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October 9, 2013 12:48:29 PM

Hey guys!

I've been on here a few times now getting advice for my first gaming rig, and I just wanted some final thoughts before I ordered everything. My budget is a bit higher than I originally anticipated so If you guys have recommendations for maybe a little higher quality Mobo or something I'll definitely look into it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For $33.24)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($73.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $99.99)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $22.09)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor (Purchased For $129.98)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $54.61)
Total: $1328.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-09 15:46 EDT-0400)


I've already gotten some of the parts (case, CPU cooler, optical drive, monitor, and keyboard) because of sales. Thanks guys!! :D 
October 9, 2013 1:38:13 PM

My mistake: right now I have the ASUS Z87 A chosen as my current Motherboard, not the Z87 Plus.
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October 9, 2013 2:01:04 PM

You can get one PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card and wait for the card to get cheaper to crossfire them but this card alone can max out games on ultra.
It's basically a 760 with boost except ALOT cheaper. And get the 840 EVO series, it's only like 10$ more or so. There is cheaper 1866 mhz ram, the Corsair Vengeance LP is a bit cheaper if you want. Get a better power supply, 550w is too low. I would look for 700 or 750 to have a bit more room for upgrades. You typically never want to be close to full load.

If anything I wouldn't buy any card at all and just wait until the new amd radeon series to get out to see if the cards get any cheaper.
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October 9, 2013 2:08:45 PM

Digestive97 said:
You can get one PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card and wait for the card to get cheaper to crossfire them but this card alone can max out games on ultra.
It's basically a 760 with boost except ALOT cheaper. And get the 840 EVO series, it's only like 10$ more or so. There is cheaper 1866 mhz ram, the Corsair Vengeance LP is a bit cheaper if you want. Get a better power supply, 550w is too low. I would look for 700 or 750 to have a bit more room for upgrades. You typically never want to be close to full load.

If anything I wouldn't buy any card at all and just wait until the new amd radeon series to get out to see if the cards get any cheaper.


But why not just stick with the 7970 and then add a second one later on? That was true about six months ago but now that the 7970 is actually affordable it makes more sense. I'm not sure how much of an impact the R9 series will have on the current 7XXX pricing though.
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October 9, 2013 2:19:32 PM

Digestive97 said:
You can get one PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card and wait for the card to get cheaper to crossfire them but this card alone can max out games on ultra.
It's basically a 760 with boost except ALOT cheaper. And get the 840 EVO series, it's only like 10$ more or so. There is cheaper 1866 mhz ram, the Corsair Vengeance LP is a bit cheaper if you want. Get a better power supply, 550w is too low. I would look for 700 or 750 to have a bit more room for upgrades. You typically never want to be close to full load.

If anything I wouldn't buy any card at all and just wait until the new amd radeon series to get out to see if the cards get any cheaper.


Also, I have a highly rated 750W PSU chosen. Not sure if you read that wrong, but no worries on that :) 
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October 11, 2013 3:53:21 AM

KEWolf said:
Digestive97 said:
You can get one PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card and wait for the card to get cheaper to crossfire them but this card alone can max out games on ultra.
It's basically a 760 with boost except ALOT cheaper. And get the 840 EVO series, it's only like 10$ more or so. There is cheaper 1866 mhz ram, the Corsair Vengeance LP is a bit cheaper if you want. Get a better power supply, 550w is too low. I would look for 700 or 750 to have a bit more room for upgrades. You typically never want to be close to full load.

If anything I wouldn't buy any card at all and just wait until the new amd radeon series to get out to see if the cards get any cheaper.


Also, I have a highly rated 750W PSU chosen. Not sure if you read that wrong, but no worries on that :) 


Indeed, I did read that wrong...
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