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Advice on a new gaming build? (3570k and 7950)

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January 22, 2013 5:58:03 PM

I'm making a new gaming build and I'm wondering if anyone could give me advice on it. My current build on pcpartpicker is this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yYjX

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yYjX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yYjX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yYjX/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($126.47 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($310.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1159.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 14:56 EST-0500)

Any advice?
January 22, 2013 6:14:04 PM

Add a 212 Evo and I'd say you're set. Everything on that build looks good.
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January 22, 2013 6:25:37 PM

If you have a little more money why not replace that Asus monitor with the ASUS VG248QE? It costs more, but it does 144hz which will really allow you to take advantage of that 7950.
January 22, 2013 6:42:04 PM

Would a cx430 power supply work with this build? Its on sale for $25 on newegg
January 22, 2013 6:43:39 PM

cravin said:
Would a cx430 power supply work with this build? Its on sale for $25 on newegg


No - the CX430 is not one of Corsair's best power supplies. I've seen it fail on Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge builds. Go with the Seasonic S12 II 520W instead - it's a bit more expensive but the quality is way better. The power supply is one area you do not skimp or cut corners on.
January 22, 2013 6:46:16 PM

g-unit1111 said:
No - the CX430 is not one of Corsair's best power supplies. I've seen it fail on Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge builds. Go with the Seasonic S12 II 520W instead - it's a bit more expensive but the quality is way better. The power supply is one area you do not skimp or cut corners on.

Yeah I've heard seasonic is a good brand, its just someone told me on another thread (a while ago) that the cx430 was very cheap but also wasnt bad quality wise, but i can easily afford to spend $20 more, i mean it is a $1200 build lol.
January 22, 2013 6:56:16 PM

withe the 212 evo, do you need the paste stuff? Or can you just put it in instead of the stock cooler?
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