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Hi all, I finally took the plunge after a month or so researching my components and after 4 years of my old PC, I decided to enter the world of PC building. Special mention to some PCPartsPickers members who commented and advised me in the thread I posted in the Part List Opinions Wanted sub-section. Made a slight mistake in thinking my old optical drive would be able to be placed into my new build but it turns out it was incompatible.

The only components that I am still waiting to purchase is a new optical drive (as mentioned above) and a new graphics card. I have had to used my old graphics card from my old pre-purchased PC which was a XFX HD 5770 but couldn't find the exact on here so selected the PowerColor one. I'm looking at either the Sapphire HD 7870 XT or spending a bit more and getting the Sapphire HD 7950 Vapox-X.

I am looking to OC the CPU in the future but I am a noob at these things and may wait a few months before I venture into any tinkering. It took me about 4-5 hours to build and I am waiting to improve my cable management (especially in the back of the case) when I receive and install a new GPU and optical drive. Overall though, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience building my own PC and I hope you guys be gentle and comment nice on my build :D Thank you.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 6 points

nice build. Of course the 7950 will be better in overall performance but the 7870xt wins in the price/performance ratio. Its ALL in the budget. You would be happy with either card.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment, yeah there has been alot of positive feedback for this card, think I'll probably get it then.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

If you decide to overclock the 7870xt, it has the potential to perform on as well as a stock 7950. It's really a no brainer :D

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh really? I did not know that, I shall get it then :) Thanks.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Not to say that the Powercolor 7870xt isn't a good card, but the cooler on it can be loud, but on the other side of the coin Tomshardware has done 2 deals with newegg to get the card for $210 so I would see about that. Otherwise the sapphire 7870xt is probably the best strictly for the more than adequate cooler on it :P.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

agreed ^

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Listen to this fella lol

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build.id probably just get a 7870 xt

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

The White 500r looks great with the white desk. Nice choices on components. Game on!

Agree with others. 7870xt is a great bang for the buck.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, was getting the normal 500r but when I seen there was a white version, I just though about how nice it would blend with my desk. I want to say also thank you for your advice when I was stillpicking components, much appreciated.

With all the postive feedback for this graphic card, I think I will get the 7870 xt :)

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

I would recommend the 7870xt, it has the best bang for buck and because you are only playing at 1680x1050 it should run all of your games at high settings smoothly.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice, will this card also suffice if I decide to get a bigger monitor? Looking at getting something which supports 1920x1050, maybe something like the Asus VE248H or something else.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah it will still work just fine.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

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