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August 28, 2012 3:45:24 AM

I am about to attempt my first build and I was wondering if there were any recommendations or warnings based on the preliminary hardware I've picked out.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.97 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($181.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($106.55 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($459.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (RR-B10-212P-G1) ($25.69)
Other: Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Red LED Case Fan (R4-LUS-07AR-GP) ($14.52)
Total: $1477.63
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 01:23 EDT-0400)

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August 28, 2012 3:46:50 AM

PSU is overkill. Too much RAM.
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August 28, 2012 3:51:49 AM

I was wanting to try crossfire with two 7970s later on if the build was alright. That's the only reason I went with the AX-750, and I kind of had a feeling I was blowing the RAM out the water.
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August 28, 2012 3:58:06 AM

If you don't mind forking out a little extra money for the psu and the ram then I say go ahead. Your PSU will future proof you in case you ever add more stuff, same with your ram. I have the same ram and the only reason I got 16GB was because it was only $89. Corsair PSU last for a long time too and you won't have to upgrade that until it dies probably. Parts all look good to me, go for it!
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August 28, 2012 5:02:53 AM

Another thing I was wondering about is if the motherboard can support two 7970s in crossfire, from what I've read they take up 3 slots.
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August 28, 2012 8:54:18 AM

ASUS HD7970's take triple slots, but Sapphires dont.

That motherboard can support dual cards in Crossfire/SLI, any more than that and you will be limiting them with decreased bandwidth.

You want the 212 EVO, better baseplate with wider contact pipes.

Drop a RAM kit, 32GB is just overkill in a gaming rig, even 16GB is too much. Also its not a good idea to mix RAM kits, even if they have the same specs.

A rig like this deserves a better case. I recommend the HAF-XM.
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August 28, 2012 10:19:01 AM

So something more like this would work better?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($181.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($106.55 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($459.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Red LED Case Fan (R4-LUS-07AR-GP) ($14.52)
Total: $1423.97
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 06:18 EDT-0400)
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August 28, 2012 2:46:28 PM

Still too much RAM. Get 8. But everything else is good.
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August 28, 2012 6:13:11 PM

Best answer selected by shimergloom2.
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August 28, 2012 6:15:52 PM

Thanks for all the feedback.
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