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WHAT GRAPHICS CARD SHOULD I GET? AND RATE MY BUILD.

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July 29, 2012 2:49:48 AM

Hello, I am mainly going to be using this for gaming (Minecraft, Quantum Conundrum, Skyrim, Diablo III, ect.) and Photoshop CS4 (soon to upgraded to CS6).

I am a total noob when it comes to building a computer, so please critique as much as possible. Also, I am lost with the graphics, I've been looking at the Radeon HD 7770 or the GEFORCE GTX 560ti. Additionally, should I get an SSD, and if so to put Windows on, or to use as a cache?

I'm 14 so money is tight, my budget is $800, $900 highest. This is including Windows 7 HP 64 bit. A keyboard and mouse don't need to be included, but it would be awesome if they could be fit in. Also, I can go a little over $900.

What I've been thinking for my build so far is:

CPU
Intel i5 3570k

MOTHERBOARD
Gigabyte UD3H Z77

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM

PSU
OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro

RAM
Corsair 8GB (4GB X2)

Thank you, I know I have a lot of question.

Have a swell day.
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July 29, 2012 2:58:15 AM

instead of a 2tb HDD get a corsair cx600 because a 560Ti is kinda low power consumption and a 560Ti is way better than a 7770 but if you have enough money for a 560Ti get a 7850 its faster and newer
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July 29, 2012 3:09:51 AM

You have a good start to your gaming build. I would spend less on your HDD, something like this, you dont need 2 TB for a gaming PC:

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This will save you just over $100 that you can put to your GPU for better performance.

Get a GPU like this:

SAPPHIRERadeon HD 7850 OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $249
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, you do not need an SSD with your budget, the increased load times arent that big of a deal.

Here is a couple of case choices to think about:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion $59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 29, 2012 3:17:21 AM

Thank you for the responses and for the 7850 what brand would it be best from?
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a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 3:18:35 AM

I have the same card in a build and it runs real nice and blows through any game I throw at it
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July 29, 2012 3:20:48 AM

avenseth12 said:
I have the same card in a build and it runs real nice and blows through any game I throw at it

What variant or brand is your card made by?
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July 29, 2012 3:22:10 AM

Sapphire, you can click the link above and read some of the reviews as well
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July 29, 2012 3:31:20 AM

What PSU do you have?
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July 29, 2012 3:58:49 AM

trobinson said:
Hello, I am mainly going to be using this for gaming (Minecraft, Quantum Conundrum, Skyrim, Diablo III, ect.) and Photoshop CS4 (soon to upgraded to CS6).

I am a total noob when it comes to building a computer, so please critique as much as possible. Also, I am lost with the graphics, I've been looking at the Radeon HD 7770 or the GEFORCE GTX 560ti. Additionally, should I get an SSD, and if so to put Windows on, or to use as a cache?

I'm 14 so money is tight, my budget is $800, $900 highest. This is including Windows 7 HP 64 bit. A keyboard and mouse don't need to be included, but it would be awesome if they could be fit in. Also, I can go a little over $900.

What I've been thinking for my build so far is:

CPU
Intel i5 3570k

MOTHERBOARD
Gigabyte UD3H Z77

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM

PSU
OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro

RAM
Corsair 8GB (4GB X2)

Thank you, I know I have a lot of question.

Have a swell day.



That looks like you're on the right track there. The CPU and Motherboard are a good match although you could go slightly less money withoot losing any quality with the ASROCK Z77 Extreme 4. 8GB of Ram is about right for a gaming machine. PSU is probably slight overkill but it is not excessive.

Question: Are you planning to run multiple graphics cards in the future or is Crossfire/SLI not even an option? Answer to that question will dictate whether or not the PSU is too much.

What case do you plan on using or do you need to pick a case?

It would also be helpful if you linked the items you are planning to buy specifically because then we can possibly help you improve on your choices or just link to your saved proposed build on something like this. http://pcpartpicker.com/

As for graphics i think you might be a little disappointed with a Radeon HD 7770. Get at least a Radeon HD 7850 or if you're an Nvidia fanboy a GTX 560Ti.

At your budget range I think an SSD might be a bit of a stretch but if you can fit it in it's definitely a plus. You will get much better system responsivenes and boot times.

Check out the following that I put together for you: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dj5g
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July 29, 2012 4:17:04 AM

UPDATED BUILD
Which PSU? What RAM/Does the brand of RAM matter?

CPU
i5 3570k - $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard
Gigabyte UD3H - $99.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Xigmatek Asguard Pro - $34.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

PSU
OCZ 700w - $59.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

or

Corsair Cx600 - $67.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

RAM
Corsair 8GB (4GB X2) - $44.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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July 29, 2012 4:23:59 AM

get the cx600 because the 700w is way overkill
and no the name brand of the ram doesnt matter but stick to G.skill,corsair,kingston,ect. because others arnt usually the best bet just get corsair vengence low profile 8gb 1600
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July 29, 2012 5:26:01 AM

Get the ModXStream 600W. The 700W is low quality.
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a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 5:28:49 AM

azeem40 said:
Get the ModXStream 600W. The 700W is low quality.

but the ModXStream are all kinda low quality that why i said to get a solid corsair cx600
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a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 5:35:20 AM

ok i do give you that but i would feel safer with a corsair or antec or seasonic
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July 29, 2012 5:36:58 AM

Does not mean it is any less reliable. The CX600 doesn't even provide all 600W whereas the Pro 600W does.
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