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December 12, 2012 10:57:53 PM

Hi everyone, I'm building my first computer and just wondered if it sounded ok.
CPU- Intel i5 2500k
MB- Asus P8z77-v LX
GPU- Radeon HD 6770
RAM- 4gb (2x2GB)
PSU- Powercool High Efficiency 630W
HDD- Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm 250GB
Then some cheap case and a basic DVD burner

Does this all sound acceptable? I mainly use my computer for casual things (interent, DVDs ect.) and photoshop but enjoy some minecraft every now and again and would probably get into gaming if my computer could handle it. The thing I've really seen as a problem is that I might have skimped on the GPU a bit, especially if I'm gonna start gaming. Any advice would be helpful :) 

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December 13, 2012 1:10:26 AM

I wouldn't touch that power supply with a 10 foot pole. There's no reason to pair a 2500K with a Z77 motherboard as you lose PCI 3.0. The 6770 is OK, the 7770 is better for the same money. What is your budget? I could suggest a better system if I knew that.
December 13, 2012 1:15:34 AM

I agree with g-unit. And a 7770 or a 6770 really shouldn't be put in a i5-2500k build. I would cut down to an i3 and get a much better gpu that will really pay of when it comes to gaming. And LOL powercool PSU makes me laugh.
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December 13, 2012 1:57:04 AM

My budget is about $650-700. I don't need a monitor or keyboard and mouse. Thanks guys, sounds like I was about to make a few big mistakes!!
December 13, 2012 2:07:59 AM

Ill put together something for you.

You could do:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $649.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 23:05 EST-0500)

Or

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $664.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 23:07 EST-0500)

The 2nd one is more balanced. But then again the i3 still doesn't bottleneck the 7950.
December 13, 2012 2:17:48 AM

Thanks a lot! Yeah I like the look of the more balanced one. Time to get ordering!
December 13, 2012 5:15:13 AM

blake1243 said:
Ill put together something for you.

You could do:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $649.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 23:05 EST-0500)

Or

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $664.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 23:07 EST-0500)

The 2nd one is more balanced. But then again the i3 still doesn't bottleneck the 7950.


B75 has no place on a gaming system people!!! Get H77 instead. Also get a 600W power supply. Look I have seen what happens when power supplies fail - and having the bare minimum or not enough wattage will lead to serious system failure and long term damage. The people advocating lesser wattage or bare minimum power supplies are wrong, wrong, wrong.
December 13, 2012 12:35:09 PM

Is there a slightly less good video card I could downgrade to? I can't find the 7870 for less than £180 ($280, I live in England) and that's adding a lot to the cost! I probably won't be playing the latest games at max settings, I just need something that can handle minecraft and older games
December 13, 2012 12:55:16 PM

Also, I'd like to get better at knowing how to pick parts well. Can someone explain the issue with the first motherboard I picked (the Z77)? The PSU was mega cheap so I'm not surprised it shouldn't be touched!
December 13, 2012 1:55:36 PM

g-unit1111 said:
B75 has no place on a gaming system people!!! Get H77 instead. Also get a 600W power supply. Look I have seen what happens when power supplies fail - and having the bare minimum or not enough wattage will lead to serious system failure and long term damage. The people advocating lesser wattage or bare minimum power supplies are wrong, wrong, wrong.


There is NO need in having a h77 when the b75 works the same (no performance issues). The z77 is also a waste of money unless you are overclocking. IDC if its made for gaming or not its a tray that holds your stuff and is reliable. 500w from corsair is more than enough. It is not even close to bare minimum.
December 13, 2012 1:59:30 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/sj78
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/sj78/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/sj78/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£99.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£43.23 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£43.26 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£125.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£41.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £444.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 15:59 GMT+0000)

Parts are cheaper in US..You cannot expect to get the exact 600$ build for 370 £
December 13, 2012 2:07:47 PM

nix327 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/sj78
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/sj78/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/sj78/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£99.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£43.23 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£43.26 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£125.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£41.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £444.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 15:59 GMT+0000)

Why would he go under budget and get a PC that performs less than what we recommended.... lol

i5 vs FX is just a joke... an i3 2120 is better than a FX 6300 even.
December 13, 2012 2:16:23 PM

blake1243 said:
Why would he go under budget and get a PC that performs less than what we recommended.... lol

i5 vs FX is just a joke... an i3 2120 is better than a FX 6300 even.


The build you put together is like 650 $ = 400 £

I'll agree with you if you can put together the same build for 400 £.
December 13, 2012 2:33:27 PM

younglink209 said:
Also, I'd like to get better at knowing how to pick parts well. Can someone explain the issue with the first motherboard I picked (the Z77)? The PSU was mega cheap so I'm not surprised it shouldn't be touched!


In my opinion the best you can get for your budget is an fx 6300 setup..if you want to stick with intel you'll either have to sacrifice on the CPU or GPU or both..or you can save some more money to get a better build..the AMD build is not at all bad..it will do just fine in games and especially in games optimized to use mutiple cores..its only not as efficient as intel..if you get a better PSU you can overclock it in the future if any bottleneck should arise.
December 13, 2012 3:25:45 PM

blake1243 said:
There is NO need in having a h77 when the b75 works the same (no performance issues). The z77 is also a waste of money unless you are overclocking. IDC if its made for gaming or not its a tray that holds your stuff and is reliable. 500w from corsair is more than enough. It is not even close to bare minimum.


Yeah I completely agree that Z77 has no place on a build unless you're overclocking, but the reason I don't like B75 is because of the outdated parallel and serial ports - you will never use those. Sure you probably won't use all the USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports either but I'd rather have those, eSATA, and Firewire over the outdated ports.
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