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September 4, 2013 9:59:34 PM

So I posted earlier a build and after looking it over I decided to make a few changes. Here it is, I would appreciate any advice among the gaming rig builders as to what I can improve, what I can swap out to either improve performance(at no extra cost), or keep performance, while reducing costs, for a different model of an item.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($104.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $865.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 00:58 EDT-0400)

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September 4, 2013 10:20:10 PM

You should save and get a HD7970 or wait until the HD9000 series coming out this October(This would reduce the prices of HD7000 series much more), from there you can a choice of getting a newer GPU or getting a better current generation GPU.

Here is a HD7950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for the same price after rebate. HD7950 is superior to the HD7870 GHz and once OC, can even match a HD7970 is some compartment.
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September 4, 2013 10:22:41 PM

Here's a build that will be cheaper, and yet perform better in games, than the build that you were looking at.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1A9Ot
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1A9Ot/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1A9Ot/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($283.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $848.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 01:21 EDT-0400)
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September 4, 2013 10:31:31 PM

I am curious as to why your build you posted will out perform the one I posted? I know very little about computer building, so just curious.
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September 4, 2013 10:46:55 PM

How big of a difference are we talking? It is double the price so I would be expecting a substantial increase.
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September 4, 2013 10:57:13 PM

Well, if you find it to be a waste of money, you can also take a look at the HD 7950, which will obviously give a better price/performance ratio, even if it performs a bit slower than the HD 7970.
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September 4, 2013 11:12:13 PM

Yeah that is the one I am looking at right now, the 7950. As for overclocking, is my cooler good enough to do that if I decide to do it? On another forum a guy pointed me towards a Corsair H100i, and that is quite a bit of money. I didn't know if there was anything else that might be a better alternative.
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September 4, 2013 11:14:33 PM

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO does the job if you're not trying to reach crazy high overclocks, and only want to get slight/medium ones.
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