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February 5, 2013 8:45:37 PM

Hi guys,

I am building my first PC. I am (I think) an intermediate/semi-competent user who is looking for good performance on games and mathematical simulations. What I am going for in my build is something that can handle all top line games admirably (i.e. BF3). Not interested in overclocking, crossfire, SLI or anything more advanced at this point in time.

Can i get some general comments about compatibility, value-for-money and any other thoughts?

Please seeThanks.



GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7850 GV-R785OC-2GD Video Card
$194.99

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W High Performance Power Supply
$89.99

WIFI: ENCORE ENUWI-1XN42 USB 2.0 Wireless N150 Adapter, 2dBi
$19.99

MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX Intel Motherboard
$139.99

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 With Side Panel Window
$99.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
$179.99

Hard drive: TOSHIBA 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$74.99

Optical drive: LG Black 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive SATA Model UH12NS29
$49.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$94.99

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$99.99


Grand Total: $1,044.90

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February 5, 2013 9:05:16 PM

You don't need a z77 mobo unless you get a k processor
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February 5, 2013 9:06:27 PM

Also going over the top with that motherboard.

If you don't plan to overclock, SLI or Xfire there is no need for an enthusiast motherboard. Something like the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP is good quality, will do everything you need and is $60 cheaper.

Also +1 on only needing 8GB RAM for gaming. Anything more is overkill for current games and doesn't even get put to use. You can get a good 8GB set for about $45 so that is another $45 saved.

You can upgrade the graphics card with the savings. And maybe change the SSD for the Samsung 840 pro version (it's meant to be a lot better) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 5, 2013 9:07:52 PM

Azn Cracker said:
Haha grand total. You don't need 16gb of RAM for gaming. I don't know if your math sims need that much though. 8gb should be enough. Also you should upgrade to the 7870, only $20 more after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hi Azn Cracker,

Thanks for your response. The RAM was just a tiny bit of "future proofing" and its so cheap atm that I thought I might as well... I guess I should just get 8gb for now.

I looked into that GPU, seems like a big improvement.

Cheers!
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February 5, 2013 9:10:30 PM

ageo7836 said:
Hi Azn Cracker,

Thanks for your response. The RAM was just a tiny bit of "future proofing" and its so cheap atm that I thought I might as well... I guess I should just get 8gb for now.

I looked into that GPU, seems like a big improvement.

Cheers!

Yea 4gb is actually good enough for most games. 8 gb is already future proofing lol.

You should also get a cheaper motherboard as others recommended. A z77 board is useless unless you have have an OC able CPU. Also it doesnt seem like you will be running a crossfire setup so those extra pci-e slots are useless as well.
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February 5, 2013 9:23:03 PM

Thanks for all your feedback everyone. Just one more quick question.
What do you all think of the Wifi antenna? I like to game online occasionally but I need to use WIFI (my computer is too far away from the router to connect with a cable).
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February 5, 2013 10:29:04 PM

ageo7836 said:
Thanks for all your feedback everyone. Just one more quick question.
What do you all think of the Wifi antenna? I like to game online occasionally but I need to use WIFI (my computer is too far away from the router to connect with a cable).


You get a usb wifi antenna for $20.
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February 12, 2013 11:03:00 PM

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