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February 12, 2012 5:40:50 AM

I am focusing on gaming primarily Battlefield 3, SWTOR, Skyrim at 60FPS on 1080p resolution. I also download and stream movies/t.v shows often but I do not keep them on my current laptop after viewing them. I would be interested in burning blu-ray movies and dvd's.

My max budget for this PC $1,500 roughly any ideas on where I could save money and still have peak performance I am all ears. However, if no one can find where I can save some money I guess I will be stuck paying $1,868.91. I am looking to buy in the next month or two I was debating getting the pieces of hardware over time instead of buying all at once. Then I thought what if I receive a piece of hardware and its DOA and I don't test it for months before I build my PC then I will no longer be able to return it so I am thinking I will have to wait and spend my money lump sum.

I am currently looking at hardware from newegg.com because they have such an expansive selection and easy to navigate website. I have found cheaper prices on Amazon.com for some of the hardware. I would however more than likely buy all hardware from one site.

CPU: i7 2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (2x4GB) DDR3 8GB (1600)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: SeaSonic Platinum 860W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive: Samsung Black 12X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: Windows 7 Home Professional 64-bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would like to overclock and I have no experience with it or building a PC, but I am sure I can figure it out I have already been looking into it. I am not sure if I should look into downgrading GPU's and running SLI/Crossfire to achieve the same performance as the 7970 for a cheaper price if that is possible.


I have no idea if I should look into a heatsink for my CPU, I have no experience with water cooling and how complicated it is and is it worth doing, I am looking at using my 120hz 55in led 1080p t.v as a monitor for this system does anyone recommend me not doing this I was going to use the HDMI input on my tv.

Total Price: $1,868.91 USD kind of more than I wanted to spend but I think this has everything I would need other than heatsink/fans/watercooler and anything else I may have over looked.

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February 12, 2012 5:56:16 AM

Premium graphics cards are not worth the price IMO .
My choice would be a 7950 . Probably the gigabyte "windforce" model with 3 fans

All Z68 motherboards will perform identically at stock speeds . You can spend way less and miss a tiny fraction of overclocking [ if anything ]

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your psu is also a premium item . It will run more efficiently but the difference is so small you will never notice .
You could use the Corsair 650 TX , or 750 TX if you might add a second graphics card . Not likely to need that b4 the rest of the machine needs replacing tho


Cases are a matter of personal taste ....... but will a white case really go with your other components?
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February 12, 2012 8:46:48 AM

I would sugest to have a premium psu as it is the veins of ur pc.

as psu looses its efficientcy over time.

a 80+ silver or gold 850 w would do if sli/crossfire and 1000 w if every thing over clock if im corecct.


if wrong corect me
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February 12, 2012 10:04:04 PM

serialkiller said:
I would sugest to have a premium psu as it is the veins of ur pc.

as psu looses its efficientcy over time.

a 80+ silver or gold 850 w would do if sli/crossfire and 1000 w if every thing over clock if im corecct.


if wrong corect me



OK then
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

a comp wth a single 7970 NEEDS a decent 550 watt psu .
650 watt is reasonable head room

While a gold or silver rated psu is a better quality unit than a bronze rated unit its very hard to justify the cost when 1/ a bronze rated unit will work perfectly well and 2/ you are trying to save money
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