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April 17, 2012 6:47:47 PM

Looking at cyberpower pc... may end up building it myself again, not sure yet..

Going with something simple, that will run BF3 decent since I dont have time to play a lot.

Case: Corsair 400R
CPU: Will wait for ivy bridge but substitute with i5 2550k
CPU FAN: CoolIT ECO II liquid cooler (push pull)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77X UD5H
RAM: 8GB 1600mhz Corsair
GPU: AMD 7950 3GB
PSU: Thermaltake Smart Series 850watts
HDD: 1TB
Asus 24" monitor
Windows 7

Total comes out to be $1761

Pretty decent price for a prebuilt!

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April 17, 2012 6:54:18 PM

Build it yourself... I think that would cost about $1400 if you built it yourself, and it would have better parts. It's actually a pretty good build, though. You're overclocking, right? Everything looks good, though... I think it'll max out BF3.

Looks a lot like the builds I suggest for about the $1000 price range (since I don't include monitor or Windows). What speed is the HDD? I'm assuming 7200rpm, but you might want to check.
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April 17, 2012 6:56:01 PM

I agree. Build it yourself. I moderate on another board and we have seen far too many complaints dealing with CyberPower. Enough that it is not recommended.
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April 17, 2012 7:02:12 PM

Cyberpower is like the Apple of PCs, except it doesn't have quality.
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April 17, 2012 7:10:11 PM

lol. thanks for the tip!

i built it on newegg, very similar.. some cheaper stuff, some a little more... but with the extra (better quality) fans..., dust filters.. it came out to be $1900

Case: CM690
GPU: Sapphire 7950
HDD: WD 1TB 7200
PSU: Corsair HX750
RAM: G.Skill 8gb @ 1600
MOBO: MSI Z77-GD65
CPU: 2550k
Drive: LG blu ray drive
CPU FAN: Corsair H80 (push pull)

also have windows 7, asus 24", (6) Cougar 120mm fans,(1) Cougar 140mm, some dust filters and fan grills

Totals out to $1,893.75 after shipping/taxes

Its $130 more, so not bad.. and probably will be a better rig, like you guys said!
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April 18, 2012 2:24:26 AM

Well... why the different case? 400R is great.
GPU: Try for a 7850 or a 7870... better price/performance ratio on both
PSU: Try a PC power and cooling Silencer MK II 750W Silver rated... it's only $110 ($20 MIR), and sivler rated! Also, quiet!
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is good enough
CPU fan: Liquid cooling is generally terrible unless you do it yourself... in which case it'll cost more. I think a Hyper 212 Evo will suffice for your needs... how high do you want to overclock? Anything past 4.5GHz doesn't really make a gaming difference.
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April 18, 2012 3:17:36 AM

I like both cases, I like corsairs higher end ones a little more and may go with them.. not sure.. the CM has a lot of options for fans!

I'd probably OC to 4.0-4.2ghz... so I figured one of the liquid cooler kits would work better than air?
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April 18, 2012 3:36:29 AM

4.0-4.2 is fine for Hyper 212 Evo... liquid cooling generally has some problems... air will work fine! Plus, it's a lot cheaper. The Hyper 212 Evo is definitely sufficient for your overclocking... 4.4 has been achieved without liquid cooling using a Hyper 212.
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April 18, 2012 4:02:02 AM

I've had two Cyberpower PCs and no problems with either. Great tech support, if somewhat difficult to communicate with. Still, saves money to DIY.

The IB CPU equivalent is i5-3570K. It's going to be good to have integrated GPU (2550K GPU is disabled) with the Lucid MVP that most boards come with. The results are mixed but depending on the game can be a nice boost.
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April 18, 2012 4:49:17 AM

so previous list was $1,893

Tweaked some things:


Case: corsair 400r
GPU: gigabyte 7870
HDD: WD 1TB 7200
PSU: XFX 850 modular
RAM: G.Skill 8gb @ 1600
MOBO: Asrock z77xtreme4
CPU: 2550k
Drive: Samsung DVD burner (skip blu ray for now)
CPU FAN: CM V8

With 5 120 XIGMATEK white led fans with a total of 8 fans in that case, temps should be great!

Went with the XFX PSU, I've had great luck with their stuff before, and still using their GPU from 3 years ago (GTX 280 black edition) Also, the video card and PSU both come with Dirt 3 for free lol.

With those changes... brought it down to $1,756.63.. so saved me $137 right there!
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April 18, 2012 4:49:37 AM

also going with a 850watt psu for possible future Xfire
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April 18, 2012 4:13:46 PM

Correction.. still had the H80 on the list. with it gone, total is

$1,656.64 so the little changes saved over $239!
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April 18, 2012 8:15:43 PM

Go with Noctua d14 because its alot better than corsair hydro series. What's good about D-14 is that has better overclocking benefits than H-80 and I believe its alot cheaper too than H-80. It's very quite and one of the best air cooling OUT in market right now.
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April 18, 2012 8:18:45 PM

If you don't care about the looks go for Noctua D-14. It should fit perfectly in your Corsair 400r case. I have the same setup as yours bro. I'm still waiting for Ivy bridge until my build is done. Go for it you won't regret it!
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April 18, 2012 9:04:08 PM

Since Im not OC much, ill stick with something like the V8.. the D14 is only $13 cheaper than the H80
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April 18, 2012 9:04:24 PM

I just hope IB stays current for a while and nothing new out next year!
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April 18, 2012 9:41:20 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
IB will be current for just under a year. Haswell will be a new socket and the "tock" (new architecture) of Intel's cycle. Sorry :) 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haswell_(microarchitecture)


I'll probably build that then... since I'm overseas and wont be home til next year.. guess Ill just keep waiting! :pfff: 
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April 18, 2012 10:08:01 PM

Is the XFX PSU rated? Could we have a link to check it out? I love the PC power and cooling Silencer MK II series... it's cheap, really reliable, and SILVER RATED! (Big bonus). They've got a bronze rated modular version, too.

An XFX PSU and GPU aren't really the same thing... luck with one might not mean luck with another. XFX GPUs are great... PSUs, not as much to my knowledge. Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling are popular.

Why the Gigabyte GPU? I'd recommend MSI Twin Frozr II OC... really low temperatures and noise levels, yet GREAT overclocking and it's already factory overclocked!
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April 18, 2012 10:10:43 PM

Wait... I'd wait for Haswell and other stuff if you're not going to use your computer while you're overseas. You're not going to need it for the next year?

Also, I know that the Noctua D-14 has a GREAT history of cooling. I guess if you want to stick with yours, you can, but you will NOT be disappointed with Noctua. They're really quiet, too.

8 case fans might be overkill as well. Go with stock and see how your temps do... if you need more, add more. With 8 fans, GPU fans, CPU fans, PSU fans, and a spinning HDD your build might get pretty loud.
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April 18, 2012 10:28:48 PM

The Corsair 400r case has plenty of space for your needs man. You can pretty much throw everything in there. Cable management is pretty good for an middle case. The fans you've selected are pretty good, but you don't need that much fans, you should try to upgrade the rear and the front fans those are the ones you want to replace. I also want to suggest something if you're planning to XIGMATEK fan, I suggest get the Aerocool fans they have white led lights as well. You might wanna consider getting these because, I have it and moves alot of air and it's very silent too even though all the fans are maximum speed. My Corsair 400r has a pretty good airflow with those fans its moving lots of air. Just a heads up just try to replace the front and rear fans included with case that's about it. Overall you're gonna have a great built! Good Luck!
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April 18, 2012 10:43:15 PM

ddan49 said:
Is the XFX PSU rated? Could we have a link to check it out? I love the PC power and cooling Silencer MK II series... it's cheap, really reliable, and SILVER RATED! (Big bonus). They've got a bronze rated modular version, too.

An XFX PSU and GPU aren't really the same thing... luck with one might not mean luck with another. XFX GPUs are great... PSUs, not as much to my knowledge. Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling are popular.

Why the Gigabyte GPU? I'd recommend MSI Twin Frozr II OC... really low temperatures and noise levels, yet GREAT overclocking and it's already factory overclocked!


Just went with that card due to the reviews.
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April 18, 2012 10:54:35 PM

I assume you like to get this one right? huh? I wanted this before but decided not to go for it because they're asking for too much money for it. I went for the KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 because they have pretty led light(Blue and White) and its modular but not fully modular(just like the one you choose) and they are also on sale for about 149.99. You should try to get this particular PSU, this has been in the market for quite sometime with some AWESOME high feedback percentage. I got this one for my build it light's up the bottom of my MOBO (MSI Z77A-GD65) pretty good. You hardly see a 1000 watt PSU for 150 dollars that's pretty good that's why I got it. You should get it too!!!! You won't be disappointed and I also read that you're planning to crossfire your GPU, this PSU is perfect for you. GO GET IT BEFORE IT TO LATE MAN!!!
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April 19, 2012 11:57:17 AM

And thanks for your service!
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