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$1000 Ivy Bridge Build Critiques

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May 3, 2012 11:59:05 PM

Hey guys. I'd like some advice on this system I'm building:


Budget Range: ~$1000 USD for the actual system (not peripherals)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel for the core

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire:No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Here's what I have in mind right now:


CASE:
Rosewill Blackhawk Midtower

MOBO:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6 Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

GPU:
Sapphire Radeon 7870 2 GB

CPU:
i5-3550

PSU: XION AXP-700K14XE 700W

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB



Any suggestions?

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May 4, 2012 7:21:41 PM

Going to have to make a shameless self-bump here.
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May 4, 2012 7:47:15 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $269.98
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=B75%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board

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/gp/product/B005A2RJJ8/ref=ox_sc_a... $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 550W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

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
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May 5, 2012 3:32:06 PM

The thing is I'd maybe be interested in OCing in the future. Will I be able to OC with that motherboard should I upgrade my CPU down the road?
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May 5, 2012 4:57:23 PM

flickyklicky said:
The thing is I'd maybe be interested in OCing in the future. Will I be able to OC with that motherboard should I upgrade my CPU down the road?

You need the 3570K cpu in order to over clock. Any of these three boards down below "combo" with that cpu to save you another $10 - $15 and unlike that B75 board I linked, all three of those boards down below allow over clocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
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=N82E168... $109.99
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <----- a better look at those boards
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