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May 30, 2013 1:56:40 PM

ASUS DVD Burner-$18
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl with Window-$89
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB-$95
NZXT HALE82- 850w PSU-$102
MSI z77a-G45 Gaming Motherboard-$140
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM-FREE with Motherboard
Intel Core i7 3770k- $330
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO-$37
Samsung 840 Series 120gb SSD-$100
His iceQ 7970-$400

Please respond and tell me how this build looks, I plan on mostly playing BF3 and BF4 whenever it comes out ( most likely on ultra, assuming the 7970 can handle it)
I also know the 3770k is overkill for gaming, but I just want it because I may start making videos and editing.
Note: I plan on upgrading to 16gb ram in the future along with a more ssds to store games.

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May 30, 2013 2:00:43 PM

Get a gtx 770

Buy the extra 1x8gb.

Drop down to 550w, unless you dont plan to make a 3 screen setup and then buy a second gpu...
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May 30, 2013 2:03:22 PM

Looks good but hold off next week intel new CPU and mb are dropping.
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May 30, 2013 2:03:24 PM

SubinP said:
ASUS DVD Burner-$18
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl with Window-$89
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB-$95
NZXT HALE82- 850w PSU-$102
MSI z77a-G45 Gaming Motherboard-$140
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM-FREE with Motherboard
Intel Core i7 3770k- $330
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO-$37
Samsung 840 Series 120gb SSD-$100
His iceQ 7970-$400

Please respond and tell me how this build looks, I plan on mostly playing BF3 and BF4 whenever it comes out ( most likely on ultra, assuming the 7970 can handle it)
I also know the 3770k is overkill for gaming, but I just want it because I may start making videos and editing.
Note: I plan on upgrading to 16gb ram in the future along with a more ssds to store games.


I wouldn't recommend buying right now. The Haswell processors are coming out in less than a week, and are supposed to provide a 10%+ performance boot.

Also, if you're not certain that you're going to be making videos, I wouldn't recommend the i7. That's a lot to spend on a "may".
On the counter, if you're sure that you're going to make videos, you need a big HDD, possibly more than one. I tend to consider 2TB the minimum for recording/editing builds.

Lastly, your current PSU is overkill. You could save quite a bit and lose nothing by using the XFX Core Edition 550w.
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May 30, 2013 2:03:51 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Get a gtx 770

The 770 has the same performance as a 680/ 7970, and I prefer AMD Cards. It's not really a big deal, also I get a lot more games with the AMD card.

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May 30, 2013 2:06:40 PM

Jack Revenant said:
SubinP said:
ASUS DVD Burner-$18
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl with Window-$89
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB-$95
NZXT HALE82- 850w PSU-$102
MSI z77a-G45 Gaming Motherboard-$140
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM-FREE with Motherboard
Intel Core i7 3770k- $330
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO-$37
Samsung 840 Series 120gb SSD-$100
His iceQ 7970-$400

Please respond and tell me how this build looks, I plan on mostly playing BF3 and BF4 whenever it comes out ( most likely on ultra, assuming the 7970 can handle it)
I also know the 3770k is overkill for gaming, but I just want it because I may start making videos and editing.
Note: I plan on upgrading to 16gb ram in the future along with a more ssds to store games.


I wouldn't recommend buying right now. The Haswell processors are coming out in less than a week, and are supposed to provide a 10%+ performance boot.

Also, if you're not certain that you're going to be making videos, I wouldn't recommend the i7. That's a lot to spend on a "may".
On the counter, if you're sure that you're going to make videos, you need a big HDD, possibly more than one. I tend to consider 2TB the minimum for recording/editing builds.

Lastly, your current PSU is overkill. You could save quite a bit and lose nothing by using the XFX Core Edition 550w.


Yeah, I will most likely hold off on the i7 and wait for haswell and see how pricing is then. As for the power supply, I know 850w is a lot more than I need, but I might be crossfiring in the future if amd fixes their frame issue.

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May 30, 2013 2:06:49 PM



SubinP said:
Marcopolo123 said:
Get a gtx 770

The 770 has the same performance as a 680/ 7970, and I prefer AMD Cards. It's not really a big deal, also I get a lot more games with the AMD card.



Its better then gtx 680/hd 7970 ghz
sli is better then crossfire
Non-reference design is better then iceq
Additional Features

Games are worthless
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May 30, 2013 2:10:32 PM

Marcopolo123 said:


SubinP said:
Marcopolo123 said:
Get a gtx 770

The 770 has the same performance as a 680/ 7970, and I prefer AMD Cards. It's not really a big deal, also I get a lot more games with the AMD card.



Its better


If you've looked at the benchmarks online, It really isn't. It's a rebranded 680, how could it be magically better?
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/geforce_gtx_770_b...
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May 30, 2013 2:12:22 PM

SubinP said:
Jack Revenant said:
SubinP said:
ASUS DVD Burner-$18
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl with Window-$89
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB-$95
NZXT HALE82- 850w PSU-$102
MSI z77a-G45 Gaming Motherboard-$140
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM-FREE with Motherboard
Intel Core i7 3770k- $330
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO-$37
Samsung 840 Series 120gb SSD-$100
His iceQ 7970-$400

Please respond and tell me how this build looks, I plan on mostly playing BF3 and BF4 whenever it comes out ( most likely on ultra, assuming the 7970 can handle it)
I also know the 3770k is overkill for gaming, but I just want it because I may start making videos and editing.
Note: I plan on upgrading to 16gb ram in the future along with a more ssds to store games.


I wouldn't recommend buying right now. The Haswell processors are coming out in less than a week, and are supposed to provide a 10%+ performance boot.

Also, if you're not certain that you're going to be making videos, I wouldn't recommend the i7. That's a lot to spend on a "may".
On the counter, if you're sure that you're going to make videos, you need a big HDD, possibly more than one. I tend to consider 2TB the minimum for recording/editing builds.

Lastly, your current PSU is overkill. You could save quite a bit and lose nothing by using the XFX Core Edition 550w.


Yeah, I will most likely hold off on the i7 and wait for haswell and see how pricing is then. As for the power supply, I know 850w is a lot more than I need, but I might be crossfiring in the future if amd fixes their frame issue.



That being the case, the XFX Core Edition 850w is only marginally more expensive, and from a better manufacturer: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850snlb...
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May 30, 2013 2:13:34 PM

This is what I'd look at:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($403.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1145.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 17:13 EDT-0400)

* CPU is good for the $ and does well at a lot of situations.
* CPU HSF is one of the better performers for the $.
* Mobo has just about everything you would need.
* RAM is fast at stock voltage of 1.5v and has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders, so you have room for just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* SSD is of good size and performs well. You will have room for OS/Several Games/Apps.
* GPU is good and doesn't break the bank.
* Case is good build quality and doesn't break the bank.
* PSU will power any single GPU out on the market. If you need more power than I'd upgrade to 650-750w size from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PCP&C, & XFX.
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May 30, 2013 2:16:11 PM

lunyone said:
This is what I'd look at:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($403.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1145.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-30 17:13 EDT-0400)


My issue with the 8350 is that its mobos don't have PCIE 3.0 slots, am I correct? If not, please show me one that does as I would be happy to buy an 8350.
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May 30, 2013 2:16:52 PM

Marcopolo123 said:


SubinP said:
Marcopolo123 said:
Get a gtx 770

The 770 has the same performance as a 680/ 7970, and I prefer AMD Cards. It's not really a big deal, also I get a lot more games with the AMD card.



Its better then gtx 680/hd 7970 ghz
sli is better then crossfire
Non-reference design is better then iceq
Additional Features

Games are worthless


According to the benchmarks I've seen, it lies pretty even with the 7970. A few FPS over here, a few FPS under there. Maybe a 1% overall advantage, performance-wise.

SLI is definitely more functional than CrossFire, at the moment, but AMD is already working on a fix (see the 7990 review). That said, we can't be sure if said fix will work properly, so I will grant you that one.

The IceQ isn't the most optimal 7970 for cooling. That'd be the Windforce x3 or the Vapor-X, to my memory.

Said features being...? You mean CUDA and PhysX?

You can't say "games are worthless". For someone planning to buy those separately, that's a huge discount. I didn't want them myself, but you can't say that nobody will.
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