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April 22, 2012 4:47:05 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $1200 after rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, any US site

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, none for GPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 and 1280x1024. Might get another 1920x1080 so looking to triple monitor

Additional Comments: quiet but performs, future-proofed as much as possible. I already bought some parts due to deals on newegg that I couldn’t pass up. Trying to get Windows 7 for free through school. If not, $60 more for OS.

Bought:
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120 after rebate

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40

OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 after rebate

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30 after rebate

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$115 after rebate

Total $395

Need:

GPU: leaning towards 7950 but could use recommendations on brand or another card altogether

XFX Double D FX-795A-TDFC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$410

Mobo: Z77 – need wifi so debating on getting an integrated one or a stand alone pci-e NIC card

No wifi:
MSI Z77A-GD55 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$150

Yes wifi:

ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$190

CPU: IB i5-3570k or SB 2500k. just waiting for the release and the initial wave of reviews on IB.
$220

HDD: going to see if I can take out my laptop’s hdd and put it in my tower as prices are way too high to justify the amount of space given.

Estimated total is around $1175.
April 22, 2012 5:45:33 AM

Supposedly the release date of Ivy got pushed up a week so you'll only need to wait until Tuesday. I'm having a hard time deciding if I'm going to upgrade my system to Ivy or if I'm going to splurge for X79.

As far as the 7950 goes - that is an *EXCELLENT* choice, I love my 7870.

Don't get an MSI board as they have a far greater chance for failure than a lot of boards you can get - last year I had an 870A-G45 and it died like three days later. I wouldn't spring for the Wifi model just get something less expensive and a cheapo wifi adapter. If you get a $170 board like the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5 you can actually have enough of a difference to upgrade your GPU to the Radeon 7970 - the price was just cut by like $100.

As far as hard drives go the prices are finally getting back down to what they were pre-flood levels. You can get something like this for $99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 22, 2012 7:26:51 AM

Yeah, I am looking forward to this monday's release for IB. I hope it was worth the wait.

I do want a 680 but price/performance doesn't seem like its worth it even though it is the best card. I was just wondering what is the threshold currently for fps. Isn't anything above 60 fps not recognized by the human eye? I am thinking that either the 7870 or 7950 hits that sweet spot for a couple of years.

Hmm for a mobo, I guess I'll go for something simpler then. Anything with 2 pci-e 3 slots for future sli/xfire ability.

asus P8Z77-V LK LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any recommendations on best brand or are they similar enough to just pick my favorite maker?

I'll wait on the HDD for now as I have 3 80gb hdds that I can use for the time being ><
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April 22, 2012 8:56:49 AM

The $1500 build in my sig with a HD7870 or HD7950 instead of the dual HD7850's.
April 22, 2012 8:01:11 PM

any opinions on the sound level from the XFX Double D FX-7950? I plan to OC a little bit but don't want to increase dMB levels too much.

Also is a mini-pci-e NIC card a good idea (cooling and performance wise)? If it is recommended I might just go for the asrock extreme 6.
April 22, 2012 9:04:02 PM

Actually, I would go with the dual 7850. It is cheaper, uses the same power, and is a LOT faster.
April 22, 2012 10:08:39 PM

I forgot they dropped the price. Nvm then.
April 23, 2012 4:22:19 PM

stealthwolf said:
Can I put a laptop NIC card into a gigabyte extreme 6?

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

I would also have to wire the antenna too right?


I wouldn't try it - laptop hardware is usually designed to each manufacturer's specifications and what works on one machine doesn't necessarily work on the other.
April 23, 2012 5:58:04 PM

ok, after reading the initial reviews on IB and the lack of availability that there is going to be at launch, I am leaning towards just getting a 2500k. The question I have is that if I get a Z77 mobo, do I still get USB3.0 support with an i5-2500k? or do I need the gen3 cpu for usb3?
April 23, 2012 6:01:22 PM

NZXT Phantom 410
Item #: N82E16811146090
$99.99

Galaxy 58NLH5DI5TXX MDT X4 GeForce GTX 580
Item #: N82E16814162092
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$399.99 ($379.99)

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive
Item #: N82E16827106276
$18.99

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC
Item #: N82E16817182200
$59.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Item #: N82E16835100007
$9.99

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77
Item #: N82E16813131837
$144.99


XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm
Item #: N82E16835233082
$29.99

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148442
$159.99

Intel Core i5-2550K
Item #: N82E16819115230
$229.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Item #: N82E16820231311
$41.99

Shipping: $20.97

$1,216.87
April 23, 2012 6:05:12 PM

For $6 more, you can get the XFX 650W. No need to get a 2550k when the i5-2500k is better due to integrated GPU. I would not recommend anything from XIGMATEK. Get the Hyper 212 EVO or +. The Radeon 7950 is around the same price and much better.
April 23, 2012 6:11:29 PM

Get his MOBO and my CPU/i5-3570k and GPU. In 1-2 weeks, IB should be fully released.
April 23, 2012 6:11:34 PM

Do *NOT* get the Xigmatek Gaia - I had one and it fried a motherboard I was using and gave CPU temperature read errors left and right. Go with a Hyper 212 Evo - a far better choice. If you get the 212 Evo you don't need the Silver 5.

I'd actually drop the SSD and use a 500GB mechanical drive - then put that money in getting a better PSU - something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't go with a 2550K - it's only a slightly faster clock and you lose a diagnostic tool as you forfeit use of onboard video. I do not know what Intel was thinking with that CPU.

The 580 is a good choice but now that there's far better and more energy efficient GPUs out like the 7950 - the 580 is not what it used to be. Try a 7950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 23, 2012 6:12:46 PM

Not to mention the 7950 is CHEAPER.
April 23, 2012 6:13:38 PM

lol @ people not reading my posts
April 23, 2012 6:15:51 PM

I suggested a CPU, MOBO, and GPU like you asked.
April 23, 2012 6:18:55 PM

i was referring more about you and gunit commenting on dkcomputer's post. and also about my earlier post

"i don't think dkcomputer read my first post as I already have many parts. All I really need now is a GPU, CPU, and a mobo.

I pretty much decided on gigabytes 7950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] yte%207950

Only things im on the fence about is the mobo and cpu"

I am appreciating the feedback though. just trying to get all my questions answered before i pull the gun on cpu/mobo
April 23, 2012 6:20:19 PM

For your purposes, his mobo will be good. It separates the PCIe 3.0 slots so you can CF without problems.
April 23, 2012 6:22:49 PM

what about

"ok, after reading the initial reviews on IB and the lack of availability that there is going to be at launch, I am leaning towards just getting a 2500k. The question I have is that if I get a Z77 mobo, do I still get USB3.0 support with an i5-2500k? or do I need the gen3 cpu for usb3? "
April 23, 2012 6:57:22 PM

stealthwolf said:
what about

"ok, after reading the initial reviews on IB and the lack of availability that there is going to be at launch, I am leaning towards just getting a 2500k. The question I have is that if I get a Z77 mobo, do I still get USB3.0 support with an i5-2500k? or do I need the gen3 cpu for usb3? "


Those two things don't have anything to do with each other - USB 3 has been standard on motherboards for the last two years. Where you need PCI Gen 3 is to be able to unlock faster speeds on newer video cards like the 7950 and 680 - otherwise they will run at x16 instead of PCI Gen 3.
April 23, 2012 7:02:07 PM

Ok. So USB3.0 is controlled by the mobo's chipset and IB cpus will just unlock pci-e 3. That makes me consider getting a z77 mobo and just an i5-2500k as the hd4000 doesn't concern me and that IB runs hotter when OC'd. Thanks all. Just need to pick my brand for mobo now.

If there are any counter arguments I'm missing that support IB please inform me.
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