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New build - Gamer

Approximate Purchase Date: With the right build I could walk in tomorrow unless someone says to wait for a particular component in pricing/availability.

Budget Range: Aiming to keep under 1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, websurfing, not much more than that

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse are covered, have a Gateway FHX2152L (1920 x 1080)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter would be preferred.

Country: United States. Minnesota to be more exact.

Parts Preferences: Shooting for an Intel processor. I have been a big fan of EVGA in the past but I am open to other brands.

Overclocking: I would like to try my hand at it once in my life.

SLI or Crossfire: No. One video card should be good UNLESS someone can come up with a SLI/Crossfire combo that would be good in this price range.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 but if there is enough wiggle room in this build I would not be against a new monitor.

Additional Comments: I already have a SSD M4 Crucial. Also 2 platter drives (older but only for storage at SATA 2). I would prefer a nice tall case. Volume is not an issue. Current build sounds like a jet and I kinda like that (I ride a semi loud Harley so yea.....). Current machine is Intel Core i5 750, Antec 900 case, 4 2 gig sticks Corsair XMS3 1.65v 9-9-9-24 1600. I have a 212 Evo on there right now but would like something that looks just nasty for a CPU cooler, like a Cooler Master V8. I have usually gone with Nvidia cards for gfx but I am open to other options.

I plan on selling my current tower to a buddy so only the drives are not needing replacing.

Thanks for your time guys. I was pondering going Ivy but the girlfriend said now or never so........Also if it would be cheaper on Newegg I am open to that. I just like Microcenter being close in case of a bad component.
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  1. What do you mean by now or never? Is it you or her who is buying the computer?
  2. I am buying it but she said if I want a toy I have to get it or she is going to buy something. She has known I want a new machine for a while but have been holding off. We have combined funds so we have to agree on purchases. THAT is why I have the now or never :-)
  3. So you're unable to wait a few days for IVB benchmarks to surface?
  4. I can hold her off for a few days. Maybe a week if needed. From what I was reading in most places folks were saying Ivy Bridge was rolling hot and not much of an upgrade for a gamer. I am known to be wrong though. What have you heard so far?
  5. I know that those are just early benchmarks as the chip is not released until tomorrow. Usually a few days after the release, the official benchmarks surface.
  6. Thanks for the information. She said I can have another week.
  7. Best answer
    For a potential dual card set up then look at this board down below.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554 $139.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <------ a better look at that board

    For a single card set up (no future second card), then look at either one of these boards.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387555 $124.99
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4 <----- a better look at that board

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387627 $109.99
    ASRock Z77 Pro3 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro3 <----- a better look at that board

    That old school 1.64v RAM you have isn't going to work with these 1155 boards. You want 1.5v RAM.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006050%20600006069%20600006127%20600006157%20600000261&IsNodeId=1&name=1.5V <----- Look for RAM with low profile heat spreaders like the G.Skill Ares, Crucial, Patriot, Mushkin, or the Corsair low profile RAM.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382101 $39.99
    Crucial Ballistix Sport Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 U-DIMM Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)

    As far as a cpu h/s goes...keep that CM EVO. The CM V6 is an over priced paper weight.

    750w psu will easily push two of these cards, 500w for a single card.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387394 $369.99
    Gigabyte GV-R787OC-2GD AMD Radeon HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-radeon-hd-7870-oc-review/ <----- Review w/benchmarks of that Gigabyte 7870 O/C

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/ $212 (cheaper @ microcenter)
    Intel Ivy Bridge i5 3570K 3.4Ghz
  8. Thanks for the breakdown! I have taken a little time to look at the reviews of the Ivy Bridge over the night and folks are liking it. I will not be OC'ing to the wall so the heat some folks are running into should be a non issue.
  9. If you were to pick a specific power supply with a 2 card setup, what brand would you shoot for? I have 3 drives rolling (1 SSD, 2 platter) so I want to make sure I do not overtax and burn it out.
  10. Eshamx said:
    If you were to pick a specific power supply with a 2 card setup, what brand would you shoot for? I have 3 drives rolling (1 SSD, 2 platter) so I want to make sure I do not overtax and burn it out.

    That depends on your vid card, but this 950w for $130 is a steal and would cover any dual card set up.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0337657 $129.99
    PC Power & Cooling 950 Watt Silencer MK II ATX Power Supply

    or even this...

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0367316 $92.99
    OCZ Technology ZS Series 750 Watt ATX Power Supply
  11. Best answer selected by Eshamx.
  12. Today is the day we are running into Microcenter to grab and go. The reviews on the Ivy look solid. Damned thing is they are sold out of 2/3 of the boards you were suggesting. Any other thoughts on boards? Possible substitutes are....

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0386887

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387556
  13. Eshamx said:
    Today is the day we are running into Microcenter to grab and go. The reviews on the Ivy look solid. Damned thing is they are sold out of 2/3 of the boards you were suggesting. Any other thoughts on boards? Possible substitutes are....

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0386887

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387556

    You can't go wrong with either of those boards imo. That gigabyte board is a steal at that price.
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