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$1300 Gaming Rig Critique

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May 3, 2012 1:31:24 AM

Hi All,

I would appreciate it if you could look at the components I've selected, make sure they are compatible, and suggest any pertinent upgrades / downgrades.

I am very uncertain about the power supply, monitor, case, and GPU. I would like a large enough power supply to allow SLI / Crossfire in the future, but am unsure what wattage is necessary. I don't know what makes a good Monitor and could use suggestions. I am not sure if the Graphics Card I chose is overkill for the system. Finally, I was hoping for a few suggestions for cases between $50 and $150.

Thanks for any help / suggestions!

Info:

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible.

Budget Range: $1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, amazon, tiger direct

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, no preference for the rest.

Overclocking: Would like the option in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Would like the option in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200


Current Parts:

Processor:
Intel Core i5 3570K - $190

Mobo:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - $140

Graphics Card:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $350

Memory:
Kingston HyperX 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3 1600 - $53

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache - $100

Power Supply:
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze - $90

DVD Drive:
Asus DVD Burner - $18

Case:
Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case

Monitor:
Acer 23' LCD 1080p 1920 x 1080 - $120

OS:
Windows 7 64 bit - $100

This totals out to $1217. I think that is everything I need. Looking forward to your suggestions!

May 3, 2012 1:53:14 AM

Get the ASRock board from microcenter too. Shave $50 off the build, then get the 7950. :) 
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May 3, 2012 2:10:15 AM

azeem40 said:
Get the ASRock board from microcenter too. Shave $50 off the build, then get the 7950. :) 


I would very much like to, but Microcenter hates having both in stock. Thanks for the tip though!
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May 3, 2012 3:00:48 AM

Mobo and Cpu:BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 with i5 3570k - $374.98
Ram and PSU:OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular and G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB @ @ 1600 - $126.98
Case:Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming Midtower - $49.99
HDD:Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB - $79.99
GPU:SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $399.99
SSD:Crucial M4 64GB - $81.99

it is optional to switch the 64gb SSD with a 128GB so save some extra cash
with your monitor it comes to $1333.92 a little over you can do w/o the SSD if its to much
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May 3, 2012 3:21:07 AM

BIOSTAR is a horrible MOBO manufacturer. They aren't as good in quality as ASUS, GIGABYTE, or Asrock.
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May 3, 2012 3:58:27 AM

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/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/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

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

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-80PLUS-Performance-com... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $374.98
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

or....

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z77EX4 $149.99 Free Shipping
ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 LGA1155/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard


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
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May 3, 2012 3:40:04 PM

Is there a need for a heatsink other than the one provided? I'm not intending to overclock for now.

Should I invest in extra case fans?
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May 3, 2012 3:59:15 PM

ThomasPJones said:
Is there a need for a heatsink other than the one provided? I'm not intending to overclock for now.

Should I invest in extra case fans?

No need for an after market cpu heat sink if you don't intend on over clocking right away. An extra case fan or two can't hurt though.
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May 3, 2012 4:13:43 PM

azeem40 said:
BIOSTAR is a horrible MOBO manufacturer. They aren't as good in quality as ASUS, GIGABYTE, or Asrock.


they are not "as good as" the major brands but it does its work well enough. they have great budget boards not to mention great reviews for their mobos

you can also save some cash going with this
Big Bundle saving almost $50 - $409.99

all you need after this is power supply, case, and HDD/SDD.
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May 3, 2012 4:25:37 PM

boulbox said:
they are not "as good as" the major brands but it does its work well enough. they have great budget boards not to mention great reviews for their mobos

you can also save some cash going with this
Big Bundle saving almost $50 - $409.99

all you need after this is power supply, case, and HDD/SDD.


Except he doesn't live in canada... :sarcastic: 

ThomasPJones said:
...Country: USA...

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