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$900-$1100 Gaming PC (Ivy Bridge?)

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April 21, 2012 4:41:03 AM

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Approximate Purchase Date: NOW-FIRST/SECOND WEEK OF MAY

Budget Range: $900-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, chrome tabs/foobar2k, streaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (will be buying one, but off the budget)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com, newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, WHATEVER SITE IS THE CHEAPEST (amazon has no tax and free shipping, newegg charges for both!!!)

Country: UNITED STATES

Parts Preferences: i5-2500k/3550k/3570k, whatever fits the budget. Z77 would be awesome but if I'm better off with a Z68 for performance and budget I don't mind.

Overclocking: Yes, eventually.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, and using my old 1400x900 as a secondary monitor for web browsing and music.

Additional Comments: Airflow and low temps., my current and past computers overheat like crazy (but then again they've been OEM prebuilts, family computers). GPU regularly goes above 110C on load but then again it's a 4670 and the case has no fans or mesh other than the CPU fan.


I've read the many other threads around the same price range, but I thought I'd make my own so it'd be a little more personalized.
Just a few notes: I need a copy of Windows which should be included in the overall budget! I'd like the best GPU for the money, but I don't want to spend a fortune. In terms of video cards, I was looking at the 7850s/7870s but I was hoping that maybe a 670 would be out and fill the $350 price range so I could get some newer technology in there.
I'd really appreciate it if you could, in your recommendation builds, just include the Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge depending on which you think will be better for the price point and gaming in general. If the IBs are around the $200-$220 range for better performance than the 2500k, awesome.

If you'd like me to provide parts as a base, I'm more than willing to do that. Otherwise, I'd just like to see what you ladies and gentlemen can come up with! As always, cheaper is better but I'm willing to go up to around $1100 after tax/shipping (if you use sites that charge for it).
April 23, 2012 10:33:15 PM

think I've decided on a build, check it out:

i5-2500k
CM Hyper 212
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Asus Radeon HD 7850
Antec Three Hundred Two
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
Corsair Enthusiast Series 650w
Asus 24x DVD Drive
Samsung Extreme Low Voltage DDR3 1600 240-pin

good choices/everything I need (besides an OS)?
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April 23, 2012 10:36:15 PM

Good build imo. That's a fairly common setup for your price range.
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April 23, 2012 11:05:17 PM

Nice build. Ivy bridge is around the corner but the 2500k is wonderful. If you have a little more room in the budget new egg has a sale on a AMAZING gold certified 750 watt Seasonic power supply for 119.99 after you enter the code.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The thing is fully modular and runs amazingly. I am using the exact model. and its 100 watts more.
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April 23, 2012 11:07:45 PM

kcsmacker said:
Nice build. Ivy bridge is around the corner but the 2500k is wonderful. If you have a little more room in the budget new egg has a sale on a AMAZING gold certified 750 watt Seasonic power supply for 119.99 after you enter the code.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The thing is fully modular and runs amazingly. I am using the exact model. and its 100 watts more.

Good catch on a nice deal. If OP plans to CF down the line, that PSU would be sufficient to give OP's system clean power.
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April 24, 2012 12:43:21 AM

Looks like a good build to me. In my opinion it would be kind of silly to get Ivy bridge as soon as it comes out. Within 2-3 weeks of release the price will have dropped immensely (maybe)
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April 24, 2012 12:50:42 AM

I think I'll stick with the 650w, probably won't be upgrading for a while.
Is there anything I need to buy for dual monitor support? I'm buying a 1080p and I'd like to use my 1400x900 19" on the side, but I'm not sure if I need any extra adapters.
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April 24, 2012 1:01:50 AM

ivebeenshottt said:
I think I'll stick with the 650w, probably won't be upgrading for a while.
Is there anything I need to buy for dual monitor support? I'm buying a 1080p and I'd like to use my 1400x900 19" on the side, but I'm not sure if I need any extra adapters.


As long as you have cables for both monitors (vga/dvi/hdmi) what ever you may have.
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April 24, 2012 1:21:24 AM

I'd make just slight changes. Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Change the 7850 to the 7870 and you'll be solid.
Also wait for the i5 3570K to release. It'll be compatible with the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 and allow you to get PCI 3.0 including all the features the board offers. Honestly Z77 is kind of expensive right now. $20 more for not even performance increase and just slight feature differences like native USB 3.0 (which is not a huge deal other than board layout) it's not worth it.
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April 24, 2012 1:42:58 AM

I would just go with the board I suggest in my build guide. It'll give you all the features you'll need. An upgrade path of SLI/CF w/ 8x/8x and mainly that's it. Plus it's a more than solid board.
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April 24, 2012 1:45:55 AM

aznshinobi said:
I would just go with the board I suggest in my build guide. It'll give you all the features you'll need. An upgrade path of SLI/CF w/ 8x/8x and mainly that's it. Plus it's a more than solid board.

done and done. saved me $50.
I'm looking at a total of $1120 for the build + a 24" monitor.
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April 24, 2012 1:56:40 AM

Nice did you get to go with the 7870?
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April 24, 2012 2:01:18 AM

$960, 7850.
Monitor -> $160.
$1120.
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April 24, 2012 3:09:37 AM

Just my opinion though.
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April 24, 2012 3:12:04 AM

oh, it's micro atx.. nevermind.
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April 24, 2012 3:12:55 AM

Oh it is. Doesn't really matter though. Doesn't make it any worse. Your choice though.
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April 24, 2012 3:15:24 AM

Just a heads up, unless you are willing to gamble with ASRock, I'd suggest to pick another manufacturer even if it costs more. All of my friends have had horrible experiences with their products, and most of them come DOA. If you read the Newegg reviews as well, their are tons of horror stories with them. The low price is attractive, and I admit I was lured by it at the start of my current build, but i'm going to take my friends advice and common sense and go with the better brand.
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April 24, 2012 3:19:11 AM

as far as I can tell, every motherboard has horror story reviews. haven't found one yet that hasn't had rampant complaints. going with the Gigabyte board, hopefully I won't be disappointed.
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April 24, 2012 3:27:33 AM

Hucklecat said:
Just a heads up, unless you are willing to gamble with ASRock, I'd suggest to pick another manufacturer even if it costs more. All of my friends have had horrible experiences with their products, and most of them come DOA. If you read the Newegg reviews as well, their are tons of horror stories with them. The low price is attractive, and I admit I was lured by it at the start of my current build, but i'm going to take my friends advice and common sense and go with the better brand.


All of my mother boards have been ASRock. Have never had any problems. Any mother board is going to have bad reviews. A lot of ASRock's newer stuff is even higher quality too. There's nothing wrong with them. A lot of people fail to realize that ASRock is owned by ASUS and therefor actually have quite good quality control.
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April 24, 2012 3:34:57 AM

Why do either? Just go with the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 I suggested in my build guide. Gives you SLI/CF for only $120 at 8x/8x plus you get PCI 3.0 with Gen3. The features are the same as a Z77 board, it's just cheaper.
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April 24, 2012 3:48:47 AM

You NEED BOTH an IB CPU and MOBO to get full benefits of the IB platform.
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April 24, 2012 4:02:33 AM

What are the full benefits? Please do explain?
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April 24, 2012 4:32:32 AM

aznshinobi said:
Why do either? Just go with the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 I suggested in my build guide. Gives you SLI/CF for only $120 at 8x/8x plus you get PCI 3.0 with Gen3. The features are the same as a Z77 board, it's just cheaper.

sorry, the way the website is set up confused me. the mobo listed under the mobo paragraph is different than the one listed in the Amazon "buy now" section.
do they carry the Asrock E3/G3 on Amazon, because that's the one I've wanted. Newegg will charge $15 in tax and shipping.
edit: anywhere they sell it for so cheap with no tax/shipping or just one or the other, let me know.
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April 24, 2012 5:55:08 AM

Ahhh, yeah Amazon doesn't sell it cheap so I chose to recommend the D3H if you bought from Amazon. Essentially the same features, however the D3H doesn't have PCI 3.0 if you use an Ivy Bridge chip.

Newegg is the cheapest even after shipping, so you might as well get the Z77 Asrock Extreme4
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April 24, 2012 6:01:16 AM

picked up the extreme3 gen3 for $120 shipped!
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April 24, 2012 6:01:54 AM

aznshinobi said:
What are the full benefits? Please do explain?

USB 3.0 ports use full bandwidth, PCIe 3.0 is fully utilized.
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April 24, 2012 6:04:56 AM

one last question, do you guys recommend a case with usb 3.0 front headers?
the Three Hundred Two has 'em, but the HAF 912 doesn't.
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April 24, 2012 6:09:36 AM

Native vs Controller is barely a difference.

PCI 3.0 Z77 vs Z68 Gen3 I hardly doubt there is a large difference if PCI 2.0 can utilize the 7970 at near peak.
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April 24, 2012 6:10:57 AM

As for the front headers, it's up to you. I hardly use USB 3 as I'm still all USB 2.0 for now. So it's nice to have but it really doesn't matter. Do you plan on getting USB 3.0 stuff anytime soon shottt? If not I think USB 2.0 will be fine, but looking toward the future USB 3.0 would be less of a hassle if it was already in the front.
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April 24, 2012 6:16:15 AM

you're absolutely right.
with cooling in mind, would you go for the HAF 912 then? perhaps with an extra 120mm?
my main goal with the case is dust filters and decent temps.
this should truly be the last piece of the build I'm not 100% certain about.
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April 24, 2012 6:24:21 AM

aznshinobi said:
Native vs Controller is barely a difference.

PCI 3.0 Z77 vs Z68 Gen3 I hardly doubt there is a large difference if PCI 2.0 can utilize the 7970 at near peak.

Guess I should use my common sense instead of relying too heavily on benchmarks. It seems logical what you just said. :p 
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April 24, 2012 6:24:35 AM

Umm well the cooling would be roughly the same. Keep in mind, the Antec 300-2 is $10 more. Might not seem like a lot but you could buy another fan for the HAF with that being the case. Some may argue for the Antec 300-2 but Antec's cases are slightly unjustified for the price they are at.

The 2 headers are meh, mainly because some motherboards offer things that connect to the motherboard's USB 3.0 to fit in a 5.25" slot. Sorry if that explanation wasn't clear but I think you know what I mean.
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April 24, 2012 6:27:48 AM

well, doesn't have to necessarily be between those two cases.
was more asking for your opinion (if you have an opinion) on all the cases in the $50-70 price range.

yeah, makes sense.
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April 24, 2012 6:30:26 AM

IMO, the HAF 912 is better than most $60 cases.
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