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first time gaming pc! please critique proposed build.

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March 28, 2013 5:59:23 PM

mainly playing rpg/rts (civ 5, guild wars2, star craft, diablo 3, etc). dont play high demand fps like bf3 or crysis, but would like to keep my options opened. would the 7870 suffice? or should i just go all out with the 7950? ive already come from a ~$800 to a well over $1000 build. would ultimately like to keep everything (including 1 monitor, keyboard and mouse) to roughly 1500. will this mobo be enough? i'm debating between z77x d3h and asrock z77 extreme4. will this 650w be enough with overclock? i want a sleek, minimal case without sacrificing cooling. will the corsair 200r be ok? should i get anymore fans? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! thanks!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MSvg

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a b 4 Gaming
March 28, 2013 6:15:11 PM

To play the games you are looking at the 7870 is MORE than enough to play all of those on max settings.

The z77x D3h & z77 extreme4 at heart are the same board you can go with whichever happens to be cheaper.

You do not need more than 500w for this build to power your entire computer with an overclock.

The corsair 200r is a fine case to go with, you do not need more fans just set the ones that come with the case up right and you will be fine.

I also noticed your RAM is very pricey, I added some that performs the same but is cheaper.

Here are the changes I made to save you some money. (You still have the same performance)

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $879.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a c 287 4 Gaming
March 28, 2013 6:30:14 PM

With those games, even a 7850 would be fine. I was able to cut your build down by about $130.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $989.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 21:24 EDT-0400)
Note: Total is actually $1020. It says $989 due to the in-store pickup microcenter price.

I switched out the hyper 212 for a xigmatek gaia. They both cool about the same, but the xigmatek is cheaper (and smaller by a bit)
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is probably the most popular motherboard for decent overclocks, plus it's $20 cheaper.
Cheap, low profile ram that works.
Switched out the SSD for a 840 PRO, $5 more but it's better.
Sapphire 7870 ghz edition is cheaper and should work just as good as the gigabyte one.
The corsair 200r is good, but I chose to opt for a good, cheaper case. The NZXT Tempest 210 cools well and provides decent enough cable management. Also has lots of room for extra fans in the future, so you choose to get more.
The xfx550w would be able to run this system, but it's a non-modular psu. If you're fine with not having the best cable management, this should fit your need at a nice $60 price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($171.98 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($65.96 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($52.09 @ Amazon)
Total: $290.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 21:47 EDT-0400)
Here's a monitor, keyboard and mouse. A nice 23" 1080p IPS monitor at a decent price. A mechanical keyboard, only con I can see is the no number pad on the right. Nice laser mouse.
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March 30, 2013 1:34:28 AM

thanks for taking the time to look over my build! and thanks realchoas for even pricing a keyboard/mouse/monitor for me! dont hate me, but ive revised my build and kinda went in a different direction: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jaabez/saved/1oJK

im gonna go ahead and get 7950 as its only $60-80 more. im considering dropping SSD. i may have a copy of win7 from my laptop, gonna check when i get home. is this psu balanced for OC or even possible crossfire. or should i go up to 750?
March 30, 2013 2:14:24 AM

Is that a solid 7950? Why are the other saffires more expensive? And which would you recommend?
a c 287 4 Gaming
March 30, 2013 11:31:01 AM

That is a solid 7950 at a great price. Other sapphires cost more because they use the Vapor-X cooler, not the Dual-X found in the 7950 you chose. The Vapor-X is supposed to have better cooling and heatsink, but the Dual-X is still very good. Nothing is wrong with the one you chose.
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