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$1100 Gaming PC - Critique please! :)

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Tuesday

Budget Range: $1100 - $1200 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording (fraps) while gaming, Streaming while gaming, Photoshop

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor(s), Speakers, Mic.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments:

Here's what I have so far, please let me know if there are any improvements I could make or if something is a bad choice:
(I'm a bit shaky on the motherboard. There are so many choices, I'm not sure which is the best for me. If you know of a better motherboard please let me know!)


CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819116504&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=eldn0zbcd5ni

Aftermarket Cooling:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
+
120mm fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103069
for push-pull

GPU:
MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127662

Mobo:
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157296&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=glc3nksbsu6q

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

PSU:
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

CD/DVD:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

Case:
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067


TOTAL: $1,096.90
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  1. No need for the Extreme version of ASRock if you're not OCing. Get the Z77 Pro4 Gen3. For no SLI, get a 650W PSU.
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910387 $354.98
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 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 BX80637I53570K

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4 <----- another look at that board

    or here's a board that will clock even higher than that one up above.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910480 $389.98
    ASRock Z77 Performance 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 BX80637I53570K

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Fatal1ty%20Z77%20Performance <---- another look at that board

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-785DGD5 $253.99 Free Shipping
    Asus ATI Radeon HD7850 2GB DDR5 DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - HD7850-DC2-2GD5
  3. Why_Me said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910431 $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 get it here...

    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.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <----- another look at that board

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-785DGD5 $253.99 Free Shipping
    Asus ATI Radeon HD7850 2GB DDR5 DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card - HD7850-DC2-2GD5

    He stated he is not OCing. :P
  4. Actually azeem I think I will OC, but not by too much.
  5. Oops, meant to say no Crossfiring.
  6. Here's the pro4, not sure if extreme is better but as azeem said i'm not crossfire/SLI so pro seems like its better.

    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157296
  7. P67 motherboards are older tech .Im not even sure it can run an IB processor .
    Use a Z68 or Z77 chipset board instead

    The 560 ti is also a last generation graphics card so use a Radeon 7850 instead

    The cpu cooler might be worth it for extreme overclocks . Hard to be sure . Consider a 2500K and and a $300 CM Hyper 212 instead

    The power supply is overkill . If you use the radeon you need a 500 watt unit , and 600 with the 560 ti
  8. It can, but there is no point because it won't fully utilize it.
  9. tritan said:
    Actually azeem I think I will OC, but not too much.

    0.2 or 0.3ghz max

    I edited that post of mine up above. I didn't read your OP correctly. Sry about that. Take a look at the board in the top of that post...the Asrock Z77 Pro4 or this board down below...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910439 $339.98
    ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 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 BX80637I53570K

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z75%20Pro3 <---- another look at that board

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910435 $349.98
    ASRock Z77 Pro3 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 BX80637I53570K

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board
  10. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ivy-bridge-overclocking-high-temp,15512.html

    is it really worth the expense to buy IB ?

    Runs hotter , doesnt OC as well
    Intel shot themselves in the foot
  11. Updated with new Mobo, GPU, and PSU

    Pro4, 7850, and 650w corsair

    edit: Just read your post, i'll lower the PSU even more now. 500w or 600w?
    Keeping in mind that I'm likely to upgrade the GPU a year or two from now
  12. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093 $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  13. I guess if I'm getting that noctua I might as well OC more than just a little.

    Reviews are saying you can still OC the IB pretty well, even to 4ghz off stock (not sure if I believe that).

    I just want to do a little extra future-proofing on the CPU end so that I can just upgrade GPU in a year or so and still be perfectly fine. Don't want to get bottlenecked by CPU.
  14. tritan said:
    I guess if I'm getting that noctua I might as well OC more than just a little.

    Reviews are saying you can still OC the IB pretty well, even to 4ghz off stock (not sure if I believe that).

    I just want to do a little extra future-proofing on the CPU end so that I can just upgrade GPU in a year or so and still be perfectly fine. Don't want to get bottlenecked by CPU.

    Take a look at this cpu cooler down below. It comes with a small tube of great thermal compound and this cooler is by far the most recommended on here for moderate builds.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336027973&sr=1-6 $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    You can add this fan to that cooler up above for a "push - pull effect" to help bring cpu temps down even lower.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-BladeMaster-Silent-R4-BMBS-20PK-R0/dp/B0030DL37I/ref=sr_1_15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336028029&sr=1-15 $10.41 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master BladeMaster 120mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan R4-BMBS-20PK-R0
  15. Why_Me said:
    Take a look at this cpu cooler down below. It comes with a small tube of great thermal compound and this cooler is by far the most recommended on here for moderate builds.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336027973&sr=1-6 $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    You can add this fan to that cooler up above for a "push - pull effect" to help bring cpu temps down even lower.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-BladeMaster-Silent-R4-BMBS-20PK-R0/dp/B0030DL37I/ref=sr_1_15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336028029&sr=1-15 $10.41 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master BladeMaster 120mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan R4-BMBS-20PK-R0


    Woah.

    Thats some mad-scientist frankenstein ***.

    I might actually do that.
  16. What do you guys think about 7850 vs gtx 480?
  17. tritan said:
    What do you guys think about 7850 vs gtx 480?

    The 480 is a old school power hungry heat producing hog. New generation card ftw.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127662 $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=N82E16814125418 $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-oc-review/ <----- review w/benchmarks of that Gigabyte 7870

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121624 $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_Cu_II/ <----- review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870
  18. Why_Me said:
    The 480 is a old school power hungry heat producing hog. New generation card ftw.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127662 $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=N82E16814125418 $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-oc-review/ <----- review w/benchmarks of that Gigabyte 7870

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121624 $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_Cu_II/ <----- review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870


    I love you.

    OP updated. Added HDD and new GPU.
  19. This is looking to be my final build, unless anyone has any more suggestions / improvements.

    For some reason I thought HDD's were cheaper. I remember getting a WD blue for like $50...
  20. tritan said:
    This is looking to be my final build, unless anyone has any more suggestions / improvements.

    For some reason I thought HDD's were cheaper. I remember getting a WD blue for like $50...

    They had a big time major flood in Thailand some months back, and that's where most all your hard drives are manufactured. When that flood hit the prices on hard drives sky rocketed. They are slowly coming back down.
  21. Best answer
    tritan said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: Next Tuesday

    Budget Range: $1100 - $1200 max

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording (fraps) while gaming, Streaming while gaming, Photoshop

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor(s), Speakers, Mic.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: None

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

    Additional Comments:

    Here's what I have so far, please let me know if there are any improvements I could make or if something is a bad choice:
    (I'm a bit shaky on the motherboard. There are so many choices, I'm not sure which is the best for me. If you know of a better motherboard please let me know!)


    CPU:
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819116504&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=eldn0zbcd5ni

    Aftermarket Cooling:
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    +
    120mm fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200049
    for push-pull

    GPU:
    SAPPHIRE 11199-03-20G Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102983

    Mobo:
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157296&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=glc3nksbsu6q

    RAM:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    PSU:
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    CD/DVD:
    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    HDD:
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

    Case:
    NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

    TOTAL: $1,182.90

    For a "push - pull" you need the CM Blade Master 120mm due to the identical RPM's. It's the fan used on all CM 120mm cpu heat sinks.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103069 $11.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan 600 - 2000 RPM

    The psu is over kill. This XFX 550w psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as is that Corsair you have up there and this 550w psu will easily push a gtx 680 with juice to spare.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013 $74.99 FREE SHIPPING 10% off w/ promo code XFXS10, ends 5/6
    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    +3.3V@24A, +5V@24A, +12V@44A, -12V@0.5A, +5VSB@2.5A

    And don't forget to combo that Asrock board with the cpu to save another $15.
  22. Updated. Thanks a lot. This build is looking really solid :D

    And I totally forgot to combo the Board and CPU. This brings the total down to $1,136.90!
  23. tritan said:
    Updated. Thanks a lot. This build is looking really solid :D

    And I totally forgot to combo the Board and CPU. This brings the total down to $1,136.90!

    With the money saved I would give this card down below a serious look. Free shipping and a $20 mail in rebate make this card too good to pass up imo. This card over clocks like a beast, runs cool, and runs silent. It's a gtx 580 killer if there ever was one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127662 $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
    Free Dirt3 game coupon w/ purchase, limited offer
  24. edit: i'm stupid, nevermind.
  25. Well, the xfx PSU is sold out so i'm looking at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    Other than that, I think I'm ready to order, just trying to figure out whether or not to go with the 7870 gpu.
  26. sorry double post, forums were lagging
  27. Great build!
  28. tritan said:
    Well, the xfx PSU is sold out so i'm looking at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    Other than that, I think I'm ready to order, just trying to figure out whether or not to go with the 7870 gpu.

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004RJ8EKI/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336419393&sr=1-6 $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    XFX ATX 550 Power Supply - P1550SXXB9

    http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utilities-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B007JLFVNO $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_Cu_II/ <---- review of that card w/benchmarks
  29. ok, i'll get it from amazon. ty
  30. Best answer selected by tritan.
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