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April 7, 2012 12:19:46 AM

Sapphire Radeon HD7870 2GB GHZ
Intel Core i5 2500K
ASUS P8Z77-M PRO Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 500GB 7200RPM
NZXT Source 210 Elite Case Black
OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W Modular
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM
LG IPS226V-PN 21.5in IPS Widescreen LED Monitor
LG GH24NS90 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive OEM

Disclaimer: This is not from newegg nor can i purchase from there

How's it?

My budget is $1300, or thereabouts. This build totals $3 short of the budget. Anyone have better suggestions? I also need a good after market cooler for the CPU. I've heard the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is great and i can get it for 40 bucks. Anyone have better alternatives?

I may want to crossfire in the future...

Regards, :) 

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April 7, 2012 1:12:49 AM

Not bad. Do you have a link to the site(s) that you are or can purchase from ?
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April 7, 2012 1:19:14 AM

The psu is way overkill , and I'd never spend that much to game on a 21.5 inch monitor ..esp an IPS panel more suited to graphics professionals than gamers
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April 7, 2012 1:20:26 AM

Looks really good for now. Just in case you weren't aware, Ivy Bridge will be out in three weeks. Won't change your world, but worth looking into.
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April 7, 2012 1:27:20 AM

@Why_Me Unless you're from Australia, you won't be able to get it. IF you are Aussie, then its pccasegear.com.au

@ Outlander_04 The PSU will allow me to Crossfire in the future, though i may or may not do it :)  Plus i don't like too big screens, 21.5" is enough. IPS monitors are considerably better than TN panels. They have better colour saturation if i am not mistaken=better quality and enjoyable experience with games

@mortonww Yeh i know, by the time i order this build it's probably already Ivy B time. So i will probbaly get it...just depends on pricing and oc ability. 2500k has already proven itself :D 

Thanks for the feedback guys. More appreciated.
regards, :) 

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April 7, 2012 1:37:47 AM

You can crossfire 7870's on a 600 watt psu

IPS panels have slower response times , and often more input lag as well which adds up to potential ghosting and another 30-60 milliseconds delay in redrawing the screen. No problem if you are playing against the machine but try having your effective ping time extended by 60 ms in an online game and you are dead a lot more often

If you are happy with the 2500K then you may be able to save money with a Z68 mb
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April 7, 2012 2:02:51 AM

Outlander_04 said:
You can crossfire 7870's on a 600 watt psu

IPS panels have slower response times , and often more input lag as well which adds up to potential ghosting and another 30-60 milliseconds delay in redrawing the screen. No problem if you are playing against the machine but try having your effective ping time extended by 60 ms in an online game and you are dead a lot more often

If you are happy with the 2500K then you may be able to save money with a Z68 mb


Are you sure they have slower response times? Is it determined by the response time stated on the monitor, or is it something else? If so, can you suggest good 21.5" TN panel for less than $150?

Thanks btw
regards, :) 
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April 7, 2012 2:13:45 AM

Those Z77 boards are meant for Ivy Bridge cpu's.


Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... <----- Here's a price run down of the Ivy Bridge cpu's in $USD

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview <----- Line-up of Ivy Bridge desktop cpu's to date.

Z77/Z75 motherboards (Panther Point chipset w/native USB 3.0) and PCI-E 3.0

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- Quick and brief rundown of Ivy Bridge, PCI-E 3.0 cards and the new gen boards.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Asrocks Z77 and Z75 boards to date. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Inte... <---- Asus Z77 board lineup to date.

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p=... <----- Gigabyte Z77 board lineup to date.

http://us.msi.com/product/mb/#/?sk=Socket%201155%20(Intel%20i3/i5/i7) <----- MSI Z77 board lineup to date.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks


http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $119.00
OCZ Technology ZT Series 750W Power Supply 80 Plus Bronze

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $169.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce...
Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K 3.4 GHz

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $39.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $55.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB)

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $19.00
Sony AD7280SGB DVDRW OEM

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $109.00
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $359.00
Sapphire Radeon HD7870 2GB GHZ

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $95.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM


http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <--- A better look at that Asrock board.
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