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April 2, 2012 2:16:53 AM

Hi guys,

I was wondering if you could help me figuring out how to improve the preliminary set up I have come up with.. I wasn't sure about the value of the video card when it comes to going 7950 vs 7870 vs 7850.. I'm trying to keep it reasonable when it comes to money.. value is really the name of the game there.. I'm willing to pay if it makes sense and its the best value option..

Is there anything in what I had thought of below that you would change? Any better options for the money?

Thank you very much in advance for your help..


Approximate Purchase Date: Could next week

Budget Range: 1500-2000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming + Work (My work requires 5 monitors, would like to ad a 6th)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (I have a power supply from like 2-3 year old computer, not sure if I should re-use or just buy a new one, I think it's a 600 watt one.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've been building from the website "lucomputers.com", I'm from Montreal so it would be best to be able to order from canadian manufacturer's.. I was using lucomputers.com for them to put the computer together and they ship it to me for 50$.

Country: Canada

Overclocking: Maybe, I'm not sure of how risky it is and if it really diminishes the lifespan of the company.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200, right now.. might go bigger eventually..

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC


That's what I had thought of as of right now..


CPU: (Top Seller) Intel Core i7-3820 CPU
CPU Cooling: (Top Seller) CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
Motherboard: (Top Seller) ASUS P9X79 Motherboard
Memory: 1X 16GB (4x4G) Patriot DDR3 1600MHz
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB SATAIII 2.5" SSD (VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G)
Hard Drive: (Top Seller) WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA III 64MB (WD1002FAEX)
Optical Drive 1: Liteon 24X24 DVDRW SATA Black Retail, Dual
Video Card: (Top Seller) Powercolor Radeon HD7950 3GB
Case: (Top Seller) Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Power Supply CMPSU-850TXV2

April 2, 2012 2:20:49 AM

gcefaloni said:
Hi guys,

I was wondering if you could help me figuring out how to improve the preliminary set up I have come up with.. I wasn't sure about the value of the video card when it comes to going 7950 vs 7870 vs 7850.. I'm trying to keep it reasonable when it comes to money.. value is really the name of the game there.. I'm willing to pay if it makes sense and its the best value option..

Is there anything in what I had thought of below that you would change? Any better options for the money?

Thank you very much in advance for your help..


Approximate Purchase Date: Could next week

Budget Range: 1500-2000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming + Work (My work requires 5 monitors, would like to ad a 6th)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (I have a power supply from like 2-3 year old computer, not sure if I should re-use or just buy a new one, I think it's a 600 watt one.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've been building from the website "lucomputers.com", I'm from Montreal so it would be best to be able to order from canadian manufacturer's.. I was using lucomputers.com for them to put the computer together and they ship it to me for 50$.

Country: Canada

Overclocking: Maybe, I'm not sure of how risky it is and if it really diminishes the lifespan of the company.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200, right now.. might go bigger eventually..

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC


That's what I had thought of as of right now..


CPU: (Top Seller) Intel Core i7-3820 CPU
CPU Cooling: (Top Seller) CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
Motherboard: (Top Seller) ASUS P9X79 Motherboard
Memory: 1X 16GB (4x4G) Patriot DDR3 1600MHz
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB SATAIII 2.5" SSD (VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G)
Hard Drive: (Top Seller) WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA III 64MB (WD1002FAEX)
Optical Drive 1: Liteon 24X24 DVDRW SATA Black Retail, Dual
Video Card: (Top Seller) Powercolor Radeon HD7950 3GB
Case: (Top Seller) Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Power Supply CMPSU-850TXV2


I would get the 212 evo.

I would also get a HAF 922, I have it, not too big, not too small.

Also, don't get the 7950, if you're going 450$ might as well get the 680, which is 499$. Once one comes in stock, just on it.

Other than that, looks good.
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April 2, 2012 2:23:27 AM

That was a paper launch. Supply should be back within the month.
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April 2, 2012 2:43:10 AM

Would you say 500$ for a 680 is worth it compared to 250$ for a 7850 if the games I'll be playing mostly are Blizzard games like Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2.. I love to play at the highest quality possible, and whatever games they'll come up with in the future 2 years.. do you guys think 680 for 500$ is better value than 7850 for 250$?
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April 2, 2012 3:04:20 AM

Yes.
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April 2, 2012 3:18:51 AM

might also be worth keeping an eye on amd prices for when the 680 actually makes it back to market. we all predict price slashes.

gotta love competition
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April 2, 2012 9:29:52 PM

So the 680 performs twice better than the 7850? to justify twice the price?
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