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August 18, 2013 6:31:07 PM

Hey guys, first time builder. Just want to make sure everything looks good before I invest. Looking to make a functional gaming build (not looking to run anything on maximum in 3D, just want modern games smooth and looking decent enough to keep me from upgrading in 3 months).

GPU: ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

MoBo: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

HDD: Western Digital WD AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Current Price: $1037.92

Would like to lower the price a bit if possible. Any place I could cut back without suffering too much?

I might be able to scrap a CD/DVD/RW drive from my ancient Dell Dimension E521 (only really want it for OS and drivers) but I have no idea if it'd work with this lol.

Most likely going to save up to get a SSD in the future, don't think I need it for now.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 6:42:08 PM

I did cut on the price as you wanted. Here is your build :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tz80
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tz80/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tz80/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $921.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 21:40 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 7:02:21 PM

I'm sorry, but I do not feel like the HD 7970 is slower than the GTX 660 Ti. And for gaming, I don't think that you would see any real world difference between those two CPUs.
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a c 683 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 7:11:24 PM

Seladon said:
I'm sorry, but I do not feel like the HD 7970 is slower than the GTX 660 Ti. And for gaming, I don't think that you would see any real world difference between those two CPUs.

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No idea WHAT you are talking about -of course the 7970 is faster than a 660TI - though nobody said it wasn't

But between CPUs mentioned the 3570K runs away from the 8350 in everything clock for clock except rendering, where the 8350 has a slight advantage
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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 7:13:23 PM

Then obviously my build, even if cheaper, is better for gaming because it has a much better GPU, and that CPU was overkill anyways so you won't notice any kind of difference with the 8350.
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August 18, 2013 7:19:50 PM

@Seladon Thank you! That's a pretty tight build. I'm much more of an Intel guy, though. Would it be pointless to try to stick with Intel at this budget range? The value of AMD is very enticing, but I would prefer a similar Intel build if at all possible.

@Tradesman1 Ooh thanks, that PSU looks great!
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a c 683 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 7:29:25 PM

While GPU is considered most important part of of system, the 3570K is accepted as a better gaming CPU (and most people do more than simply game, so a better overall choice, Intel does MUCH better with DRAM so if anything being done that is memory centric the Intel the better choice, while not overly noticible, either GPU will run better with the Intel mobo as both GPUs are PCI-E 3 and the AMD supports PCI-E 2 and Intel runs cooler and less power
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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 7:29:40 PM

Here it is.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $931.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 22:29 EDT-0400)
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August 18, 2013 8:00:43 PM

Seladon said:
Here it is.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $931.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 22:29 EDT-0400)


Thanks, that looks solid!

If I could bother you for a bit of extra peace of mind, could you explain a few of your choices vs my original build?

MoBo: Why the 'Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155' over the original post's 'ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77'?

PSU: The one in your list comes at 550w, is that okay for my build? I have the least knowledge on PSU wattage, but the ASUS website's 'minimum PSU calculator' said I would need 600w minimum last I checked.

GPU: That Radeon 7970 is quite a bit more expensive than the GTX660Ti, is it really worth the $110 increase?

Case: I really am a fan of both the look & fan setup of the case in my original post, would it be okay to stick with that or is your recommended one superior?

I appreciate all your help (and patience) so far. :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 8:07:36 PM

It is worth the increase.
My bad for the PSU. Anyways a 600W one is cheaper than a 550W one so...
The mobo is up to you, you wanted to save money. But I guess you could go this way :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tB7q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tB7q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tB7q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($123.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $925.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 23:07 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 8:09:03 PM

Your case doesn't have a front panel USB 3.0, so it is a bit outdated.
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