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February 23, 2013 12:44:11 AM

Hey guys. Recently I decided that I want to get back into PC gaming and was looking to build a rig myself, hopefully trying to keep the budget at around $1000. This is the build I have so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fjm5

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Memory: G. Skill Rip Jaws 8GB (2x4) 1600 DDR3
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer AX Mid-Tower

There are a couple questions I have:

1) I'm not very computer fluent and don't plan on overclocking anytime soon. Should I downgrade the motherboard and invest the saved money elsewhere? I may SLI/Crossfire at some point in time.

2) Is the HD 7950 better than the GTX 670? Is it worth it to buy now or wait until the 8000/700 series are released? The card in the current build is mainly a placeholder at this point. I've read countless threads and it seems to be nothing but a back and forth. I plan on playing WoW, Crysis 3, Dead Space 3, Farcry 3, Oblivion/Skyrim (modded), and Minecraft primarily. Not sure if those games favor one way or another...

3) Recommendations for power supplies please! I do not want to invest this amount of money just to have the power supply short out and fry everything.

Any recommendations you can suggest for m build and budget are greatly appreciated. I have Windows 7 Home premium (64-bit), keyboard, mouse, and I'll be using my 32" LG LED TV as the monitor (1080p).

Thank you so much in advance guys!
-Kyle

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February 23, 2013 1:20:48 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FkiC
1) an H77 MB will do fine if you're not planning to overclock your system...
2)HD7970 is better... if you're able to wait for it, why not?:D 
3) 750W for future CF/SLI, the Seasonic PSU is very reliable and is modular one too...
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February 23, 2013 2:21:56 AM

TimeLass said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FkiC
1) an H77 MB will do fine if you're not planning to overclock your system...
2)HD7970 is better... if you're able to wait for it, why not?:D 
3) 750W for future CF/SLI, the Seasonic PSU is very reliable and is modular one too...


Thanks for the advice. I plan on building soon so I'll pass on waiting for the 8000/700 series.

Any more advice you guys can give on the build is always appreciated.
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February 23, 2013 2:22:03 AM

TimeLass said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FkiC
1) an H77 MB will do fine if you're not planning to overclock your system...
2)HD7970 is better... if you're able to wait for it, why not?:D 
3) 750W for future CF/SLI, the Seasonic PSU is very reliable and is modular one too...


Thanks for the advice. I plan on building soon so I'll pass on waiting for the 8000/700 series.

Any more advice you guys can give on the build is always appreciated.
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February 23, 2013 4:49:13 AM

KFarina213 said:

There are a couple questions I have:

1) I'm not very computer fluent and don't plan on overclocking anytime soon. Should I downgrade the motherboard and invest the saved money elsewhere? I may SLI/Crossfire at some point in time.

2) Is the HD 7950 better than the GTX 670? Is it worth it to buy now or wait until the 8000/700 series are released? The card in the current build is mainly a placeholder at this point. I've read countless threads and it seems to be nothing but a back and forth. I plan on playing WoW, Crysis 3, Dead Space 3, Farcry 3, Oblivion/Skyrim (modded), and Minecraft primarily. Not sure if those games favor one way or another...

3) Recommendations for power supplies please! I do not want to invest this amount of money just to have the power supply short out and fry everything.

Any recommendations you can suggest for m build and budget are greatly appreciated. I have Windows 7 Home premium (64-bit), keyboard, mouse, and I'll be using my 32" LG LED TV as the monitor (1080p).

Thank you so much in advance guys!
-Kyle


1. Yes - get an H77 ATX board and the i5-3350P or i5-3470 and you can save quite a bit of money there.

2. I look at it this way: >=$250: Radeon 7870 XT. ~$250 - $300: Radeon 7950. <=$300: GTX 670. <=$400: Radeon 7970.

3. Recommendations for PSUs: Depends on how much you want to spend. The most reliable brands are Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, XFX, and anything made by Super Flower.

A few that are highly rated would be:
- Rosewill Capstone
- Corsair TX series
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII / MKIII Series
- Antec Current High Gamer
- NZXT Hale 82 / Hale 90
- Seasonic X750 Gold
- Seasonic S12 II series
- EVGA Super Nova series

Brands to avoid: Raidmax, Cooler Master, Coolmax, Diablotek, Xion, Apevia, Xclio
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