I bring forth my 1st build for judgement/advice

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
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  1. Looks good, whats your exact bugdet? Better GPU now is worth it
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


    thank you
  5. 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.
  6. 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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