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Advice for Graphics Card on 1st Time $1,000 Gaming Build

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May 4, 2012 4:22:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (May-June)

Budget Range: (Around $1,000) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming & Browsing)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, Monitor for now, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ( newegg.com, Microcenter, Frys, Amazon Doesn't Matter)

Country: (U.S)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: I want to finally build my first Pc that will be future-proof because god knows I need an upgrade from my P4. My main reason for this build is to Play D3 sometime this month or next. I also want to have a Case that has a window with a nice black and red color to the overall look of the pc. A monitor is my last priority because of a 32" 1080 120hz tv i could connect it to. Though Ill have to eventually replace it with a monitor as it will be impossible to play D3 on hours on end sitting uncomfortably on my bed. I will be hooking up my audio to my 5.1 Home theater in my room.

Here is the start of my Build. I need some kind of approval whether or not I'm taking this build in the right direction. Please feel free to add in any input. My Biggest problem right now is the Graphics card. Deciding between a GTX 560 Ti or a HD 7850.

Total Cost After Rebates with $230 GPU = around $977

CPU
189.99
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 .

Motherboard
189.99 with purchase of I5
SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard .

RAM
89.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) .

GPU
$175-230 ? Like i Said between 560 Ti or hd 7850

HDD
$100
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive .

DVD ROm
$21.30
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black) .

Case
79.99 After REbate
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case .

Power Supply
74.99 After mail in rebate
OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom .

Thanks again for your input!
May 4, 2012 6:52:17 AM

Here's a case with front 3.0 USB ports.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-... $79.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $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

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/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 4, 2012 7:03:11 AM

You dont need more than 4 gig of RAM for gaming . A heavy multitasker could justify 2 x4 gig kit
but 16 is just wasted money for you

Your power supply is way overkill . It would be fine with a 500 watt unit

The money you save will pay for a 7850
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May 4, 2012 7:21:31 AM

That case looks pretty sick plus it has 3.0 USB Ports, which my previous case doesnt have. But Im looking for a case that has a side window. I think I changed my mind to the enforcer which also has the 3.0 usb ports.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... " target="_blank"> [/url

Also, thanks for your recommendations, but is there much of a difference between the Asus Sabretooth and the AsRock Pro? Some critique on my original build would be much appreciated

To Outlander_04 I think ill go with 8Gb Ram with a lower wattage Power Supply and use that money for a 7850. Is there a specific 7850 you would recommend?
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