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I bring forth my 1st build for judgement/advice

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August 27, 2012 4:33:56 AM

System Usage: Gaming on 2 monitors GW2, mmos (ie wow, rift, daoc, and an old favorite Asheron's Call which i would like to run 4 accts at the same time). Only expecting great graphics when playing one game with one monitor.

Are you buying a monitor: No
OS: No
Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg or tigerdirect.com as total price seems lower there or any place reputable online
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: capable


theory of build: my 1st gaming computer build. thought is i can use system w/out OC anything. 1yr down the road or as budget permits, then i can slowly upgrade it into something that will last 3-4 years hopefully. Start with a 2nd gpu crossfired, OC cpu to 4.2ghz, and hope it feels like a new computer at that point.

i5-3570k because it is ivy bridge, can be OC, and read that multi-threading does not matter for just gaming (difference of a couple fps). PSU chosen for when i crossfire--praying 850 is enough. HD 7850 chosen as it is new tech and reported to have better future proofing vs price/performance comparable nvidia cards. Did not spend money on a hdd as i have a laptop for everything else.


cpu: i5-3570k

mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H LGA

gpu: XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB

psu: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91

memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

ssd: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III

Case: Would like to keep this under $100. I would like it to look awesome without costing awesome.

OS: Win7




PLEASE offer your wisdom, insight, knowledge, and criticism on how i might do better than above build. Adding a few, very few $$$ to a worthy upgrade is greatly accepted. If something above is not compatible please let me know.

ps. I have spent 2 weeks researching and this is what i came up with based on budget. this site has by far the VERY BEST knowledge base and expertise.

thank you
August 27, 2012 4:51:51 AM

Looks good, whats your exact bugdet? Better GPU now is worth it
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August 27, 2012 5:14:15 AM

interesting, didnt think a better gpu now would beat a 2nd one later, budget is pretty close to tapped but a little wiggle room, do you have a suggesting priced $225-$300?
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August 27, 2012 5:44:43 AM

Not really, thats pretty good. Usually i go for the best i can get now (unless it very high end) and upgrade when it cant handle what i do anymore to my satisfatction. Id say that should do fine though. Its just what i prefer to do. Some people have a different target in mind though.
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August 27, 2012 4:10:59 PM

Any final thoughts from anyone? Will be ordering this thru newegg in 12 hours, as it comes out a lil cheaper there than anywhere else.

Last call for advice, and critique of build.


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August 27, 2012 5:43:52 PM

Hey there,

You will need another hard drive, even if its small one. 120gb is enough for windows and a couple programs, but more than a couple games or so will overflow the 120gb. Maybe get a cheap or used one.
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August 27, 2012 6:15:14 PM

I would consider getting a TX series power supply and rolling the extra money into an upgraded GPU.

(Unless you really want a modular power supply.)

The Corsair 400R is a great sub $100 case.
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