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May 3, 2012 12:14:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Anywhere from 3 days- 2weeks

Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies and surfing

Parts Not Required: Mouse and keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere I can get a good deal on good parts

Country: US

Parts Preferences:by brand or type : None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Buying a new 27" monitor also - I believe most are 1980x1080?

Additional Comments: All and any help and advice is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks.

More about : 1200 1500 gaming

May 3, 2012 3:00:17 AM

Help quick! :p  I need an experts build!
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May 3, 2012 3:13:12 AM

are you asking for a recommendation?

If so, i just recently posted this and I am waiting for everyone to review it.... maybe you can do something similar or adjust here and there.. its totaled about 1275, I am 100% sure you can save $100-150 by swapping the MOBO/CPU/FAN for like p67 MOBO/i5-2500k/hyper 212 evo fan

MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
PSU: Corsair Professional Series Gold 750-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified
CASE: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Quiet Mid-Tower Cases
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) [RED]
THERMAL: (included with Hydro, but just in case, Arctic Silver 5)
VIDEO: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
HDD: Corsair Force GT 60 GB SATA III/6G 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive



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$275 MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$230 CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX8063...

$98 FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-Extreme-Performanc...

$145 PSU: Corsair Professional Series Gold 750-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-750-Watt-Cer...

$140-$15rebate CASE: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Quiet Mid-Tower Cases
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) [RED] (Other colors available, just search.. black blue yellow etc)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$240-$20rebate VIDEO: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$97 HDD: Corsair Force GT 60 GB SATA III/6G 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force-2-5-Inch-Solid-Stat...
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May 3, 2012 3:18:14 AM

Yea. I'm just trying to get builds for my budget from people that actually are good with this.
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May 3, 2012 3:22:52 AM

el loco peson said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Anywhere from 3 days- 2weeks

Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies and surfing

Parts Not Required: Mouse and keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere I can get a good deal on good parts

Country: US

Parts Preferences:by brand or type : None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Buying a new 27" monitor also - I believe most are 1980x1080?

Additional Comments: All and any help and advice is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks.

There are some 27" that are 2560x1440.
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May 3, 2012 4:28:45 AM

I just built a new PC yesterday similar to below (still trying to get the phantom 680 GTX). Get the best card with what's left in the budget (you should be within striking distance of a 680 GTX or Radeon 7970):

- Cosair Carbide 500R
- i5-3570K
- ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (much much less than that Asus and has plenty of connectors)
- Corsair (or Silverstone - on sale if you can find it) 750W power supply (headroom without being completely wasted even if you CF or SLI) - modular is easier
- Hyper 212 Evo Cooler
- Arctic Silver 5 compound
- cheap Asus or Lite-on DVD burner
- 8 GB corsair low profile ram (if you get a different board, and this cooler, may interfere with tall ram)
- 120GB-ish Intel 330, Samsung 830, or Crucial m4 SSD (whoever is on sale)
- spinpoint or caviar black HDD sized to your needs if you have more data than the SSD can hold
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May 3, 2012 5:30:51 AM

No need for AS5. The EVO comes with paste.
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May 3, 2012 5:44:06 AM

2500k
7870
cheap everything else!
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May 3, 2012 10:15:14 PM
May 3, 2012 10:21:44 PM

Monitor not included in my budget but that total is around $1700...should i go for a cheaper GPu and CPU? I really want to be able to run games like D3 at max settings without a problem.
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May 4, 2012 12:04:48 AM

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

http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Enthusiast-Series-Certifi... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-750TXV2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $379.98
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX806237I53570K

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

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997002

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)

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

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.legitreviews.com/article/1874/ <----- review of that Kingston 120GB SSD

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,347.85 *not including shipping and rebates


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $369.99 - $349.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
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
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May 4, 2012 12:58:51 AM

Wow. That's awesome. Which of those 3 Graphics cards that you posted do you suggest? Or did you put the Asus and then choose from the other 2 for dual cards? Not really sure how to do all that.
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May 4, 2012 1:03:17 AM

el loco peson said:
Wow. That's awesome. Which of those 3 Graphics cards that you posted do you suggest? Or did you put the Asus and then choose from the other 2 for dual cards? Not really sure how to do all that.

You can't go wrong with any of those three cards imo. If I had to choose I would go with the MSI if I planned on over clocking it as high as I could go. Probably the MSI and flip a coin between the Asus and the Gigabyte.
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May 4, 2012 1:05:00 AM

This is my first build and i have no idea how to do any over clocking over anything. Would it be better to get 2 of those cards or just get 1 of those really expensice GTX 680?
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May 4, 2012 1:15:20 AM

el loco peson said:
This is my first build and i have no idea how to do any over clocking over anything. Would it be better to get 2 of those cards or just get 1 of those really expensice GTX 680?

If the 680's are back out on the shelves by the time you purchase I would go with a 680. Otherwise I would go with that MSI 7870 up there and add another one later on when you feel the need.

If you go with a 680 and plan on adding another one later on then look at this psu down below to give you a little more head room. It's manufactured by Seasonic as the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's are also. It's modular and Silver rated for efficiency.

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050... $122.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX ATX 850 Power Supply - P1850SNLB9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that's the same psu but on newegg
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May 4, 2012 1:32:43 AM

And that Motherboard you picked supports all of that?
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May 4, 2012 1:34:31 AM

Anddddd...would getting the 580 be better than the 7870?
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May 4, 2012 1:58:27 AM

el loco peson said:
Anddddd...would getting the 580 be better than the 7870?

Yep that motherboard supports SLI/Crossfire and no I wouldn't get an old generation card like the 580. The 7870 beats it more times than naught, uses a lot less power and runs cooler.

Z77 board + Ivy Bridge cpu + new generation vid card (AMD 7xxx or Nvidia 6xx series cards) = PCI-E 3.0 (double the bandwidth).

The 580's are gone as soon as the retailers sale out their stock. They are as dead as the VCR.
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May 4, 2012 2:57:53 AM

Would the 680 would last me longer than dual 7870s?
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May 4, 2012 3:00:40 AM

el loco peson said:
Would the 680 would last me longer than dual 7870s?

I'm a fan of one big single card first and add another one later on if the need arises. As long as getting that big card doesn't take away from the quality of the build aka components in regards to budget.
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May 4, 2012 3:18:08 AM

So i guess now i just basically need to try and find a place that actually has some 680s. Thanks for everything. Really appreciate the help!
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May 4, 2012 4:37:32 AM

"try and find a place that actually has some 680s" -- There are many of us in the same boat. My nerd rage against nVidia grows with each passing day.
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May 4, 2012 5:32:24 AM


The Antec case is junk. It's tall, skinny, and made with a lot of el cheapo plastic.

The 922 HAF is a decent case. It's showing it's age, but it's always solid. It lacks the front 3.0 USB ports though along with dust filters.

You want a case that has it all? Then this be the one down below. Multi channel fan controller, dust filters, SSD cage, LED on/off switch...you name it, this case has it.

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
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May 4, 2012 2:14:42 PM

Nice..Is a Mid tower case all you really need? Are the full cases too much for what i need?
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May 4, 2012 6:50:10 PM

The 500R is a really good sized mid-tower and will fit about anything. The Thor V2 full tower is the all around winner in quietness and cooling at the $140 price point but it's a monster.
This if for the R3 but has several cases for comparison including the Thor.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5084/fractal-design-defin...
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May 4, 2012 7:23:33 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
The 500R is a really good sized mid-tower and will fit about anything. The Thor V2 full tower is the all around winner in quietness and cooling at the $140 price point but it's a monster.
This if for the R3 but has several cases for comparison including the Thor.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5084/fractal-design-defin...


The Thor is a good case but is indeed a monster - you only need it if you're building around an XL-ATX motherboard and most >=$1500 don't make full use of XL-ATX boards - that's really only for the highest of high end systems.

Here's what I typically recommend on a $1500 or less build:

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

If you want to get a 680 you still will come out to under $1500 and you can spend the difference on whatever peripherals you want.
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May 5, 2012 4:07:04 AM

Looks good. Just need to find a 680 that isnt $650 now. Thanks guys.
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