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$1200 GAMING COMPUTER BUILD!!!! D3!!!!!!

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May 2, 2012 11:53:29 PM

Hi all, I have been reading forums for a while and have decided its time to finalize my build. I'm interested in what you all think about the components I have chosen. This computer is going to be used (in order of most use to least use) for: Gaming, 3D modeling, Watching videos/movies and general internet usage. Here are the parts I have picked out thus far:

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX806237I53570K

MOBO
ASUS P8Z77-V LX
ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU
SAPPHIRE 11200-01-20G Radeon HD 7850
SAPPHIRE 11200-01-20G Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC

As for the rest of the components, I'm still trying to decide what to get. That's where I would like some help deciding what would mesh well with the components above. Idealy I would like a 120GB SSD with a 1TB HD. Any suggestions for RAM, PSU, case, ssd and hd?

Thanks for the help!
May 2, 2012 11:55:41 PM

Without a budget, I can't really help, but what I can say is that for 3D Modeling, get the i7-3770k.
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May 3, 2012 12:03:53 AM

^ Agree kind of. It is strongly dependent on your workload. If it is only slight 3D modeling, the saved cost is better put for the GPU.

Check out my $1000-$1100 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Gives you much more bang for the buck.

Some justification for the board I suggested. Z77 has 0 performance increase over Z68. Gen3 gives you PCI 3.0 support like Z77 so yep. USB 3.0 controller is still performing the same, and you save money instead. Plus you get the ability to still SLI/CF at 8x/8x. Better than most Z77 boards of the same price.
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May 3, 2012 12:05:06 AM

Yeah, forgot to mention that. If you're only doing it as a hobby, keep the i5.
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May 3, 2012 12:32:50 AM

Sorry guys, I completely forgot to include my price range. Coincidentally it is around the 1000-1200 mark so aznshinobi, your build article really helps. Now that you mention it, I don't think I will be doing too much 3d modeling at home. I do it for work and at times, I will want to pull up some models at home to tweak if I am behind schedule but I would prefer to leave work at work. Do you think the i5 will be able to handle minimal amounts of AutoCAD and Revit? And after reading your motherboard explanation, logic is pointing me back towards the z68 chipset. Are there really that few differences between the z77 and z68? If so, I would happily choose the Asrock as I'm assuming it has a lot more features than the LX I was looking at. One last question, why do you suggest getting a 60GB ssd instead of a 120 or 128 GB? Is 60 GB enough?
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May 3, 2012 12:35:14 AM

Yeah, the i5 would be more than enough then.

And yeah, people think otherwise but actually. When you look at the benchmarks. There is 0 difference practically.

As for your SSD. 60GB is enough for about 2-3 programs/games (Programs I'm talking about are like Photoshop 5.5 or like Premiere Pro sized, Games I'm referring to like BF3 sized games) 120GB is a lot more breathing room. Honestly with current prices, just go with the Mushkin Chronos 120GB, low price large size. Great SSD
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May 3, 2012 2:31:29 AM

Best answer selected by mmkc.
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May 3, 2012 2:32:33 AM

Thanks a lot for your help aznshinobi, azeem40 as well. I think I will make the above changes to the build and order this week.
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May 3, 2012 2:35:02 AM

No problem, good luck!
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