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November 25, 2012 4:52:22 AM

This will be my first time to build my own gaming rig, what can you recommend for a

motherboard, gaming monitor and PSU

to accomodate my specs? I read somewhere that i have to choose the right motherboard for my processor.

Processor: intel i5 3570K
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
GPU: Radeon HD 7950


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November 25, 2012 5:00:10 AM

get a z77 motherboard. Also get 8gb ram.
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a c 93 V Motherboard
November 25, 2012 5:11:37 AM

AsRock Z77 Extreme4
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Those are all the good gaming oriented boards, all roughly the same in terms of features. Get the one you like the look of and you wont make a bad decision.

Agree, double the RAM to 8GB.

Whats the budget on the monitor? If your after just a standard 1080p monitor, this will be fine.
ASUS VS248H-P Black 24". $160 ($20 rebate)

For a single card, a 650W unit will be plenty.
XFX Core 650W, 80+ Bronze. $80 ($20 rebate)
If your looking for dual Crossfire/SLI capability (which all the boards mentioned can handle), then get a 750W unit.
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November 25, 2012 5:29:42 AM

Thanks manofchalk, i would certainly put your recommendations on top of my list!
also pardon this rookie question, to clarify, are dual "Crossfire/SLI capability" mentioned for multiple monitors and video cards?

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a c 93 V Motherboard
November 25, 2012 5:36:08 AM

Crossfire (AMD cards) and SLI (Nvidia cards) is when you run multiple graphics cards in tandem to increase performance. The boards I mentioned will adequately support up to two cards running in Crossfire/SLI.
If you are running dual cards, you will want to be gaming across multiple monitors to take advantage of the extra performance. On a single monitor the performance will be bottlenecked if you are running any decent cards.
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a c 93 V Motherboard
November 25, 2012 5:59:01 AM

Actually, made a mistake. The Gigabyte board I was thinking of was the GA-Z77X-D3H, not UD3H.