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April 25, 2012 12:57:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: May 4th

Budget Range: $1000, can be a little over but the target is 1k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming, Minor video editing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS, Powersupply(antec EW 650).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Overclocking: Maybe, a little but not a lot.

SLI or Crossfire: No, but want to leave it an option for the future maybe.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (getting a new monitor later in the year that will be atleast 1080.)

Additional Comments: I was leaning towards an ivy bridge since i don't plan on doing a lot of over clocking. Also I can reuse my hard drive however it is only a 3Gb/s and I didn't know if i should upgrade or not. This will be my 3rd time building a computer.

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April 25, 2012 3:53:44 AM

Here is what I've come up with so far:

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Core i5-3750K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This roughly costs $910 so i have some room to play with. Would it be worth getting a 6Gb/s hard drive instead of keeping my current 3Gb/s? I could also upgrade to a 7950 but is it worth the extra money over the 7870? Or am I completely wrong about everything lol.

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April 25, 2012 6:00:23 AM
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All great choices! SATA III (6GB/s) is only useful on SSDs. They can actually utilize that speed. The 7950 is worth the $30. You get better OC headroom and better performance.
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April 25, 2012 7:15:36 AM

azeem40 said:
All great choices! SATA III (6GB/s) is only useful on SSDs. They can actually utilize that speed. The 7950 is worth the $30. You get better OC headroom and better performance.


Awesome, thanks for the response, I'll switch to a GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7950 GB ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) . My next question is would I benefit from moving up to 16 gigs of rams instead of 8?
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April 25, 2012 7:28:56 AM

For gaming, no. Games today only use 4-6GB of RAM and about 1.2GB of vRAM for BF3 at 1080p.
April 26, 2012 1:39:23 AM

azeem40 said:
For gaming, no. Games today only use 4-6GB of RAM and about 1.2GB of vRAM for BF3 at 1080p.


Thanks for the help i appreciate it. My current, soon to be retrired, computer is an old E6750 with an 8800 in it so i imagine i will notice a huge difference. I can't wait :) 
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April 26, 2012 3:27:13 AM

I would also reuse the HDD from your E6750.
April 26, 2012 3:43:49 AM

Yea I am going to re use it since unless and will look into getting an ssd later this year. If for some reason i can't get a hold of the 3750k how much of a of a difference would I notice if i went with a 2500k instead.
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April 26, 2012 3:46:47 AM

You will barely notice any difference, to be frank. Both are very similar once overclocked.
April 26, 2012 4:42:30 AM

What about future proofing. I have had this bad luck of building a new computer right before new tech comes and it renders my build outdated rather fast.
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April 26, 2012 4:44:27 AM

Nope. The LGA 1155 is on its way out after IB-E.
April 26, 2012 5:41:02 AM

I figured as much. I debated on waiting but I don't think i can last another year with this. I fi can get a solid 2-3 years on this I'll be happy. Thanks again Azeem for your help.
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April 26, 2012 6:33:25 AM

You will be able to use it for 2 yrs atleast. what I mean was that it wont be upgradeable within the lga 1155 socket.
April 27, 2012 1:29:57 AM

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