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March 21, 2013 4:45:15 AM

Hi Guys,

I have been going through your forum for quiet some time, and i find it very informative and addictive. I am planning to build a new game rig from scratch, almost after 4 years since i left gaming. Missed out on a lot it seems. :( 

The rig that i have planned to build is,

CPU : Core i5 3570K Processor $275
MOB : ASRock Z77 Pro 3 Motherboard $128.52 OR ASRock Z77 Pro 4 Motherboard $156.72
GPU : Sapphire AMD/ATI VAPOR-X HD 7950 OC with Boost 3 GB $441.42
RAM : G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) $70.37
SSD : Samsung 840 Series 120 GB $116.53
CSE : Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus Mid Tower Cabinet $77
DIS : Dell 21.5 inch LED - S2240L $200

It is going over my budget, but the performance i am looking for, i cant seem to manage with anything else. My target is to game maxed out @1920x1080 with 4xAA with playable frame rates of at least in the 40-50 range.

What do you say, guys, should I go ahead with this or would you suggest something else ?

Much thanks in advance.

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March 21, 2013 4:53:09 AM

what psu have you chosen for this build? what is your max budget?
March 21, 2013 4:58:26 AM

tenaciousk said:
what psu have you chosen for this build? what is your max budget?


I have selected a Corsair VS450 450 Watt PSU as my PSU. I would have ideally liked to have limited my budget to 800$.

BTW, if its of any help, i am sourcing the prices from http://www.flipkart.com/computers/components?sid=6bo,g0...
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March 21, 2013 5:06:13 AM

Are you planning on doing overclocking? also the 7950 requires a 500watt or greater power supply.
March 21, 2013 5:09:08 AM

tenaciousk said:
Are you planning on doing overclocking? also the 7950 requires a 500watt or greater power supply.


I am not too keen on overclocking, but i am going to try it out, after i understand my system really well.

Okay, i am going to update the PSU to something higher 500.
March 21, 2013 5:12:06 AM

The problem is for under 800 you wont be able to fit a 7950 gpu and have the i5 k series, youw ould have to sacrifice to either a lesser cpu, or a gpu.
March 21, 2013 5:16:27 AM

If you wanted a build with the 7950, and the ability to overclock. I think AMD would be the way to go. then you could do something like this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($294.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $793.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-21 08:15 EDT-0400)
March 21, 2013 5:45:36 AM

Definitely get 2x4GB instead of a single 8GB module so that you can run dual channel.
March 21, 2013 8:29:14 AM

tenaciousk said:
If you wanted a build with the 7950, and the ability to overclock. I think AMD would be the way to go. then you could do something like this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($294.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $793.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-21 08:15 EDT-0400)


Thanks for picking out the parts for me. Initially I had though of going the AMD way, but from the benchmarks, i saw that AMD was lagging behind. It was saddening, I really liked the earlier gen Phenoms. Then somebody in the forums, posted that AMD was pulling out of the dekstop CPU market. And all my focus shifted to ivy's.
March 21, 2013 8:31:03 AM

Jim_L9 said:
Definitely get 2x4GB instead of a single 8GB module so that you can run dual channel.


Ok, Jim. Will go for the dual module. :) 
March 21, 2013 8:32:49 AM

tenaciousk said:
The problem is for under 800 you wont be able to fit a 7950 gpu and have the i5 k series, youw ould have to sacrifice to either a lesser cpu, or a gpu.


The part cost in my area, is so much more, that what you guys have mentioned. :) 
Its like i am paying a premium for the same things there.
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