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April 26, 2012 5:19:06 PM

Hello, I need a new computer, my m9500f ( http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01... ) with a GT 520 doesn't cut it and i'm tired of playing games at lowest settings. im a big multitask-er (uploading YouTube vids while downloading files and playing games with 8 chrome tabs open doesn't work very well) i would like a four-core minimum(don't want a downgrade) I would like Z77, and an Ivy bridge CPU.

Approximate purchase date: a few months

budget range: around 1300 dollars( i am already over without a GPU :( 

System usage: multitasking, uploading/downloading, gaming, minecraft server, web browsing/ writing papers, Virtual Machines, RAMdisk

Parts not required: I have a monitor.

preferred website: newegg.com

Country: U.S.of A.

parts preferences: Z77, Ivy bridge, possibly TZ77XE4

overclocking: maybe

SLI/crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 (16:9 aspect ratio)

I would prefer a side panel window, and upgrade-ability.


Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Biostar TZ77XE4- 149.99$

CPU Ivy Bridge Core I7 3770K 3.5 ghz (3.9 turbo) 4 core 8 thread 8mb l2 cache 313.99$

Power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corasir Pro series 650W modular PSU- 129.99$

Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair Obsidian 650D mid-tower- 189.99

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

Boot Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... mushkin enhanced chronos 120gb 2.5" SATA III SSD- 118.99$

Main hard drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD caviar black 1TB 64mb cache Hard disk drive- 139.99$

RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Crucial BallistiX sport 16gb (2X8gb) DDR3 1600- 134.99

OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... windows 7 home premium- 99.99

GPU TBD

CPU Cooling http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... hyper 212 EVO 34.99

Mouse http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 59.99

Keyboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 44.99

Help/suggestions would be appreciated.









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April 26, 2012 5:23:04 PM

That looks pretty good but I'd switch out the motherboard - Biostar is not a good choice. This would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd also cut down on the case and invest in a better PSU - the 650 is good but it depends on what GPU you're going to be running. This would be better:

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

With the 950 - you're covered no matter what GPU you plan to use and if you're planning to run a second later on you're also covered.
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April 26, 2012 5:33:09 PM

Switch out your mother board like G-Unit has suggested. Something a bit cheaper, save a bit of money. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock has been doing quite well with their mother boards recently, especially with their Extreme series.

As far as ram goes, Curcial is okay, but Corsair is a bit more trusted, and also, if you're going Ivy bridge, 4x4 may be a better bet. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... Plus, it's less expensive.

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April 26, 2012 6:05:05 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks pretty good but I'd switch out the motherboard - Biostar is not a good choice. This would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd also cut down on the case and invest in a better PSU - the 650 is good but it depends on what GPU you're going to be running. This would be better:

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

With the 950 - you're covered no matter what GPU you plan to use and if you're planning to run a second later on you're also covered.



the 950 is from an unknown company...

im going to look att the ASROCK Extreme4
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April 26, 2012 7:12:12 PM

Tman450 said:
the 950 is from an unknown company...

im going to look att the ASROCK Extreme4


I have that same PSU - it's great, PC Power & Cooling has been around since the 80's and has won tons of awards - they're partly owned by OCZ but still function as a separate entity. It's actually made by Seasonic I think.

I'm heavily leaning toward getting the Asrock Extreme 4 for my system - it's around the price I want to spend.
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April 26, 2012 7:42:02 PM

Yeah PC Power is great. They have been around forever. OCZ isn't so great but they are pretty much completely separate. ASRock is great too, since they are owned by ASUS, which means that their quality control on their higher end boards is wonderful especially.
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April 26, 2012 7:44:15 PM

Tman450 said:
the 950 is from an unknown company...

im going to look att the ASROCK Extreme4

The PC Power and Cooling PSU he linked is made by Seasonic, so it is an excellent quality unit.
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April 27, 2012 12:15:14 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I have that same PSU - it's great, PC Power & Cooling has been around since the 80's and has won tons of awards - they're partly owned by OCZ but still function as a separate entity. It's actually made by Seasonic I think.

I'm heavily leaning toward getting the Asrock Extreme 4 for my system - it's around the price I want to spend.


hmm okay. what GPU do you suggest? i kinda want to wait for the GTX 660 or something like that.


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April 27, 2012 12:16:20 AM

For the GTX 660, you will not need 950W. Heck, even for the GTX 680 you don't need it. He bought it because it was a good deal.
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April 27, 2012 1:47:42 AM

azeem40 said:
For the GTX 660, you will not need 950W. Heck, even for the GTX 680 you don't need it. He bought it because it was a good deal.


Then I get a good deal :p . Actually he was referring to the fact that I might want to crissfire or SLI later. This computer I am going to use for another 4 or 5 years. I'm going to be upgrading the GPU proably in about 3

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April 27, 2012 4:13:24 AM

Power requirements for the GPU are going to continue going down, so the days of 1000W PSUs will never come back, unless somehow technology downgrades, which probably won't happen since, up to this point, power requirements have been plummeting.
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April 27, 2012 5:28:13 AM

azeem40 said:
For the GTX 660, you will not need 950W. Heck, even for the GTX 680 you don't need it. He bought it because it was a good deal.


I got it because my PSU had a few dead connectors on it and I wanted something that was more energy efficient - for the price you really can't go wrong. I know more energy efficient GPUs are out there now and that it's overkill for a single 7870 but I plan on buying a second in a few months for Crossfire and that will more than cover it. I always like to plan ahead with my builds and that's why I pick a lot of the parts I do.
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April 27, 2012 11:51:27 AM

azeem40 said:
At stock, a CF config of the 7870 only needs 610W. Add 95W for the CPU, 20W for the Case fans/hdd/storage/ssd, and you're at 735W, so a quality 750W PSU is more than enough for even a CF config.

Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5691/the-retail-radeon-hd...


But let's say, for arguements sake, I want to crossfire two 7970,s. I would think because it is 950w, I would never have to worry about power requirements, because of that I can crossfire 2 GTX 980,s in the future. :p 
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May 4, 2012 2:04:16 AM

Best answer selected by Tman450.
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