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post #1 of 38
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I recently started research into building my first rig. It will be mostly used for gaming and I would love for it to handle current games as well as near future titles at top settings around 60fps.

I am really hoping to learn more about overclocking and so of course would like to know if that is possible with this setup. Any information is appreciated! Thank you.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DZ5x
post #2 of 38
I would make a few changes.

If you dont mind amd i would go for the 7950 or possible 7970. I would go with the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950

I would get a better motherboard. Even though the asrock was recommended before a bunch of issues are popping up with them. I would go for the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H.

Also i would spend a little more and get the Samsung 840 120gb.
post #3 of 38
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Thanks! Making adjustments based on your advice.
post #4 of 38
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/his-video-card-h797qm3g2m I would suggest this gpu if you can bump your budget up a tad.
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I would also go for a 7950. My sapphire 7950 boost runs 1200 mhz core and never even hits 70 C on air, also VRMs stay 1-3 degrees warmer than core, which are very good temps for VRMs... I have not had any problems with my extreme4 mobo but I do know that gigabyte, msi, and asus use better VRMs.
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post #6 of 38
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Originally Posted by SB Pako View Post

I would make a few changes.

If you dont mind amd i would go for the 7950 or possible 7970. I would go with the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950

I would get a better motherboard. Even though the asrock was recommended before a bunch of issues are popping up with them. I would go for the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H.

Also i would spend a little more and get the Samsung 840 120gb.

also a higher quality single rail PSU would be better
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post #7 of 38
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Originally Posted by trailer park boy View Post

also a higher quality single rail PSU would be better

# of rails is mostly inconsequential unless worried about OCP on HIGH wattage systems.


Try to find a reasonable PSU from the recommended list:

http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies/0_50
 
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post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by trailer park boy View Post

also a higher quality single rail PSU would be better

I didn't even think to look at the psu when reviewing the build. I would recommend this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-capstone550m in place of the current psu its modular and gold certified.
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post #9 of 38
The capstones are exceptional value for the money. Some of the best built and perfomring PSUs around. Superflower is the OEM iirc.
 
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post #10 of 38
Few things I noticed. If you're going to spend about $50 on Memory, at least make it the Samsung "WonderRam" (Samsung Low Volt Ram, "Green", 32nm Ram etc.). With that ram you can at least overclock it to 1866 or 2133MHz fairly easy without much work.

A 64GB SSD is pretty useless, at least spend about $100 and get a 128GB SSD. You can get a crucial M4 128GB for about $100 on Amazon.

Sound cards are pretty useless IMO, unless you are trying to do some studio grade work. Onboard audio has vastly improved, I say that $40 is a waste of money. A good pair of headphones or sound system would be a better investment (got mine for $50 used off of eBay, and it thumps and is LOUD).

Lastly, you can get that same monitor (but 1080p variation) off of Amazon.com for $147 It's listed as used, but Like New. So usually that means open box item. Really no point in spending the extra $150 practically for 1200p, doesn't seem worth it.

You can use the money you saved on that right there to get a better case or larger SSD. thumb.gif
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 2/16/13 at 10:12pm
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