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Decent Gaming Build?

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July 30, 2012 7:22:49 PM

I'm building a gaming rig that should be able to handle most games in the high settings at 1920x1080 and is somewhat future-proof. Here's my setup as of now:

CPU: i5-3450 - $200
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - $115
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 7850 2GB - $260
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $60
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - $90
Optical Drive: LG DVD Burner - $17
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $54
PSU: ?

As you can see, I haven't selected a power supply yet. Any suggestions? Also, is everything compatible? Will it be cool enough with the default case fans? Should the CPU's stock heatsink and fan be okay? Is there anywhere that I can save some money? I'd like to keep the price under $850. Any help is appreciated.

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July 30, 2012 9:10:16 PM

Thanks for the input. I'll use the power supplies you suggested as models when I do some searching (I'd prefer a modular PSU). So no compatibility issues with any of the components? And the setup isn't putting too much emphasis or not enough on any one part?
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July 30, 2012 9:50:42 PM

You set a budget; stick with it. Your parts are ok together. Modular is also overated, and with some cases, the connectors barely reach. It doesn't take that long to tuck the extra wires into the leftover space in the drive area.
July 30, 2012 10:07:02 PM

I'll go with the Rosewill PSU you suggested then. Thanks for all the help. Just one last question: if I were to knock off say $50 to $100, where do you suggest I take it from? Should I drop my video card to the GTX 560, try a different CPU, or take away from some other component?
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July 30, 2012 11:24:06 PM

You could go with the 6870 or 6850 if you don't need the max frame rates, but again, I'm not a gamer, so more advice may be worth waiting for. I check newegg reviews for sound ratings on the power supply and video card; those gpu fans can be the loudest item in your case. You could go with the 2120, but I would stick to the 3450 if possible. Don't buy a cheap brand ps; here are some good brands: corsair, antec, some ocz (I use one) enermax, and seasonic. Rosewill is newegg's in house brand, but some models work fine.
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July 30, 2012 11:49:49 PM

I wouldn't take away from the video card for a gamer, the video card is the most critical component for gaming. the 7850 is a really good choice. If you have to crunch a budget, here are a couple great video card deals I found:

Zotac 560 TI AMP edition (factory overclocked) $170 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire 6950 $190 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Both are a little better than the 6870, but a little under the 7850.

Decent/Cheap power supply $40 with rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 31, 2012 12:17:58 AM

So now my setup is:

CPU: i5-3450 - $200
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - $115
Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB - $190
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $60
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - $90
Optical Drive: LG DVD Burner - $17
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $47
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W

Those are some great deals you mentioned. So are you sure 500W will power this?
July 31, 2012 12:36:00 AM

Awesome. Thanks for your help.
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