Building new machine (newbie)

Hi Guys,

Haven't built a computer in a very, very long time and decided to visit this awesome website for some tips.. So i checked out the threads at the top for medium budget machines and came up with the following:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+

Case: MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Would really appreciate some advice!! Basically, this computer will be a hybrid work machine and a gaming machine.. Any advice, tips etc will be much appreciated and bare with me if I ask a lot of questions but I am pretty new at this!!

Thanks again guys
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  1. Do you have a power supply? Also, do you have an operating system?

    If you want to save some money, you could grab the Seagate Barracuda 1tb HDD instead of the Caviar Black.

    Also, if you don't plan on doing a SLI/Crossfire configuration, I would grab the ASRock Z77 pro3 or something similar in order to save some cash.

    I would also recommend this version of the HD 7950. Its custom cooler is among the best.

    GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950

    Other than that, everything else looks good.
  2. Thanks a lot of reply my good man!! I am currently looking at Power Supplies but not really sure on what to get.. Any recommendations on that front?

    Ya, i am not planning on using SLI/Crossfire configuration, so I will use what you recommended
  3. This one will suffice...

    CORSAIR CX500M 500W

    Or if you don't mind buying from NCIX, you could get this one. It's an excellent PSU. And NCIX is a great and trustworthy company.

    XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail
  4. Yup, thanks sir!! Made all the changes!! Can't wait to get everything and put it together..

    This rig would be able to play games pretty good? Haven't installed a PC game in ages.. last time I was into building machines was when Crysis came out, and I was broke lol
  5. Yup, it'll run just about any game out there on ultra settings.

    Glad I could help; and good luck!
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    doubt it will play many upcoming games like Crysis 3 or Far Cry on ultra settings, but otherwise looks cool. Name brand powersupply-use New Egg and about 500 Watts

    According to the system requirements, the HD 7950 will more than hold its own against Crysis 3.

    Furthermore, Crysis 3 isn't due for release for another 2 months. That gives the OP time to save up money for another GPU if he so wishes to upgrade.
  7. Games that are coming out in lets say the next few months won't be able to play on the highest settings? Or is it just for a few games like Crysis 3??
  8. Only select games such as Crysis 3. And even then, you'll still be able to play on Ultra settings. You may just have to reduce anti-aliasing a bit. And maybe tweak some other settings. I'm sure there will be plenty of more upcoming games that will be far less intensive.
  9. Thanks DuesAres, appreciate it... Is there a GPU that is a bit more, lets say 50-60 that would be better then the above that you recommended? Or is the next price point pretty high?
  10. Either the GTX 670 or the HD 7970 would be your next option. Links to both will be listed below...

    Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC

    MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670

    If possible, I'd recommend you grab the GTX 670. It's as strong as a GTX 680. You get one of those and you're pretty much guaranteed to run Crysis 3 on high settings.
  11. Thanks Dues, whats the difference between lets say a EVO GTX 670 and a MSI? I searched the GeForce GTX 670 and there's a *** load of variance out there
  12. It depends.

    Some have better clock speeds than others. For the most part, the MSI GTX 670 Power Edition has better speed and better cooling than the EVGA card. There's also a Gigabyte version with a custom 3 fan cooler. It offers superior cooling versus the other GTX 670s. Although, the twin frozr cooling design MSI uses is more than sufficient.

    Other than that, they are all virtually the same. You can also compare their warranties. Some companies offer better warranties than others.
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