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May 2, 2012 7:11:40 PM

Hello all,

I just done quite a bit of research for the past few weeks and I am getting ready to pull the trigger on this current build:

CASE:
Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
89.99

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
249.99

GPU:
GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
399.99

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power
89.99 with rebate

MOTHERBOARD:
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
199.99

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
46.99

MONITOR:
ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
179.99

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
104.99

OPTICAL DRIVE:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
17.99

CPU COOLER:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
34.99

KEYBOARD:
Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
46.99


Let me know any recommendations/thoughts/suggestions you may have. I really enjoy this site and it has helped me tremendously when it comes to learning about computer components.

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May 2, 2012 7:27:20 PM

That all looks pretty good. The only thing I might suggest is to upgrade your case to something like a Corsair Carbide or Fractal Design Arc MIDI but that's about it.

Oh and you might want to check out this Radeon 79XX roundup before you decide which card to go with: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-over...
May 2, 2012 7:29:37 PM

That's a nice build you have there. For that budget I could squeeze in a 120GB SSD though by making some very minor changes.
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May 2, 2012 7:38:42 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That all looks pretty good. The only thing I might suggest is to upgrade your case to something like a Corsair Carbide or Fractal Design Arc MIDI but that's about it.

Oh and you might want to check out this Radeon 79XX roundup before you decide which card to go with: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-over...


which would you recommend from that list?
May 2, 2012 8:51:46 PM

besides those suggestions anyone see anything that should be altered?
May 2, 2012 10:21:04 PM

maricci1529 said:
which would you recommend from that list?


I'm personally a fan of Sapphire cards myself - I just bought their 7870 model. However the 7970 is quite a bit pricey (and takes 3 slots similar to the Asus model) but that should give you some idea as to how the 7950 compares.

As far as cases go these are the ones I personally prefer around the ~$100 mark:

- Cooler Master HAF 922: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Fractal Design Define R3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec 1100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Corsair Carbide 400R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- NZXT Phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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