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    Keyboard Turner
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    Jul 2012
    Boston, MA

    Need help with first computer build

    Hey everyone. This is going to be my first computer build. I'm replacing my computer that's about 5 years old, so nothing is really reusable. I pretty much saw a build on another post that I believe would do the job, but I'm not sure if it is overkill or not enough.

    Budget: $1600
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080
    Games / Settings Desired: I usually just play WoW, SC2, and Diablo 3. Ideally I would like to play all on max settings.
    Any other intensive software or special things you do: Nope
    Country: USA - I'm near a Microcenter if that can factor into getting parts cheaper
    Parts that can be reused: None
    Do you need an OS?: Yes - Are students able to get copies of Windows 7 for less than retail? I have a friend who is still in college.
    Do you need peripherals? I would welcome keyboard and speaker suggestions

    It's my first time posting, so I can't give a link to the build. Here are the parts that I plan on using. Thanks in advance for any advice!

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 at Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACFZ13-PRO 49.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.72 at NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 at Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 at Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 at SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($106.31 at Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($407.86 at Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 at Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 at Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 at Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($253.98 at Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($88.73 at Amazon)
    Total: $1525.05

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    Moderator chazus's Avatar
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    Nov 2011
    Las Vegas
    I would get a bigger power supply. 520 is cutting is pretty thing with the video card.

    it might be worth a little extra to get a 256gb SSD over the 128. But thats just me.

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    You can get the mobo/cpu bundle at microcenter (50$ off the purchase). You can also get an evga gtx 670 ftw instead of 7950 (409.99 on newegg).

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by chazus View Post
    I would get a bigger power supply. 520 is cutting is pretty thing with the video card.

    it might be worth a little extra to get a 256gb SSD over the 128. But thats just me.
    It's not coming anywhere close. 7950 has a max TDP of 180w, his processor 77.

    OP, your PSU selection is fine.
    i7-4770k - GTX 780 Ti - 16GB DDR3 Ripjaws - (2) HyperX 120s / Vertex 3 120
    ASRock Extreme3 - Sennheiser Momentums - Xonar DG - EVGA Supernova 650G - Corsair H80i

    build pics

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    Elemental Lord Notarget's Avatar
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    Feb 2010
    Dark Side of the Moon
    GIGABYTE GTX 670 Windforce - $400 (one of the better 670's out there)

    Better card overall and cheaper even if it's only by a little

    Performance comparison: Stock 670 vs stock 7950

    The CPU heat sink isn't really any good (better than stock though). If you need to keep the price low look at something like the Xigmatek Gaia instead.

    Rest of the build is really solid.
    Last edited by Notarget; 2012-07-31 at 11:40 PM.
    CPU: Intel i7-4790k 4.7GHz MB: ASUS Z97 Pro Gamer
    GPU: Gigabyte GTX 970 G1-Gaming 1519MHz Boost RAM: Corsair Pro 16GB 1866MHz
    SSD: Samsung 850-EVO 500GB PSU: Corsair RM550 CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Monitor: 1440p Dell U2515H 1080p LG 237L-BN IPS
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    I am Murloc! Xuvial's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    New Zealand
    Agreed with the GTX670, I would take it over an HD7950 any day. Especially if you're paying $400+ for a 7950.

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