Check out my gaming build? Suggestions?

I’m pretty new to this whole process and recently decided to build myself a gaming desktop. Can you guys give me some feedback on my build?


Asus p8z77-v-LE - $130

CPU: - i5 3570k - $220


Corsair 16gb Vengeance - $100

Graphics Card:

Gigabyte hd 7970 3gb - $400


Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm 1tb - $65

Case: NZXT Phantom $120


Do i need 600w or 700w?

Cx600 Corsair PSU

Other than that I will probably buy some cheap CD-drive and some fans. But that is my base build so far. Again any suggestions and advice would go a long ways. I would greatly appreciate it. Budget at about $1200
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  1. 600w would more than suffice, but i'd get 700w just in case you want to CF down the road.
    couple more suggestions:
    -drop the ram to 8gb
    -hold off on the +$100 cases for now
    -get an SSD
  2. 600w would more than suffice, but i'd get 700w just in case you want to CF down the road.
    couple more suggestions:
    -drop the ram to 8gb
    -hold off on the +$100 cases for now
    -get an SSD
  3. SSD's are a bit out of my price range. A similar build with an SSD instead of an HDD only gives me 128 gbs of space. With all the games I plan to install I am fairly sure that would not last me an extremely long time which is why I chose to go with the HDD. In the future I may choose to add in a 128gb ssd for a boot drive and whatnot. What does CF stand for? is the 700 watts really necessary for the 30$ increase in price. Im trying to stay strict on my budget. As far as the case goes, im a sucker for cosmetics, but i'll look around a bit more.
  4. CF- crossfire (ati's answer to nvidia sli or scalable link interface) allows the connection of two or more discrete graphic cards to be connected and function as one, more powerful, unit.

    Check this build out:

    Generally, if you have a budget of >$1000 you should be able to fit a high end GPU and a decent SSD. The 7970 will last you a while especially if you're gaming on one monitor and the one listed comes with 4 free games. There's a solid (80+ gold) 600w psu to go with it too, but there's nothing wrong with corsair products ;). The case was intentionally left out.
  5. When you get your build, remember to check your RAM

    frequencies in the BIOS, to change to the frequencies they're

    actually marked for. Such as 1600 or 1833. If they're 1333, you

    don't need to check anything.
  6. I wouldn't get an SSD, I would just get a 7970GHz. Some people have recommended off brand PSUs, you can get one of them if you want your PC to fry, if I had your budget this is what I would get. Do you need a OS?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.55 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1190.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-21 09:04 EDT-0400)
  7. To this day I still don't know why people recommend GHz editions over the cheaper stock 7970s. Is it that hard to OC a stock 7970 8-10%?

    FSP is hardly off brand. they're the PSU OEMs of reputable brands such as EVGA, Enermax, silverstone, and many others. For $76, that PSU is a steal, considering other major e-tailers are selling for +$100. The corsair CX series' OEM is channel well. Its their VX, TX, HX, and AX series that are seasonic rebrands.

    as for the ssd, the OP said he can't fit it into his budget. I showed him that he can.
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