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February 19, 2013 5:55:12 PM

Hi guys,
I just finished my new build for a gaming computer around $1400.

I saw that most of my components have been chosen or advised in other threads, but as everyone, before I order the parts this week, I would like your inputs or thoughts on this build to be sure I'm not missing something.

Also, in a close future, I would like to add an extra gpu in crossfire probably the same card, that's why I tried to pick components (especially a 750 W PSU) that should allow that - let me know if I'm wrong. In the meantime, Do you think a 750W is too much with only 1 GPU ?

Here's the beast:
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N53 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1272.42


The remaining budget is for my monitor and a keyboard but I still don't have made my choice.

Thanks for your replies!
February 20, 2013 10:42:57 AM

nothing wrong with the ares...
750w is definetly too much for one gpu system, but in case you will add second gpu you will need 750w.
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February 20, 2013 2:32:55 PM

Thanks for your replies.
I have made some changes in my build and almost finalized it:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N53 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($279.00 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($113.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1684.84

For the memory I will stick to the cheapest one.
For the SSD, I finally decided to pick the samsung even if I have to pay a little more.
For the PSU, I was thinking to switch to a SeaSonic - Let me know what you think:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For the monitor, I didn't want to spend a lot so I don't know if I should just pick a cheap ASUS VS248H-P Black 24. But I kind of like the new Asus VG248QE so for the moment I have picked it even though I'm not sure it worth it. Let me know what you guys think about that. I will probably buy a second IPS monitor in a year, that's why I don't want to spend too much but at the same time I don't want to have a bad monitor with a 7950...

I still need to chose cheap speakers, if someone have any thought.

For the moment, I am almost $300 over budget but when I look at my build I'm not sure where I can save: probably a cheaper PSU (but I will lost the Modular feature) or pick the 7870 XT.
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February 26, 2013 11:07:26 PM

Best answer selected by Nov-.
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