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August 9, 2013 6:48:12 PM

Location: United States of America
Microcenter/anything else: No
OC: Will OC GPU and CPU later
SLI/Crossfire: Maybe

PCPartPicker build:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1qeQ7

I have no parts to scavenge besides an optical drive

I am going to buy the parts within a few months
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August 9, 2013 6:56:48 PM

Julian Rodriguez said:
Location: United States of America
Microcenter/anything else: No
OC: Will OC GPU and CPU later
SLI/Crossfire: Maybe

PCPartPicker build:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1qeQ7

I am going to buy the parts within a few months


GTX 760 is a better choice for only a little more. Still either graphics card will be great.
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August 9, 2013 7:07:17 PM

Games that I will be playing: BF3, BF4 (when it comes out), Combat Arms, and Minecraft.
There will be others but these are the main ones
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August 9, 2013 7:08:16 PM

theonerm2 said:
Julian Rodriguez said:
Location: United States of America
Microcenter/anything else: No
OC: Will OC GPU and CPU later
SLI/Crossfire: Maybe

PCPartPicker build:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1qeQ7

I am going to buy the parts within a few months


GTX 760 is a better choice for only a little more. Still either graphics card will be great.


Thank You
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August 9, 2013 7:12:02 PM

Well, if it's within a few months save your money now, and buy everything on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. You'll get much better deals and hopefully not have to wait too much longer than what you were already planning on. Most of the builds that get recommended are at best good for a week. Pricing changes so much that what is recommended now won't be the same next week. Amd will be releasing the next generation of Radeons fairly soon, and I thought they also had a better Cpu refresh coming which might skew recommendations.

However, to critique your build: That's too much to pay for only DDR3 1333mhz. You can get 1600 and possibly 1866 for about the same price or cheaper depending on sales. Too much to spend on the PSU as well. I wouldn't pay more than 40 - 50 dollars for that PSU, and for that price you can get 700w + from a better built PSU. Think Xfx, Seasonic, OCZ, Pc Power and Cooling and the higher end Corsair series. I agree, I'd rather get a 760 for 20 dollars more than the 7950, but both are really solid. For the Case I'd rather recommend a Fractal Design Define R4 w/window for about the same price, but, that's mostly aesthetic at that price point.
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August 9, 2013 8:01:58 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1q7Bj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1q7Bj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1q7Bj/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: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1091.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-09 23:01 EDT-0400)

For uncompromising performance at a good price, i would suggest this.

The new AMD drivers fixed problems with crossfire microstuttering
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August 9, 2013 8:09:22 PM

Swordkd said:
Well, if it's within a few months save your money now, and buy everything on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. You'll get much better deals and hopefully not have to wait too much longer than what you were already planning on. Most of the builds that get recommended are at best good for a week. Pricing changes so much that what is recommended now won't be the same next week. Amd will be releasing the next generation of Radeons fairly soon, and I thought they also had a better Cpu refresh coming which might skew recommendations.

However, to critique your build: That's too much to pay for only DDR3 1333mhz. You can get 1600 and possibly 1866 for about the same price or cheaper depending on sales. Too much to spend on the PSU as well. I wouldn't pay more than 40 - 50 dollars for that PSU, and for that price you can get 700w + from a better built PSU. Think Xfx, Seasonic, OCZ, Pc Power and Cooling and the higher end Corsair series. I agree, I'd rather get a 760 for 20 dollars more than the 7950, but both are really solid. For the Case I'd rather recommend a Fractal Design Define R4 w/window for about the same price, but, that's mostly aesthetic at that price point.


I agree 100%. The AX7990 has gone down to $579.99 with 8 games. Ridiculous. All the other 7990's are around 600-650 now as well, showing that prices can drop so much (the 7990 has dropped $350 in the last few days), if you wait. I would suggest the 7950 due to the premise that you are overclocking -- if you're not heavily overclocking, it may be best to stick with a GTX 760. A 7950 at 1175 core most of the time beats a 670, and a 670 most of the time handily beats a 760.
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August 9, 2013 9:19:30 PM

Thank you all for being very helpful. Ill consider your opinions, thoughts, and suggestions very thoroughly.
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December 9, 2013 4:32:49 PM


I know this is not related but i play combatarms to hahaha username? and id reccomend a i5-4670k with a gigabyte z87x d3h if you have the money for it.
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