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October 2, 2012 10:31:42 PM

Hey guys. i get paid on thursday and am wondering if this build is going to work out. buying from ncix (pickup) so shipping isnt a problem and they pricematch which is awesome.
The build is $791.91 Before taxes, running me around ~$885.
This was never intended to be a crazy gaming machine but more to run wow and some mid-range steam games. (i know its even overkill for that though but id like it to last a while, while still running at high-max graphics.)
Heres my build:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Gaming Case 302 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio
XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
Gigabyte H77M-D3H mATX LGA1155 H77 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
XFX Radeon HD 7870 Double D 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

few questions for the pros :)  ,
Are all the parts compatible with eachother? not wanting to run into unneeded problems.
Is the power supply enough? I run solid 4 hour gaming sesions and wil have my computer on pretty much all day.
And finally, Is the build enough to run the desired games.

I know it doesnt have an ssd, but im going to upgrade to one once i get some extra pocket change. (once again compatible with build and psu?)

Thanks for any input i really appriciate any help and input. Luv-u-all
a c 271 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 10:38:26 PM

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Are all the parts compatible with eachother? not wanting to run into unneeded problems.


No point in pairing a 3570K with a H77 board as you forfeit access to the multiplier. If you're going to overclock get a Z77 motherboard. If you're not going to overclock get the 3470 and invest the difference elsewhere.

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Is the power supply enough? I run solid 4 hour gaming sesions and wil have my computer on pretty much all day.


You'll probably use ~350W minimum. I'd say to be on the safe side get something like the Corsair TX650W.

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And finally, Is the build enough to run the desired games.


Yeah the 7870 is made for gaming.

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I know it doesnt have an ssd, but im going to upgrade to one once i get some extra pocket change. (once again compatible with build and psu?)


Yeah both Z77 and H77 have support for SATA 3 and SATA 6 SSDs.
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October 2, 2012 11:00:32 PM

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Gaming Case 302 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
XFX Radeon HD 7870 Double D 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card
Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
Corsair TX650 V2 650W ATX 12V Single Rail 53A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
Total: 891.91 (without shipping and rebates) $998.94 With taxes (without rebates)

This is a little bit more than i would have liked to spend but i do see where you were coming from with the mobo and psu.
Can someone take a look over this build and tell me if its really worth the extra 100$?
Also, im going to need windows7 to go with my system. I got a rip of it for Ultimate 64bit.... or should i actully buy the os? Prob go for home edit 64.
Not looking forward to buying the OS

thanks again
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a c 271 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 11:22:39 PM

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Also, im going to need windows7 to go with my system. I got a rip of it for Ultimate 64bit.... or should i actully buy the os? Prob go for home edit 64.


It's heavily against board rules to discuss acquiring Windows through "other" means but you will definitely need an OS license.

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Can someone take a look over this build and tell me if its really worth the extra 100$?


If you're not going to overclock you could move to an i5-3470 and Asrock H77 Pro 4 and save about $50 - $70 there. The difference will allow you to get a legit copy of Windows 7.
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