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March 9, 2013 3:56:01 AM

hi. Planing to build my first gaming rig. For your information, i'm not going for overclocking and the games that i am basically playing are dota 2 , diablo 3, COD . These are the specs i'm going to get for my gaming pc.

I5-3570k
ASUS Sabertooth x79
Corsair vengeance ddr3 1600mhz 8gb twins
Nvidia geforce gtx 670
western digital caviar black 1tb 7200rpm sata3 3.5hdd
intel 520 ssd 120gb
550w PSU

ps : have no idea whether the 550w psu will support my system or not ! will the specs above be enough for gaming? thanks ! !:) 
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March 9, 2013 3:58:48 AM

Get A 550w PSu from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic and you will be fine.
Your motherboard will not be compatible with your CPU.
Get an i5 3470 and an h77 motherboard because you aren't overclocking.
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March 9, 2013 3:59:26 AM

That's an excellent build, other than the fact that the x79 boards cant run a i5-3570k. You want a Z77 board. And you don't need a sabertooth, you can get a killer board for half that price, even from Asus.

Yeah, swap out that MB for something that works with the i5 and it's a great build. i5 is the top rated gaming CPU and a GTX670 is extremely powerful.

edit: tiny voices has a point, but I'd spend the few bucks going with z77 and i5-3570k because you might change your mind about overclocking. and then it's a really expensive upgrade in the future vs a few bucks now.

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March 9, 2013 4:00:34 AM

ASUS Sabertooth x79 doesn't work with 3570k, go with z77. It's perfect for your games. 550w is way anough; you probably will never reach 400
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March 9, 2013 4:00:49 AM

Specs are more than enough for gaming, 550W will be plenty.

Things I would change:

Get the i5-3350P instead. The i5-3570k is for overclocking, as denoted by the -k. If you don't want to overclock, the i5-3350P will run in the same ballpark for much cheaper.

You don't want that motherboard. The chipset is lga 2011, which is not for your cpu. I would recommend an h77 motherboard. Something like this will work:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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March 9, 2013 4:12:05 AM

twelve25 said:
That's an excellent build, other than the fact that the x79 boards cant run a i5-3570k. You want a Z77 board. And you don't need a sabertooth, you can get a killer board for half that price, even from Asus.

Yeah, swap out that MB for something that works with the i5 and it's a great build. i5 is the top rated gaming CPU and a GTX670 is extremely powerful.

edit: tiny voices has a point, but I'd spend the few bucks going with z77 and i5-3570k because you might change your mind about overclocking. and then it's a really expensive upgrade in the future vs a few bucks now.


i never knew x79 cant run a i5-3570k. can the Z77 support overclocking if i want to do it in the future? or can it support other Cpu? and if im changing to a z77 MB i would have enough $ for a amd radeon hd 7970. so my question is should i change to Z77 with a chance to upgrade cpu / overclock in the future and get amd radeon hd 7970 ? or should i just stay with the gtx 670? :D 
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March 9, 2013 4:15:14 AM

LeoMatrix said:
ASUS Sabertooth x79 doesn't work with 3570k, go with z77. It's perfect for your games. 550w is way anough; you probably will never reach 400


for the most part LeoMatrix is correct. The X79 chip set it not compatible with the 3570K. That particular CPU is a socket 1155. The X79 cipset is a socket 2011.

for the part that is a bit Off. Asus does make a Motherboard that will work AND it is a Sabertooth. Here is the link. It's a z77 board and don't go with an H77 board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

like tiny voices said get a quality PSU don't do cheap in the end it can come back to bite you.
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March 9, 2013 4:23:47 AM

Timothyhii said:
i never knew x79 cant run a i5-3570k. can the Z77 support overclocking if i want to do it in the future? or can it support other Cpu? and if im changing to a z77 MB i would have enough $ for a amd radeon hd 7970. so my question is should i change to Z77 with a chance to upgrade cpu / overclock in the future and get amd radeon hd 7970 ? or should i just stay with the gtx 670? :D 


1. yes the Z77 will support Overclocking.
2. yes the Z77 can support other CPU's but stay with what you have picked. The ability to OC is great when they start to get out of date you can give them an extra boost to get you by for a little bit.
3. personally I say stay with the GTX 670 GPU and in the future add another one if necessary. The board I suggested will do both SLI/CrossFire either way you decide to go.
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March 9, 2013 4:35:13 AM

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March 9, 2013 4:35:19 AM

Thanks to all for the quick reply :)  cant wait to order these in asap :D 
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