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April 18, 2012 5:48:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:This month or next month

Budget Range: 850-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Case, SSD, and I currently have this monitor Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch LED Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, cheapest is best.

Country: Anywhere as long as its good quality

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe, not sure about this because i don't know much about overclocking

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Might dual screen

Additional Comments: Thanks for your help!
April 18, 2012 5:59:17 AM

Here you go:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Pro 4 - $110.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 500GB Seagate Caviar Blue 7200 RPM - $79.99
Optical: Lite on Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

Total: $1069.92

Same build I posted in another thread earlier - A little bit over budget but the Radeon 7870 is a really killer GPU and that system will last you a long time. Add a Windows license and you're good to go.
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April 18, 2012 7:07:09 AM

Obviously, Intel's Ivy Bridge is launching in the next week or so so you should wait and see how that affects prices. I think you should come back and post a new thread when you're within a week or so of making purchases.

I believe in buying all the parts with the best deals available within a two week period (or in my case, I'll even buy the RAM, HDDs, & Case two months in advance if a great sale comes up).
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April 18, 2012 7:28:24 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Here you go:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Pro 4 - $110.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 500GB Seagate Caviar Blue 7200 RPM - $79.99
Optical: Lite on Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

Total: $1069.92

Same build I posted in another thread earlier - A little bit over budget but the Radeon 7870 is a really killer GPU and that system will last you a long time. Add a Windows license and you're good to go.

You either went over kill on that psu or you didn't realize that board doesn't run dual cards. Always check your PCI-E slots to make sure the board runs dual cards @ x8 & x8.

@ the OP... Ivy Bridge is due to be released April 29th. That's what these Z77 boards are targeted for, not the Sandy Bridge cpu's. For a SB cpu look at a Z68 board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $332 USD
Intel i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.5Ghz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 - $64.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- Review with benchmarks of that Asus 7870
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April 18, 2012 5:07:14 PM

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You either went over kill on that psu or you didn't realize that board doesn't run dual cards. Always check your PCI-E slots to make sure the board runs dual cards @ x8 & x8.


Yeah I should have realized that the lower-end boards don't run dual cards in x16 or x8 - it was probably late when I wrote that. :lol: 
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April 18, 2012 8:17:51 PM

After researching i was planning on getting an i5 2500k, but im still unsure about the differences in motherboards and the kind of graphic card i want. I think the budget for a graphics card is around 150-300. HDD I think I would get is Blue Caviar 500GB or 750 GB. I hope these updates could help you guys find some more specified parts for me
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April 18, 2012 10:27:35 PM

Personally, I'd get the $110 Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SATA III SSD instead of a magnetic HDD. The price is about the same, but the performance isn't comparable. AND you can add an HDD after prices drop in a couple months.

That said, if your price range for graphics is $150-$300, shouldn't you wait for the GTX 660Ti launch and the Radeon 7800 price drop that will both happen in the next two weeks or so?

EDIT: To be clear, the reason I like the Pyro SE is because it's the cheapest you're gonna find SYNCHRONOUS nand flash.

I'm closing this tab in my browser. PM me if you come back.
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April 24, 2012 10:12:43 PM

Ivy Bridge: I assume the new CPUs are a bad stepping? I assume the non-mind-blowing overclocking will be fixed within a couple months. I'd initially assumed that a drop from 32nm to 22nm would result in a 500MHz or so increase on overclocking.

FYI: I'm closing this tab in my browser. PM me if you come back.
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May 2, 2012 1:00:05 AM

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