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New system build 1400-1600 - Need some guidance

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May 1, 2012 7:37:23 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: A few days to a week, I'm looking to pick it up and put it together before the D3 release

Budget Range: 1400-1600 for it all (flexible)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing, etc.

Parts Not Required: A Case, besides that looking to pick up everything else including some perifrials and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon (willing to try others is required)

Country: United States - Washington State

Parts Preferences: Just want my dollar's worth.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future (but probably not, my track record has been to just rebuild)

Monitor Resolution: Will be looking to pick one up, probably 1980x1080

Additional Comments: Just wanna play latest and greatest games on MAX settings, D3/SC2 for sure :) 


I have been trying to do some research and have attempted to lay out some parts.

PC Build
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX806237I53570K
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU + Mobo Combo - $375
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2) - $35
GPU: MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card - $370
Alternate GPU: SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $400
PSU: OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom - $90
Alternate PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - $105
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 - $100
SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $90
Alternate SSD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B6YP9I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER - $130
Case: Already got an Antec Three Hundred (might be an Illusion, the box picture had blue fans on the front) ( picked up on the cheap from a coworker)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $47
DVD Drive: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - Retail - OEM - $17

Periphrials
Keyboard: Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard - $45
Mouse: Logitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse - $60
Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad (Black) - $10
Monitor: ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - Black - $180
Speakers: Some recomendations would be nice. Although I have a decent headset, so I might pass for now.
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack - $100

I'm good with making any changes you might recomend. I'm not too confident in my picks at the moment and am looking for some guidance (particularly around compatability, being able to fit everything into the case I already own, and having enough power for the rig).

Also, don't really know the difference between the two GPUs I mentioned besides the price point. Never had a SSD before, but they look to be pretty cheap so I figured I would pick one up (how much space do I actually need on it?).

Also am I missing anything?

Thank you in advance for all of your assitance!
May 1, 2012 11:20:45 AM

The 7950 is a step down the top of the line 7970. Since its only a 30 dollar premium, plus the fact that its a good overclocker which allows you to get its performance close to the 7970 (watch out you can void your warranty by doing it though), I think you should get it over the 7870.

Max power draw of a 7950 is 179W. All else considered, you'll be fine with a 550 - 650W PSU.

For a MoBO, the Asrock Extreme 4 is for SLI/Xfire setups. The Asrock z77 LGA 1155 Pro3 or Gigabyte z77-d3h LGA 1155 Motherboards would be good for a single card setup.
May 1, 2012 11:03:14 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. I will go with the 7950, does the particular company have much of an effect? I picked Sapphire, as my last ATI card was from them.

Any recommendations for a 650W PSU?

I think I picked the extreme because they had the cpu/mobo combo on it. The difference between the boards is ~20$, which is the amount saved by taking the combo.


Will everything fit into the Antec Three Hundred case I have?

Any other recommendations/changes to the build I should consider?
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May 2, 2012 4:56:01 AM

How does this setup look? I'm looking for comments/criticisms, as I am hoping to have a purchase soon.

Comes out to ~1500, which falls squarely in my range. Thinking more this is probably the most I am willing to spend (forgot about them pesky taxes).



CPU + Mobo: Intel Core i5-3570K + ASRock Z77 Pro4 $355
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $35
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $350
PSU: OCZ ZS Series 550W - $70
HD: Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB - $110
SSD: Crucial 128 GB m4 - $125
Case: Already got an Antec Three Hundred (might be an Illusion, the box picture had blue fans on the front) ( picked up on the cheap from a coworker)
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $45
DVD Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive - $18

Periphrials
Keyboard: Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard - $45
Mouse: Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse - $48
Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK - $10
Monitor: ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch - $180
Speakers: Logitech LS21 2.1 Stereo Speaker System - $22
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit - $100
May 2, 2012 5:39:30 AM

tokogaru said:
Also thoughts on dropping down to the Intel Core i5-2500K Processor in exchange for a Sapphire 11196-02-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express OC Version Graphics Card?

Ive seen some posts indicating that the 2500k is a better bang for your buck due to its easy OC.

That's a very nice build you have up top in the OP. I wouldn't change a thing although it could be a tight fit with that Antec 300. I would go with the Kingston 120GB SSD and if you are looking to cut any cost off that build without taking a bite out of performance then check out the links below these 7870's. That would gain you another $50 to put towards a case and/or SSD and you would still be getting 7950 performance with a slight over clock. And no I wouldn't drop down to the 2500K. You lose out on native 3.0 USB, PCI-E 3.0, not to mention some other goodies that come with the Ivy Bridge and the Z77.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <--- Tom's review with six Z77 boards and everyone hit 4.7+ on air with an IB cpu. Tech Radar hit 4.9Ghz on air with the IB 3570K.

Don't forget you want LOW PROFILE RAM so you don't hinder that CM EVO cpu h/s.

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

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
May 2, 2012 6:37:36 AM

Updates based on comments. Back to the i5-3750k, and 7870.

I'm not sure what to do about the PSU, based on l0v3rboi comment it sounds like I only need the 550W:

OCZ ZS Series 550W - $70 ($45 after MIR)
vs
OCZ ZS Series 750W - $90 ($65 after MIR)

Do I need the extra power? Or should I go with the cheaper PSU?


CPU + Mobo: Intel Core i5-3570K + ASRock Z77 Pro4 $355
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $35
GPU: MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 - $350
PSU: OCZ ZS Series 550W - $70 - $90
HD: Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB - $110
SSD: Crucial 128 GB m4 - $125
Case: Already got an Antec Three Hundred (might be an Illusion, the box picture had blue fans on the front) ( picked up on the cheap from a coworker)
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $45
DVD Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive - $18

Periphrials
Keyboard: Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard - $45
Mouse: Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse - $48
Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK - $10
Monitor: ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch - $180
Speakers: Logitech LS21 2.1 Stereo Speaker System - $22
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit - $100
May 2, 2012 6:43:47 AM

That 550w psu is more than enough juice to push that build. Nice ! :) 
May 2, 2012 6:59:46 AM

Alrighty. Any other suggestions based on the above build? The plan will be to attempt to make use of the Antec Three Hundred, if it doesn't work out to pick up a new case.

Also I forgot thermal paste. :p  Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Hopefully everything looks good, and if so I will be the proud owner of a new desktop.
May 2, 2012 7:00:45 AM

You don't need the TIM. The Hyper 212 EVO comes with one.
May 2, 2012 7:12:02 AM

azeem40 said:
You don't need the TIM. The Hyper 212 EVO comes with one.


Good to know thanks. :) 
May 2, 2012 7:37:35 AM

Alrighty. Purchase time. :D 

Any last minute adjustments please let me know.
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