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December 19, 2012 9:26:01 PM

I am building my 1st gaming computer and my budget is around 1500-1800 dollars and these are the specs I have right now and any input would help

CPU- i5-3570k quad core
CPU cooler- Cosair H100
Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-z77x UD3H
Memory- Corsair Vengeance 16gb (2x 8gb)
Storage-2TB 3.5 5400Rpm internal HD
Storage- intel 520 180gb ssd
GPU- Raeon HD 7970 GHz edition 3Gb
Power supply- Silencer Mk 2 950w
optical drive- Lite-on ihas124-04 DVD/CD writer
OS- Windows 7 home premium
December 19, 2012 9:30:10 PM

kylej85 said:
I am building my 1st gaming computer and my budget is around 1500-1800 dollars and these are the specs I have right now and any input would help

CPU- i5-3570k quad core
CPU cooler- Cosair H100
Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-z77x UD3H
Memory- Corsair Vengeance 16gb (2x 8gb)
Storage-2TB 3.5 5400Rpm internal HD
Storage- intel 520 180gb ssd
GPU- Raeon HD 7970 GHz edition 3Gb
Power supply- Silencer Mk 2 950w
optical drive- Lite-on ihas124-04 DVD/CD writer
OS- Windows 7 home premium

Case- thermaltke chaser Mk-1
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December 19, 2012 9:49:14 PM

Well, it looks fine as far as compatibility goes. Some things are a bit overkill. A 750w-850w PSU would be more than enough....even if you plan on doing SLI/Crossfire in the future.

Also, I would switch out that HDD for a 7200 rpm version.

Here, try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($397.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($122.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($97.74 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1431.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-19 18:48 EST-0500)
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December 19, 2012 10:20:00 PM

DeusAres said:
Well, it looks fine as far as compatibility goes. Some things are a bit overkill. A 750w-850w PSU would be more than enough....even if you plan on doing SLI/Crossfire in the future.

Also, I would switch out that HDD for a 7200 rpm version.

Here, try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($397.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower Case ($122.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($97.74 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1431.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-19 18:48 EST-0500)


So why did you choose that mother board over the 1 i pick? I already have the thermaltake chaser mk-1 tower. I also dont know how to select the power supply so that is why i pick the one i choosed but didnt know that would be to big how do you know how big the power supply u need?
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December 19, 2012 11:15:04 PM

No particular reason why I chose that motherboard. I just like ASRock's motherboards. You can go with the Gigabyte Z77 UD3H if you want. It's a great motherboard too.

As for the PSU, the site I am using estimates power consumption for you. Plus, experience goes a long way. I've been on this site for quite a few months and have read countless articles. You'll want to make sure your PSU is 80+ certified and is manufactured by a reputable company such as XFX, Seasonic or Corsair just to name a few. The power supply you chose is actually a great PSU. It's just a little overkill for your needs. A 750w PSU would be more than enough for two 7970s in Crossfire.
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December 19, 2012 11:56:21 PM

Okay sounds good and thank you for the help it was very helpful and what website do u use to see what PSU size u need I would like to try that and see what it say never knew there was a website like that lol
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December 20, 2012 12:23:58 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/thw9

The estimated wattage is in the upper right hand corner of the chart. Or perhaps I should say it is to the right and about half way down of the page right after you click on the link. You can add a second 7970 to the list to get an idea of how much power would be needed for that particular build. Same idea applies to other builds.

And no problem. Glad I could help; good luck with your build!
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December 20, 2012 12:46:58 AM

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