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March 31, 2013 8:45:02 AM


Hey, I'm building a gaming computer for my dad and he asked me to get Bose speakers for him. Heres what I have so far. Would like to add a 64 or 128 SSD for OS and a few games if we have extra money, budget it 1700. Wondering what speaker/sound card would be best and if theres anything else that should be changed. Thanks.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NsDW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NsDW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NsDW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.23 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($22.09 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($171.98 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1278.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-31 11:39 EDT-0400)

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March 31, 2013 8:58:41 AM

You don't need a 7970 for a single monitor:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.23 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.81 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($171.98 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1334.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-31 11:57 EDT-0400)

I don't know if your dad makes or produces sound related things, like music, but I don't think he needs a sound card. The sound card is for professionals and audiophiles who want nothing but the best sound.

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March 31, 2013 9:04:15 AM
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If he intends to play all games at ultra settings, I think a 7970 would be acceptable. But, if he is looking for good sound, don't buy Bose. While Bose markets themselves as the best, most of their speakers are pseudo-audiophile at best. If you want good sound, look at M-Audio AV40's, Audioengine A2, or Swan MKII's.
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March 31, 2013 9:04:47 AM

Ok, also what kind of wireless network adapter should I get? Forgot to add that.
March 31, 2013 9:12:09 AM

You can play all games at ultra settings on a 7950...

March 31, 2013 9:16:40 AM

SHORYUKEN said:
You can play all games at ultra settings on a 7950...



It's debatable, for some, having an average of 30fps on Ultra is playable. But for other, including me, we like to see framerates near the 60ish range.
March 31, 2013 9:27:26 AM

SHORYUKEN said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psAfvboS-OE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbTd_-FxhI4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5McKytbTjI

It looks playable. People are saying they get from 30-60 frames. But if he wants to have a more steady 60 fps, he can get the 7970.


Well I mean, there are also videos of people playing games with a 7850 on Ultra with 45fps, but it really doesn't matter. I see no reason why OP shouldn't get a 7970, at least they can future-proof.
March 31, 2013 9:34:54 AM

Ehhhh. I would save money and get the 7950, but to each their own.
March 31, 2013 9:40:58 AM

very nice build with no mistake for maximum performance!nice graphics card pick as the gigabyte seems to be doing well in gpus!
dont change anything!

only thing i have to say is that you havent put an ssd for faster windows data transferring!pick probably one 128gb and if the budget does not allow change the gpu to the gigabyte 7950 oc edition x3 windforce!
March 31, 2013 9:47:40 AM

How about a wireless network card? :) 
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