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January 3, 2013 3:27:02 AM

Wanted the Tom's Hardware community to comment on the PC I will be building in the next few weeks. Feel free to offer tips and/or changes that could make my build better.

G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) - $84.99 ($69.99 PROMO) (FS)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i3-3220 - Paid For

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Drive - $59.99 (Free Shipping)

Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS - $59.99 ($49.99 AR) + ($1.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

H77MU3 LGA 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard - $69.99 ($59.99 AR)
http://www.microcenter.com/product/401630/H77MU3_LGA_11...


Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 - $120.39 ($105.39 AR) + (5.99)
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=AT-HD7770&c=fr&pi...

XION XON-180P ATX Mid Tower Case - Paid For

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Operating System - Paid For

Sony DVD Burner - Paid For


G.SKILL Phoenix III FM-25S3-120GBP3 2.5" 120GB SATA III - $104.99 (FS)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 3, 2013 3:34:26 AM

9.5/10
well balanced except for 16GB ram. what is the PC for? video editing?
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January 3, 2013 3:49:11 AM

AMD Radeon said:
9.5/10
well balanced except for 16GB ram. what is the PC for? video editing?


Yes! I got the extra RAM for small video editing, but not anything big. Would it be better to just get a G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $49.99 (Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 3, 2013 3:53:03 AM

no gamer needs more than 4 gig of RAM

but usually 2 x4 gig can be justified on price and a little bit of future proofing
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January 3, 2013 3:57:40 AM

Outlander_04 said:
no gamer needs more than 4 gig of RAM

but usually 2 x4 gig can be justified on price and a little bit of future proofing


Yea, most people say that 8GB is pushing it. Will you notice speed difference in general performance though with 16GB compared to 8GB or is it relatively the same? And does everything else in the build seem to be okay?
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January 3, 2013 4:15:00 AM

Looks good to me.
Ram is cheap so, you might as well get what you can afford.
Happy Gaming!
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January 3, 2013 4:20:32 AM

Would including a ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 instead of the Radeon HD 7770 be a better idea. I am looking to maxing the settings of games such as Diablo 3, Dota 2, LoL, etc.
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January 3, 2013 5:14:21 AM

Jonwest717 said:
Yea, most people say that 8GB is pushing it. Will you notice speed difference in general performance though with 16GB compared to 8GB or is it relatively the same? And does everything else in the build seem to be okay?



In gaming you get the tiniest fractional increase if you go from 4 to 8 gig . The difference is usually not even noticeable.

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January 13, 2013 1:14:23 AM

Best answer selected by Jonwest717.
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