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Need help finalizing the parts in my first build

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February 21, 2013 11:11:44 PM

Hey guys this is my first post here and i wanted to see if you can help me with my first PC build. I want this PC to be not only for school but also for all my media such as movies or video games. My budget for the hardware of the PC is between 700-950 dollars and this is what i put together so far.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F4rN

I do plan on overclocking a little and would like to be able to play games such as battlefield 3 on ultra presets at around 30-60 fps at least if possible.

Thanks ahead of time for the advice.

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February 21, 2013 11:26:18 PM

Not sure about biostar for a motherboard. I chose one of the best budget motherboard for the i5-3570k for like $1 cheaper. Chose you a better psu. If you want to play games well, you can cut the SSD and get a better GPU.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT M59 - 001BK ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $860.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 20:26 EST-0500)
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February 21, 2013 11:35:28 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
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 ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $710.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 20:35 EST-0500)

Got you a Non K CPU because I thought you won't be Overclocking.
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February 21, 2013 11:44:46 PM

You need a much better card, than the 7850, my suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
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: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $934.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you don't have a previous hdd, it seems that you have, you listed just a sdd, but if you don't, switch the ssd for a hdd : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1302
And get the ram with it : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
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February 22, 2013 12:16:41 AM

Hmm all these systems look better than the one i was thinking about and getting a better gpu is probably a good idea since this is to be a gaming PC. I totally forgot to put a HDD in with my PC lol i did in fact want to get both but adding an extra 70 dollars for one wouldn't be too bad. So you guys think 500W is enough? Also is it enough if i decide to add a second gpu to the mix in a few months?
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February 22, 2013 12:30:03 AM

A 550W psu will do just fine, for the 7950, even with it overclocked, but if you plan to add another one, it won't do, you need a ~650-700W psu for two 7950, just stay with the 550W for a single card configuration.
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