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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.
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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)
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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.
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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

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.
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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.
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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$?
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June 8, 2013 10:48:36 AM

120GB is the minimum for comfiness. Get the Asus, it's much better.
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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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