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October 16, 2012 5:45:26 PM

Hello, First rig and I'm trying to make sure the parts are compatible.



CPU: Intel - Core™ i5-3570K Processor

Motherboard: Asus - ATX Motherboard 2400/2200/2133/2000MHz (Socket 1155)
Model: P8Z77-V LX

Memory: Kingston Technology - HyperX 2-Pack 4GB DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory Kit (8gb total) Model: KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

Hard Drive: Corsair - Force 3 CSSD-F90GB3-BK 90 GB Internal Solid State Drive
Model: CSSD-F90GB3-BK

Video Card: Galaxy - BB66NPH7DV6VXZ GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card
Model: BB66NPH7DV6VXZ

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430

Power Supply: Coolmax - ZU-600B ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
Model: ZU-600B

Operating System: Windows 7 (64-bit)

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October 16, 2012 6:08:33 PM

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sorry bro gotta give you an "F" it pains me a no but that is a horribly disjointed machine crammed full of second rate parts.


Harsh, but I kind of agree - Coolmax PSUs are among the worst in the industry, the Corsair Force 3 isn't good, that RAM is rated 1.65V (not good for Ivy), and the Radeon 7950 is a better GPU than the 660TI is for the same price.

If you post your budget we can suggest better parts.
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October 16, 2012 6:19:52 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys, I have 1000$ usd in giftcards for Bestbuy. So I've been on their site trying to build a gaming rig. I think I'm pretty settled on the cpu, I noticed the 7950 GPU on benchmarks I didn't know it was the same price.......OK back to the drawing board on PSU, SSD
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October 16, 2012 6:21:15 PM

Could I get away with only getting a 500w power supply, I don't plan on using SLI or crossfire?
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October 16, 2012 6:23:29 PM

The parts are compatible, but a little sub-optimal. I'm going to give you a recommended parts list (based on your build).

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($138.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.57 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($20.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1048.97
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October 16, 2012 6:24:02 PM

Something perhaps along these lines:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H, or ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
RAM: GSKill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600 MHz C9 low profile DDR3 (or Crucial Ballistix Sport)
GPU: MSI TwinFrozr HD7950 3Gb GDDR5
PSU: XFX 550w
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower ATX
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB.

You should add in a conventional hard drive, for all the basic stuff, or you will soon use up 128GB of SSD, if budget allows.
The CoolerMaster 430 is not a "rubbish" case, if you particularly like it, but has no front USB3.0, and ventilation not brilliant (you can always add an extra fan)
The GTX660Ti, is good for games like BF3, Borderlands 2, and Portal 2, but 7950 has better all round performance.
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October 16, 2012 6:36:29 PM

Here's what I would get for that price - I'd skip the SSD and add that in later.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1026.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 16, 2012 6:47:13 PM

is the 7950 an automatic choice over the 660ti......or is it ok if I stick with the 660ti?
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October 16, 2012 6:47:56 PM

Is the cpu cooler mandatory or can I go with the one that comes in the box?
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October 16, 2012 7:06:36 PM

So I've switched the ram to: Corsair - Vengeance 2-Pack 4GB DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory Kit (8gb total)

I've also switched the ssd to Crucial 64Gb

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October 16, 2012 7:13:43 PM

nsxskyline said:
is the 7950 an automatic choice over the 660ti......or is it ok if I stick with the 660ti?

The HD7950 is generally better, over a wide range of games. On the other hand, the 660Ti does particularly well in some specific games, like BF3, Borderlands 2, Shogun, Portal 2, so if particularly into those games, 660Ti becomes better value.
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October 16, 2012 7:26:30 PM

Great thanks for the assist guys, I'm basically all ready to order, It kinda sucks that I can only order from Bestbuy cause they are very expensive. I just have one more question. I need to find a decent PSU for like 70$ on best buy, The ones in my price range are the coolmax, thermaltake and a few corsairs, can you guys please point me in the right direction for a PSU, I'm not planning on any SLI or Crossfire btw
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October 16, 2012 7:43:55 PM

Ok.......thanks a lot bro!
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October 16, 2012 8:00:42 PM

Best answer selected by nsxskyline.
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