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Is this a good solid build for a pure gaming setup? Is there anything I could change that would make it better? Also what kind of Power Supply do I need to run this rig? Also would I be better off going with the ASUS Maximus V Gene for an extra $40 over the Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3?

Resolution: 1 monitor @ 1920x1080p
Games: BF3, Metro 2033, Starcraft 2, Guild Wars 2, and etc.
Budget: $800 after rebates
OC: 4.5+Ghz
Xfire/SLI: No


Ivy Bridge Build $1000

CPU: i5 3570k $170 @Micro Center
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H $140 @Newegg $130 w/rebate
RAM: Patriot Viper 3 8GB $26 @Newegg
COOL: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo $27 @NCIX US
OS: Windows 7 Home SP1 64-Bit $100 @Newegg
GPU: Gigabyte Windforce 3X 7950 OC $300 @Amazon $280 w/rebate
CASE: NZXT Tempest 410 $55 @Newegg
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 $70 @Newegg
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $70 @Newegg
Total: $958

Discounts:
-20 Gigabyte Windforce 3X 7950 OC
-10 rebate GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
-15 off Mobo/OS Combo
Total w/rebates: $913

Edited by suisiders - 11/1/12 at 4:14pm
post #2 of 22
Very solid build. I wouldn't change a thing. Maybe add a SSD if it fits the budget. Also, you could get windows 8 for like 40 bucks at Microsoft web site. saves you a few bucks.

Nice build.thumb.gif
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I want to help select the power supply.  :)

 

Right now, the best of the best on the market are Rosewill's modular Capstone series.  The PSU Rosewill used to make them is the Superflower Golden Green Pro, but the price is ridiculously low.  For example, the one I recommend is the 550W version, and it's $79.99 shipped:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182262

 

This has more than your system would ever need.  It will even be enough for future upgrades due to your single GPU preference!

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post #4 of 22
Yes that is a great gaming rig. I would buy a min. 700w quality brand power supply if you might change your mind about sli/crossfire. The best performance boost is to run a Solid State Drive (in the SATA 6.0 port) as your primary hard drive. OCZ Vertex 4, Intel 520 or Samsung 830 are about the fastest drives out. Your boot and random access times will be ridiculously faster than that Samsung drive. Install all of your movies, songs, pics, etc on the Samsung. Also, ensure the board memory voltage and timings are correct; a few Z77 boards I've seen you have to manually set them...

I would overclock the processor to 4.0Ghz immediately, the processor can easily handle it on stock voltage. You will probably not notice any performance difference at 4.5Ghz vs stock with your current games. I wouldn't stress the cpu/raise voltage if you don't have to. The 7950 can easily run 1000 core/ 1375 memory @ 1.112v which is perfect for everyday use and good for a few fps. The computer will run everything on max for a long time to come. Enjoy your build!
post #5 of 22

Well, even with two 7970s (instead of two 7950s), a quality-made 650W power supply would still be enough:

 

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_radeon_hd_7970_crossfire_review,7.html

 

With two 7970s under full load in their system, their power supply pulled 567W from the wall outlet.  The CPU was idling, so let's add 150W for an overclocked 3570K under full load.  If both the 7970s and the 3570K were under full load at the same time, then it would make the PSU pull 717W from the wall outlet.  If the PSU is 85% efficient while pulling 717W from the wall outlet, then that would mean the system is pulling about 610W from the PSU (609.45W).  This would be easy for a quality-made 650W power supply because it would be designed to be able to continuously deliver 650W nonstop 24/7.

 

Using a similar calculation for a single 7950, I get a maximum power draw from the PSU of 383W (382.50W).

 

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/his_radeon_hd_7950_review,8.html

 

Even two 7950s is still fine with a quality-made 550W power supply:

 

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_7950_crossfire_review_2_and_3_way,5.html

 

The 7950s alone pulled 279W.  So if I assume the system pulls 150W while idling, then that means their system causes their PSU to pull 429W from the wall outlet with the 7950s under full load.  If I add another 150W for an overclocked 3570K, then that results in the PSU pulling 579W from the wall.  If the PSU is 85% efficient while pulling 579W from the wall outlet, then that means the system is pulling 492W from the PSU if both the 3570K and the 7950s are under full load simultaneously.

 

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post #6 of 22
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I don't know much about the Rosewill CAPSTONE 550-M, but for $80 it seems like a really good deal especially since its 80+ gold certified and modular. How does it compare to Corsair and Seasonic power supplys? Most people recommend the SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze $68 and SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze $70 and SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze $80 and SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze $90.
Edited by suisiders - 10/31/12 at 4:09am
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I don't know much about the Rosewill CAPSTONE 550-M, but for $80 it seems like a really good deal especially since its 80+ gold certified and modular. How does it compare to Corsair and Seasonic power supplys? Most people recommend the SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze $68 and SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze $70.

I would say the Rosewill is a good Choice , Seasonic is good as well. But for the Price and the Rating of the Rosewill Capstone Series, You wont Regret it.
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post #8 of 22
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If I download windows 8 pro from the website for $40 is that an upgrade or a new install? because I need a clean version of windows to install on my computer because my old one has a OEM version of windows 7 so I can't use that for an upgrade to windows 8.
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Here is the final build! I decided against a mATX build and decided to go for an ATX build. Let me know what you guys think about it! biggrin.gif I have one question would it be worth it to get the OPEN BOX GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H for $105 or am I better off getting a new GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H for $140?

Ivy Bridge Build $1000

CPU: i5 3570k $170 @Micro Center
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H $140 @Newegg $130 w/rebate
RAM: Patriot Viper 3 8GB $26 @Newegg
COOL: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo $27 @NCIX US
OS: Windows 7 Home SP1 64-Bit $100 @Newegg
GPU: Gigabyte Windforce 3X 7950 OC $300 @Amazon $280 w/rebate
CASE: NZXT Tempest 410 $55 @Newegg
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 $70 @Newegg
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $70 @Newegg
Total: $958

Discounts:
-20 Gigabyte Windforce 3X 7950 OC
-10 rebate GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
-15 off Mobo/OS Combo
Total w/rebates: $913
Edited by suisiders - 11/1/12 at 4:15pm
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As long as the company offers you the same warranty for the open box product I don't see the issue in saving money.
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