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September 15, 2012 11:01:32 PM

Gigabyte GV-N550D5-1GI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Mother
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
Corsair Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800)
Maximum Power 750 Watt ATX Power Supply
Diablotek EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case


Monitor, mouse, keyboard are all taken care off, and will add DVD drive later.
This is my first build and my goal is to do some casual gaming on it, graphics and video to a point, and some multi-tasking. I'd really like to go pick this up now at a local store, but looking to see if things will fit together, and if parts look good for task at hand. Thanks in advance for the help. I'll edit for formatting and links, but help sooner the better.
September 15, 2012 11:24:10 PM

Diablotek makes horrendous products - stay away from them as far as you can.

I don't think I would trust that PSU though, and the Radeon 6850 or 6870 is a better choice than the GTX 550TI is. What is your budget? I can suggest a system if I know that.
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September 15, 2012 11:24:27 PM

The only thing which stands out as potentially wrong is power supply. Unless you are planning to add something sustantial, like extra graphics cards, you don't need anything like 750w. 500w is more than adequate. Get 550w, if you want, to have a good bit, in hand, but no more. A good quality PSU is most important. Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Antec, BeQuiet are all decent manufacturers. Most of the rest, less so. The 550Ti has fairly limited performance, but ok for "casual gaming".
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September 15, 2012 11:29:42 PM

malbluff said:
The only thing which stands out as potentially wrong is power supply. Unless you are planning to add something sustantial, like extra graphics cards, you don't need anything like 750w. 500w is more than adequate. Get 550w, if you want, to have a good bit, in hand, but no more. A good quality PSU is most important. Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Antec, BeQuiet are all decent manufacturers. Most of the rest, less so. The 550Ti has fairly limited performance, but ok for "casual gaming".


For the same price the Radeon 6870 is *FAR* better: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=541
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September 15, 2012 11:41:01 PM

Not sure if you know about this already but http://pcpartpicker.com/ usually helps with compatibility questions. Although its not 100% its usually pretty close. I think all those parts will fit together nicely. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hyEs
I would get a different case and psu if you can, but they are compatible. You also want to get an aftermarket heatsink if you are going to overclock that K processor.
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September 15, 2012 11:43:58 PM

TopMark said:
Not sure if you know about this already but http://pcpartpicker.com/ usually helps with compatibility questions. Although its not 100% its usually pretty close. I think all those parts will fit together nicely. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hyEs
I would get a different case and psu if you can, but they are compatible. You also want to get an aftermarket heatsink if you are going to overclock that K processor.


That depends on what the primary uses are. You most likely won't use all 16GB of RAM unless you're doing some hardcore Photoshop or CAD work, and as I've been saying the Radeon 6870 and even the 7770 are far better GPU choices than the 550TI anymore - it's not even worth purchasing at this point.
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September 15, 2012 11:49:49 PM

Nothing in Nvidia's 500 range is worth purchasing anymore. I'd get a CM Storm Enforcer and a Antec Neo Eco 520w with a 7850 for a fine all-rounder with great upgrade potential.
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September 15, 2012 11:51:08 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That depends on what the primary uses are. You most likely won't use all 16GB of RAM unless you're doing some hardcore Photoshop or CAD work, and as I've been saying the Radeon 6870 and even the 7770 are far better GPU choices than the 550TI anymore - it's not even worth purchasing at this point.

I was just answering the question about compatibility(In the case he already had the GPU or other components). I agree that there are better options out there(8GB of ram and 7770 or better card).
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September 16, 2012 12:04:25 AM

g-unit1111 said:
For the same price the Radeon 6870 is *FAR* better: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=541

Where is that? I'd love to find somewhere at same price. You can pick up a 550Ti for $90, $95. The cheapest I've seen HD6870, other than sort of re-con, is around $140. Is there somewhere I'm not looking, and should?
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September 16, 2012 1:09:48 AM

malbluff said:
Where is that? I'd love to find somewhere at same price. You can pick up a 550Ti for $90, $95. The cheapest I've seen HD6870, other than sort of re-con, is around $140. Is there somewhere I'm not looking, and should?


I didn't realize the price of the 550TI was *THAT* low - I didn't know the price had been reduced. Most of the ones I've seen are in the $130 - $140 range but that must be just the EVGA model. In that case the 7770 would be a better bet as it's around the same price.
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