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March 5, 2012 7:20:35 PM

Hello everyone, I am looking to build a PC soon and I would like to hear from you guys what you think of these parts so far. I am open to suggestions, for the Case, GPU or anything you might like to tell me. The cost of this build I would like it to be below $1500 before rebate, after taxes, shipping etc. Let me know what you think. Thanks


Case: $134.99 Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


CPU: $179.99 Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


MoBo: $149.99 P67 Extreme4 Gen3 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


RAM: $99.99 16GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL 9 DIMM Desktop Memory Kit (Four 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Video Card: $479.99 GV-R795WF3-3GD AMD Radeon HD 7950 3072MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


PSU: $139.99 Enthusiast Series TX750M 750 Watt High Performance Modular ATX
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


CPU Cooler: $29.99 Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


DVD drive: $25.99 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


SSD: $129.99 Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive with Indilinx Everest Controller
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...



Total: $1371

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March 5, 2012 7:36:35 PM

If the build id for gaming you don't need more than 8GB RAM.You don't need HDD ?
The build is great.
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March 5, 2012 7:47:51 PM

Is that $1500 also including your monitor, keyboard/mouse, and OS?
March 5, 2012 8:02:25 PM

there is no reason that you should not get a 7970. you have room in your budget and a lot of expense in your build that you shouldnt have. SSD, case, ram, psu...etc
March 5, 2012 8:37:55 PM

Sorry for the little info, was in a hurry. I already have an HDD that I will use, but I would like to get an SSD for the OS, some aplications, maybe games. Yes I would like this to be a Gaming PC and also used for programming. Monitor, mouse, OS and keyboard I do not need. I will take your advice and cut down on the RAM. Any more advice would be greatly appreciated. Also what Case, PSU would you guys recommend for this budget? I will also look for a 7970 now.
March 5, 2012 8:56:09 PM

Looks good, see if you can get a seasonic PSU for cheaper though.
March 5, 2012 9:05:55 PM

A good case would be either NZXT Switch 810 or Corsair Obsidian 650D.

For PSU, try Corsair HX750 or Corsair AX750. If you get the 7970, you might want to go with the 850watt version.
March 5, 2012 10:40:43 PM

Ok here is what I have now. A little adjustment, let me know what you guys think. Total is about $1436.

Case: $134.99 Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

CPU: $179.99 Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


MoBo: $124.99 Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


RAM: $49.99 XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Video Card: $579.99 XFX Double D FX-797A-TDFC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU: $179.99 HX750 750W Professional Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


CPU Cooler: $29.99 Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


DVD drive: $25.99 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


SSD: $129.99 Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive with Indilinx Everest Controller
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
March 6, 2012 4:34:34 AM

It looks great.
March 6, 2012 4:54:48 AM

CZasen said:
Ok here is what I have now. A little adjustment, let me know what you guys think. Total is about $1436.

Case: $134.99 Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

CPU: $179.99 Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


MoBo: $124.99 Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


RAM: $49.99 XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Video Card: $579.99 XFX Double D FX-797A-TDFC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU: $179.99 HX750 750W Professional Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


CPU Cooler: $29.99 Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


DVD drive: $25.99 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


SSD: $129.99 Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive with Indilinx Everest Controller
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...



good choice.i would suggest just two changes.first is psu,it's high quality but expensive.you can get a quality,higher capacity psu for less price-
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
it's kinda overkill but comes for a very attractive price.
use the saved money for hyper 212 EVO-
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
other things are great. :sol: 
March 6, 2012 2:34:10 PM

Stick with Corsair PSU. It is way more reliable and trusted. Seasonic produces Corsair PSU internal as well as XFX PSU internal.
March 6, 2012 2:43:00 PM

^i agree but i never heard any complaints about pc power and cooling psus.corsair psus are highly overpriced imo.XFX is my first choice but they are not available at mirocenter.
March 6, 2012 4:21:28 PM

Latest update. Also what do you guys think about the motherboard?


Case: $134.99 Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

CPU: $179.99 Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


MoBo: $124.99 Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


RAM: $49.99 XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Video Card: $579.99 XFX Double D FX-797A-TDFC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU: $149.99 CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: $36.99 Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


DVD drive: $25.99 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


SSD: $144.99 Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 6, 2012 4:55:45 PM

mobo is awesome.
March 7, 2012 12:23:20 AM

I hate how awesome the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is. ASUS really needs to do better at that price point.
March 14, 2012 2:17:11 AM

Bought and ordered everything as of today. The case I got for more than I planned for, but now it's too late, the next day newegg dropped the shipping price and put in the rebate. Ahh that's what I get for haste. Anyway, I got the PSU, CPU Cooler, Processor, DVD drive and an extra case fan, today from Microcenter. Now I am waiting for the rest of the parts from newegg.com. Hopefully I will not get any bad parts especially the $600 video card. This is what I settled for, around $1535.

Case: $180.00 Corsair - Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Case
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Graphite+Series+M...


CPU: $179.99 Intel: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


MoBo: $119.99 ASRock: Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM: $99.99 Corsair: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card: $599.99 GIGABYTE: GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU: $149.99 PC Power & Cooling: 950 Watt Silencer MK II ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

CPU Cooler: $36.99 Cooler Master: Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


DVD drive: $25.99 LG: 24x DVD±RW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


SSD: $129.99 Mushkin: Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Extra Fan: $11.99 COOLER MASTER: R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Total: $1535
March 14, 2012 5:36:53 AM

good decisions but dont expect to get a really high overclock with good temps. id say4.5-4.6 is a good say overclock for you.
March 14, 2012 5:44:29 AM

if you're going to overclock an i5 2500k, i would go with a z68 motherboard. you can get one with enough features for less than $130. I would check out Gigabyte or Asus' z68 offerings (at around $100-120 with discounts). Video card there is a great investment. I think you might be going fairly expensive on the case, you could just save money there and invest it in cooling. I just built a really nice set of sub-$1600 and sub-$1000 builds, check em out at www.rightrig.tumblr.com
March 14, 2012 12:32:18 PM

I know I went on the expensive side with the case, I rushed with this decision a little bit. But it just got here last night and I am picking it up today and the rest of the parts should be here tomorrow or the next day. What would you suggest for better cooling? Also the motherboard that I got should be able to handle overclocking of the processor since I heard good things about it and it is a Z68 motherboard.
March 14, 2012 4:15:07 PM

its not that that cooler isnt good its that you can get about 5-10 degrees better cooling from 70ish dollar coolers.
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