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

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January 30, 2013 3:15:14 PM

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. I've already bought the cpu so for the rest of the components my budget is around $700-800.

CPU: Intel i5-2500k
CPU: Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 38566&SID=
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V
http://www.microcenter.com/product [...] otherboard
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gb (2x4gb)
http://www.microcenter.com/product [...] y_Modules)
Hard Drive: Toshiba 1TB 3.5''
http://www.microcenter.com/product [...] A100_-_OEM
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 38566&SID=
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition
http://www.microcenter.com/product [...] _Mid-Tower
PS: Corsair CX Series CX500M 500 W or Antec Basiq Plus 550W
http://www.microcenter.com/product [...] wer_Supply
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017KE3DM/?tag=pcpapi-20
Extra fans: 2x Coolmax CMF-1225-BL 120mm (Not sure if necessary)
http://www.microcenter.com/product [...] Fan_-_Blue

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
January 30, 2013 3:21:01 PM

Those extra fans aren't necessary and they're from a brand that makes a lot of junk. There's no reason to pair a 2500K with a Z77 motherboard - get a Z68 motherboard instead.

None of your links work though - I would suggest fixing those.
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January 30, 2013 3:34:13 PM

sorry about that...
CPU: Intel i5-2500k
CPU: Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V
http://www.microcenter.com/product/386886/P8Z77-V_LGA_1...
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gb (2x4gb)
http://www.microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Spo...(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)
Hard Drive: Toshiba 1TB 3.5''
http://www.microcenter.com/product/400847/1TB_7,200_RPM...
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition
http://www.microcenter.com/product/383014/Commander_MS-...
PS: Corsair CX Series CX500M 500 W or Antec Basiq Plus 550W
http://www.microcenter.com/product/406087/CX_Series_CX5...
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017KE3DM/?tag=pcpapi-20

My thinking on the mobo was that it would be good for me to upgrade with in the future. Am i right or no? And could you suggest which power supply I go with?
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January 30, 2013 3:37:56 PM

WWSummers23 said:


My thinking on the mobo was that it would be good for me to upgrade with in the future. Am i right or no? And could you suggest which power supply I go with?


Z68 motherboards will run Ivy Bridge CPUs, but if you want room for upgrade that motherboard is fine.

Also if you want room for upgrade get a 650W / 750 PSU instead, something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 30, 2013 3:41:35 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Z68 motherboards will run Ivy Bridge CPUs, but if you want room for upgrade that motherboard is fine.

Also if you want room for upgrade get a 650W / 750 PSU instead, something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks. I'll look into a better PSU. But other than that how does the build look?
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January 30, 2013 4:00:51 PM

WWSummers23 said:
Thanks. I'll look into a better PSU. But other than that how does the build look?


The rest of the build looks fine, the 7950 is a good choice for GPU.
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January 30, 2013 4:07:21 PM

Thanks for your help! :) 
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