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1st time builder, need help on psu and general suggestions

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January 13, 2013 9:08:58 PM

i would like to achieve the biggest bang i can for my buck but still sticking to intel, budget at $825, would like to make it $775
Processor: Intel
Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor (169.99 @ Microcenter)


Motherboard: AS Rock LGA1155 Z77 EXTREME4 Motherboard (127.99 @ Amazon)

RAM: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (34.99 @ Newegg)

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GV-N66TWF2-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP (279.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Sandisk 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (84.99 @ MacMall)

Case: APEVIA X-SUPRA G-Type X-SUPRAG-BL Black / Blue SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (52.98 @ Amazon)

Power Supply:
I need your help finding one that will support sli with all this and another 660 ti! trying to stay at $75

I am going to be gaming on this at 1920x1080 resolution and using it to do every day things such as college work and regular browsing. i play everything from skyrim and wow to cod and bf3, all at max settings. please advise me on a psu and any other info that pops into your head! thanks!
January 13, 2013 9:23:20 PM

Hi, if you can pick that i5-3570k in a microcenter store, get the MSI Z77A-G41 for 40$ combo or ASUS P8Z77-V LK for 80$ combo.
That ram is rated at 1.65v, it's not recommended for ivybridge, get lower voltage ram : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996995

I recommend a better case, like the Corsair 200R : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r
You can also change the ssd for a better one : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/plextor-internal-hard-driv...

For the psu : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...

This will be a good psu for your system.
Don't forget to add an aftermarket cooler if you plan to overclock the cpu.
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January 13, 2013 9:39:10 PM

i really wanted to go with 1600 mhz ram, i want a case with a clear side panel, the one i chose has tons of great reviews and looks cool, and i figured i needed a 700w to future proof myself for sli and stuff, dont think i wanted to drop to 550w, how do those mobo's compare to the asrock z77 extreme4?
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January 13, 2013 9:44:58 PM

Hi, the mushkin ram is 1600 mhz, there's several out there rated at those speeds with 1.5v.
The Asus board has the same specs, it's sli ready too, you can pick that Asus for 80$, the Asrock for 90$ on microcenter, so it's cheaper getting the asus.
As for the psu, if you want to do a SLI setup, the xfx 650w will do for it : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...

It's a quality psu so don't worry about it.
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