First Time Builder Gaming PC! Need advice!

Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime before December

Budget Range: Around $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Entry level gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All but Mouse, Keyboard, OS, Hard drive, Graphics Card

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MicroCenter, NewEgg, Amazon

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes for future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 ( [...] Wsp2.shtml )

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have a really old computer that won't run much

Additional Comments:
- Already have HD - 500GB 7200 RPM
- Have mouse/keyboard/OS as well
- Will buy cooling when I OC

Case: 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 - $49.99

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $44.99

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM - $19.99

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9B - $24.99

Mobo: Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard - $49.99 (After sale)

CPU: Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor - $179.99

GPU: MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - $124.99

Total: $520

Took me quite a bit of research to put this together, any advice/criticism gladly accepted.
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  1. Looks good. PSU is about right for your needs -- you don't want it operating at 100% all the time. Case is personal preference. Note one issue with the ram. If you choose to get the overkill aircooling NH-D14, your ram won't be compatible with it -- its too tall. Go for some Vengeance low profile ram if you can.

    Motherboard looks solid, looks like you are getting a hell of a deal there, also with your i5 as well.

    GPU is pretty solid, although I much prefer this cooler, and its not much more if you manage to get the rebate. The cooling is outstanding and quiet, and the card is clocked higher as well to boot.
  2. The pricing difference is very miniscule, so I will go with your suggestion on the GPU. I thought the RAM I picked out was low profile, guess not. Going with Vengeance low profile as you suggested ( ). Thanks for the advice!
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    Seems like a very solid build -- you are very lucky to be living near a Microcenter haha. For 500 that really stands up to some other builds.

    Although I would like to point out this card

    is twice as better as a 7770, and not all too much more infact. I don't like to push up your build costs too much, but it was wrong of me to suggest a $150 7770, my mistake for that.

    This card can easily handle 1680x1050.

    Overall :

    i5 3570k - 180
    Asrock Z77 Pro4 -- 50
    8GB Low Profile Vengeance -- 39.99
    Rosewill Challenger -- 49.99
    CX430/CX500 -- the CX 500 is currently the same price as a CX430 with rebates, however you are not guaranteed to get the rebate. Something you might want to consider. -- 34.99

    Optical drive you selected

    Sapphire 7850 2GB



    $564, only 44 more than your original build, and 2x graphical performance. I am really sorry about suggesting the 7770 at $150, massive error on my part :(
  4. Don't sweat it but I do have a few questions about this new GPU. Will I need a 500w PSU for it and is there a big difference between 1GB and 2GB?
  5. Bump..
  6. Best answer selected by navluap.
  7. Oh sorry, my email is really dodgy sometimes. 500W is more than enough, 430 should be enough as well, but you are on the fringe of it (You don't want your PSU running at 100% all the time).

    The issue with having a 1GB card means you are restricted with what settings you pick. I know for a fact that BF3 uses 1.5 GB of vram maxed out at 1080p. The issue is, is say you had a 560TI 1GB SLI'd, it could easily run BF3 at max, however, the vram would cause constraints, meaning you'd have to lower the settings, which actually gets rid of the point of buying a second card. There are some cards which have the horsepower, but not the fuel, if you know what I mean.

    Sorry about not responding, T.H seems to sometimes send me emails far too late, I only got your reply today.
  8. I have a few questions about GPUs, wouldn't I have to get some sort of adapter for the pin connectors if I were to get a 7850? Also is it worth it to get a 2GB 7770?
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