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Another First Time Build Post

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February 23, 2013 7:12:18 AM


This is my first post after having used this site a lot for reference. As the title says... first time build. To put it simply, the only two seriously taxing things I can see doing with this machine are gaming and audio recording. The audio recording I'm not too concerned with, since I assume that more depends on the audio interface I go with and the rest of my external equipment. I think this system should be fast enough to support the interface and my digital audio workstation software. I just want to be sure that it will also be sufficient for gaming. I'm not the type of person that needs to ultra/max out every setting, but I would like solid performance. After some research, here's what I have come up with:

(Sorry if the link doesn't work.)

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - $223.79
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler - $32.98
MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard - $132.86
Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory - $49.98
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - $62.99
Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk - $116.72
Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card - $399.99
NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case - $49.99
Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - $109.99
Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer - $25.98
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) - $89.98
Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor - $159.99

TOTAL - $1455.24

Just looking for suggestions, or a heads up if anything is incompatible or unnecessary.


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February 23, 2013 7:26:53 AM

are you planning on overclocking your CPU?
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February 23, 2013 4:57:35 PM

I've never really tried doing anything like that. I've read a bit about overclocking and I guess I could see it as maybe a possibility if I ever get the urge (Crossfire another one of those small possibilities), but I definitely don't have any plans/the need to do any of these things now... probably keeping it simple for a while.
February 24, 2013 2:02:51 AM

Thanks for the tips. I'll look into those cards. I think I read somewhere that it is recommended to have at least 500W with the 7970... so you're saying only 50W more than the recommended is enough?
February 24, 2013 5:37:40 AM

If you want to pay $100+ for a psu, this might be a good Choice, with the rebate,free shiping...
750w... U dont need it unless you do cf/sli...
I place seasonic psu over corsair... They make there psu on their own...

But corsair are also very good... So i suggest you to buy this
Very cheap, but good, rebate free shiping, 500w is enough realy