Adequate Power Supply and Case?


Dec 25, 2012
Is my case big enough to fit these parts and is my power supply good enough to support these parts?

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Other: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2 ($17.93)
Other: Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHZ OC 6GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I / SL-DVI-D / HDMI / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics 11197-05-40G ($549.99)
Total: $1391.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 15:27 EST-0500)

I MIGHT also crossfire the GPU since I'm running on a 32" monitor, it depends on how the games that I play will run.



Yes, a full tower will accomodate your proposed rig, and your PSU is
considerably more than you need(no harm in additional power other than to your wallet)
for an hd7970, so if you are otherwise happy with your build then go for it.

BTW, if you are primarily going to game with this rig, save some $$ and
get a 3570k instead of 3770k, no diff between them for gaming.

If you are going to be doing photo editing then the i7 comes into play.


realhardtech suggests 800w for CF, but there's headroom built in, the hcg750
will handle it fine and it has 4 pci-e connectors (needed for CF)

I would get a larger PSU if you are considering Xfire, but the HD7970GE will run any game on an HD monitor, no issues.

If you will be gaming and not photo editing, drop the I7, and get an I5 3570K. Its much cheaper and will give you pretty much the same performance as an i7. Use the extra money to get a 256GB SSD.

As for everything fitting, yes it will.

But you may want to consider a better mobo too. The one you have chosen is not great. Maybe an ASrock Extreme 4.


Dec 25, 2012
I'm going to keep the i7 because I do 3D modeling for a game that I'm making, along with photo editing and such.

I changed the mobo to the Extreme 4.



Yes - the i7 3770k is beneficial to your non gaming
uses. It also seems to be priced attractively.

Can't argue with Novuke suggesting more PSU,
you can run your sys with the hcg750, but I personally
got more PSU power than I needed when I got my
own PSU.

In that case, keep the I7.

As I said, if you are seriously consider Xfire 2 x HD7970GE then get a larger PSU, if not, the 750w is MORE than enough.
Personally I think an HD7970GE will be more than enough for single monitor gaming for a very long time.

EDIT : A 850w is good. Just for that little extra headroom.

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