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Advice on Final Build

Thanks for the info so far. Based on the advice I've been given, I have the following parts picked out. I'm not sure if the PSU is enough so I could really use some input on that, as well as everything else.

Thanks a lot everyone.

** PC will be used for gaming and will need to handle several programs open at once for school/work

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 0637i53570 Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128550 GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231428 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820226236 Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148840 Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814121623 ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

Optical Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817703036 PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147107 Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
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  1. If you don't take advantage of Intel HD 4000 Graphics,. there is no point of the 3570. Grab a 3450 instead. 0.2 ghz is not a big deal.
  2. Potato13 said:
    If you don't take advantage of Intel HD 4000 Graphics,. there is no point of the 3570. Grab a 3450 instead. 0.2 ghz is not a big deal.


    I guess I'm kind of lost here - what do you mean?
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    Potato13 said:
    If you don't take advantage of Intel HD 4000 Graphics,. there is no point of the 3570. Grab a 3450 instead. 0.2 ghz is not a big deal.


    That's false actually - for the most part you'll be disabling the onboard video so you won't be using it. However the onboard video is helpful if you ever experience a problem with your GPU.

    Where the build doesn't make sense is that you're using an unlocked CPU with a motherboard that doesn't allow access to the multiplier. You'll need a Z77 for that, otherwise go with the aforementioned i5-3450.

    That build looks really good - my main suggestion is that you could drop the SSD for now and upgrade your GPU to the Radeon 7950, but that would be my only addition.
  4. g-unit1111 said:
    That's false actually - for the most part you'll be disabling the onboard video so you won't be using it. However the onboard video is helpful if you ever experience a problem with your GPU.

    Where the build doesn't make sense is that you're using an unlocked CPU with a motherboard that doesn't allow access to the multiplier. You'll need a Z77 for that, otherwise go with the aforementioned i5-3450.

    That build looks really good - my main suggestion is that you could drop the SSD for now and upgrade your GPU to the Radeon 7950, but that would be my only addition.


    I was wondering about the MB - thank you, big help. If I did upgrade to the 7950, would the 600w power supply still be enough?
  5. JackDaddio said:
    I was wondering about the MB - thank you, big help. If I did upgrade to the 7950, would the 600w power supply still be enough?


    600W would be fine if you're not going to overclock, if you want to overclock and run a second 7950 you might want to consider a 750W.
  6. One of the things I read about having an SSD is that the loading times are faster - is that basically all I'd miss out on by dropping it?
  7. JackDaddio said:
    One of the things I read about having an SSD is that the loading times are faster - is that basically all I'd miss out on by dropping it?


    Yeah pretty much. The reason they aren't typically recommended on sub-$1K builds is that the high cost per GB just isn't worth it. On gaming systems you want the best GPU you can get for your budget.
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  9. What are some good manufacturers for the 7950?
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