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August 27, 2012 11:49:23 AM

Greetings,

I have put together a list of parts for my first gaming PC but would love someone to double check it for me. I don't know too much so I'm not sure if all the parts are compatible.

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Extra fan - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes out to $1,018. I'd like to keep it around that. But I can go up a little bit if it's worth it. I'll mostly be running games like WoW, maybe some BF3 or other FPS. I don't need to be running Crysis 2 on ultra but I want to run WoW on max and be able to to most others on at least high/ultra.

I am not too sure about the graphics card or the motherboard. Any suggestions/improvements would be appreciated!

Thanks.

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August 27, 2012 12:18:23 PM

Your graphics card is more than enough to do the trick. It should be able to run WOW and COD without any trouble, Im not sure about BF* though on max graphics. It shouldn't get sketchy but your frame rates may drop to around 40 which isn't bad, but not amazing. Combined with your ram you'll make a decent gaming computer, but wont run crysis on ultra like you said :p 

I like you case btw I have the same one. For your storage of 1 TB, I wont recommend an upgrade. You cant get a TB for only 20$ more which is hardly anything, although if your shipping a long way the extra weight will cost you. Your power should be more than enough for what you have placed out there, you could probably even take it down a notch to 550 or 600 if you wanted to. I would make sure that you have a sufficient cooling system for your computer, try Asetek. They make good liquid cooling system, and have a long life (around 50,000 hours. 8,000 something hours in a year).

If you haven't bought anything and are afraid of compatibility go to cyberpowerpc.com you can customize fully your PC there and will tell you when something isn't compatible.

I hope this helped.
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August 27, 2012 12:37:05 PM

21rush12 said:
Greetings,

I have put together a list of parts for my first gaming PC but would love someone to double check it for me. I don't know too much so I'm not sure if all the parts are compatible.

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Extra fan - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes out to $1,018. I'd like to keep it around that. But I can go up a little bit if it's worth it. I'll mostly be running games like WoW, maybe some BF3 or other FPS. I don't need to be running Crysis 2 on ultra but I want to run WoW on max and be able to to most others on at least high/ultra.

I am not too sure about the graphics card or the motherboard. Any suggestions/improvements would be appreciated!

Thanks.


I have the same power supply and graphics card you are going to buy. I also have a micro atx motherboard. This is not good because micro atx can overheat components. Try to find a mobo that is standard atx.
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August 27, 2012 4:42:48 PM

Every thing is compatible. However the case doesn't seem to have easy cable management. I can't find out whether the case has a fan at the top. Gaming cases should have space for a fan that blows down on the system. I highly reccomend the zalman z9 plus. It doesn't have usb 3.0 which is a down side but it has a built in fan controller(The airflow is excellent). If you want usb 3.0 you can buy a usb hub for the case.
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August 27, 2012 5:08:32 PM

Looks good!

I'm gonna recommend you change a few things.

Get this motherboard instead...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4

And you can stick with the case you originally chose, but I recommend you get the following case. It's roomier and offers better airflow.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912

At your price point, you could get some flashier and overall more appealing RAM. Try this...

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB

Here's a BF3 benchmark on the gtx 660 Ti...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's a Crysis 2 benchmark on the gtx 660 Ti...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

You won't have any trouble running these games on max settings. Those people that responded saying it wouldn't be able to handle Crysis don't know what they're talking about. Be cautious when asking questions in these forums. Many people offer answers, but rarely offer any support to back it up.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Hope you find this helpful; good luck!
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August 27, 2012 5:14:53 PM

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I can't find out whether the case has a fan at the top. Gaming cases should have space for a fan that blows down on the system.


No.

Hot air rises. You don't want the top fan as an intake. This will create turbulence and overall BAD airflow. You typically want cool air to come in from the front and to be exhausted out of the back and top of the case.

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August 28, 2012 4:39:27 PM

Grab the first one. Seasonic is #1 when it comes to quality PSUs. They're highly reliable and efficient.
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