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First Ever Gaming Build Need Advice!!! $700-800

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January 30, 2013 5:40:06 AM

Hello all, this will be my first ever attempt at building my own computer. I will be using this computer primarily for gaming and the occasional internet surfing, otherwise i will have my laptop for other activities. I guess first is this build even compatible. Second how will it be for playing skyrim and playing the elder scrolls online in the future. My budget is somewhere around like $700-800.

CPU: Intel i5-2500k
CPU: Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (Not sure if i will really need this so opinions are welcome)
MOBO: Asus Sabertooth z77 (Possibly bottle necking?? Not really sure. Prefer to stick with Asus)
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gb (2x4gb)
Hard Drive: Toshiba 1TB 3.5''
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1gb
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition
PS: Raidmax Hybrid 2 RX 530ss
Extra fans: 2x Coolmax CMF-1225-BL 120mm (Not sure if necessary)

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks :) 
January 30, 2013 5:48:04 AM

I wouldn't spend so much on the motherboard, and put that towards the video card,
seems overkill.
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71114&vpn=P8Z77-V%20L...
or this
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69884&vpn=P8Z77-V&manu...
should be enough when on a budget.
could get a 7950 or 7870 Tahiti Le over HD 7850 1GB

Another thing is I would stick to brands like Seasonic, Corsair, Antec and XFX when looking for a power supply, better off than having it blow up in the long run and short other parts in the process.
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January 30, 2013 5:53:14 AM
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January 30, 2013 6:03:26 AM

WWSummers23 said:
Now would that mobo be a good board to upgrade parts with in the future when that time comes?


http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69884&vpn=P8Z77-V&manu...

Yea it should be good, but you should change out that power supply for more a more reputable brand (Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec) Another thing is that the socket LGA 1155 isn't going to be supported by the Haswell cpus coming out in june.
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January 30, 2013 6:15:31 AM

dark905 said:
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69884&vpn=P8Z77-V&manu...

Yea it should be good, but you should change out that power supply for more a more reputable brand (Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec) Another thing is that the socket LGA 1155 isn't going to be supported by the Haswell cpus coming out in june.


"Another thing is that the socket LGA 1155 isn't going to be supported by the Haswell cpus coming out in june" So that will cause a problem when going to upgrade in the future?
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January 30, 2013 6:22:29 AM

WWSummers23 said:
"Another thing is that the socket LGA 1155 isn't going to be supported by the Haswell cpus coming out in june" So that will cause a problem when going to upgrade in the future?
Yea basically the new cpus "Haswell" feature a new socket "LGA 1150" when they come out on June 2nd. So unless you wait till then to buy your cpu and mobo and theres not much you can do about it.
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January 30, 2013 6:24:52 AM

i'm not gonna bother waiting.
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January 30, 2013 6:33:44 AM

WWSummers23 said:
i'm not gonna bother waiting.


Mhm, looking at the features V-Pro doesn't offer that much more other than 2 more sata 3.0 so you should just stick to V
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January 30, 2013 6:35:57 AM

any specific recommendation on power supply? and would it be worth adding a ssd? if so what size?
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January 30, 2013 6:40:34 AM

WWSummers23 said:
any specific recommendation on power supply?


Get a brand from either Corsair, XFX, Seasonic or Antec thats 80plus bronze certified or higher, Semi-modular or fully modular for longer cords.

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm ---- Wattage recommended to power your video card + your system.

You could get a higher wattage PSU if you want to crossfire it in the future or other upgrades.

For the SSD if you really want faster boot times just go for a 120GB or less.
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January 30, 2013 6:49:43 AM

dark905 said:
Get a brand from either Corsair, XFX, Seasonic or Antec thats 80plus bronze certified or higher, Semi-modular or fully modular for longer cords.

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm ---- Wattage recommended to power your video card + your system.

You could get a higher wattage PSU if you want to crossfire it in the future or other upgrades.

For the SSD if you really want faster boot times just go for a 120GB or less.


Would it be worth adding to the build do you think?
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January 30, 2013 6:53:32 AM

WWSummers23 said:
Would it be worth adding to the build do you think?


If you want to keep within an 800$ budget, I'd probably not bother with it. The power supply doesnt have to be modular thats optional.
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January 30, 2013 6:54:53 AM

Okay thanks for your help!
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January 30, 2013 6:55:42 AM

WWSummers23 said:
Okay thanks for your help!


np, so on a side note I would probably lean over towards and Powercolor HD7870 Tahiti Le or even better HD7950 if its within your budget over the 7850 1GB.
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January 30, 2013 7:09:41 AM

dark905 said:
np, so on a side note I would probably lean over towards and Powercolor HD7870 Tahiti Le or even better HD7950 if its within your budget over the 7850 1GB.


I'll definitely be getting the HD7950 :)  Thanks
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