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First Time Build: Inputs and Thoughts Please!

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March 3, 2013 1:31:32 PM

Hi! This is my first PC Build ever! I'd appreciate to get some input. I'm planning to do some gaming with this rig. I currently play League of Legends mostly. I'm looking into playing Planet Side 2 and games of similar note with this machine.

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470

MOBO: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

GPU: MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

HD: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Some specific questions:

Are all those components compatible?

What GPU should I get? Am I bottle-necking and should I look into getting a better CPU?

Is my PSU good enough quality and quantity? Do I need to invest more in the GPU?

I'm sure I have some more questions, I just can't think of them right now. Thank you for your thoughts!
March 3, 2013 2:19:53 PM

Here are recommended system specs to play Planet Side 2.

CPU: Intel i5 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
CPU Speed: Info
RAM: 8 GB
OS: Windows 7
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 500 series or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
Sound Card: Yes
Free Disk Space: 15 GB

Can be found at http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri

Judging from the CPU you picked, you don't plan to overclock but you picked a Z77 motherboard and that series is designed for OC'ing.

The i5-3570K is pretty much the gamers' choice for CPU, but if you don't intend to OC, you can get the 3470 with an H77 motherboard. If you do get the 3570K, go for either the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or ASUS P8Z77-V LK.

I'd change the power supply to 520W or 620W Seasonic (S12II), better quality for same price.

Take your pick between these two GPU's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 3, 2013 2:45:34 PM

Yes all those components compatible.
GPU=GTX 660ti
CPU=If u can, go for i5 3570k bcoz your Z77 mobo can OC it. Otherwise i5 3350p not a bottle neck.
MB=If u choose i5 3350p and want to save moneys then get: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If u need Multi GPU u should have at least 600W-850W PSU, but your mobo doesn't support SLI. However, crossfirex will. So if u plan for multi GPU just get radeon hd graphic like hd 7870...

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March 3, 2013 4:18:10 PM

Yeah I failed to mention that I have no intentions of OC. Also I don't plan to do SLI/Crossfire. I will take a look at your recommendations and update my build in a bit. Thanks again.
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March 3, 2013 4:55:44 PM

Since no OC'ing, I'd go with the 3470 and the ASRock H77M and the 660ti (if you can afford it) or the 7870 from my earlier post.
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March 31, 2013 11:18:28 PM

Hi Folks! Sorry it took me so long to update. I probably won't get a chance to actually build my PC till the beginning of May considering I'm at school now and don't really have the space to do it. But, thanks for your help!

Other components I'm buying with this build that aren't listed that I didn't want to bother your time with/not as concerned about:
-HDMI Cable (to connect to a 24'' TV I already own that I'm going to use as a monitor)
-Keyboard (probably gonna just get a relatively cheap one, that's what I've been used to my whole life)
-Speakers
-Microsoft Windows 8 (I can get a steep discount as a student)
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