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How's this for a Gaming PC build? Am I going overboard???


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Initial post: Mar 4, 2013 5:32:45 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2013 5:34:48 AM PST
M. Stifler says:
EDITED for final purchase

Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express Graphic Card GV-R795WF3-3GD
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)
Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Rosewill 300Mbps 802.11 b/g/n Wireless Adapter (RNX-N250PCe)
Rosewill Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case CHALLENGER-U3
Rosewill CAPSTONE Series 650W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CAPSTONE-650
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
eBlue Cobra II 1600dpi Wired USB Gaming Optical Mouse for GW2 Razer Player EMS123, Black

Am I going too far on my first PC build? I want this to play next-gen games high settings. This build includes bioshock infinite and crysis 3 free. Totals a little under $1000 with the OS.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 5:38:49 PM PST
You are not going overboard. That's a pretty good rig that will bring you many hours of sweet high end gaming.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 5:39:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2013 5:42:32 PM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Looks goods to me. I'd built it. lol

I wouldn't pay $100 for a power supply that small, or that brand...though.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 5:42:52 PM PST
M. Stifler says:
Should I go ahead and bite on this? I was planning on buying at least one next-gen system at launch, but kinda tired about missing out on the modding community and fantastic game sales (steam). Not thrilled about dropping this much at once, but it would likely end up saving me money in the long run.

Are these things not too difficult to piece together? I have swapped HDDs and RAM in my macbook, but never taken apart a PC.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 5:44:31 PM PST
M. Stifler says:
Regarding the Power Supply, it's a combo deal at newegg for that and the case $130 plus another $10 rebate. Doing some research, it's the only PSU with gold certification or whatever at that price.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 5:44:38 PM PST
Finger says:
I don't think thats over the top. And its a good price. Go for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 6:01:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2013 6:03:25 PM PST
got mayo?™ says:
I think if you are going to buy a Crossfire ready motherboard and you are going to spend a $100 on a power supply, may as well be a power supply you can Crossfire with down the road. (ie. 750 watts )

Just my .02 cents.

Its not a bad combo deal if your heart is set on that case otherwise. Overall its a great build.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 6:11:50 PM PST
M. Stifler says:
Any better that the psu ends up being only $60 b/c of the combo? case, which i like, is $60 by itself. the combo and rebate bring the psu to $60 as well.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 6:12:22 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 6:14:52 PM PST
M. Stifler says:
Hey another thing. I'm going to be using this for gaming, mostly, maybe HTPC down the road. Should I go with Win7 or Linux? I'm a MAC right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 6:38:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2013 6:39:07 PM PST
Win 7 pro, you can always instal some sort of Linux based server through a Windows program.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 6:48:37 PM PST
M. Stifler says:
Probably just going to get Win7home. I don't think I need anything higher than that.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 7:06:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2013 8:14:14 PM PST
Finger says:
You sure you wouldn't prefer a modular power supply? And I didn't see a hard drive...

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 9:20:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2013 9:23:52 PM PST
Ham Salad says:
Definitely not going overboard. I bought a rig about that same price over 5 years ago, and I'm still playing most games on the highest graphics setting possible. It's worth the investment.

I was wondering about the hard drive as well though. You should consider getting a solid state drive, they're definitely worth the performance boost. But that's also going to increase your price.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 10:58:01 PM PST
Yes, it's clearly going overboard. Just buy a PS3.

Seriously though, it's not going overboard at all. I would generally recommend going the Intel/Nvidia route, but that's just me. It'll be perfectly capable.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 12:07:42 AM PST
When building a PC from scratch, if it all comes to under $1000 it's not going overboard.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 3:55:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2013 3:55:35 AM PST
M. Stifler says:
I have an extra drive sitting around already. May get another SSD down the road ( I have one that I installed in my Macbook Pro).

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 4:47:16 AM PST
MinXo says:
Well balanced. Rosewill PSUs are quiet and run cool. With that CPU heatsink you can do some great overclocking. I hear that the 7950 can outperform the 660 ti (which I own) by a small margin. At 1080p you should be able to run every game at max settings, if you run multiple monitors or higher resolution you may have to bump it down a bit. Hope you enjoy it!

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 7:08:35 AM PST
M. Stifler says:
Another question, do most games the are on both PC and 360 support the 360 controller you can buy for PC?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 7:12:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2013 7:13:16 AM PST
Coffee says:
Eh, yes and no. Some games come with native full controller support, others only partial support. And some not at all, you'll have to get a joystick emulator to get one to work.

Steam is pretty good about letting you know which games support controllers, though. And I feel developers are starting to get a LOT better about supporting controllers, anyway. Safe bet is, if it plays on Xbox, it'll use a controller as well on PC.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 7:14:55 AM PST
M. Stifler says:
To update, amazon just upped the price of the CPU I was getting to make it just about equal to the intel i5 that is a little better, so I'm switching to that and looking for another mobo.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 7:17:23 AM PST
Lyrick_ says:
Most do, some do not.

recently I've noticed two that didn't:

Mass Effect 3 (possibly most Bioware games don't naively utilize a controller)

BioShock 2 doesn't for some stupid reason, that is beyond my comprehension.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 7:34:54 AM PST
I dont know if someone already said something. It's been a few years since I made my own PC but that Powersupply seems pretty small for that rig.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 7:36:05 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Do you happen to have a Microcenter nearby?

Check their store locator

www.microcenter.com

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 7:36:23 AM PST
650W PSUs are fine these days with the lowered power consumption of even high-end cards.

I'm not a fan of Rosewill though. Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, OCZ, Cooler-Master, and PC Power and Cooling for me.
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