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Old 11-05-2011, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Build: Video card, power supply, fan questions

Here is a new build for gaming I'm about to buy. Just had a few questions:

Is my power supply sufficient?
Is this a good video card for high settings for games coming out?
Should I be getting a 3rd party fan or any other cooling options? I do plan to overclock and it will be my first time doing so.

Any other comments/suggestions are welcome too. All help is appreciated!

*No hard drive is being purchased. I'll be using an old one until prices go back to normal.


**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor](Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor - PCPartPicker) | $179.99 @ Microcenter

**Motherboard** | [Asus P8Z68-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard](Asus P8Z68-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard - PCPartPicker) | $169.99 @ Amazon

**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - PCPartPicker) | $46.99 @ Newegg

**Case** | [Apevia X-Jupiter G-Type Black ATX Full Tower Case](Apevia X-Jupiter G-Type Black ATX Full Tower Case - PCPartPicker) | $89.98 @ Newegg

**Power Supply** | [Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply](Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply - PCPartPicker) | $49.99 @ Microcenter


I couldn't find my video card on pcpartpicker.com:

Galaxy 70XKH3HS3CUB GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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Default Re: New Build: Video card, power supply, fan questions

Your power supply should be good.

I would go with a GTX 560 over the GTX 470.

Newegg.com - MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

If your planning on overclocking then a aftermarket heatsink is recommended. How much of an overclock are you hoping for? For the budget minded overclocker I'll recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212+

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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From what I've been reading, OCing the processor to 4.5 ghz is easily doable so I'll probably shoot for that. I like that video card. I'll be switching to that and with the rebate it's actually $10 cheaper.

Hit a snag with the full tower. It barely fits under the desk. Looking for a mid-tower or maybe I'll put it on the side. Any suggestions?

Edit: Nevermind about the tower question. I just moved my current CPU (ATX mid tower) out from under the desk to the side and I like it that way MUCH better so the full tower will work fine. It's probably better for cooling anyway. There was a desk drawer right above the tower so it was probably a little too close (definitely with the full tower).

I very much appreciate the help!
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