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Is it ready to go?

Total: 24 votes (9 blank votes)

  • Perfect build
  • 0 %
  • Very good, very minor flaws, but ready
  • 34 %
  • Good, minor tweaks
  • 47 %
  • Its alright
  • 20 %
December 14, 2012 4:23:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

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.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 13:19 EST-0500)

-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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December 14, 2012 4:29:23 PM

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
December 14, 2012 4:31:48 PM

Oh? I thought 500 would be fine.
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December 14, 2012 4:42:05 PM

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December 14, 2012 4:42:58 PM

looks good...i think lol. i dont know much about power supplies.
December 14, 2012 5:00:17 PM

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.
December 14, 2012 5:08:50 PM

Think thats my budget - 842, although lower would be great. But a clean install of windows is different if your using an upgrade disc.
December 14, 2012 9:17:23 PM

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.
December 14, 2012 9:26:11 PM

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.
December 14, 2012 9:50:23 PM

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 
December 14, 2012 9:57:55 PM

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.
December 14, 2012 10:15:47 PM

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.
December 15, 2012 12:38:37 AM

December 15, 2012 12:53:57 PM

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 :( 
December 15, 2012 1:18:12 PM

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.
December 15, 2012 10:01:44 PM

^ :o ?
December 16, 2012 12:35:02 PM

any other opinions?
December 16, 2012 9:15:24 PM

December 16, 2012 11:21:50 PM

December 17, 2012 9:17:13 AM

wish i knew the people who voted its alright and why they did