Are these specs good enough for my first custom desktop?

I'm custom building my first computer and I'm wondering if this is good enough for the latest high end computer games.

case - Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case
PSU - 650 watt PSU atx psu
Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V PRO Motherboard
CPU - Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU
CPU Cooler - Corsair Hydro Series H70 Core High Performance CPU Cooler
Memory - Corsair 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 DDR3
Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII 6Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive OEM
Optimal Drive - Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer Black Bare
OS - Windows 7

If you think that i need something missing because I'm set to buy or Something to upgrade since there are better than that something. Also if you can calculate if i have enough psu wattage that would be great. Tnx
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  2. The Hyper 212 EVO is a much more reliable cooler than the H70. Everything else looks good, but what PSU is that? Brand and series?
  3. Well you said you wanted to play computer games. So you are going to need a graphics card.
  4. Before you consider watercooling, take a look at the Noctua D14 air cooler. It can hold its own with a lot of water coolers on the market, and watercooling is dangerous and should only be considered by those who know, understand the risks and are willing to accept the consequences, and those who are planning on pushing their CPU to extreme overclocks.

    For moderate to high overclocks as Azeem40 said, the 212 evo is all you'll need.

    Yes a graphics card is a necessity for good gaming, the onboard graphics of Ivy Bridge are quite frankly, pathetic for serious gaming.
  5. Agree with austinwillis81, also i think a small ssd along with hard drive would make a significant difference but I'm also a amateur, just my opinion. Building my first pc also tomorrow
  6. SSDs merely reduce the load times of programs, they will not increase gaming performance per se. My advice is to only consider an SSD if you can afford a minimum of 128GB of storage, and have enough budget that you aren't sacrificing on the video card or CPU for the sake of having one.

    For a video card, I'd be looking at a 7850 as a decent gaming card.
  7. 1. What gfx card are you going to use? and 1 card or more?

    2. What monitor resolution do you want to game at?

    As azeem40 said, everything else looks good to go. Don't buy the cheapest psu unless its a good deal (and you know what you're buying e.g. '80 plus gold' rated). Ideal psu wattage will depend on, e.g., the number of gfx cards and whether you are overclocking the cpu.
  8. azeem40 said:
    The Hyper 212 EVO is a much more reliable cooler than the H70. Everything else looks good, but what PSU is that? Brand and series?


    It's an Alphine brand
  9. madnessguy67 said:
    I'm custom building my first computer and I'm wondering if this is good enough for the latest high end computer games.

    case - Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case
    PSU - 650 watt PSU atx psu
    Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V PRO Motherboard
    CPU - Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU
    CPU Cooler - Corsair Hydro Series H70 Core High Performance CPU Cooler
    Memory - Corsair 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 DDR3
    Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII 6Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive OEM
    Optimal Drive - Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x Internal SATA DVD Multi Writer Black Bare
    OS - Windows 7

    If you think that i need something missing because I'm set to buy or Something to upgrade since there are better than that something. Also if you can calculate if i have enough psu wattage that would be great. Tnx
  10. mesab66 said:
    1. What gfx card are you going to use? and 1 card or more?

    2. What monitor resolution do you want to game at?

    As azeem40 said, everything else looks good to go. Don't buy the cheapest psu unless its a good deal (and you know what you're buying e.g. '80 plus gold' rated). Ideal psu wattage will depend on, e.g., the number of gfx cards and whether you are overclocking the cpu.


    I think ill be using the suggested Asus Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II Graphics Card
    And at least a 20'' minimum monitor...
    Also changed the water cooling unit to a regular heat sink since it's risky - Cooler master evo 212
    I also need a suggestion for a psu since i think it's only 70% efficiency
  11. 21.5" is the minimum for 1080p gaming.
  12. azeem40 said:
    21.5" is the minimum for 1080p gaming.


    Then I'll use that
  13. What I meant was, 21.5" is where 1080p usually comes into play. 20" are almost always 1680x1050.
  14. why would you pick the minimum monitor.

    This is one part of your computer that won't go obsolete after 3years.

    Get yourself a decent monitor. If you're going to spend what looks like over $1000 on a gaming computer, you might as well VIEW it on something good. The monitor would be the bottleneck that is holding back your entire experience.
  15. Hi,

    1 the 212 is a great cooler, gets my 1090t to 4.2

    2 I suggest getting yourself a good quality PSU. Corsair, Seasonic, PC power&cooling. Never skimp on your PSU, its the heart of the system. I always go corsair, never had a problem. Probly a CX600 would last you forever, my 750 has been transplanted to 3 builds already :D

    Have fun
    Fungi
  16. raytseng said:
    why would you pick the minimum monitor.

    This is one part of your computer that won't go obsolete after 3years.

    Get yourself a decent monitor. If you're going to spend what looks like over $1000 on a gaming computer, you might as well VIEW it on something good. The monitor would be the bottleneck that is holding back your entire experience.


    At first i was looking for a cheap gaming computer that could play crysis 2... But then i might aswell max it out so i can play for a life time. So what would you suggest for a good monitor?
  17. nekulturny said:
    Before you consider watercooling, take a look at the Noctua D14 air cooler. It can hold its own with a lot of water coolers on the market, and watercooling is dangerous and should only be considered by those who know, understand the risks and are willing to accept the consequences, and those who are planning on pushing their CPU to extreme overclocks.

    For moderate to high overclocks as Azeem40 said, the 212 evo is all you'll need.

    Yes a graphics card is a necessity for good gaming, the onboard graphics of Ivy Bridge are quite frankly, pathetic for serious gaming.


    So what motherboard would you suggest?
  18. azeem40 said:
    What I meant was, 21.5" is where 1080p usually comes into play. 20" are almost always 1680x1050.


    sure ill go for the decent monitors but can you give me suggestions for the monitor?
  19. Any 22-23" monitor with 1080p res will be fine. Most look at ASUS LEDs.
  20. madnessguy67 said:
    So what motherboard would you suggest?


    hes not saying chnage motherboard, hes saying that the graphics units built into ivy bridge motherboards are gutless. you need a dedicated graphics card.

    and i would also put cooler master gx 650w or better down as a decent psu.
  21. joluk44 said:
    hes not saying chnage motherboard, hes saying that the graphics units built into ivy bridge motherboards are gutless. you need a dedicated graphics card.

    and i would also put cooler master gx 650w or better down as a decent psu.


    so should i get sandy a bridge motherboard?
  22. madnessguy67 said:
    so should i get sandy a bridge motherboard?


    no, you should buy a dedicated graphics card. these plug into the pci-e slot on your motherboard and provide powerful graphics display abilities. you will struggle to play any high end games on integrated graphics, which is what you are trying to to use. an example of a graphics card is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130534 for mid power, and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787 for high end graphics cards.

    without a graphics card, it wont be a gaming computer by any means.
  23. joluk44 said:
    no, you should buy a dedicated graphics card. these plug into the pci-e slot on your motherboard and provide powerful graphics display abilities. you will struggle to play any high end games on integrated graphics, which is what you are trying to to use. an example of a graphics card is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130534 for mid power, and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787 for high end graphics cards.

    without a graphics card, it wont be a gaming computer by any means.


    I'm Getting the Asus Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II Graphics Card. Would that be enough for mid-high end gaming?
  24. yes, thats one of the best ati cards you can buy

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html
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