Build ready. Yes or no?

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $842.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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-Any compatibility issues or anything?

-I hear the 7950 is big and has a hard time fitting in mid towers? Does my tower size matter? Can I just buy a really big tower?

-Should I wait until christmas week, after, or buy now?

-And lastly, offtopic, how do I use a windows 7 Ultimate upgrade disc as a full clean installation on a new build?

I don't plan to go higher, cheaper the better.

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  1. you need to get a better power supply in 550-600w range
    7950 is big but it will fit no problem
    its up to you if you want to pull the trigger now or after xmas
    you cant to a clean installation with upgrade the name implies its a disk to upgrade windows versions from lets say home premium to ultimate
  2. Oh? I thought 500 would be fine.
  3. Wow dude...look at this!

    Its normally $100 on every site, but its half off! Should I get this one?
  4. ncix webside is blocked for me :( damn you school firewall
  5. looks good...i think lol. i dont know much about power supplies.
  6. 500W should be enough. Most people don't know how much a system actually pulls down at full load. I would swap in a GTX 660ti. (if I knew the budget, I'd give you better advice lol)

    Clean install of Windows on a new build goes like this:
    1. Build Computer
    2. Plug in computer
    3. Turn on Computer
    4. Put in CD

    If you want the best build responses, give us a budget to work with.
  7. Think thats my budget - 842, although lower would be great. But a clean install of windows is different if your using an upgrade disc.
  8. hmm
  9. The 7950 rocks the 660ti. If i was you i would get the 7870 because it OC's like a boss, and comes stupid close to a 660ti or 660ti. Plus its cheaper, the 3gb frame buffer isnt going to do anything unless you are playing at a higher redo than 1080p, we are talkin about 3 monitors plus. Get the 7870 Hawk which is a much better card with better cooling, better internals better everything and dump that other 50 bucks into a good PSU like a XFX,EVGA,Corsair or sea sonic.
  10. Looks good. Just verify your ram will fit under or interfere with the heat sink. I normally go for low profile ram to avoid those issues.
  11. vmartelle said:
    Oh? I thought 500 would be fine.

    it is.
    the 7950 uses 200 watts and the rest of your system may go to 150 watts

    a 500 watt PSU will handle 350 watts . . . :p
  12. Can't use the upgrade disc unless you have a full (non-OEM) version of a previous operating system. License for OEMs is tied to the mobo it was installed on.
  13. A friend of mine used an upgrade disc as a fresh install on my laptop after he nuked it. He builds computers and such, and he says that its a simple registry change - you can use the windows 7 upgrade disc as a full installation. I was just making sure if anyone else had an opinion on it, because I'm not sure the exact steps.
  14. hmmm
  15. so im guessing its good? O.o? Will buying a big tower make a difference at all? I don't care about space much, but is a mid tower required for this build? wish i could find a really nice looking tower that wasnt so freaking expensive :(
  16. go for it.

    personally i am not a fan of LG dvd burners as i have seen some folks get bad burns with inexpensive disks but hey . .not going to affect the performance.
  17. ^ :O?
  18. any other opinions?
  19. anyone?
  20. bamp
  21. wish i knew the people who voted its alright and why they did
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