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June 14, 2013 8:57:04 PM

Previous Mac user here and I have decided to move to pc and on top of that, to build my own.

Here is what I am currently looking at:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ann97/saved/1LUp

It's a bit more then I wanted to spend, but being I have been a Mac user for over 10 years it is still cheaper than I would pay for a better line from Mac. I plan on buying as things go on sale to hopefully save a bit along the way.

Does this all look good or are there things you would change for some reason or changes I could make to get same performance and lower the price?

I just got into gaming the last few years, (can not play games on a Mac and expect any good performance, I want to play games enjoying the visuals already).

I also use Zbrush, and photoshop often.

thanks in advance for any advice

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a c 233 4 Gaming
June 14, 2013 9:04:42 PM

What is your budget?
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June 14, 2013 9:09:06 PM

Is there any specific reason you are going with Ivy Bridge and not Haswell? When I purchased my 3570k + Extreme4 I got the processor for $180 and motherboard for $90 thanks to a deal from Microcenter. If you are close to one, I wouldn't hesitate in giving them a call and seeing if they are offering a similar deal (cheaper processor + $40 off a motherboard for that processor) with Haswell.
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June 14, 2013 9:09:12 PM

ann97 said:
Previous Mac user here and I have decided to move to pc and on top of that, to build my own.

Here is what I am currently looking at:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ann97/saved/1LUp

It's a bit more then I wanted to spend, but being I have been a Mac user for over 10 years it is still cheaper than I would pay for a better line from Mac. I plan on buying as things go on sale to hopefully save a bit along the way.

Does this all look good or are there things you would change for some reason or changes I could make to get same performance and lower the price?

I just got into gaming the last few years, (can not play games on a Mac and expect any good performance, I want to play games enjoying the visuals already).

I also use Zbrush, and photoshop often.

thanks in advance for any advice


Firstly.....you are buying 3 sticks of ram but the i5 3570k doesn't support tri-channel memory so you are better off with two sticks.

Moreover try and get a gtx 770 which is a good deal faster than the gtx 680 an is around 25$ cheaper...See the link below
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn770...

Also why don't you consider buying an ssd as a boot drive. It really helps in increasing the snappiness of your pc.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 14, 2013 9:12:33 PM

xcrossroadsx said:
Is there any specific reason you are going with Ivy Bridge and not Haswell? When I purchased my 3570k + Extreme4 I got the processor for $180 and motherboard for $90 thanks to a deal from Microcenter. If you are close to one, I wouldn't hesitate in giving them a call and seeing if they are offering a similar deal (cheaper processor + $40 off a motherboard for that processor) with Haswell.


I don't think going with haswell is going to help. As the benchmarks show it is only 2-5% faster than ivy. Also it is worse at overclocking than ivy. The only reason to go with haswell would be that the lga 1150 is a newer platform.
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June 14, 2013 9:18:59 PM

Ksham I never really have bought computers based on a budget (really can't do that with a Mac, it is what it is). To answer your question, I do not really have a budget, but I certainly do not want to waste money where it is not needed (been doing that with Mac for yrs).

xcross I didn't go with Haswell because it is cheaper to go the way I did and I do not really see the benefit in the haswell for pc's just yet from all the reading I have done. 2) nope do not have a microcenter near me, never even heard of it.
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June 14, 2013 9:26:28 PM

Ayushde thanks, changed the gpu. I intend to add ssd later, but figured to go the way I did until I really need it, but I have so many programs that need heavy memory, so unless I am missing something I think having that 1tb to start off with is the most cost effective way to go. Funny thing is when I entered my parts it did not show issues with the 3 sticks, but I will change it to 2 :)  thanks!
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a b 4 Gaming
June 14, 2013 9:29:45 PM

ann97 said:
Ayushde thanks, changed the gpu. I intend to add ssd later, but figured to go the way I did until I really need it, but I have so many programs that need heavy memory, so unless I am missing something I think having that 1tb to start off with is the most cost effective way to go. Funny thing is when I entered my parts it did not show issues with the 3 sticks, but I will change it to 2 :)  thanks!


You are always welcome...:) 
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June 14, 2013 9:37:43 PM

ayushde said:
xcrossroadsx said:
Is there any specific reason you are going with Ivy Bridge and not Haswell? When I purchased my 3570k + Extreme4 I got the processor for $180 and motherboard for $90 thanks to a deal from Microcenter. If you are close to one, I wouldn't hesitate in giving them a call and seeing if they are offering a similar deal (cheaper processor + $40 off a motherboard for that processor) with Haswell.


I don't think going with haswell is going to help. As the benchmarks show it is only 2-5% faster than ivy. Also it is worse at overclocking than ivy. The only reason to go with haswell would be that the lga 1150 is a newer platform.


Haswell supports more onboard SATA 6.0Gb/s as well as USB 3.0 ports/headers. While it isn't much faster than Ivy Bridge, it can overclock almost as well, and you end up with near the same performance in the end (if you really want to push your CPU as far as you can, which most people, myself included, don't). It also supports a new instruction set and deeper sleep modes, as well as other features. There is no reason to not go with Haswell if getting Haswell or Ivy Bridge comes out to the same price.
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June 14, 2013 9:39:19 PM

ann97 said:
Ksham I never really have bought computers based on a budget (really can't do that with a Mac, it is what it is). To answer your question, I do not really have a budget, but I certainly do not want to waste money where it is not needed (been doing that with Mac for yrs).

xcross I didn't go with Haswell because it is cheaper to go the way I did and I do not really see the benefit in the haswell for pc's just yet from all the reading I have done. 2) nope do not have a microcenter near me, never even heard of it.


That's fair enough. The perfomance gains from Haswell are not exactly something to brag about, and the benefits are really only chipset differences which you can read about in my previous post in this thread.
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