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Looking to build my first gaming rig, could use some help

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September 11, 2012 3:19:29 PM

Hello everyone,

I'm new to TH and I came here on a recommendation from a friend who used this thread to help him build a rig recently. I am an avid gamer who has decided it is time to get a gaming PC. Please feel free to pick this apart and tell me I am stupid for picking one thing over another. I just want the best bang for my buck, also should i be going with the 7870 or the 7970 GFX chip they seem really similar.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month. (I am waiting for a paycheck)
Budget Range: $800-$1000

System Usage:Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes: but I am looking for a cheap copy since I am a student.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon since I have prime, Newegg, Tigerdirect.

Location: New York, New York, USA
Parts Preferences: I want an Intel CPU but besides that anything goes.
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,

Additional Comments: I am trying to stay under $1000 if at all possible, but I still want to have a relatively powerful rig. Also I need help with selecting a power supply and a case, as well as a wireless card.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have a 4 year old Macbook that can't game for the life of it, and I am sick of it.

MOBO- MSI Z77MA-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU- Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

GFX Card- ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

SSD- SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW

HD- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM- Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

PSU- No idea, please help.

Case- No idea, but it does not need to be pretty, just functional and cheap.

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September 11, 2012 3:52:17 PM

Sorry, I posted this in the wrong forum. I reposted it in New Build.
September 11, 2012 5:43:17 PM

A few PSU options:
1. Seasonic S12II-520: <--Top notch PSU and worth the money
2. Antec Neo Eco 520W: Based on S12II-520 and a great PSU at a great price.
3. Rosewill Hive 550W: <--20% discount code
4. Enermax NAXN82+:
5. Corsair Builder CX500: The least expensive PSU after a MIR but still decent quality from a great company.
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September 11, 2012 6:22:24 PM

Buy the 7950, its the best value, and a beast OC'er
September 11, 2012 6:33:28 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
September 11, 2012 9:57:37 PM

ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard - that'll save you a bit of cash to put towards CPU/GPU :)  ive heard great things of this board.
September 12, 2012 4:21:45 AM

Thanks for all the help everyone! My finger is on the purchase button but I would like just one more review of my build. I decided on the 7870 because the 7970 really didn't seem like such an upgrade. What about my case? Is it a good pick? Please let me know I will probably be buying this build on Thursday or Friday. Also on my wireless card, will i be noticing the difference between 150 Mbps and 300 Mbps?

Kinkajou42's Build
September 12, 2012 4:31:29 AM

Looks nice.
About the wireless, with your internet connection it doesn't really matter if your connection itself is 25-30Mbps.
The difference is usually more pronounced if you're streaming from a NAS.