i was considering it. I did some research on why people don't buy prebuilt pcs (cyberpowerpc ibuypower) and i realized that it is worth building your own.

Here is a little article on the disadvantages and advantages of the two, it is pretty spot on.
http://whitecapcomputer.com/newsletter/articles/Prebuil...

I do not regret building my own, i have learned a lot from it and am proud of it. I am able to upgrade my own parts instead of bringing it to a computer repair shop to upgrade or repair. Using the companies warranty can takes months. You may be out of a computer for 2 months... I can just troubleshoot my own pc with the knowledge i gained and buy and replace the defected part myself if needed. It isn't as much work as you think, it took me a week and a half to figure out what i was doing.
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July 15, 2012 6:39:45 AM

I know, I have built PC's before; its not like it's even a PC by itself; its more of a kit than an actual PC really :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 17, 2012 4:07:02 PM

I have no personal experience with Ultra, but it's online reviews are mixed, and I know another person on this boards that vehemently recommends against using their PSUs.

Consider these two instead:

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W $90 after rebate + $20 promotional gift card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 950W $130 after rebate + $20 promotional gift card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 27, 2012 12:08:07 AM

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