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July 26, 2012 2:44:39 AM

This will be my first homebuilt computer. The goal for it is mostly gaming. I haven't gotten it yet, but my friend helped me pick out most of the parts. Just curious what people think about it and if there are any obvious issues it would be nice to know about them.
EDIT: Forgot to say it'll cost around $880.
Case:
Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000kkn1-gp

GPU:
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2gb 256-big gddr5 pci express 2.1x16 HDCP

PSU:
Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W atx12v v2.3 80 plus certificed active pfc power supply

Memory:
Corsair vengeance 8gb (2x4gb) ddr3 sdram 1600 (pc3 12800)

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570k Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8gHz Turbo)

Drives:
seagate barracuda 7200.8 400gb 7200rpm sata 1.5gb/s HDD
OC Vertex 3 120gb SATAIII MLC Internal SSD

MOBO:
ASRock z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX intel motherboard

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July 26, 2012 7:01:40 AM

newtocomputerbuilding said:
This will be my first homebuilt computer. The goal for it is mostly gaming. I haven't gotten it yet, but my friend helped me pick out most of the parts. Just curious what people think about it and if there are any obvious issues it would be nice to know about them.
EDIT: Forgot to say it'll cost around $880.
Case:
Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000kkn1-gp

GPU:
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2gb 256-big gddr5 pci express 2.1x16 HDCP

PSU:
Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600W atx12v v2.3 80 plus certificed active pfc power supply

Memory:
Corsair vengeance 8gb (2x4gb) ddr3 sdram 1600 (pc3 12800)

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570k Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8gHz Turbo)

Drives:
seagate barracuda 7200.8 400gb 7200rpm sata 1.5gb/s HDD
OC Vertex 3 120gb SATAIII MLC Internal SSD

MOBO:
ASRock z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX intel motherboard


I'd recommend you go with something like this...

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/d2wA

I stepped up the graphics card a bit for you. I threw in a 7870 which outperforms the 6950 quite a bit...especially when overclocked. I also made a few other subtle changes so that I didn't go way over budget. The power supply I recommended is also modular; this should help out with cable management.

Hope this helps. If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
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July 26, 2012 3:54:28 PM

the only thing that I would change is the GPU. th 6950 is a dinosaurs now days. if its a really good deal though, get it, other wise I would look at a HD 7850. the 7850 trades blows with the 6950, but use far less power (50+ watts less) and produces less heat also. its about the same price. The 7870 would be a step up, but much more expensive.
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July 26, 2012 4:18:49 PM

jerreddredd said:
the only thing that I would change is the GPU. th 6950 is a dinosaurs now days. if its a really good deal though, get it, other wise I would look at a HD 7850. the 7850 trades blows with the 6950, but use far less power (50+ watts less) and produces less heat also. its about the same price. The 7870 would be a step up, but much more expensive.


Agree on a bump on the GPU. I ran a single 6950 for several months, then added a second and still was never satisfied completely. It also really depends on what level on graphics detail and resolution will suit your needs. If you're okay settling for medium to low at 1920 X 1080 or less for most modern games, this card should suffice.
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