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September 8, 2012 2:10:37 AM

Hey,
I'm not savvy enough to build my own desktop but I've been going through websites that will allow me to customize a computer. All the prices were comparable but I wanted to ask you guys before I paid for something that might not be what I want. Do you think these specs would make a good gaming computer? I'm interested in games similar to Skyrim.

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB

HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory

MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Ultra Durable4 Classic, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card

I opted for liquid coolant and upgraded the internal fans as well because the computer not frying is of interest to me.

Thank you for reading/responding, you guys are awesome.

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September 8, 2012 2:15:35 AM

The most important part of a gaming build is the video card and a gtx 550ti is a low end card. I would recommend a hd 6870 or even better a hd 7870.
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September 8, 2012 2:23:59 AM

^ +1

I would stay away from Liquid Cooling on those Pre-Build 'custom' machines. They don't perform as much as they cost. If you have the option of a Hyper212+ or Hyper212 EVO, get that instead. It will do more than enough cooling for your CPU.

With that money saved, try and invest it in a better GPU - HD7850/7870 gets my vote.

What PSU comes with this rig? I'm pretty curious about this part.
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September 8, 2012 2:57:28 AM

Errr, sorry you confused me a little bit :lol:  HD7650 or HD7850?

Also, is there any option to lower the PSU? 850w is more than you will ever need, you won't need that unless you plan to 3 way SLI GTX680's.
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September 8, 2012 2:59:03 AM

mocchan said:
^ +1

I would stay away from Liquid Cooling on those Pre-Build 'custom' machines. They don't perform as much as they cost. If you have the option of a Hyper212+ or Hyper212 EVO, get that instead. It will do more than enough cooling for your CPU.

With that money saved, try and invest it in a better GPU - HD7850/7870 gets my vote.

What PSU comes with this rig? I'm pretty curious about this part.


I switched to an HD 7650 and there was a Hyper212 EVO as a fan option. Thank you so much for the advice. The PSU on this rig is "POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Standard Power Supply."
Anything else I should consider before I buy it? Changing the graphics card upped the price by about 80 bucks.
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September 8, 2012 3:08:45 AM

You're very welcome! :) 
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September 8, 2012 3:10:25 AM

mocchan said:
Errr, sorry you confused me a little bit :lol:  HD7650 or HD7850?

Also, is there any option to lower the PSU? 850w is more than you will ever need, you won't need that unless you plan to 3 way SLI GTX680's.


Haha Sorry about that, I'm really awesome at typos. HD 7850. I altered the watts to 700, that's the cheapest. Thanks, dude :D 
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