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October 13, 2012 4:51:11 AM

This is my first build - trying to build a gaming PC. the extra ram is for video editing. ISO any suggestions - and if anyone see's any glaring errors (quite possible)


Case: EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case: 40$ http://microcenter.com/product/351733/EVO_Mid_Tower_ATX...

GFX: SAPPHIRERadeon HD 7850 OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ( 11200-01-20G ) 210$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 Boxed Processor 160$
http://microcenter.com/product/354589/Core_i5_2500K_33G...

HyperX 16GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit Four 4GB Memory Modules) 90$
http://microcenter.com/product/370021/HyperX_16GB_DDR3-...

GPU: P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard 120$
http://microcenter.com/product/387156/P8Z77-V_LX_Socket...


HD: Barracuda 2TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive STBD2000101 100$ http://microcenter.com/product/383892/Barracuda_2TB_7,2...

PSU: CX Series CX750 750 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply 120$
http://microcenter.com/product/399158/CX_Series_CX750_7...

Dvd drive: 24x DVDRW Burner – OEM 16$
http://microcenter.com/product/392825/24x_DVD%C2%B1RW_B...

856$


Thanks for your time/input.

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October 13, 2012 5:10:24 AM

You need 2x8GB of RAM not 4x4GB.
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October 13, 2012 5:23:16 AM

Good to know. Any other issues/problems/suggestions?

Also not sure on cooling system.

Is there also a specific reason on the 2x8?

Since there are 4 slots in the motherboard I thought that 4x4 would work fine.


Would this work? Any any news on the brand.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76776&vpn=PV316G160C0K...
55$
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October 13, 2012 5:31:54 AM

Grab the NZXT Gamma Classic. It's the same exact price, made by the same manufacturer, but looks a bit better and has better cooling.

I'd also grab a 140mm fan to put as a top output.
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October 13, 2012 5:34:37 AM

That RAM will work and it always better to have less stick because there is less of a chance that your computer will not use the RAM and there is better cooling if you have 2 stick instead of 4. And for the cooling system what do you want to do? Overclocking or stock speed?
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October 13, 2012 5:37:15 AM

DarkSable said:
Grab the NZXT Gamma Classic. It's the same exact price, made by the same manufacturer, but looks a bit better and has better cooling.

I'd also grab a 140mm fan to put as a top output.



Thanks for the tip on the casing. As for the 140mm fan forgot about that. Also wondering what extra cooling system I need (first build) hehe.
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October 13, 2012 5:38:44 AM

Spartin503 said:
That RAM will work and it always better to have less stick because there is less of a chance that your computer will not use the RAM and there is better cooling if you have 2 stick instead of 4. And for the cooling system what do you want to do? Overclocking or stock speed?


Fair enough - excellent points.

At the moment I've never overclocked (Been told it is fairly easy but fairly skeptical with my luck on computers).

So the answer is somewhat overclocking as I am hesitantly going to dabble in it. Not going to max out the i5-2500k.
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October 13, 2012 5:39:18 AM

You can just go with the stock cooler on the processor.
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October 13, 2012 6:26:29 AM

You're spending too much on the PSU and not enough on GPU. Also the stock CPU cooler isn't sufficient if you're going to overclock.

Consider this system:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.54 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.41 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $843.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You can get the 2500k instead of the 3570k and save $20, but I don't think it's worth it. The Asus P8Z77-V LX at microcenter will save you about $20 (that probably is worth it).
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October 13, 2012 11:19:10 AM

Probably going to be slayed for this question -_-

but is the 7950 really that much of an improvement over the 7850?
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October 13, 2012 4:17:00 PM

ISO any other advice - planning on buying in next 24 hours.
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October 13, 2012 5:16:15 PM

If you want I play 2012-2013 games on high-ultra setting get the 7950 if not get the 7850 or 7870 depending on what your willing to spend.
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October 13, 2012 5:22:17 PM

nathinu1 said:
Probably going to be slayed for this question -_-

but is the 7950 really that much of an improvement over the 7850?


Here's a quick comparison 7850 vs 7950

I would say the answer to your question is yes, but you can decide for yourself.

If you decide to stick with the 7850 I would look at this cheaper model.
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October 13, 2012 5:45:21 PM

Ok now I have one critical question - is my PSU powerful enough to power this? It seems to be semi weak (the one suggested not my initial one).

Maybe I am just foolish haha.

But if I were to do hit build (switching motherboard for mine to save the 20$) and possibly using my Hard drive (for 2tb) would it work?
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October 13, 2012 7:15:22 PM

Yes the PSU is sufficient. If you look at the Newegg product page for the video card it specifies at least a 500W PSU and manufacturers normally over-estimate wattage required because cheap PSUs don't deliver the watts they specify. That's not the case with the Antec NEO. It's a legitimate 520W PSU.

The pcpartpicker page for my build estimates 395 W for the whole build and that won't be changed by swapping motherboards and hard drives.

Swapping the motherboard and hard drive won't create any compatibility problems. You're good to go. :bounce: 
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October 13, 2012 7:22:06 PM

Thank you very much. As well as everyone else for their input/suggestions and help. :) 
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October 13, 2012 7:22:39 PM

Best answer selected by Nathinu1.
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