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$1500 Gaming Build - What do you think?

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April 29, 2012 9:00:31 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: A few days to a week

Budget Range: $1400-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording Aforementioned Games (FRAPS), Editing, Surfing, etc.

Parts Not Required: I need everything! (Including peripherals!)[/b]

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, MicroCenter, Amazon, etc.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: None, really. Just want my dollar's worth. No AMD CPU's though ;) 

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (In the future--settling with single-GPU for now)

Monitor Resolution: I already have a 20" (1600x900) but want a second one for dual-setup

Additional Comments: Just wanna play latest and greatest games on MAX settings


I have some parts laid out here:
MoBo + CPU Deal @ MicroCenter: Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor + GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Motherboard $329.98
GPU: SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
PSU: ModXStream Pro 700W Modular ATX Power Supply
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SSD Drive: m4 CT128M4SSD2 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Marvell Controller
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
DVD Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Peripherals:
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
Speakers: Logitech Z323 30 Watts (RMS) 2.1 Speaker System
Mouse: Cooler Master Storm Inferno Gaming Mouse
Second Monitor: Acer 20" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor

TOTAL: All of this comes out to be $1495.18 after rebates

There's bound to be better deals out there that you guys already have ready to throw at my face, so feel free!

Thanks in advance!

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April 30, 2012 12:09:32 AM

Here's what I would get:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 - $104.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H - $189.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $42.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,307.91

Use the difference to get a nice monitor and/or whatever peripherals you want. I'm personally not a fan of buying expensive peripherals on builds as you can always get those later and get cheap ones initially.
April 30, 2012 12:40:00 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Here's what I would get:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $109.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 - $104.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H - $189.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $42.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,307.91

Use the difference to get a nice monitor and/or whatever peripherals you want. I'm personally not a fan of buying expensive peripherals on builds as you can always get those later and get cheap ones initially.


For the Motherboard and CPU, it's better to use the deal Micro Center is offering, correct? The Gigabye Z77 for $140 and the 3570K for $180.
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April 30, 2012 12:40:36 AM
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Get a case with some room to work with and some decent cooling and airflow. Don't skimp or your going to regret it.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Com... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case

The "Modstream" series of OCZ psu's was one of their worst. These new ZS series psu's have gotten great reviews.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $92.99
OCZ Technology ZS Series 750 Watt ATX Power Supply

Always go for low profile RAM so you don't impede your cpu h/s

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

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

This is the newer and latest version of that Seagate 1TB hard drive.

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

This new Kingston line of SSD's has gotten great reviews across the net and it's a steal for that price.

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-SSDNow-120GB-Solid-KW-S2... $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive KW-S2120-4B

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

Google some reviews on that Asrock board. It's a gamer.

http://www.microcenter.com/storefronts/intel/3rdGEN_pro... $279.98 (cpu + board combo)
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor + ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=B75%20Pro3 <----- a better look at that Asrock board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---- that board newegg

LED back lit, 2ms, and HDMI with this Asus monitor (1920 x 1080)

http://www.amazon.com/ML228H-22-Inch-Ultra-Slim-Widescr... $149.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that same monitor @ newegg


Here's just some options as far as vid cards go. It's worth reading the reviews/benchmarks imo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $369.99 - $349.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 5% off w/ promo code MSI425, ends 4/30
MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card

http://www.overclockers.com/msi-r7870-twin-frozr <----- review w/benchmarks of that MSI 7870

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $359.99
GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870
April 30, 2012 12:48:46 AM

Why_Me said:
Get a case with some room to work with and some decent cooling and airflow. Don't skimp or your going to regret it.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Com... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case

The "Modstream" series of OCZ psu's was one of their worst. These new ZS series psu's have gotten great reviews.


What's wrong with the case I recommended? I don't go for garbage brands like Apevia or Raidmax - the Arc MIDI is one of the best cases in its' class.

I definitely agree about the PSU - I would not buy a ModXtream.
April 30, 2012 12:52:30 AM

The 500R is more user-friendly as everything is tool-free.
April 30, 2012 1:00:20 AM

g-unit1111 said:
What's wrong with the case I recommended? I don't go for garbage brands like Apevia or Raidmax - the Arc MIDI is one of the best cases in its' class.

I definitely agree about the PSU - I would not buy a ModXtream.

My post was targeted at the OP hence the reason I didn't quote your post. I agree though the 500R is a great case and a step up from the 400R although I wouldn't purchase it at newegg.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-... $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

April 30, 2012 4:05:47 AM

Why_Me said:
Everything looks good except for that reference cooling on that 7950. They tend to get hot with the reference cooling.


Any after party coolers you recommend? Turns out I'm buying in July or so, so I'll have a lot more money by then. Unless G-units suggestion on the cooler is good enough
April 30, 2012 10:59:25 PM

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