Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Closed

Please Confirm Build!

Last response: in Systems
Share
August 5, 2012 6:37:50 AM

Hello,

Making this PC for running BF3 and Minecraft on medium setting with high frames, as well as running GTA IV on low settings with high frames.

Build:

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD7770 1GB GHZ Edition OC
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Processor: Intel Core i3 2120
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Green 1TB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive OEM
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Gaming Keyboard Matte Black
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Power Supply: Antec VP550P 550W Power Supply
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Motherboard: One of these:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

I dont know what motherboard would be the best for me and if the power supply is enough. Also, I have no clue if I will be able to use USB 3, so if someone could tell me it would be greatly appreciated!

More about : confirm build

August 5, 2012 6:56:44 AM

Conidering you dont have an SSD, using a green drive will slow down the performance of the computer. Dig around in your couch and spend an extra $3 to get a faster one.
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $92
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

That Antec shouldn't be labeled 550W, it can only output 360W on the 12v rail (which is the important one). This Silverstone 500W is similar in that it can only do 408W on the 12v, but its more power at the same price. Plus Silverstone is a better brand than Antec.
Silverstone Strider 500W. $65
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Of the three motherboards, the AsRock is the better one. Comes with more SATA3 ports and a better back I/O panel.

USB3 is supported on Z75 platforms, There is USB3 ports on the back panel and you can add more if your case has USB3 ports.
Score
0
August 5, 2012 6:57:57 AM

Double post, sorry.
Score
0
Related resources
August 5, 2012 7:04:38 AM

manofchalk said:
Conidering you dont have an SSD, using a green drive will slow down the performance of the computer. Dig around in your couch and spend an extra $3 to get a faster one.
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $92
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

That Antec shouldn't be labeled 550W, it can only output 360W on the 12v rail (which is the important one). This Silverstone 500W is similar in that it can only do 408W on the 12v, but its more power at the same price. Plus Silverstone is a better brand than Antec.
Silverstone Strider 500W. $65
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Of the three motherboards, the AsRock is the better one. Comes with more SATA3 ports and a better back I/O panel.

USB3 is supported on Z75 platforms, There is USB3 ports on the back panel and you can add more if your case has USB3 ports.


Thank you so much, your the first person that's given me a definite answer! A few questions - What do SATA3 ports do? and Do I have everything I need to have USB3 ports? Thanks!

Oops nearly forgot, is 408W enough for my build? Thanks Again!
Score
0
August 5, 2012 7:12:31 AM

Can anyone help? Looks like the previous guy went to bed.
Score
0
August 5, 2012 7:21:41 AM

Sata3 is a newer version that is faster than previous generation, same as usb3. You may not utilize them, but one day you may want to.

And 408w on the 12v rail is more than plenty for your build, with enough head room for an upgrade down the road.
Score
0
August 5, 2012 7:34:14 AM

zooted said:
Sata3 is a newer version that is faster than previous generation, same as usb3. You may not utilize them, but one day you may want to.

And 408w on the 12v rail is more than plenty for your build, with enough head room for an upgrade down the road.


Okay good. Does anyone recommend a monitor? Or can I just buy a cheapie for a local store?
Oh and still asking this question: Do I have everything I need for USB3?
Score
0
August 5, 2012 7:48:30 AM

Actually had dinner.

408W is plenty for your build.

If your case has USB3 ports, it should have internal headers attached which can connect to the motherboard. The USB3 ports on the back of the motherboard work out of the box. You will need USB3 devices if you want to enjoy its speed though, otherwise it will run at USB2 speeds.

Dont keep up with monitors sorry. Though look for one with a 1920x1080 resolution, less than 5ms response time and LED back-lighting. Beyond that, I dont know anything.
Score
0
August 5, 2012 7:51:42 AM

I think that upgrading your CPU would be a great investment for a lot more FPS, right now ur bottlenecking a decent GPU with your CPU. I recommend getting the best i5 ivy bridge processor (cant name it off the top of my head). This would also boost your fps by a lot in Minecraft (not that you will notice much difference since it isn't very graphic intensive) since it relies heavily on the CPU.
Score
0
August 5, 2012 7:54:47 AM

manofchalk said:
Actually had dinner.

408W is plenty for your build.

If your case has USB3 ports, it should have internal headers attached which can connect to the motherboard. The USB3 ports on the back of the motherboard work out of the box. You will need USB3 devices if you want to enjoy its speed though, otherwise it will run at USB2 speeds.

Dont keep up with monitors sorry. Though look for one with a 1920x1080 resolution, less than 5ms response time and LED back-lighting. Beyond that, I dont know anything.


Thank you SO much. This is my first build and I really had no clue. I'm going to order the parts in a few days. If there's anything else that you have advice on please let me know, I need as much help as I can get! I know monitors aren't your expertise, but is it worth paying more for a HDMI monitor or is VGA good enough? Thanks!
Score
0
August 5, 2012 7:59:49 AM

Apollo68 said:
I think that upgrading your CPU would be a great investment for a lot more FPS, right now ur bottlenecking a decent GPU with your CPU. I recommend getting the best i5 ivy bridge processor (cant name it off the top of my head). This would also boost your fps by a lot in Minecraft (not that you will notice much difference since it isn't very graphic intensive) since it relies heavily on the CPU.


Unless its a phenomenal performance increase, I can't. My initial budget was $5-600 and I'm currently on $920
Score
0
August 5, 2012 8:00:04 AM

If anyone has any recommendations on cutting costs a bit, please let me know I'm WAY above my budget. At best I can afford $800, I'm on $920. The monitor at $135 killed me.
Score
0
August 5, 2012 8:03:27 AM

Manofchalk is right on everything but the last two about the monitor. Your budget will only have TN panel monitors, which have 5ms GTG response time or less anyway. However, some panels have a longer response time and are still good for gaming. Those are premature generalizations.
Score
0
August 5, 2012 8:13:01 AM

azeem40 said:
Manofchalk is right on everything but the last two about the monitor. Your budget will only have TN panel monitors, which have 5ms GTG response time or less anyway. However, some panels have a longer response time and are still good for gaming. Those are premature generalizations.


I don't suppose a tv would do fine? It has a VGA and HDMI input, it says 22" HD ready LCD Television on the booklet. Model is MSDV2203-F3-D0 if you want to look it up. Just saying this because I have no idea how I got $300 over budget...
Score
0
August 5, 2012 8:14:31 AM

HDMI and DVI are essentially the same (HDMI can carry audio), either of the two will be fine. VGA is an old analog standard, this means that the quality of the cable will change the quality of what you see on-screen, while HDMI/DVI don't have those issues. Displayport is still too expensive for most people so don't worry about it.

I cant see any way to reduce the cost without compromising something. You could get a cheaper case or halve the RAM to 4GB. That will cut some cost and only have a small performance drop.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Only other thing I can see doing is swapping to an AMD Phenom II.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

And this motherboard.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Should save a bit, might actually see better performance in multi-tasking because of the four physical cores.
Score
0
August 5, 2012 8:19:26 AM

manofchalk said:
HDMI and DVI are essentially the same (HDMI can carry audio), either of the two will be fine. VGA is an old analog standard, this means that the quality of the cable will change the quality of what you see on-screen, while HDMI/DVI don't have those issues. Displayport is still too expensive for most people so don't worry about it.

I cant see any way to reduce the cost without compromising something. You could get a cheaper case or halve the RAM to 4GB. That will cut some cost and only have a small performance drop.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Only other thing I can see doing is swapping to an AMD Phenom II.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

And this motherboard.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Should save a bit, might actually see better performance in multi-tasking because of the four physical cores.


Hmm, I obviously have no idea, but I've heard bad things about AMD processors. How much of an effect will reducing the ram to 8GB have?
Score
0
August 5, 2012 8:25:45 AM

Recent AMD processors havent been that great, but this old Phenom is still around the i3 for performance. Not much, but 8GB would be ideal.
Score
0
August 5, 2012 8:32:24 AM

manofchalk said:
Recent AMD processors havent been that great, but this old Phenom is still around the i3 for performance. Not much, but 8GB would be ideal.


I'm really not sure what I want to do. I would rather not change the motherboard and CPU, so I might look at getting a cheaper case. I know I'm already super tight on budget, but would an i5 be a lot better or only a little bit better? If only money were no object...
Score
0
August 5, 2012 9:21:27 PM

MrSusrus said:
I don't suppose a tv would do fine? It has a VGA and HDMI input, it says 22" HD ready LCD Television on the booklet. Model is MSDV2203-F3-D0 if you want to look it up. Just saying this because I have no idea how I got $300 over budget...

The GPU in the OP is too powerful for the TV. A Radeon 6770 will max any game at that res.
Score
0
August 6, 2012 8:20:35 AM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
Score
0
!