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January 13, 2013 10:33:43 AM

Hello, about to order parts for my PC, and just making a final check to see if all these parts are compatible with each other. Thanks in advance!

CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3.3GHz Socket 1155 3MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 7.1 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

GPU: Gigabyte Nvidia Geforce GTX 550 ti 1GB GDDR5 (I already own this graphics card, is a 500W PSU enough for this GPU?)

Case and PSU: Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster eXtreme Power 500W PSU (Will everything fit in the case and is 500W enough (no overclock)

RAM: Kingston 8GB DDR3 1333MHz i5 Memory (does i5 mean it only works with i5 CPU's?)

Hard drive: Hitachi 250GB Travelstar Internal Hard Drive - 7200RPM

DVD Drive: Liteon Ihas120 20x Dvd±rw (dual ±r)/ram Sata Drive

Thanks again, all help is appreciated! :D 

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January 13, 2013 11:20:23 AM

cpu-ok
mobo-ok
gpu-ok(500W PSU enough for this GPU)
case-pusu- ok 500W enough
-ram you can make 1600 MHZ (i5 means it designed especially for i5, will work on everything.)
HDD-ok
DVDD-ok
January 13, 2013 1:07:24 PM

Thanks for the reply. Just to clarify then. Everything definitely will work? :)  Also, would you say this is a good built?
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January 13, 2013 1:13:23 PM

Thanks, is that build you have shown me better than the one I have listed?

Also, I was concerned about the video card, but I was given it. I was considering selling it on Ebay and using the money towards maybe the 650 ti. However I'm not sure if anyone would buy the card on Ebay and I can always upgrade later on...
January 13, 2013 1:20:34 PM

yes its quite a bit better

the 650ti isnt worth either. the 660 is. the 7870 is also the other option
January 13, 2013 1:30:30 PM

Okay, thanks a lot. I assume all these components are compatible? :D  Just making sure! As for the graphics card, is it likely my current card could run WOW at Ultra and Guild Wars 2 High both at about 40fps? If not I guess I will have to try and sell it.
January 13, 2013 1:36:08 PM

you can try it out first before selling.

for wow, id assume starcraft 2 is similar in terms of GPU power demand. with 4x msaa and ultra settings, the 550ti can hit 40 fps on a 1920x1200p resolution
January 13, 2013 1:42:40 PM

That's good enough for me thanks :)  I'll use your suggested build with this TV as a monitor:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/Samsung-SyncMaster-T220HD...

One final question: If I find my FPS is low, could I change the resolution on WOW/Guild Wars 2 to 720p without getting black bars on the side? Sorry, I am very new to all this :) 

Once again, thank you, your help has been amazing :D 
January 13, 2013 1:46:55 PM

can you not get a regular computer monitor instead of a tv? TVs arent exactly optimal for gaming.

given that the panel that you have chose is 1680x1050, you should expect around 50fps rather than 40
January 13, 2013 1:58:35 PM

Unfortunately I don't have the money to buy a monitor at the moment. Hopefully this TV will do for the moment. I seem to remember seeing something about it being designed to also be a PC monitor. It has a VGA cable at least, but I'm not sure...
January 13, 2013 2:02:48 PM

you shouldnt be using a vga. use the dvi port.
January 13, 2013 2:37:35 PM

I was planning on using HDMI, but would DVI be better?
January 13, 2013 2:49:47 PM

Just realized they are the same thing, except HDMI has audio signal aswell. Thankyou very much for your help again.
January 13, 2013 2:58:16 PM

dvi can support higher resolutions but then this isnt high resolution so you should be fine
January 14, 2013 4:41:33 PM

TheBigTroll said:
dvi can support higher resolutions but then this isnt high resolution so you should be fine


Cheers. Does the motherboard need to have a HDMI slot, or just the GPU? And where do i connect it (GPU to TV or Motherboard to TV?) Sorry for all the questions.
January 14, 2013 8:14:38 PM

motherboard has a hdmi port form what i know. just that it would be using CPU graphics instead. will run COD but wont do too much more than that

therefore plug it into the GPU
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