Building first PC, not sure what GPU or PSU to pick

By karol
Nov 4, 2012
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  1. Hi im currently in the process of building my first computer but im not sure what power supply and GPU I should use. Im also not sure if all the parts are compatible

    at the moment I have come up with


    inter core i3 -3220 3.3GHz 3220

    gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H

    western digital caviar sata III 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB cache

    8GB G skill DDR3 1600MHz

    samsung X22 DVD±RW+DL+&+RAM+SAT

    zalmen CNPS11X

    Coolermaster 912 plus

    I would appreciate some help
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,600   +2,005

    Looks good. :)

    The few items I do not see listed are:
    • Power supply
    • Monitor
    • Keyboard/Mouse
    • Operating System
    • and possibly an SSD for system partition
    I usually use Newegg while checking for part compatibility. I had a good feeling the CPU cooler you had listed would work as I have had a similar cooler. However Amazon doesn't give enough technical details to know for sure. I looked it up on Newegg and you are good to go with that CPU cooler.

    What are you going to be using your PC for, are you building a gaming PC or general use PC? This will help determine the size GPU and Power Supply you need.
  3. karol

    karol TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have most them items that you have listed except the power supply and SSD
    I will use this computer for some gaming (counter strike and minecraft),college work and mostly internet browsing
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,600   +2,005

    Sounds like you are a light gamer and would be happy dialing the settings down a bit. If so you would probably be happy with a 500W PSU and a low end gaming card. A good PSU will run you around $60 to $80. What is your budget for the GPU? Low end gaming will start around $120 and go up from there.
  5. karol

    karol TS Rookie Topic Starter

    $180 to $200
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,600   +2,005

    This is a list of cards from the last two generation and are barely within your mentioned budget. I'm a GeForce fan myself, and personally promote a GTX660 or higher but that doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend AMD at the same time. They are both great cards and have there own set of issues which most users may never even notice.

    As I suspected a 500W power supply would be perfect for those cards listed. :)

    Newegg GPU search list
    Newegg PSU search list
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  7. karol

    karol TS Rookie Topic Starter

  8. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,926   +170

    You definitely don't need a Z77 board as your CPU is not overclockable and you're not running dual GPUs. This ASRock H77 is $50 cheaper.

    Spending $50 on an aftermarket cooler is also a waste, the i3 3220 will produce little heat and the stock HSF will be fine.

    Go for this Samsung RAM and Antec Neo Eco 502W PSU, they are superior products at the same price point.

    Now with the $100 saved you should be able to get either a 7850 and/or a 128GB SSD.
    Edit: Just read what you're using the PC for, those games aren't very demanding so go for an SSD, this Crucial m4 is excellent. An SSD will make a huge difference to general PC usage.
    karol likes this.

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