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First Custom Gaming Computer

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October 16, 2012 8:39:35 PM

Hi everybody, I was wondering if you could give me some advice on this first custom computer build.
I would want it to play games like Skyrim on high graphics. Also if you could give me an explanation on your choices vs mine. Such as why this graphics card is better than that one. My budget is $500-700.


CPU: Intel Core i3-3220

Graphics: HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850

MoBo: ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB

DVD-ROM: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

HDD: Need a good recommendation with this one, something that's 1TB though.

Thanks Again, Elite

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 16, 2012 9:58:13 PM

You don't need a Z75 with that processor. Get a H77 motherboard instead to save money.

Also, you don't really need the SeaSonic with that card either, but it would be nice to have if you plan to upgrade the card in the future to one that uses more power.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2012 3:46:07 AM

I would actually go with an h61 motherboard. it is way cheaper and perfect for i3's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would get this case instead because it is smaller and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also remember that, that is a 1gb card so you might want to consider this one for the purpose of lasting
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
that one is only $20 more.
You could take a few watts off like the above person said. But I would leave it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2012 4:01:02 AM

The new i3's sometimes have compatibility issues with the old H61 chipsets. That's why I recommended the H77.

And I don't think the Challenger is that huge. Its more a matter of personal preference. Some like the pretty lights, others like me just like a classy Antec Sonata look.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2012 5:24:32 AM

Perfect. It even supports Crossfire.
October 17, 2012 6:14:02 AM

Go with a Z77 mobo, 16GB RAM minimum, 2TB HDD and possible an SSD for boot. I would go with an i5 processor as well over the i3.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2012 6:37:05 AM

stchman said:
Go with a Z77 mobo, 16GB RAM minimum, 2TB HDD and possible an SSD for boot. I would go with an i5 processor as well over the i3.


Now why in the world would he do that? You don't need more than 8GB of RAM for gaming, and with a processor that doesnt overclock a Z77 is pointless. Even if he did get an i5, I would still recommend a i5-3450, which would not benefit from a H77 motherboard since it does not have an unlocked multiplier.
October 17, 2012 6:38:15 AM

A B75 chipset would work too, since you get SATA600 and USB3 features, but not the overclock support - pretty much like the H77.

Rest I would say is fine.

And you dont need 16 GB. 8 GB for gaming is way more than enough.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2012 6:44:23 AM

It would all work. The H77 supposedly has more features or something, but I have no idea what they are.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2012 11:20:56 PM

stchman said:
Go with a Z77 mobo, 16GB RAM minimum, 2TB HDD and possible an SSD for boot. I would go with an i5 processor as well over the i3.

Love your suggestions, they would be great if he had double the budget. But the 16gb ram still makes no sense.
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