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My Epically epic gaming rig

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November 23, 2012 7:41:01 AM

Ok guys I know I lied in the title my build isn't very awesome BUT I need your advice guys

So for christmas I am buying these parts for my gaming pc and I need to know if it will all work and everything etc.

So here's the list:

https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_lis...

It has every single thing I am buying and will the power supply power everything all well.

Also note that In the future I am planning to buy another 7870 card, and I need to know if it has enough power to run two 7870's CF (I know there aren't enough PCI-e cords on the psu but I will get 2 molex-PCI-e adapters sometime.

So thanks in advanced everyone who helps
~Luke

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November 23, 2012 8:16:43 AM

OCZ don't make the best power supplies, although they own PC Power & Cooling, the ZT Series isn't the best. Honestly 650W should run it, but if it doesn't have the 6 pins you need, its not recommended to use molex to PCI-e adapters. Might be worth it getting a little more expensive PSU, such as a TX750 or something for like $150.

Don't spend so much on a keyboard, I think a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 will do you well, its only mouses in which you'll get an advantage for getting a costly one, even then, its return diminish really quickly. Maybe you could use money saved on a keyboard to go towards a better power supply :D 

Please do not get a $109 Micro ATX board. That is a giant rip off, and isn't Xfire/SLI compatible as far as images go. Go for an Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 for a couple of bucks more.

I wouldn't go for that 7870, but rather this one.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Its only a tiny bit down on the core, which can be easily regained probably without a voltage change. Its also clocked higher on the memory, and to boot, you get one of the best and oldest Radeon card makers. Its also cheaper :D 

Cold Cathodes are completely crap when it comes to Bitfenix Alchemy's. Jeeze I have a white one and the lighting is so much more effective.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Sure its half the length but 2m of cable probably won't fit in your case either.

Get an overclockable CPU, even if you don't overclock it. Its always handy if you change your mind, especially since you are getting a Z77 based board.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Also get a CPU cooler, much quieter and effective. This one is regarded as the best value for money cooler.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

While you are at it, get lower profile ram as well, 1.5 V ram DOES NOT need a heatsink, it just looks ugly with all the height.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Its the same price as well.

I'll make a complete build off my suggestions in a moment, I live in AUS as well, but I don't have an account for PCCG. gotta make one :D 

Edit: Couldn't find Sidewinder, sorry.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

Its a tad bit more expensive but a MUCH BETTER build overall. Tell me if I missed something, I most likely did. Should be a bit more expensive than that, might of gotten something wrong. That PSU is also capable for two 7870's as it has the right connectors, and its also higher wattage and of better build.

BTW, you removed the motherboard from your wishlist, so it makes it look like my build is ALOT more than what it should be, its only like $130 more, but you could save more getting a cheaper keyboard and what not.





November 23, 2012 8:52:02 AM

Hey thanks alot for the advice but I just can't afford that, it's impossible right now as my dad is paying a bit and my sister is also getting a car as hr birthday is in janurary so yeah...

But can I send you another build and tell you if it is good?

Here it is anyway:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

But thanks alot and I read a heap of reviews saying that the msi hawk 7870 has alot more OC'ing ability than the sapphire card

Thanks
~Luke
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November 23, 2012 9:01:14 AM

JJ1217 said:
OCZ don't make the best power supplies, although they own PC Power & Cooling, the ZT Series isn't the best. Honestly 650W should run it, but if it doesn't have the 6 pins you need, its not recommended to use molex to PCI-e adapters. Might be worth it getting a little more expensive PSU, such as a TX750 or something for like $150.

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Get an overclockable CPU, even if you don't overclock it. Its always handy if you change your mind, especially since you are getting a Z77 based board.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

The OCZ ZT power supplies are actually pretty good quality. The ZS PSUs are more budget-oriented and the CoreXStream PSUs can be downright poor. But I agree that it would be better to avoid molex adapters.

As for the CPU, the Core i5-3470 still overclocks by 400 MHz, which the Asrock Z77 Pro3 is easily capable of supporting. You could save even more with a non-overclocking board though (H77 or B75).
November 23, 2012 9:19:09 AM

Sakkura said:
The OCZ ZT power supplies are actually pretty good quality. The ZS PSUs are more budget-oriented and the CoreXStream PSUs can be downright poor. But I agree that it would be better to avoid molex adapters.

As for the CPU, the Core i5-3470 still overclocks by 400 MHz, which the Asrock Z77 Pro3 is easily capable of supporting. You could save even more with a non-overclocking board though (H77 or B75).


Cool man, and also, can I overclock a gpu without a Z77 chipset?
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 9:21:37 AM

Corvo said:
Cool man, and also, can I overclock a gpu without a Z77 chipset?

Yes. The graphics card is completely separate in such regards. The only exception is if you were using the integrated GPU in the CPU, instead of an actual graphics card.
November 23, 2012 9:27:20 AM

Sakkura said:
Yes. The graphics card is completely separate in such regards. The only exception is if you were using the integrated GPU in the CPU, instead of an actual graphics card.


Awesome thanks!!!

But I have sorta had a change of mind

Will a AMD FX-6100 6-Core be good for gaming?

and also on the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard.

Actually don't bother, just look at the whole build in this link:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

P.S I love the keyboard and mouse and I love looks and stuff so yeah...
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 9:42:09 AM

No, the FX 6100 is quite bad for gaming. The newer FX 6300 would be more acceptable, but the Core i5-3470 is still just plain better.

The PSU is decent though.
November 23, 2012 9:56:38 AM

Sakkura said:
No, the FX 6100 is quite bad for gaming. The newer FX 6300 would be more acceptable, but the Core i5-3470 is still just plain better.

The PSU is decent though.


So I upgraded to the FX6300 6 core, but will the motherboard accept overclocking?
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 10:17:46 AM

tigeryeow said:
your motherboard will overclock and you should throw out the ssd for a better cpu like the fx 8320 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No, you shouldn't. The 8320 isn't really worth it over the 6300 for gaming. If you can spend more, go Intel.
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