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September 30, 2012 7:14:12 PM

I'm buying parts for a gaming computer and I was wondering if it would turn out a good computer.  This is my first ever build. Thanks 

CPU: i7 3820k overclocked to 4.2 ghz

graphics card: sapphire 11179-09-20g hd 6870 16b gddf5 

psu: corsair cmpsu-800guk gaming series GS 800 high performance 800w psu

motherboard: gigabyte x79-ud3 motherboard 

memory: 8gb corsair 1600mhz ddr3 

windows 7 home premium 

hard disk drive: generic hard disk drive 1.5tb sata 3.5 

CPU cooler: arctic cooling freezer i30 high performance CPU cooler

computer case: zalman z11 plus

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a b U Graphics card
September 30, 2012 7:42:03 PM

An i5 3570K is just as good for gaming so get that instead and use the saved money to get a 7850 instead of a 6870 (obviously change the motherboard to a socket 1155 one). You only need an 800W psu if you want to crossfire the graphics card in the future, if not a 500W will do.
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September 30, 2012 8:26:14 PM

simon12 said:
An i5 3570K is just as good for gaming so get that instead and use the saved money to get a 7850 instead of a 6870 (obviously change the motherboard to a socket 1155 one). You only need an 800W psu if you want to crossfire the graphics card in the future, if not a 500W will do.


what about 2600k
September 30, 2012 9:28:40 PM

Tell us your budget and ill put you a system together thats good for gaming.
a b U Graphics card
September 30, 2012 11:40:38 PM

crinkle1question said:
what about 2600k

Its no better than the i5 3570K. i7s are i5s with hyperthreading which does not help in games.
October 1, 2012 4:20:16 AM

How do you know you can overclock it?

Overclocking is also a function of TEMPERATURE.

If you have poor airflow, you will be constantly locking and rebooting.

What case and how many fans do you plan on using?

Don't aim for an overclock speed, aim for a STABLE speed.

4.8 Mhz that reboots constantly is slower than my 4.0 that never resets.


a c 110 U Graphics card
October 1, 2012 4:32:03 AM

negative0007 said:
How do you know you can overclock it?

Overclocking is also a function of TEMPERATURE.

If you have poor airflow, you will be constantly locking and rebooting.

What case and how many fans do you plan on using?

Don't aim for an overclock speed, aim for a STABLE speed.

4.8 Mhz that reboots constantly is slower than my 4.0 that never resets.

There's your problem! :p 
October 1, 2012 2:38:28 PM

Uther39 said:
Tell us your budget and ill put you a system together thats good for gaming.

£800
October 1, 2012 2:41:57 PM

Uther39 said:
Tell us your budget and ill put you a system together thats good for gaming.

800£
a c 332 U Graphics card
October 1, 2012 5:33:17 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
October 3, 2012 4:07:09 PM

hi I'm building my first ever computer for gaming and I was wondering wich is the best graphics card for under $200, I still doent even know if my build will be good. pleas help THANKS
October 3, 2012 4:14:08 PM

sorry forgot to tell you some of the specs in my computer build here they are:

motherboard:
ASRock B75 Pro3-M Intel B75 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard

CPU:
i7 2600k

psu:
500w

memory:
8gb

hard disk drive:
1tb

October 3, 2012 4:41:39 PM

I would say this one. But its your build feel free to look around good luck! Yeah i know its 205$ but the 199$ one was sold out. :(  But i think that card will do you well. I love the 7850's so much i got 2 plus the price drops make them a very enticing product for the mid range budget gamer. You should be able to max out just about everything that card.

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My Specs:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.24 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
October 3, 2012 4:59:31 PM

Well you cant with a 500watt PSU but idk maybe wait a bit might be able to catch one on sale but if you could i would. I like the boost i got from crossfire.
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:01:06 PM

What's your budget?
I fear you may be making some critical mistakes that new builders make.
October 3, 2012 5:01:33 PM

what psu should I get, and how do you do it
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:12:16 PM

Alright, if you can wait, when I finish my classes, I'll make you a nice build.
October 3, 2012 5:18:16 PM

Quote:
Alright, if you can wait, when I finish my classes, I'll make you a nice build.

thanks
October 3, 2012 5:20:29 PM

Ill throw in my input as well just so you can have a second opinion. XD
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:37:41 PM

I see that your budget is $850 & you need a PSU. Do you also need a case? Do you have an operating system? Help them help you.
October 3, 2012 5:43:22 PM

Quote:
I see that your budget is $850 & you need a PSU. Do you also need a case? Do you have an operating system? Help them help you.

what do you meen?
a c 103 U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 5:48:05 PM

Quote:
what do you meen?


He's asking exactly what needs to fit in that $850. Do you need a case, a power unit, a monitor, ect...

As a second note, are you going to be buying these parts and building yourself, or are you ordering from a pre-build website? (Ibuypower, for example.)
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 6:07:48 PM

Easy build:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

1x Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0 (Model:CHALLENGER-U3)

$49.99
1x ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (Model:p 8Z77-V LK)

$149.99
1x Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply (Model:Hive-650)

$69.99
1x Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K (Model:BX80637I53570K)

$229.99
1x G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB (Model:F3-1600C9D-8GAB)

$39.99
1x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM (Model:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS)

$19.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


Subtotal: $797.97
Tax: $57.85
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 6:51:03 PM

Just a shot in the dark here, but I'm guessing you need everything except maybe a monitor.

Here's a quick list, including an Operating System, for $848 It can be picked apart and things moved around but I'm dedicating $92 of the budget to the OS.

If you already have your own copy that's money to dump back into hardware.
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2012 11:04:05 PM

i5-3550 ($209.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock Z75 Pro3 Motherboard ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skill Ares 8GB DDR3 ($38.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Double D 7950 ($299.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Earthwatts 500w ($49.99 until 10/8 w/ promo code EMCJNNH32)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
WD Blue 500GB HDD ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sentey Extreme Halcon Case ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any DVD burner ($20)

Total = $850
October 4, 2012 3:56:26 PM

the case I do like is the zalman z11 would that work
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2012 4:15:00 PM

What?
October 4, 2012 4:32:08 PM

the case I like is the :zalman z11 plus
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2012 5:09:58 PM

If you want it sure. That case is going to be loud though as it holds a lot of small fans.
October 4, 2012 8:37:42 PM

is there any way I can make it quiter
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2012 8:43:54 PM

It's not gunna be that loud. It's fine.
a c 332 U Graphics card
October 5, 2012 3:54:19 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Graphics & Displays to section Systems by Mousemonkey
a c 332 U Graphics card
October 5, 2012 3:54:41 PM

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    a b U Graphics card
    October 5, 2012 4:46:28 PM

    Go with the build I posted. It will be far superior in gaming.