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December 24, 2012 10:47:28 AM

Hey everyone,

I've been saving up for a gaming pc for a while and I now have enough to purchase one. I've heavily researched every part going into the system but I would like any helpful suggestions on my build:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k

Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Universal Socket

Memory: 16GB (4x4) DDR3 G.Skill 1600MHz RipjawsX

Motherboard: ASRock Z77-EXTREME6

GPU: MSI PCIE 3.0 GTX660Ti Power Edition

HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black

SSD: 120GB 2.5" G.Skill Phoenix III

DVDRW: ASUS 24x SATA Black DVD-RW

Case: Coolermaster HAF 932 Advanced Black Tower Case

PSU: 800W Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold M800W

Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

I'm still undecided about the PSU as I don't know how much power i'll need. I may plan to do an SLI setup in the future (subject to my gaming needs, of course ;)  ).

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a c 201 4 Gaming
December 24, 2012 10:53:19 AM
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for PSU, any XFX and corsair certified silver 750W will do :) 

coolermaster is not top tier psu brand

btw, GPU: MSI PCIE 3.0 GTX660Ti Power Edition
you might want to consider gtx 670 and not from msi PE or XFX
December 24, 2012 10:58:19 AM

AMD Radeon said:
for PSU, any XFX and corsair certified silver 750W will do :) 

coolermaster is not top tier psu brand

btw, GPU: MSI PCIE 3.0 GTX660Ti Power Edition
you might want to consider gtx 670 and not from msi PE or XFX


Thanks mate, will 750W be enough for SLI in the future? I was tossing up between the 660ti and the 670, any brand in particular? (BTW I live in Australia)
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a c 201 4 Gaming
December 24, 2012 11:02:13 AM

gigabyte gtx 670 4gb version is very popular and has received good reputaion but i comes with high price. if you cant afford it, standard gigabite 2gb is welcome

750 psu is more than enough for SLI, especially if the 750 PSU is certified

btw your case is pretty pricey, if you look around a bit more, you can get sub 100 bucks case with the same quality
a b 4 Gaming
December 24, 2012 11:04:57 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.51 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1037.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 08:00 EST-0500)

* GPU at $260 shipped is a steal!!! ($20 Promo code & $20 MIRc)
* RAM is 2 x 8 gb's so you have room to upgrade without pulling out existing set!
* Case comes w/USB 3.0 Front ports and has room for 450mm/17.7" GPU's!!!
* SSD is big enough to hold quite a bit of Games and Apps!! (Sorry 128 gb's SSD's just don't have enough space for OS and a few games, IMHO)
* PSU can handle and single GPU option out there! I would stick with single GPU options, because you'll save $ and complexity issues too, plus power requirements.
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December 24, 2012 11:16:28 AM

AMD Radeon said:
gigabyte gtx 670 4gb version is very popular and has received good reputaion but i comes with high price. if you cant afford it, standard gigabite 2gb is welcome

750 psu is more than enough for SLI, especially if the 750 PSU is certified

btw your case is pretty pricey, if you look around a bit more, you can get sub 100 bucks case with the same quality


Hmmm... the 4GB is rather pricey but I reckon I can factor it in.

For PSU what about: 750W Corsair TX-750 Modular Cables?

As for the case, I'm quite partial to the HAF 932 adv. but I saw a review for the Antec 300 Two yesterday and was quite impressed. One of my mates has a Carbide 500R and I liked the look of that one too. :) 
February 13, 2013 8:13:51 AM

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