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July 6, 2013 3:05:24 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dI3a
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dI3a/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dI3a/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($238.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.29 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $961.20

No Microcenter, please. I just want to know what case is good to have with my build (feel free to edit my build as well with suggestions). Something roomy, good air flow, etc.

Note: HDD not listed since cousin is giving me free 750GB one. Same for Windows 8.
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July 6, 2013 3:27:27 PM

Greybush said:
That is a very solid build. That i5 is all you'll need for gaming and the 7970 is one of the best bang for your buck GPU's.

Here's a nice case
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc600tm


One thing that I have to say about the build is that the RAM should be Vengeance LP RAM, so as to make sure that any cooler you get after the 212 EVO will fit. A case that I recommend is the Corsair 500R; it is a great case, and is similar to the Corsair 300R, except with better cable management and a 200mm fan on the left-side door for much-improved airflow.
Going a bit of a different route, the Fractal Design R4 w/ window is a great case in this category. Similar price as the 500R, and it has *gasp* a window! If you're one of those people who really wants to see the parts, then the R4 may be the case for you. If you couldn't care less, the Corsair 500R or the Carbine 600T are both great cases. :) 
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July 6, 2013 3:33:27 PM

The Corsair 300R is a solid choice. Have you considered spending the extra $30 or so on the Corsair 400R? It would definitely be a step up in quality. If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, the Cooler Master HAF 912 is solid case for the money. I personally have this case, and it gets the job done. The only thing I'm not too fond of is cable management. It's not the easiest case to work with, but if you put enough zip ties and effort in it, you shouldn't have too much trouble.

If money isn't too much of an issue, I would suggest going with something a tad bit more expensive such as the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2. It has much better options for cable management. Also, all these cases I have listed have good air flow.

Links:

CM Storm Scout 2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093W1ERO/?tag=pcpapi-20

HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 400R
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055Q7BR4/?tag=pcpapi-20

Out of these cases, I would pick the 400R. I hope this helps; good luck! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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July 6, 2013 3:35:12 PM

DeusAres said:
The Corsair 300R is a solid choice. Have you considered spending the extra $30 or so on the Corsair 400R? It would definitely be a step up in quality. If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, the Cooler Master HAF 912 is solid case for the money. I personally have this case, and it gets the job done. The only thing I'm not too fond of is cable management. It's not the easiest case to work with, but if you put enough zip ties and effort in it, you shouldn't have too much trouble.

If money isn't too much of an issue, I would suggest going with something a tad bit more expensive such as the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2. It has much better options for cable management. Also, all these cases I have listed have good air flow.

Links:

CM Storm Scout 2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093W1ERO/?tag=pcpapi-20

HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 400R
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055Q7BR4/?tag=pcpapi-20

Out of these cases, I would pick the 400R. I hope this helps; good luck! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


IMHO, the Corsair 500R is the best out of all of the afore-stated cases, and it is also within the budget of the OP. To me, that extra 200mm fan sells the case, as great airflow is a necessity in these performance builds.
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July 6, 2013 3:40:55 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
DeusAres said:
The Corsair 300R is a solid choice. Have you considered spending the extra $30 or so on the Corsair 400R? It would definitely be a step up in quality. If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, the Cooler Master HAF 912 is solid case for the money. I personally have this case, and it gets the job done. The only thing I'm not too fond of is cable management. It's not the easiest case to work with, but if you put enough zip ties and effort in it, you shouldn't have too much trouble.

If money isn't too much of an issue, I would suggest going with something a tad bit more expensive such as the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2. It has much better options for cable management. Also, all these cases I have listed have good air flow.

Links:

CM Storm Scout 2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093W1ERO/?tag=pcpapi-20

HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 400R
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055Q7BR4/?tag=pcpapi-20

Out of these cases, I would pick the 400R. I hope this helps; good luck! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


IMHO, the Corsair 500R is the best out of all of the afore-stated cases, and it is also within the budget of the OP. To me, that extra 200mm fan sells the case, as great airflow is a necessity in these performance builds.


Yup, it's a great case. The 600T that was listed is also a great case. Just depends on what the OP is able to afford.
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July 6, 2013 3:45:10 PM

DeusAres said:
dannyboy2233 said:
DeusAres said:
The Corsair 300R is a solid choice. Have you considered spending the extra $30 or so on the Corsair 400R? It would definitely be a step up in quality. If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, the Cooler Master HAF 912 is solid case for the money. I personally have this case, and it gets the job done. The only thing I'm not too fond of is cable management. It's not the easiest case to work with, but if you put enough zip ties and effort in it, you shouldn't have too much trouble.

If money isn't too much of an issue, I would suggest going with something a tad bit more expensive such as the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2. It has much better options for cable management. Also, all these cases I have listed have good air flow.

Links:

CM Storm Scout 2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093W1ERO/?tag=pcpapi-20

HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 400R
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055Q7BR4/?tag=pcpapi-20

Out of these cases, I would pick the 400R. I hope this helps; good luck! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


IMHO, the Corsair 500R is the best out of all of the afore-stated cases, and it is also within the budget of the OP. To me, that extra 200mm fan sells the case, as great airflow is a necessity in these performance builds.


Yup, it's a great case. The 600T that was listed is also a great case. Just depends on what the OP is able to afford.


That, and whether they wish to reach the extent of their full budget.
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July 6, 2013 3:50:14 PM

My max budget, I'll say, is hm...let's make it $1,030.00, which, sadly, all those cases surpass.
Thank-you for all the suggestions so far!
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July 6, 2013 3:52:24 PM

waterise said:
My max budget, I'll say, is hm...let's make it $1,030.00, which, sadly, all those cases surpass.
Thank-you for all the suggestions so far!


In that case (haha, no pun intended) the Corsair 300R will be great for you, as will the CM HAF 912. Both fall into that budget point. For a tad bit more, the Corsair 400R is the next best choice.
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July 6, 2013 8:14:52 PM

Here, I adjusted your build for you, and I was able to squeeze in the Corsair 400R case.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1e02M

In games, you won't notice the 5% performance difference between the ivy bridge and haswell processors. What you will notice is the excessive heat that the haswell processor puts out once overclocked. I suggest going with ivy. It's cheaper and is just as fast as haswell.
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July 6, 2013 8:33:36 PM

I simply cannot decide between 7970 or GTX 760.
I think the Radeon is better, but not $110 better. Only a slit difference in performance. Ugh...I've been back-and-forth with those two GPU's for literally 1.5 weeks.
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July 6, 2013 8:41:37 PM

waterise said:
I simply cannot decide between 7970 or GTX 760.
I think the Radeon is better, but not $110 better. Only a slit difference in performance. Ugh...I've been back-and-forth with those two GPU's for literally 1.5 weeks.


That's up to you. A 7970 is closer to the GTX 680 and GTX 770 as far as performance is concerned. A HD 7950 would be a better comparison to the GTX 760. Either would be solid choices. I personally prefer the extra VRAM that the radeon card offers. I tend to mod my games, so VRAM usage tends to sharply increase when you add high res textures and other graphical enhancements to your games.
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July 6, 2013 8:51:36 PM

waterise said:
This one?:
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Exp...

And what, is the 680/770 better than the 760?


That is an okay model if you don't plan on overclocking (I think Gigabyte cards are voltage locked). I would suggest MSI. And if you're gonna go with an MSI HD 7950, you may as well stick with the Sapphire HD 7970 for $330. Excellent price for a HD 7970. And yes, the GTX 680 and GTX 770 are better than the 760; however, they are far more expensive.
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July 6, 2013 8:54:29 PM

I feel like the price difference isn't worth the performance difference. The 760 recently just came out, didn't it? As long as it allows me to run games at max settings with 60+ FPS for all games, I'm happy. Any charts showing FPS?
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July 6, 2013 9:04:40 PM

waterise said:
I feel like the price difference isn't worth the performance difference. The 760 recently just came out, didn't it? As long as it allows me to run games at max settings with 60+ FPS for all games, I'm happy. Any charts showing FPS?


Here, check out this review...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-760-rev...

Use the drop down box to navigate to the various gaming benchmarks you wish to see.

Also, here's some older benchmarks on the HD 7970. These were the only recent ones I could find that weren't benchmarked solely at 1440p.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-...
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July 6, 2013 9:09:38 PM

I actually just got done looking at those. 760 gets at least 60 FPS (except Crysis, which I won't be playing) in every game, which is all I want. Now, can I OC with the 760?

Edit: I'm gonna get some sleep; work tomorrow & it's midnight here. I'll reply when I wake up.

Edit2: new build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1e19F
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1e19F/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1e19F/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.29 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $999.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 00:15 EDT-0400)
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July 7, 2013 11:26:04 PM

Yet another....

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ehAS
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ehAS/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ehAS/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $985.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 02:22 EDT-0400)
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July 7, 2013 11:51:35 PM

Yes, you can OC the GTX 760. It's a decent card for the money.

Sorry for the late response. I've been busy.
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July 8, 2013 7:20:07 AM

Alright, now what about sound cards & wi-fi card? I need sound & Internet, haha.
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July 8, 2013 8:59:16 AM

The motherboard comes with pretty good onboard sound. Unless you're an audiophile, there's no need for a sound card. As for Wi-Fi, here's some options...

Wi-Fi adapter:
http://goo.gl/E53Hm

http://goo.gl/3YpTj
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