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Noobie at PC building Help would be greatly appreciated

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September 20, 2012 11:46:29 PM



I plan on getting the i5 2500k and the amd radeon 7870 2gb graphic card. I am actually going to be buying on black friday but i need to know what other parts i need to make a good gaming pc to play bf3 on atleast medium to high and other games that might come out in the near future

so far

cpu-i5 2500k $160 at microcenter
GPU-amd radeon 7870 $250 newegg
case-dont know
PSU- dont know
Ram- want atleast 8gb
harddrive-no ssd maybe atleast 640gb HDD
fans- i dont know maybe if i can afford it
motherboard- crossfire compatible for future upgrades and support up to 8gb ram


If anyone would be able to create a build for me it would be greatly appreciated, also could you include a link to the items and it would be ok if the total price is like 700 or 750 because i might be able to get all of the parts for cheaper on black friday.
I already have the monitor, mouse and keyboard, the monitor is actually my 42inch tv

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October 12, 2012 4:50:06 PM

This build includes the newer 3570k, an asus 7870, and the ability to just add another card whenever you wish. The power supply says it is an 850 watt, which would be completely overkill, but it is rather inefficient and more or less acts as a 750 watt. That is still more than you need even when you go to add another GPU.
If you have any questions, just ask.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k707
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k707/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k707/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: Azza Orion 202 EVO ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Azza 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.64 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $746.55

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 12, 2012 6:16:33 PM

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Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)


There's way better RAM you could get than Corsair XMS.

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Power Supply: Azza 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.64 @ Newegg)


Way overkill for this build and these PSUs are not that great.

Here's what I would get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $811.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 12, 2012 7:18:18 PM

That power supply would not be enough to crossfire two of those cards. Additionally, if the OP ever decides to upgrade CPU and wants to overclock, he will need a new mobo as well.
Additionally if you read what I said before the build, I stated that it was overpowered.
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October 12, 2012 7:31:05 PM

zared619 said:
That power supply would not be enough to crossfire two of those cards. Additionally, if the OP ever decides to upgrade CPU and wants to overclock, he will need a new mobo as well.
Additionally if you read what I said before the build, I stated that it was overpowered.


But the PSU you picked isn't certified or rated either, and if it isn't - don't buy it! 850W for that price seems highly suspicious and I wouldn't trust anything that wasn't at least 80+ bronze or better.
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October 12, 2012 7:43:36 PM

Those ratings are purely efficiency ratings. PSU's are awarded bronze efficiency ratings at 80%. This particular PSU is 78%, and therefore does not get a shiny medal beside its name. It does not deal with overall quality. However because it is lower efficiency, it means it won't really prodcue 850 watts, and in actuality, it is closer to 750.
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October 12, 2012 7:49:01 PM

zared619 said:
Those ratings are purely efficiency ratings. PSU's are awarded bronze efficiency ratings at 80%. This particular PSU is 78%, and therefore does not get a shiny medal beside its name. It does not deal with overall quality. However because it is lower efficiency, it means it won't really prodcue 850 watts, and in actuality, it is closer to 750.


I have a hard time trusting PSU labels for the most part, they're about as reliable as airline flight schedules.
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October 12, 2012 9:58:39 PM

g-unit1111 said:
But the PSU you picked isn't certified or rated either, and if it isn't - don't buy it! 850W for that price seems highly suspicious and I wouldn't trust anything that wasn't at least 80+ bronze or better.



I have a hard time trusting PSU labels for the most part, they're about as reliable as airline flight schedules.
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I have a hard time trusting PSU labels for the most part, they're about as reliable as airline flight schedules.


I'm confused. :heink: 

Do you recommend based on labels, or not trust them at all?
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October 12, 2012 10:00:19 PM

zared619 said:
I'm confused. :heink: 

Do you recommend based on labels, or not trust them at all?


I recommend based more on the brand and the OEM. Some brands like Cooler Master slap a lot of fake labels and certifications on their PSUs, where Corsair tells you up front how many amps and voltages it really uses.
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