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driedupfish

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208BB DVD/CD Writer ($25.02 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1097.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 21:54 EST-0500)

How is this build. I feel that a 750w PSU is a bit overkill, but if I eventually want to have a dual 7950 setup, then 750w would be ideal right?

Also, this rig will be used mainly for gaming
Thanks

Edited by driedupfish, 30 December 2012 - 09:00 PM.

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Hi driedupfish. Posted Image

A great build, everything is compatable.

NB. The stock cooler with your selected CPU is more than capable of doing the job and just so you are aware, Installing a cooler other than the one supplied with a retail boxed CPU, will void the warranty, this from both Intel and AMD.
Regarding the CPU, If you can get to one of these stores, > http://www.microcent..._1155_Processor pick up only,$189
saving you $30.

I feel that a 750w PSU is a bit overkill, but if I eventually want to have a dual 7950 setup, then 750w would be ideal right?

750W would be good for duel graphics but, personal opinion, hardly worth the effort, costly, a lot more heat to cope with, be aware that even if your set up can generate 200 fps and you have a monitor with a 60Htz refresh rate, all you will ever see is 60 fps. Your selected card will be able to support nearly every game on ultra setting for a long time to come, then sell it and upgrade to the latest and greatest if you feel it is nec.

For your PSU, a quality 650W with sufficient amps on the 12v rails will still give headroom for adding parts like HDDs and monitors providing you do not install a second video card.

The Haf does not have USB 3.0 header on the front panel, only matters if having option is important to you. For more controllable air flow and build quality, one of my favourites the Antec Nine Hundred, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129097
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Hi driedupfish. Posted Image

A great build, everything is compatable.

NB. The stock cooler with your selected CPU is more than capable of doing the job and just so you are aware, Installing a cooler other than the one supplied with a retail boxed CPU, will void the warranty, this from both Intel and AMD.
Regarding the CPU, If you can get to one of these stores, > http://www.microcent..._1155_Processor pick up only,$189
saving you $30.

I feel that a 750w PSU is a bit overkill, but if I eventually want to have a dual 7950 setup, then 750w would be ideal right?

750W would be good for duel graphics but, personal opinion, hardly worth the effort, costly, a lot more heat to cope with, be aware that even if your set up can generate 200 fps and you have a monitor with a 60Htz refresh rate, all you will ever see is 60 fps. Your selected card will be able to support nearly every game on ultra setting for a long time to come, then sell it and upgrade to the latest and greatest if you feel it is nec.

For your PSU, a quality 650W with sufficient amps on the 12v rails will still give headroom for adding parts like HDDs and monitors providing you do not install a second video card.

The Haf does not have USB 3.0 header on the front panel, only matters if having option is important to you. For more controllable air flow and build quality, one of my favourites the Antec Nine Hundred, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129097


Thanks for the suggestion. If I plan to crossfire my 7950 in the future, do you think a 650w PSU is enough?
According to this website http://www.guru3d.co...nd_3_way,5.html :

"Radeon HD 7950 Crossfire x2 - On your average system the cards require you to have a 700 Watt power supply unit as minimum."
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Hi.
Used this calculator, > http://extreme.outer...n.com/PSUEngine which calculates min, 570W, recommended 620W.
My input.
Your CPU, over-clocked.
High end Desktop motherboard,
2 sticks of RAM,
Crossfire 2 Radeon HD 7950
1xSSD 1XHDD 1 Opticel
3 120MM FANS, 2 140MM FANS.
1 External USB device.
90% SYSTEM LOAD,
30% Capacitor ageing.
The calculator automatically adds in mouse, keyboard and monitor.
These online calculators are nearly always over the top, If you were to find the exact power requirements for each item, added together, it would be well below the min 570W.

So a quality 650W PSU will be good, will not be running flat out and still leave some wiggle room.
Here are two, matching your exact requirements, my first choice is the
Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-675M as it is modular. > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%20600014022%20600014140%20600036440&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=58%7C17-153-126%5E17-153-126-TS%2C17-207-014%5E17-207-014-TS

If you do order through Newegg remember to look for the Promo codes.

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