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New Build final thoughts and compatibility

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September 3, 2012 9:17:02 PM

Mobo: $122.25

Does anyone know if this board is able to crossfire?

RAM: $55
Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Module - 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 - Non-ECC - 240-pin DIMM8 GB (2 x 4
GB) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 - Non-
ECC - 240-pin DIMMKingston Technology Co

HD: $87.30
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1 TB 3.5" Internal Hard
Drive - 1 Pack - SATA/600 - 7200 rpm - 32 MB Buffer - Hot
SwappableSATA/600 - 7200 rpm - 32 MB Buffer - Hot
SwappableWestern Digital Corporation

DVD Drive: $19.90

Heatsink : $85
Zalman CNPS12X Pure COPPER/ALUMINUM High Perf Triple 1
Fan CPU Cooler LGA2011 1156 1155 1366 FM1 AM3

Video Card: I asked about getting a Nvidia 660 ti, but he said that the Radeon 7850 would be the most bang for my buck so looking at that one atm, $276.83
Asus HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 Graphic Card - 1
GPUs - 870 MHz Core - 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI-Express 3.0
x16 - 1210 MHz Memory Clock - 2560 x 1600 - CrossFireX - Fan
Cooler - DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 - HDMI - DisplayPort -
DVI1210 MHz Memory Clock -

Think I've finally decided on the 7850 since I've read that you can OC to almost the same as a 7950 at stock speeds, and its cheaper than the 660 ti

PSU : $80
ANTEC EARTHWATTS 650W GREEN-PSU-0761345-27654- 1
2Antec, IncOur Part #: 2983876

I'm pretty sure that 650W is enough if I decided to get 2 7850's to crossfire?

Case: $90
Cougar Evolution Black ATX Full Tower Gaming Case 6X5.25 1
1X3.5 4X2.5INT USB3.0 No PSU

CPU: decided with the i5-3570k, $256
Intel Core i5 i5-3570K 3.40 GHz Processor - Socket H2 LGA- 1
1155 - Quad-core (4 Core) - 6 MB Cache - 5 GT/s DMIQuad-core
(4 Core) - 6 MB Cache - 5 GT/s DMIIntel Corporation

Thanks for any input,
September 3, 2012 9:30:16 PM

You've given some of the spec info of motherboard, but not actual model! HD7850 has nothing like the performance of 660Ti, in most games. Are you sure you don't mean 7870, that is competitor for 660Ti. 650W is a bit light, really, if you want to crossfire. 750W is certainly better, and plenty. If you are not doing crossfire, immediately, it pays to get good quality PSU. A cheap one is never a good idea anyway, but will be really inefficient while working at low load factor.
September 3, 2012 9:48:27 PM

The motherboard is this one:
Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 Classic GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP Desktop Motherboard - Intel Z77 Express Chipset - Socket H2 LGA-1155 - Micro ATX - 1 x Processor Support - 32 GB DDR3 SDRAM Maximum RAM - CrossFireX Support - Serial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600 RAID Supported Controller - CPU Dependent Video - 2 x PCIe x16 Slot - 2 x USB 3.0 Port - HDMI

And I mean the Radeon 7850, not the 7870, that was way more expensive and from what i read the 7850 OC's to stock 7950 speeds, based on what i read from

I'll take your advice and look at how much extra a 750W PSU will cost

Also, will the heatsink be enough cooling for my system if I overclock my GPU and CPU? I know the GPU has cooling already on the card.
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September 3, 2012 11:43:53 PM

Motherboard is fine. Had a look at that thread. I know the HD78's overclock quite well. I remain to be convinced of the advisability of OC, that far, without water cooling. May be fine with a single card. Cooling may be an issue with that level of OC, as may power draw. Those may be the limiting factors, as to how far you can sensibly OC.
September 14, 2012 12:18:42 AM

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