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$2000 build, final thoughts before purchase!

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May 11, 2013 1:01:00 AM

Video Card: Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz Edition----$439.99 (After $20 Rebate)
PSU: Corsair HX650 ------------------------------------$99.99 (After $20 Rebate)
Sleeved Cables:
NZXT 24 Pin----------------------------------------------$14.16
NZXT 8 Pin x2--------------------------------------------$24.99
NZXT 6 Pin------------------------------------------------$7.99
NZXT Sata------------------------------------------------$5.98
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K-------------------------------$189.99
CPU Cooler: XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240-------------$144.99
Tubing: Feser One Clear UV---------------------------$2.59/Ft. $25.25 est. price
Fittings: Free Center Compression Fitting------------$44.99
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65-----------------------$139.99 (After $10 Rebate / 15% off)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB--------------------$59.98
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB--------------------$74.99
Samsung 840 Pro Series 248 GB SSD-----------------$243.99
Case: Storm Stryker-----------------------------------$154.99 (After $15 rebate)
Operating System: MS Win 7 (OEM) (64-bit)-------$99.99
Fans: Corsair SP120 Twin Pack-----------------------$29.99
Corsair AF140 x3----------------------------------------$56.97
Fan Splitter: Silverstone------------------------------$3.99
Fan Controller: Lamptron FC4-----------------------$37.45
Thermal Paste: IC Diamond 7-----------------------$6.99
Lighting: Phobya LED - 60cm – UV x2---------------$49.98
Drive: External USB CD Drive------------------------$14.99
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$1972.08, leaving $28 for S&H

I have around $2000 for the build, little less for S&H. This build has gone through many, MANY revisions for the past few months and this is what I came up with in the end. I plan on ordering my Case, Mobo, PSU and GPU this weekend while the rebates are going on, and the rest in about a 1 1/2 months. Obviously this is primarily a gaming build. If anyone has any questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments!!!!
May 11, 2013 1:16:20 AM

everything looks good.

my only suggestion would be to replace the MSI board with a Gigabyte-z77x-UD3H or 5H, better quality and better overclocking ability.

other than that it looks solid...
May 11, 2013 1:45:25 AM

n1ghtr4v3n said:
everything looks good.

my only suggestion would be to replace the MSI board with a Gigabyte-z77x-UD3H or 5H, better quality and better overclocking ability.

other than that it looks solid...


Do you think it would be worth it to downgrade a few items in order for me to work in a 7990, or would that be just unnecessary? I worked it out, and I need to downgrade the case, cooling, small things, and I could work it in my build.
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May 11, 2013 1:54:00 AM

GMPoisoN said:
n1ghtr4v3n said:
everything looks good.

my only suggestion would be to replace the MSI board with a Gigabyte-z77x-UD3H or 5H, better quality and better overclocking ability.

other than that it looks solid...


Do you think it would be worth it to downgrade a few items in order for me to work in a 7990, or would that be just unnecessary? I worked it out, and I need to downgrade the case, cooling, small things, and I could work it in my build.


well, 7990 is a power hungry board which produces lots of heat too. there is no need to aim for that unless you are benchmark boasting :) 
7970/680/670 will do just fine if you want peaceful gaming :D  you'd like your utility bills more if you go for nvidia...

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May 11, 2013 2:12:09 AM
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If you're planning to water cool the video card at some point, I would recommend this card instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is based on the reference circuit board, but with an extra vrm phase and two 8-pin power connectors instead of an 8 and a 6. It also has all of the video outputs on the first slot, so if you put a water block on it you're not wasting the slot next to it. Being based on the reference board instead of using a custom design gives you a much better selection of water blocks.

Also, if you're going to be waiting more than a month to finish building it, you would be better off getting a socket 1150 motherboard and a Haswell chip once they are released in June, instead of getting Ivy Bridge at the very end of its life.
May 11, 2013 2:57:49 AM

answered in your other thread w/ same name...plz dont double post
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