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Rate my 1.5k USD build... should i change anything?

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June 8, 2013 7:58:28 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Since i'll be going to NYC, manhattan to be more specific i will buy it there next month ^^, please rate it and help me choose whats better ( i can spend up to 300$ more )

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a b 4 Gaming
June 8, 2013 8:02:25 PM

All good except the GPU.

XFX is crappy this gen compared to cheaper, better manufacturers.
Consider Sapphire, MSI and HIS for an AMD card.
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June 8, 2013 8:04:55 PM

That build looks really solid. You could change the cooler to the Coolermaster ones and save some money while still getting great performance. I am also not a fan of the OCZ SSDs, but many people will swear by them, so that is up to you.

However, I would not recommend the XFX 7970. They don't justify the jump in price from there 7950 model to the 7970. The build quality and performance is not up to that of other 7970s OR justify the price. I would highly recommend the Sapphire and Gigabyte models of the 7970.

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June 8, 2013 8:12:58 PM

fatboytyler said:
That build looks really solid. You could change the cooler to the Coolermaster ones and save some money while still getting great performance. I am also not a fan of the OCZ SSDs, but many people will swear by them, so that is up to you.

However, I would not recommend the XFX 7970. They don't justify the jump in price from there 7950 model to the 7970. The build quality and performance is not up to that of other 7970s OR justify the price. I would highly recommend the Sapphire and Gigabyte models of the 7970.

Hope this helps!


Thx alot, btw its haswell worth it?
and its there a big difference between ddr3 ram and ddr5 ram?

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a b 4 Gaming
June 8, 2013 8:21:35 PM

snnm said:
fatboytyler said:
That build looks really solid. You could change the cooler to the Coolermaster ones and save some money while still getting great performance. I am also not a fan of the OCZ SSDs, but many people will swear by them, so that is up to you.

However, I would not recommend the XFX 7970. They don't justify the jump in price from there 7950 model to the 7970. The build quality and performance is not up to that of other 7970s OR justify the price. I would highly recommend the Sapphire and Gigabyte models of the 7970.

Hope this helps!


Thx alot, btw its haswell worth it?
and its there a big difference between ddr3 ram and ddr5 ram?



If your building a new system, then yes, Haswell makes sense.
There is no DDR5 ram, only GDDR5, which is a higher frequency version on DDR3 use on graphics cards. And yes, for any gaming PC, GDDR5 graphics cards are a must.
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June 8, 2013 8:39:29 PM

Novuake said:
snnm said:
fatboytyler said:
That build looks really solid. You could change the cooler to the Coolermaster ones and save some money while still getting great performance. I am also not a fan of the OCZ SSDs, but many people will swear by them, so that is up to you.

However, I would not recommend the XFX 7970. They don't justify the jump in price from there 7950 model to the 7970. The build quality and performance is not up to that of other 7970s OR justify the price. I would highly recommend the Sapphire and Gigabyte models of the 7970.

Hope this helps!


Thx alot, btw its haswell worth it?
and its there a big difference between ddr3 ram and ddr5 ram?



If your building a new system, then yes, Haswell makes sense.
There is no DDR5 ram, only GDDR5, which is a higher frequency version on DDR3 use on graphics cards. And yes, for any gaming PC, GDDR5 graphics cards are a must.



Thx a lot for clearing me up in that matter , by the way isn't Haswell harder to overclock?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 8, 2013 8:41:58 PM

It is from the initial reviews, but it's still early days.
I still prefer Ivy for now.
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