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Hows this look for a first time build?

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February 2, 2013 7:31:43 PM

Im planning on doing a first time build and am wondering if this looks ok. Also, I am looking for suggestions on a wireless card. Router is a Netgear Wireless N 150 WNR1000 v2.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155

Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z77 Dual Thunderbolt ATX Motherboard

Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Graphics: XFX AMD Radeon HD7870 2 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM

Optical Drive: SH-222BB SAMSUNG

Case: CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 Ports

PSU: Cooler Master GX - 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply

Op. Sys.: Windows 8 or 7???? Which is better???

SSD: Need a suggestion if its neccesary.


Im not dead set on any of it. Just curious if theres any "red flags" to any gurus here. Is the "double d" graphics card overboard, should i go with the single fan one? Also I know nothing about overclocking or any of that yet. Nods in the right direction or even blatant slaps in the face much appreciated.

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February 2, 2013 7:41:40 PM

Looks fine except for the psu.. change to something from corsair, xfx, sesonic or antec.. and if you want to sli then i'd suggest a 750w psu.. and also you'll need a cpu cooler for oc.. hyper 212 evo is the most popular one..
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February 2, 2013 7:44:53 PM

Go with Windows 7 unless you have tried Windows 8 and liked it.
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February 2, 2013 7:50:40 PM

EvilerHitman said:
Im planning on doing a first time build and am wondering if this looks ok. Also, I am looking for suggestions on a wireless card. Router is a Netgear Wireless N 150 WNR1000 v2.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155

Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z77 Dual Thunderbolt ATX Motherboard

Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Graphics: XFX AMD Radeon HD7870 2 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM

Optical Drive: SH-222BB SAMSUNG

Case: CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 Ports

PSU: Cooler Master GX - 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply

Op. Sys.: Windows 8 or 7???? Which is better???

SSD: Need a suggestion if its neccesary.


Im not dead set on any of it. Just curious if theres any "red flags" to any gurus here. Is the "double d" graphics card overboard, should i go with the single fan one? Also I know nothing about overclocking or any of that yet. Nods in the right direction or even blatant slaps in the face much appreciated.


An ssd will give you better transfer speed and load times.. its not necessary if you don't mind waiting a few seconds for you windows to boot and the games to load.. and i suggest getting win7 like e_X said..

edit: ssd mostly depends on whether you can push your budget by about 100$ or more.. 128gb ssd is the sweet spot now..
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February 2, 2013 8:17:34 PM

nix327 said:
Looks fine except for the psu.. change to something from corsair, xfx, sesonic or antec.. and if you want to sli then i'd suggest a 750w psu.. and also you'll need a cpu cooler for oc.. hyper 212 evo is the most popular one..


Ok, thank you! i will be adding the Hyper 212 Evo and switching to maybe the Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze
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February 2, 2013 8:29:32 PM

corsair enthusiast series is fine.. for a single gpu setup a good 550w psu is plenty.. but if you plan to add in a second 7870 in the future then you do need the 750w..
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February 2, 2013 8:33:46 PM

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