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I'm going to be building my first PC for gaming. How do you guys think it will fair?

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
ASRock Z77 Pro3 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard
8GB of Ram
MSI GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr III OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
Corsair CX600 PSU
post #2 of 14

Can you tell us your budget and places of where you're going to be buying from? That will help us a lot :)

Anyways, just by directly critiquing your build, I'd change the power supply to something different. CX power supplies sound good as they are from Corsair, but their coil whine is annoyingly loud - trust me, you don't want the coil whine from one of those things.

Recommendations:

Rosewill Capstone 450-M

Rosewill Hive 550-M

Seasonic S12II 520W Bronze

Seasonic S12II 430W Bronze

Enermax NAXN 82+ 550W 

XFX ProSeries 450W

All of the above are better choices at similar prices to the CX600.

Also, a HD 7870 GHz would be a better choice than the GTX 660.

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Even better than the 7870ghz at the same price basically would be the 7870 tahti LE, almost on par with 7950 performance.
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I'm going to Micro Center to buy everything. My budget it pretty much about $600 for right now...which these pretty much cost in total.
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Must you buy everything at MicroCenter? Prices are better online, but I won't disrespect your decision of buying only at MicroCenter for the sake of speed and simplicity.


Edited by funfortehfun - 1/22/13 at 6:59pm
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Yes I do..plus if something is wrong, I dont have to ship it out and wait. I can go right up to the store and have it handled that day. I honestly prefer that and find it very convenient. smile.gif
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Yea if you don't mind paying tax (depending on state) microcenter can be a good way to go. If your microcenter happens to have el-cheapo i5 2500k's I would hop on that. Also GPU's in general at microcenter tend to be a bit expensive.

I would recommend either the Radeon 7850 or the GTX 660. I've seen on this forum people overclocking the 7850 to 7870 performance and this one looks like a good candidate:

7850- http://www.microcenter.com/product/387395/GV-R785OC-2GD_AMD_Radeon_HD_7850_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card

The EVGA GTX 660 FTW would also be a good choice for a GPU. At my microcenter it's $235 which really isn't too bad considering what you save on CPU/Motherboard.

660- http://www.microcenter.com/product/387395/GV-R785OC-2GD_AMD_Radeon_HD_7850_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card

EDIT: My microcenter has the i5 2500k OEM for $140! That's a killer deal.
Edited by Cheeseinat0r - 1/22/13 at 6:57pm
     
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Why get the Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 Processor instead of the 3570K? Plus the i5 3470 is only $10 more. I know K lets you overclock but what would make the 2500K so good?

I've also considered getting an open boxed P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard which allows SLI that would cost me $10 more than the one I listed above. Is getting a open boxed MB a good idea? I'd do it for a gpu but a mobo..I dunno. I can take it back is something is wrong though at least
post #9 of 14
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Also I've had the Radeons have driver issues and dont render 3D as good as nvidia. I've had good experiences with nvidia though
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Also I've had the Radeons have driver issues and dont render 3D as good as nvidia. I've had good experiences with nvidia though

At this point AMD's employees are working their butts off to make money. Their drivers are getting better by the day. With overclockability a big feature on many Radeon cards, a 7870 GHz can easily beat a 660 Ti on Beta 12.11 CAP 2 drivers.

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