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Old 04-30-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Question Building my first Gaming PC, need some advice

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570k 3.4GHz LGA 1155

Motherboard
Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory
8GB DDR3-1600

Hard Drive
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 SATA 6.0Gb

Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB

Case
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow ATX Mid-tower

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler

I currently game on my MBP that has an AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB. The games I mostly play are TF2, Skyrim, Arkham City, and Portal 2. I want to be able to play these games at my monitors native 1920 x 1080 resolution with high or max settings. How much power do I need to power all of this? Could you please offer some advice or suggestions on the current state of my build?
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:21 AM   #2
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I think a GTX 570 or 580 will work just fine, cost less, and actually be in stock.

Use a PSU power calculator like http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

SeaSonic M12II 620 PSU is a great PSU for under $100.

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Old 05-01-2012, 05:14 AM   #3
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No advice just some questions.

A $50 case for such high quality parts??? A good quality case can improve your build experience making it more enjoyable. I remember older cheap cases would cut your fingers and would have no where or nothing to route PSU cables. Anand Tech case reviews will point out how enjoyable it is to build a system with quality case features..

Your CPU choice indicates overclocking. Are your case and cpu cooler adequate for the amount of overclocking you want to try???

Seems like money is not a problem. If so why not get an SSD drive or at least a small one to improve boot up and caching experience making use of one of the Z77's nicer features???

Are you thinking modular PSU???
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No advice just some questions.

A $50 case for such high quality parts??? A good quality case can improve your build experience making it more enjoyable. I remember older cheap cases would cut your fingers and would have no where or nothing to route PSU cables. Anand Tech case reviews will point out how enjoyable it is to build a system with quality case features..

Your CPU choice indicates overclocking. Are your case and cpu cooler adequate for the amount of overclocking you want to try???

Seems like money is not a problem. If so why not get an SSD drive or at least a small one to improve boot up and caching experience making use of one of the Z77's nicer features???

Are you thinking modular PSU???
I already bought the 680, my Local Fry's had many in stock. I did think twice about the Case and I went ahead and bought this Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case as for the PSU I did go with a Modular one, this CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W I was thinking of getting an SSD strictly for Windows. But which SSD would allow me to take advantage of those features? Could you help me out in selecting one?
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My choice:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167092

For 60GB $120 and free shipping. Maybe you can find it cheaper.

Seems the 20GB sata II are more expensive.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5721/i...eries-launched
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&SID=u00000626

Intel is definitely more expensive but seems to have the more reliable rep and warranty though I didn't see the warranty mentioned in the link. If it's only going to be a cache you can get away with a less expensive product as they are all fast. Just be aware of sata II and III.

Forgot to mention you made all very nice choices enjoy.

Two more links:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5508/i...to-sandforce/1

For warranty
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5751/i...able-sandforce

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I already bought the 680, my Local Fry's had many in stock.
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I was thinking of getting an SSD strictly for Windows. But which SSD would allow me to take advantage of those features? Could you help me out in selecting one?
680 'in the wild' is somewhat surprising since I've yet to see them available on retailers for reasonable prices. It's like how the Nintendo Wii didn't seem to exist for a couple years.


Here's a couple suggestions for SSD:

Intel => supposedly best reliability (supposedly means I don't have any facts to support this)

Crucial => some of the best price/performance (Prices can be under $1/gb even!)

Samsung => best non-Sandforce performance (also supposedly quite reliable)

Sandforce based SSD => excellent performance (most Sandforce drives are pretty much cookie cutter copies of each other- differences are usually in warranty and the quality of parts used). Controller will say "Sandforce ####" where #### is the subtype.
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More useful info on Intel SRT (SSD caching):

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4329/i...ching-review/2


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The 20GB SSD uses 34nm SLC NAND, thus pricing the drive more like a 40GB MLC SSD at $110.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4337/z68-ssd-caching-with-corsairs-f40-sandforce-ssd/1

If you don't understand SLC and MLC read:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...SD-Units/904/2
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