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June 16, 2013 6:16:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month or July (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $600~$700 after shipping and tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com(w/prime)

Location: City, State/Region, Country - San Diego, CA

Parts Preferences: Intel I5 3570, 3570k, 4670, 4670k

Overclocking: Maybe [cos i want this build under $700]

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (aiming GTX 660 now, and SLI with another 660 in the future)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet gaming PC. Playing CS:GO, Diablo3,

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my old pc w/E8400(3 or 4 yrs old) just broken, so i would like to build a new one w/ using old case and SSD and HD.
Cooler Master Centurion 590
Intel® SSD 320 Series -80GB
HD 500GB
Also, I just bought two cooler master case fan, front and back. Old Case should be no problem.

Thank you so much in advance~
June 16, 2013 6:27:50 PM

They have nice good prices on Ivy Bridge components. You may search for combo deals on TigerDirect.com and Newegg. What are you doing for OS?
June 16, 2013 8:32:43 PM

Re Astralv:

I will use win7
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June 17, 2013 12:47:47 AM

How does this look to you?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $710.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 03:46 EDT-0400)

I couldn't fit a 4670 without dropping the GPU fairly significantly (at minimum to a 7870 XT, and if you wanted overclocking you'd need to get a 660 or something in that range), but the i5-4570 is a pretty solid CPU, and certainly won't bottleneck the 7950.
June 17, 2013 8:04:48 PM

Re Jack:

Thanks Jack for the fast reply. I think i will go for this build.

If i can wait, do you think any mb and cpu combo will save me more money?
June 17, 2013 9:44:12 PM

Jack Revenant said:
How does this look to you?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $710.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 03:46 EDT-0400)

I couldn't fit a 4670 without dropping the GPU fairly significantly (at minimum to a 7870 XT, and if you wanted overclocking you'd need to get a 660 or something in that range), but the i5-4570 is a pretty solid CPU, and certainly won't bottleneck the 7950.


Dear Jack,

I wanna ask if I purchase the i5 4570 at amazon w/prime $198.87, will I have 3-yr warrant like Outlet PC does?

Thanks!

June 17, 2013 10:15:58 PM

wtf, everyone else could, what browser are you using
June 17, 2013 10:41:38 PM

Chris Kennedy said:
wtf, everyone else could, what browser are you using


nvm, I see it~
June 17, 2013 10:51:27 PM

better processor, and more stable gpu, its not best, but it fits in range
June 18, 2013 3:09:49 AM

sam028281 said:
Jack Revenant said:
How does this look to you?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $710.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 03:46 EDT-0400)

I couldn't fit a 4670 without dropping the GPU fairly significantly (at minimum to a 7870 XT, and if you wanted overclocking you'd need to get a 660 or something in that range), but the i5-4570 is a pretty solid CPU, and certainly won't bottleneck the 7950.


Dear Jack,

I wanna ask if I purchase the i5 4570 at amazon w/prime $198.87, will I have 3-yr warrant like Outlet PC does?

Thanks!



I am uncertain of the warranty policy at Amazon, I'm afraid. I haven't purchased parts from them myself.

Regarding your question about the CPU+motherboard combos, I do not believe so. I saw no options which would increase price efficiency, and 4570+H77 Pro4 is a pretty darn efficient combo already.

I will close by strongly recommending that you do not consider Chris Kennedy's builds. The first is inaccessible, the second uses outdated hardware and a terrible GPU, and the third uses inferior hardware to my suggestion. Additionally, all include parts which you do not need, and all (with the possible exception of the impossible to view build) will perform worse than what I have suggested. In conclusion, his laughter combined with poor advice lead me to believe that he is attempting to troll you.
June 18, 2013 1:27:41 PM

actually no, im just new to this,
June 18, 2013 1:28:32 PM

i got help from a guy that has more rep on here than you jack
June 18, 2013 1:51:21 PM

Jack Revenant said:
sam028281 said:
Jack Revenant said:
How does this look to you?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $710.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 03:46 EDT-0400)

I couldn't fit a 4670 without dropping the GPU fairly significantly (at minimum to a 7870 XT, and if you wanted overclocking you'd need to get a 660 or something in that range), but the i5-4570 is a pretty solid CPU, and certainly won't bottleneck the 7950.


Dear Jack,

I wanna ask if I purchase the i5 4570 at amazon w/prime $198.87, will I have 3-yr warrant like Outlet PC does?

Thanks!



I am uncertain of the warranty policy at Amazon, I'm afraid. I haven't purchased parts from them myself.

Regarding your question about the CPU+motherboard combos, I do not believe so. I saw no options which would increase price efficiency, and 4570+H77 Pro4 is a pretty darn efficient combo already.

I will close by strongly recommending that you do not consider Chris Kennedy's builds. The first is inaccessible, the second uses outdated hardware and a terrible GPU, and the third uses inferior hardware to my suggestion. Additionally, all include parts which you do not need, and all (with the possible exception of the impossible to view build) will perform worse than what I have suggested. In conclusion, his laughter combined with poor advice lead me to believe that he is attempting to troll you.


Dear jack,

Thank you so much for your helpful advice, I really like the build you suggest. I like how your fit in a powerful video card within in price range. I already purchase all the parts that you suggest. Can't wait for them to arrive. :) 
June 18, 2013 11:08:11 PM

sam028281 said:
Jack Revenant said:
sam028281 said:
Jack Revenant said:
How does this look to you?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $710.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 03:46 EDT-0400)

I couldn't fit a 4670 without dropping the GPU fairly significantly (at minimum to a 7870 XT, and if you wanted overclocking you'd need to get a 660 or something in that range), but the i5-4570 is a pretty solid CPU, and certainly won't bottleneck the 7950.


Dear Jack,

I wanna ask if I purchase the i5 4570 at amazon w/prime $198.87, will I have 3-yr warrant like Outlet PC does?

Thanks!



I am uncertain of the warranty policy at Amazon, I'm afraid. I haven't purchased parts from them myself.

Regarding your question about the CPU+motherboard combos, I do not believe so. I saw no options which would increase price efficiency, and 4570+H77 Pro4 is a pretty darn efficient combo already.

I will close by strongly recommending that you do not consider Chris Kennedy's builds. The first is inaccessible, the second uses outdated hardware and a terrible GPU, and the third uses inferior hardware to my suggestion. Additionally, all include parts which you do not need, and all (with the possible exception of the impossible to view build) will perform worse than what I have suggested. In conclusion, his laughter combined with poor advice lead me to believe that he is attempting to troll you.


Dear jack,

Thank you so much for your helpful advice, I really like the build you suggest. I like how your fit in a powerful video card within in price range. I already purchase all the parts that you suggest. Can't wait for them to arrive. :) 


My pleasure. The 7950 is a great card, and the Vapor-X is hands-down my favorite cooler (though the DirectCU II and Windforce x3 are quite compelling).

Good luck with the build and happy gaming!

Chris Kennedy said:
actually no, im just new to this,


If you're new, I would suggest waiting and watching the more experienced folks for a while, before you start making suggestions. People coming here for advice tend to assume that anyone who's responding to them is qualified, and we don't want to mislead folks.

Chris Kennedy said:
i got help from a guy that has more rep on here than you jack


"rep" is rather vague, but I assume you mean "best comments"? Even if so, the build you had (which was of acceptable quality, in the case of the last build) ignored that the OP had some parts (case, storage) already, and so wasn't very useful. I'm guessing that you didn't inform the more experienced fellow who helped you about the specific needs in this case.
June 19, 2013 1:20:29 PM

no, i did not, inform him, thanks for the tips anyways
June 19, 2013 3:57:52 PM

Chris Kennedy said:
no, i did not, inform him, thanks for the tips anyways


Certainly. My apologies if I come off as harsh, I just want to make sure that the folks offering advice have taken the time and done the research beforehand. People could end up wasting a lot of money by following bad builds, after all.
June 19, 2013 8:54:33 PM

jack, i need some questions answered, would rather not start a pointless thread, so is there a way that i can get a hold of you otherwise?
June 19, 2013 11:46:14 PM

Chris Kennedy said:
jack, i need some questions answered, would rather not start a pointless thread, so is there a way that i can get a hold of you otherwise?


There is an ancient, secret technique, known to only a select few, called the "private message". You may use it to contact me. :p 

Well, if it works, that is. I've never been able to get the TH PM system to work properly for me.
June 20, 2013 4:06:17 PM

it wont work for me, it 404's me
June 21, 2013 2:42:05 AM

Chris Kennedy said:
it wont work for me, it 404's me


That's highly unfortunate. I have the same issue, unfortunately. You might consider seeking the assistance of a moderator.
June 23, 2013 1:02:16 PM

Jack Revenant said:
How does this look to you?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $710.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 03:46 EDT-0400)

I couldn't fit a 4670 without dropping the GPU fairly significantly (at minimum to a 7870 XT, and if you wanted overclocking you'd need to get a 660 or something in that range), but the i5-4570 is a pretty solid CPU, and certainly won't bottleneck the 7950.


Dear Jack,

Everything arrived and everything run great, except i got a question about the psu.

For 7950, it needs two 8 pins to power up, the psu has one 8 pins for PCI-E which is fine, but there is a 4 and 4 pins that i try to plug in to another slot of the video card. It won't fit all the way in and the pc won't start up. So I just use the adapter comes with the video card and it fit well. Do you have any advice regarding this issue? Maybe I miss something.

Thanks in advance.

-Sam
June 23, 2013 8:27:27 PM

sam028281 said:
Jack Revenant said:
How does this look to you?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $710.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 03:46 EDT-0400)

I couldn't fit a 4670 without dropping the GPU fairly significantly (at minimum to a 7870 XT, and if you wanted overclocking you'd need to get a 660 or something in that range), but the i5-4570 is a pretty solid CPU, and certainly won't bottleneck the 7950.


Dear Jack,

Everything arrived and everything run great, except i got a question about the psu.

For 7950, it needs two 8 pins to power up, the psu has one 8 pins for PCI-E which is fine, but there is a 4 and 4 pins that i try to plug in to another slot of the video card. It won't fit all the way in and the pc won't start up. So I just use the adapter comes with the video card and it fit well. Do you have any advice regarding this issue? Maybe I miss something.

Thanks in advance.

-Sam


Just to confirm, with the adapter things worked correctly?

You might want to ask the power supply experts about that. They'll be able to tell you more than I can. However, if the adapter which came with the card is working as intended, I would tend to assume things will be alright.
June 25, 2013 9:56:46 PM

Dear jack,

Yes it works. Thanks for your reply. Once again, I really like the build your advice. Thank you!
June 26, 2013 4:35:00 AM

sam028281 said:
Dear jack,

Yes it works. Thanks for your reply. Once again, I really like the build your advice. Thank you!


My pleasure. Happy gaming!
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