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January 3, 2013 3:55:50 AM

This is my first gaming pc ever. Please help me.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo)
CPU Cooler: Default heatsink fan from my CPI
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
Storage: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
VideoCard: XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 TR-700 700W ATX 12V V2.3 & EPS 12V
Operating System:[Help] Still deciding on windows 74 32/64 bit, Home Premium, Ultimate, Professional
Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner


For storage, should I invest into a SSD [ They seem really expensive for a little amount of GB]
I'm not completely aware how it work. ( Would be greatful for a quick run-down of it )

- Is My Watt Supply enough for this build, when I was using calculator for it I wasn't completely sure on how to enter the functions. If you don't mind could anyone note the amount of Watts in my build

- For Operating system, I'm able to obtain any product key since I have msdn subscription. Which would potentially be best for gaming. and which would be best for graphic designed programs based off of Adobe, Such as Photo Shop and Sony products, such as Sony Vegas

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January 3, 2013 4:19:16 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $999.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 01:16 EST-0500)

The i7 and 16GB of RAM is overkill for gaming. Save you money and get the i5-3750 (or the 3750k for overclocking and add an aftermarket cooler) and 8GB RAM. If you don't plan to CrossFire the video cards, use the PSU I suggested. If you are going all out for a gaming rig, an SSD is a must.
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January 3, 2013 4:38:04 AM

1. Are you planning to overclock cpu? If not, I'll go with i5 3570. remember not the k version. since you won't overclock. And change you board to an h77 board. i'll go with asus/asrock board. but gigabyte is not far behind. then stock cooler from cpu is good to go.

2. If your planning to overclock you cpu, get the i5 3570k. Change your board to Asrock z77 extreme 4. Add a cpu cooler, a hyper 212 is good enough.

3. For your Power supply, 700w is too much for a single video card build. I would go for 500/550. But 600 could be also to be safe. And Better buy a power supply with brand corsair/seasonic and other trusted brand. I think some thermaltake psu are on lower tier regarding the psu leveling, meaning, less reliable.

4. For the question regarding an ssd. There are alot of advantage having an ssd, but for me the most advantage for gaming would be loading times. Reading files faster. If I were you, If your not gonna overclock your cpu, you would save some money buying a h77 board since it is cheaper. and buying a 3570 instead of 3770 would save you also. so if you like to buy an ssd, go for it. if not, I prefer buying a hdd, caviar black, instead of caviar blue.

5. Why I chose 3570 over 3770? because it's really cheaper with only .1 ghz difference and some stuffs that you might not really need. If you want to go cheaper, go with 3470, cheaper than 3570, with only a few ghz difference.

6. Change your ram to 8gb. 16gb is way too much if you'll just go gaming with it.

7. I wish you could change you video card to higher tier if you saved money from my previous points. a 7950 will do.

8. Are you sure you want a full tower? just making sure that you are sure you want a full tower beside you. If not, go get the phantom 410 instead the full tower phantom if you wanted to stick with phantom series.
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January 3, 2013 5:22:44 AM


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The i7 and 16GB of RAM is overkill for gaming. Save you money and get the i5-3750 (or the 3750k for overclocking and add an aftermarket cooler) and 8GB RAM. If you don't plan to CrossFire the video cards, use the PSU I suggested. If you are going all out for a gaming rig, an SSD is a must.


What do you mean it's an overkill. Wouldn't keeping the I7 and the 16 gb ram be good for expanding?
Or Is 16 gb of Ram be too much in general.


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1. Are you planning to overclock cpu? If not, I'll go with i5 3570. remember not the k version. since you won't overclock. And change you board to an h77 board. i'll go with asus/asrock board. but gigabyte is not far behind. then stock cooler from cpu is good to go.

2. If your planning to overclock you cpu, get the i5 3570k.

Is it possible lower the i7 to an i5 and keep the 16gb ? For some reason i just want to have the 16gb Since i got those for a $60 deal lol
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January 3, 2013 5:29:01 AM

You can do as you please and if you like the i7 and 16GB (and have the money), then that's your choice. You just won't see any to little improvement, performance wise, in the system.
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January 3, 2013 5:33:12 AM

crazyreturn said:
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The i7 and 16GB of RAM is overkill for gaming. Save you money and get the i5-3750 (or the 3750k for overclocking and add an aftermarket cooler) and 8GB RAM. If you don't plan to CrossFire the video cards, use the PSU I suggested. If you are going all out for a gaming rig, an SSD is a must.


What do you mean it's an overkill. Wouldn't keeping the I7 and the 16 gb ram be good for expanding?
Or Is 16 gb of Ram be too much in general.


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1. Are you planning to overclock cpu? If not, I'll go with i5 3570. remember not the k version. since you won't overclock. And change you board to an h77 board. i'll go with asus/asrock board. but gigabyte is not far behind. then stock cooler from cpu is good to go.

2. If your planning to overclock you cpu, get the i5 3570k.

Is it possible lower the i7 to an i5 and keep the 16gb ? For some reason i just want to have the 16gb Since i got those for a $60 deal lol


Yes sure. if you have a good deal with the 16gb, then go with it. but I would really suggest to change your cpu to 3570 from 3770. the performance difference is not worth the price difference.
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January 3, 2013 5:40:34 AM

cball1311 said:
You can do as you please and if you like the i7 and 16GB (and have the money), then that's your choice. You just won't see any to little improvement, performance wise, in the system.


Is the desicion making for my motherboard bad, not for gaming, opinions
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January 3, 2013 6:14:02 AM

Would you mind listing Examples of h77 boards and 7950 video cards [newegg preferred]
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January 3, 2013 6:38:22 AM

for 7950 got some samples here,

Sapphire 7950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire 7950 Vapor-x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS 7950 Iceq x2 boost
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I personally have the HIS. It has a long cooler though but really runs cool.

For h77,

Asrock Pro 4/MVP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P8H77-V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P8H77-V LE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just check what suits your needs. If you'll plan to multiple gpus or not. But I think any of those will do if not.
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January 3, 2013 6:45:13 AM

crazyreturn said:
What do you mean it's an overkill. Wouldn't keeping the I7 and the 16 gb ram be good for expanding?
Or Is 16 gb of Ram be too much in general.

An i7 will improve your fps in some games by about... 3fps better than an i5. Then in some games it'll reduce your fps by 20, if they get messed up by hyperthreading. (Which is the only difference between an i5 and an i7.)

crazyreturn said:
Is it possible lower the i7 to an i5 and keep the 16gb ? For some reason i just want to have the 16gb Since i got those for a $60 deal lol


Yes, but you're way better off buying a faster 8GB kit. I have 8GB of ram and no page file, and when using photoshop, playing battlefield 3, and having 20 windows open in chrome, all at once, my computer doesn't even hit 7GB used. There's really NO point in more than that.
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January 3, 2013 6:46:11 AM

crazyreturn said:
Is the desicion making for my motherboard bad, not for gaming, opinions


Not bad, but you're spending too much, again. If you go with an i5-3570k, get the z77x-ud3h instead of the 5h - you'll see no difference.
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