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My $1,300 Build: What do you think?

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May 6, 2012 12:28:23 AM

CPU:Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $259.99
CPU Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing $19.99
Motherboard:Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 $159.99
Memory:Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $49.99
Hard Drive:Seagate Constellation ES 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM $99.38
Video Card:Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB $399.99
Case Cooler: Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower $129.99
Power Supply: OCZ 850W ATX12V / EPS12V $119.99
Optical Drive:Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17.99
Total: $1257.30

Here is the build in PCPartPicker: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7LNN

To save some cash, for the monitor, I will be using my Toshiba 24SL410U 24-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LED-LCD HDTV (it has a 5 ms response time and a 1920x1080 resolution)

This build is primarily for GAMING(Starcraft 2, DIABLO 3, Borderlands 2, Battlefield 3) on high/ultra graphics.

As for over clocking, I would Maybe get into it, but I will have to do more research to not fry anything.
As for Crossfire, again I have no experience with it(this is my first computer build :p  done with a lot of research and friendly advice), but if a suggestion includes doing crossfire, please feel free to suggest it.
As for water cooling, I guess it goes if I decide to over clock or not from what I have read, but is it worth the maintenance of water cooling and everything that comes along(more pricey)?

Last but not least for Keyboard I decided to go for the: Logitech G110 and for the Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical

So after all that said, I'am posting my build to see what you guys have to say and if I should change some components to make it even better under a $1300 maximum budget. Also feel free to comment on the keyboard and mouse because I am still undecided on those.

Thank you in advance!

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May 6, 2012 1:02:52 AM

Yes, it is my own monitor and it is 1080p.

My Approximate Purchase Date: Mid June - Early July

Thank you for the recommendations so far! (Kajabla, that PSU is nice! Low price too! :) )

Another question I have, why the i5 2500k over the i7 2600k for gaming? or how about the i5 3570k?

Thanks again!
May 6, 2012 1:21:49 AM

Some would go 2600K for the very top gaming builds, but you should actually go 2500K. Don't know why I didn't include that in my earlier post. The only thing you'll get out of the 2600K is a slightly improved maximum OC, but you don't really need to push your 2500K to its maximum OC to handle a 680. For two, the CPU might become the bottleneck, but the 2600K would hardly do better. The only more powerful CPUs around are Sandy Bridge-E, the 3930K, and that's out of your price range.
May 6, 2012 1:28:08 AM

jantonio16 said:
Yes, it is my own monitor and it is 1080p.

My Approximate Purchase Date: Mid June - Early July

Thank you for the recommendations so far! (Kajabla, that PSU is nice! Low price too! :) )

Another question I have, done lots of research about it too, why the i5 2500k over the i7 2600k for gaming?

Thanks again!

Because other than FSX no games take advantage of hyper threading. Those two cpu's run neck and neck with the 2500K coming out ahead more times than naught in regards to gaming.

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

Here's a few things to look at.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $379.98 save: $10.00
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 BX80637I53570K

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

Also lose that RAM with those high cake cutter heat sinks. It's going to screw you if and when you ever add an after market cpu h/s. Look for low profile RAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB


Cases are personal choice, but just to show you this one. It comes with a multi channel fan controller, LED on/off switch, dust filters, SSD cage, front 3.0 USB ports, etc...

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

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- another look at that case
May 6, 2012 1:29:46 AM

You don't need Z77 for PCI 3.0. The Z68 Extreme3 does support it. I also don't know what you need PCI 3.0 for a 680 build. The 2500K's far lower price might justify it over the 3570K.
May 6, 2012 2:03:38 AM

Thank you for the recommendations, the Z77 motherboard will make me go out of my budget so I decided to go with the Z68 Extreme3
My current NEW build looks like this:
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core $169.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing $19.99
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 $129.86
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $44.99
Case Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower $74.99
Power Supply OCZ 750W ATX12V $59.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17.99

Now all I am missing is a HDD and a video card. For the video card I am leaning towards the Geforce GTX 680 due to the discounts on the other components but I am open for other suggestions.

So, which brand should I go with for the GTX 680? and what HDD fits this build to complete it? Is a SSD good to add to the build?

Thanks again!
May 6, 2012 2:18:19 AM

kajabla said:
You don't need Z77 for PCI 3.0. The Z68 Extreme3 does support it. I also don't know what you need PCI 3.0 for a 680 build. The 2500K's far lower price might justify it over the 3570K.

You don't get PCI-E 3.0 without an Ivy Bridge cpu, and with the OP's budget I didn't think he wanted yesterday's technology. Especially when IB is beating out SB in the gaming benchmarks.
May 6, 2012 2:22:11 AM

When graphics are the bottleneck not even the 3960X beats out a 2500K in gaming. We're being practical here. If you've got a benchmark in which a PCI 3.0 build runs faster than a 2.0 build with the same graphics hardware, roll it out.
May 6, 2012 2:49:20 AM

kajabla said:
When graphics are the bottleneck not even the 3960X beats out a 2500K in gaming. We're being practical here. If you've got a benchmark in which a PCI 3.0 build runs faster than a 2.0 build with the same graphics hardware, roll it out.

No but there's plenty of benchmarks showing IB beating SB in gaming. Also I am old enough to remember when tech moved from PCI 1.6 to PCI-E 2.0 and it didn't take long for the card makes to catch up.

I'm all for getting the latest tech. I cant see having a budget of $1,300 and using that money on yesterday's tech. It makes no sense whatsoever.
May 6, 2012 3:00:15 AM

OK. I do support IB, but not if it limits the graphics power within this budget.
Want to flex that price-list muscle, Why? :p 
May 6, 2012 3:05:09 AM

Alright so what I could is stick with the Z68 Extreme 3 and upgrade the CPU to the i5 3570k with the GTX 680, which still leaves me under my budget :) .

But how about what brand to pick for the GTX 680? and do you agree with my change?
May 6, 2012 3:07:16 AM

Sounds good. Your brand choice will mostly be dictated by availability. See my two links at top. I think the Galaxy's probably the way to go, as it's the only one around currently selling for anything like the right price.

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May 6, 2012 3:07:19 AM
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kajabla said:
OK. I do support IB, but not if it limits the graphics power within this budget.
Want to flex that price-list muscle, Why? :p 

That's where cutting cost comes in. Bundle the cpu with the motherboard, low profile RAM that's cheaper yet more effective seeing how it doesn't screw your heat sink, and that case I posted is as good as it gets for that price range. That case has everything you could want in a case. I could make that build with IB + Z77 board, include the OP's gpu and come in cheaper for total cost. That's why I use newegg and amazon. Free shipping here, a rebate a lower cost there...it all adds up in the end. :) 
May 6, 2012 3:23:44 AM

Why_Me said:
That's where cutting cost comes in. Bundle the cpu with the motherboard, low profile RAM that's cheaper yet more effective seeing how it doesn't screw your heat sink, and that case I posted is as good as it gets for that price range. That case has everything you could want in a case. I could make that build with IB + Z77 board, include the OP's gpu and come in cheaper for total cost. That's why I use newegg and amazon. Free shipping here, a rebate a lower cost there...it all adds up in the end. :) 


You are right, I had not realized your Z77 was a bundle with the i5 3750k :p . I just added that to my build + the GTX 680 and it comes out to be a total of $1206.39

CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $189.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing $19.99
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 $147.86
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $44.99
Hard Drive Seagate Constellation ES 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM $99.38
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB $507.55
Case Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower $74.99
Power Supply OCZ 750W ATX12V $59.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17.99

Thank you both and one last thing, I went with the Seagate Constellation ES 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM for HDD, would either of you recommend another HDD?
May 6, 2012 3:40:45 AM

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