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Please weigh in on this build for my bro. Specific PSU and GPU inqury!

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November 23, 2012 4:43:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $750-$900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (LoL, StarCraft, Steam, Smite), Creo 2.0, MatLab

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Microcenter

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Cincinnati, OH, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 4 year old laptop

Computer Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K... - Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz - $169.99

Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/product/387627/Z77_Pro3_1155... - ASRockZ77 Pro3 1155
- $94.99

Graphics card ** Is the 2GB version suffiecently better than the 1GB in your opinion?**
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Radeon HD 7850 2GB - $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Radeon HD 7850 1GB - $174.99

Optical drive
http://www.microcenter.com/product/322335/Lite-ON_24X_S... - Lite-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner – OEM - $16.99

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) – $59.99

Hard Drives
SSD - Operating System/Applications

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - SAMSUNG 830 128GB – $103.99
HDD - Storage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM - $84.99

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... – Rosewill mid-tower with 3 good fans – $49.99

Power Supply **I am inclined to go with the SeaSonic, is 520W sufficient?**
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W – $67.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Rosewill Green Series 530W - $54.99

Total $848.91 with the 2GB GPU and Seasonic Power Supply

Please comment on the GPU and Power Supply plus any other comments you have! Thanks so much!

Thanks, XXF!
November 23, 2012 6:11:02 PM

gaming doesnt need even 8 gig of RAM , let alone 16 .
Cut the RAM to a 2 x4 gig kit

Trim the SSD to a 60 gig model and instal it as a cache drive . See Intel Smart response

Use the money you save to get a Radeon 7870


And ditch the Rosewill challenger . Its built of thin metal and cheap plastic .
At the same price there are better cases like the HAF 912 , Antec ONE , or CM 430 elite .
My choice would be the Antec because of the front USB 3 port

The seasonic psu is very good quality
!