Review my build?

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) within the next 2 months

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates 600-1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies) Gaming, web surfing, Watching movies.

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using** keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Memory

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) newegg

Country: (e.g.: India) we need to know where these parts are being assembled) U.S

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case) None

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe) Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe) In the Future, Right now no

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) 1920x1080

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC) The only thing i'm not sure about is if i should wait for kepler or get something else

Components I have found that would be good:


CPU: i5 2500k
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 (Want to be prepared for upgrades)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136793
SSD: Vertex 3
Memory: Using my 8GB's (4 x 2GB's) Supertalent's
DVD Drive: http://www.amazon.com/LG-GH22NS50-DVD%C2%B1RW-Drive-Black/dp/B002KQKE26
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371036
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  1. Could you fill this out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    Easily, I can say that it's not worth getting the 580 or 590 right now. The 7970 is cheaper than a 590 by about $200 and performs pretty close in the benches shown here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-benchmark-tahiti-gcn,3104-13.html
    In some cases the 7970 either beat the 590 or was close. Keep in mind the 590 is a dual pcb card.

    As for the 580, not even worth it anymore. The 7870 releases in 3 days and performs close if not better, shown here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148.html
    For $100 less. Not sure if you're an Nvidia fan but Nvidia is definitely not the route right now.

    If you will be willing to spend $400+ on the GPU, the 7950 is probably the card you want right now.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414
    Assuming you want to overclock, it overclocks VERY well and cools very well to specially with the custom cooler.

    Similar performing SSD for $30 less
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206
  2. Oh yeah, I'd go modular with the PSU and so you don't have cable clutter, not only that but a 750w is more than enough to handle the newer 28nm cards with their low power consumption
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052
  3. Updated with that form. And you sure 750w is enough? I plan to SLI/Crossfire in the future. And you didn't mention the kepler, is it worth waiting for?
  4. Yes 750w will be plenty.

    Nvidia hasn't released any details, not even performance numbers so hard to say. If you want to it is your choice.
  5. rocketracer said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) within the next 2 months

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates 600-1600

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies) Gaming, web surfing, Watching movies.

    Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using** keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Memory

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) newegg

    Country: (e.g.: India) we need to know where these parts are being assembled) U.S

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case) None

    Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe) Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe) In the Future, Right now no

    Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC) The only thing i'm not sure about is if i should wait for kepler or get something else

    Components I have found that would be good:


    CPU: i5 2500k
    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 (Want to be prepared for upgrades)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
    Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136793
    SSD: Vertex 3
    Memory: Using my 8GB's (4 x 2GB's) Supertalent's
    DVD Drive: http://www.amazon.com/LG-GH22NS50-DVD%C2%B1RW-Drive-Black/dp/B002KQKE26
    Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371036


    There's a lot of bad reviews about OCZ SSD's so change that to other brands like Samsung 830 series 128 GB SATA III(6gb/s)
    HAF 932 is great, a lot of air flow that is needed for a stable system specially when you overclock the CPU, a lot of space for future upgrades e.g GPU SLI or CrossfireX.
  6. ^ I haven't had any problems with my OCZ SSD, so don't completely mark those off your list.

    The HAF 932 is great, but if you want to shave the budget a little, a HAF 912 is great, I own one myself. It has very good features for the money, they run $59.99 or so.
  7. All I can say is read SSD reviews first before you choose which SSD brand would you buy.
  8. rocketracer said:
    Updated with that form. And you sure 750w is enough? I plan to SLI/Crossfire in the future. And you didn't mention the kepler, is it worth waiting for?

    Nvidia Hints That Kepler is 3x Faster Than Fermi
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-epic-samaritan-kepler-fermi,14966.html
    and possible pricing:
    http://www.custompcreview.com/2012/02/06/nvidia-kepler-prices-release-dates/
    btw, that 750 is a great choice and will support practically anything short of a server build.
  9. If you are looking to buy in the next two months I suggest you start looking a week or two before you plan on actually buying the stuff. Within this time period both new GPU and CPU will be coming out and performance for the same price could greatly improve.

    In the meantime it doesn't hurt to learn all you can about what is out and maybe be able to add a bit to your budget too.
  10. The Vertex 3 has great site reviews, IE THG, TechPower, Guru3D, Etc.

    All of the SF-22xx controllers are much better than they were with new updates so those issues will not be apparent like many of those reviewers say.
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