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General Advice On My First Gaming Build

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July 29, 2012 11:21:35 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer

Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)

The Computer itself is about $787, but counting the input and output devices and the OS gives it a total of $1065. This is my first gaming build and I'm pretty close to being able to order and put it together. I'm just looking for any general advice.
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July 31, 2012 2:08:32 AM

Is this a double-post? Or am I imagining things?

Anyway, that looks good. 600W is a bit low for total wattage, but it should run this system. I wouldn't try to Crossfire on 600W, though.

My only advice would be to consider getting a bigger PSU and the Ivy Bridge processor, which shouldn't be much more expensive than the Sandy Bridge. If you live near a Microcenter, i5 3570k's go for about $189.99 plus a $50 discount on any Z77 board if you buy them together. Can't beat it.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 31, 2012 4:49:32 PM

The HD 6950 is getting on the old has been side of GPU's. I suggest a HD 7850 (equal to the 6950) and uses way less power (saves on you electric bill) or a HD 7870 a little more powerful GPU.

a 600w PSU is fine if not CFing.
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