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November 12, 2012 5:15:09 AM

Hello I'm new to pc building and wanted to see if you guys have any suggestions on my upcoming build.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Price Range: $800 - $1000
I will be using this computer for mostly gaming. Will not be overclocking.

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November 12, 2012 5:20:44 AM

Is this just for gaming? This is not a very strong build. The 550Ti is old and outdated and also uses more power than it should.

If you really want to overclock, go for the 3570K, but make sure you get a CPU cooler as well. If not, got for a i5-3470 and a H77 motherboard.

If you really can, go for the HD7850 Radeon; it is a much better card for the price than the 550Ti is.
November 12, 2012 5:21:18 AM

Get the G.Skill Ares instead for RAM, you don't need the unnecessarily tall heat spreaders.

The 550 Ti isn't a very good GPU, get the 7770 or 7850 instead.

ModXStream is mediocre, it's actually a 500w unit. Get the XFX 550w instead.
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November 12, 2012 5:31:35 AM

Thanks for the fast replies
Which H77 do you recommend and why?
November 12, 2012 5:46:34 AM

kuichi said:
Thanks for the fast replies
Which H77 do you recommend and why?

you should not get a H77 board if you are getting the 3570k because then you can't overclock the cpu(3570k is made for)and you can't SLI/CFX your graphics card
stick with the asrock z77 extreme4
November 12, 2012 5:53:50 AM

I don't plan on overclocking and probably going to get the 3470

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November 12, 2012 6:06:46 AM

kuichi said:
What are your thoughts on
ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

It's overpriced given its mediocre performance. You can do much better with your budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM5200 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $846.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 03:05 EST-0500)
November 12, 2012 7:48:17 AM

I like the above build. I've used that case before, and as it is of very good quality, I don't think its really that great in terms of cable management.

It is if you work for it, but not if you're lazy :) 

I'd go with the NZXT 210.
November 12, 2012 4:00:30 PM

What do you suggest for for a good modular psu
November 12, 2012 5:04:52 PM

bloodmage7 said:
Above build suggested is good. I would recommend a better PSU. Like Corsair or Antec.
Check out this one:-

The XFX is a better built PSU than the Corsair CX. Despite the 50W difference in their power ratings there's only a 2A difference in 12V power provided. Given the current prices the XFX is definitely a better buy.
November 12, 2012 5:10:31 PM

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