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October 28, 2012 6:40:04 AM

Hello everybody this is my first attempt at a build and was wondering if I could get some feedback on my build plan. Any suggestions would be amazing.



CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($158.99 @ Adorama)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1733.57

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October 28, 2012 6:44:33 AM
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if you aren't going to be installing Windows in multiple machines, you can get the OEM version cheaper.

Get a low profile RAM kit like the G.Skill Ares or Corsair Vengeance LP. That way it wont conflict with any heatsinks.

Dont bother with Crossfire/SLI unless you have a 120hz monitor or an Eyefinity/Surround setup. Just get a single 7970 Ghz.

You are aware that the Naga is an MMO optimized mouse? If your not going to be playing something like that, you can get a Deathadder for less.

Other than those it looks all good. No objections to any particular parts.
October 28, 2012 7:24:46 AM

Thanks for the help I've went ahead and made some revisions like you suggested.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($387.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1494.45

Im thinking maybe I should get a smaller PSU? Any suggestions?
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October 28, 2012 7:32:26 AM

You could downgrade to 650W for the rig as it stands, but keep that one if Crossfire/SLI is a possibility later on.
October 28, 2012 8:01:33 AM

Thanks for all the help manofchalk, I'm leaning towards this being my final build.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($387.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1454.45
October 29, 2012 12:09:51 PM

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