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June 7, 2013 4:06:13 PM


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1 x Case ( NZXT Guardian 921 RB Gaming Case - Blue )
1 x Processor ( AMD FX-8350 CPU (8x 4.00GHz/8MB L2 Cache) )
1 x iBUYPOWER PowerDrive ( PowerDrive Level 2 - Up to 20% Overclocking )
1 x Processor Cooling ( Liquid CPU Cooling System [AMD] - Standard 120mm Fan )
1 x Memory ( 16 GB [8 GB x2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
1 x Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 - 2GB -EVGA Superclocked - Single Card )
1 x Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 -- AMD 970 )
1 x Power Supply ( 750 Watt - Corsair CX750 )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive )
1 x Optical Drive ( 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )
1 x Flash Media Reader / Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black )
1 x Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
1 x Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )


Hello. I'm planning to buy a PC from Ibuypower, if any of you heard of that site that helps newbies like me build computers.

Please tell me if these parts looks good. I do mostly gaming and looking for a rig that'll handle the latest game like a piece of cake :)  Which is why i wanted some good CPU/GPU like the GTX 770.

This build would come out to around 1400$. I was wondering if this is a good deal, also if these parts work well together.

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June 7, 2013 4:43:55 PM

Get a 4670k and the relevant board. Of course, this would be when I'd tell you to build it yourself and how it's like adult legos, but it's probably too late.
June 7, 2013 4:53:16 PM

I never knew the boards and CPU would be be incompatible?

Sorry, but i'm not much of a computer building genius. I normally just buys PC, and this is even the first time i started choosing parts for it.

I did not buy it yet. That's why i'm coming here for help. Please educate me in your wisdom of PC building.

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June 7, 2013 5:05:50 PM

It's not that, it'll just be much faster with the processor I suggested and the mobo needs to change to get the full potential. (Z87)
June 7, 2013 7:13:32 PM

Ok. Thank u for the answer.

Do u think it'll be a decent PC for gaming after i made those adjustments??

Also, why would u suggest building one for yourself instead of buying a prebuild one that you choose the parts.

It would seem to me that a prebuild one would be less hassle as you'll have insurance and you don't run the risk of putting it together wrong.
June 7, 2013 8:20:51 PM

1 x Case ( NZXT Guardian 921 RB Gaming Case - Blue )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7-4770K Processor (4x 3.50GHz/8MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core™ i7-4770K w/ Intel Performance Tuning Protection )
1 x Processor Cooling ( Liquid CPU Cooling System [Intel] - Standard 120mm Fan *FREE Upgrade to Corsair H55 Liquid Cooling* )
1 x Memory ( 8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance )
1 x Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 - 2GB - Single Card )
1 x Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 -- 2x PCIe 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0, 6x SATA-III 6Gb/s )
1 x Power Supply ( 650 Watt -- NZXT HALE82N-SI / 80+ Bronze )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive )

Ok. I just picked a new set of components.

This should come out to around 1,100$. Is this a good rig? Should i expect a significant performance in gaming over this around 870$ set up?

1 x Case ( NZXT Guardian 921 RB Gaming Case - Blue )
0 x Case Lighting ( None )
0 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction ( None )
0 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion ( None )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core i5-3570K )
0 x iBUYPOWER PowerDrive ( None )
1 x Processor Cooling ( Liquid CPU Cooling System [Intel] - Standard 120mm Fan *FREE Upgrade to Corsair H55 Liquid Cooling* )
1 x Memory ( 8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
1 x Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 - 2GB - Single Card )
1 x Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD3 -- 4x USB 3.0 )
0 x Intel Smart Response Technology ( None )
1 x Power Supply ( 650 Watt -- NZXT HALE82N-SI / 80+ Bronze )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive )
0 x Data Hard Drive ( None )
1 x Optical Drive ( 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )

Also. would i have better performance by switching out the GTX 660 with a AMD 7950 which is around the same price?

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June 8, 2013 7:53:27 AM
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You'll still have warranty and customization and upgrading would be easier later on. You can also get more for the same price, i.e. this:PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1267.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-08 10:52 EDT-0400)

Also, 16GB is overkill and a sound card is completely unnecessary, as is the network card.
June 8, 2013 8:43:27 AM

Wow that looks like a great build. Thank u Thanatos.

However, would i still be able to get sound and wireless connection without a sound card + networks card?

Also, is a 200+ dollars SSD really necessary to a very fast PC? I would still need to get a nice 1920 x 1080 monitor for gaming to enjoy the GTX 770.
June 8, 2013 9:13:15 AM

Do you think a cheap one like under 100GB SSD will serve this purpose?

Also. for monitors

Should i get a

Asus VH238H for around 160$

or a BenQ RL2450HT for around 200$?
June 8, 2013 10:48:36 AM

120GB is the minimum for comfiness. Get the Asus, it's much better.
June 8, 2013 12:11:49 PM

As far as sound cards go they only help of you have high dollar headphones or a surround sound system. I like thanatos build. The SSD is really only good for boot times and so you don't really need one at all. I have a 64gb for just the os and if I could go back and rebuy it I would get a 120gb. So if you get an SSD stick to 100gb and up. If all you don't have a bunch of files you could look at going only SSD with a Samsung 840 500gb. Its I think a little over $300 maybe $350. That would rock.
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