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$800-850 new build, sanity check

Last response: in Systems
July 17, 2012 1:18:27 AM

So I've been contemplating building a desktop for a long time. Now that I have the money, I think it is time. I pretty fed up with trying to game on my laptop and would like a decent PC.

Approximate Purchase Date: next week

Budget Range: $800-850 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming and schoolwork

Parts not needed: mouse, keyboard, OS, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

So I've been scouring the forums for a while now and this is what I came up with.

CPU & Motherboard: Intel core i5-3570k and ASRock Z77 Pro3 ($307.98 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($22.99 @ NCIX US)

GPU: MSI Twin Frozr HD 7850 ($239.99 - $30 rebate @ Newegg)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8Gb (2x4Gb) DDR3-1600 ($45.99 @ Newegg)

PSU: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ($51.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB ($59.98 @ NCIX US)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $814.90

My biggest worry right now is that 550W won't be enough to overclock with this system. I won't be adding another GPU, so I don't need a lot of power. Let me know what you guys think, and what I should change.


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July 17, 2012 2:55:46 AM

Your build looks good. You shouldnt need to overclock that cpu, it will provide superior performance at the base speed unless you just want to overclock. Your PSU will be fine even if you overclock the cpu. The GPU only needs 1 PCIE power connector. See this review - it is the one of the top cpu's:
July 27, 2012 11:04:34 PM

Best answer selected by timotah.
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July 27, 2012 11:05:19 PM

Well I guess since your the only one that responded you get the best answer. I built this setup last night and it works like a dream.
July 28, 2012 12:00:42 AM

great man good for you . Im glad